Director of Product

Recruiter
Argo Group
Location
Lambeth, UK
Salary
Competitive
Posted
19 Jul 2019
Closes
23 Jul 2019
Ref
1153129173
Job Role
Finance Director
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full-time
Level of qualification
Qualified
Director of ProductBefore the dawn of everything internet, insurance was intimate and personal. You walked down the street to chat with your broker and the risk to your business, your livelihood, was covered with a handshake. Today is different. The average insurance policy for a small independent insurance business trades through a dozen different hands and traverses a maze of systems and processes. Few are accountable and fewer know the whole story.This is just a taste of the type of big problem we want you to solve. We seek a Director of Product to help drive a new digital product innovation team on a mission to bring a new type of interaction to a market once exclusively driven by in-person relationships. We already have an established, high performing digital function in the US, but with this being our first digital hire in London, this presents a unique opportunity to build a team and make a real impact to a leading general insurance business.Who you areYou're working at a start-up with a lifespan near its finish. You're the talented member of a team at a popular technology company looking for the opportunity to have more control and leadership. You're a change agent inside of a large organisation, tired of fighting against ambiguous decision-making abilities and unclear goals. Ever thought of creating your own product?Some signs you might be ready:Your love for product and leading a team is apparent from day one. You're on the beta version of all your favourite apps, and nerd out on Product Hunt during your commute.You keep a strong pulse on the latest trends in machine learning and AI. You're the go-to person on data-heavy subjects amongst your peers and friends.You relish the opportunity to be part of a leadership team that thrives on collegial debate driven by intellectual discourse and data-driven pursuit of the best of all routes forward.You understand digital economics, financial services and business needs, and love to get into the weeds of why/how/when a product has fit.You can explain what makes a user experience good or bad and have strong intuition for what people want to do and excellent product judgment.You've led an agile team, managed and reported to senior stakeholders, and can sprint like Usain Bolt.Others naturally look to you for guidance. You understand group dynamics and organise chaotic situations into aligned action.You've got a high signal-to-noise ratio. You're persuasive and sensitive to nuance. You love to solve problems to unblock your team.You easily recognise aesthetic and functional details and can make pragmatic decisions about what details are actually important.What you'll ownProduct vision, strategy and roadmap for a family of products.Lead the ideation, technical development and launch of MVPs and scaled products.Manage teams through the entire product life cycle from strategic planning to tactical activities.Define and analyse metrics that inform the success of products.Facilitate communication throughout the development process between internal stakeholders and customers while protecting the freedom of the team.Maintain a balance between the needs of our users and the needs of the business.Coordinate and build strong working relations with various internal stakeholder groups, including business unit owners, IT and legal.Skill setInsurance or financial services business knowledge (preferred, not required)5-10 years of product management experience in a leadership roleLean / agile software developmentBonus: start-up experienceWe are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin or citizenship (including language use restrictions), denial of family and medical care leave, disability (mental and physical) , including HIV and AIDS, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), race, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex (including pregnancy, child birth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to pregnancy, child birth or breastfeeding), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or other status protected by federal, state and/or local laws.Applicants: For the most convenient application experience, please use the "Apply with LinkedIn" button. If manually entering, only include your most recent or relevant job information needed for this role. For either method, please attach your most current resume. Additional job history may be obtained if selected for the interview process.Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: ARGO) is an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products in areas of the property and casualty market. Through its operating subsidiaries, Argo Group offers a comprehensive line of high-quality products and services designed to meet the unique coverage and claims-handling needs of its clients in four business segments.Excess & Surplus focuses on risks that the standard (admitted) market is unwilling or unable to underwrite because of the nature of their businesses, their particular risk exposures or their loss histories.Commercial Specialty provides standard-market property and casualty insurance and surety coverage to highly specialized commercial and public entities.International Specialty writes both insurance and reinsurance business worldwide through the broker market, with offerings including specialty property catastrophe reinsurance along with excess casualty and professional insurance.Syndicate 1200 operates through a Lloyd's of London syndicate offering property and liability coverage.Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. is headquartered in Bermuda.

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