Lead Product Manager, Cabinet Office

London, Bristol, Manchester
Full time (37 hours per week), Flexible working
Grade 6 / Band A+
Basic Check (BPSS)

03 December 2020

Who we are

What you'll do

Please note this role is for the Cabinet Office, Government Digital Service supports departments across government with DDaT (Digital, Data and Technology) recruitment.

The Chief Digital and Information Office (CDIO) is set to transform the way the Cabinet Office uses technology to effectively serve all of its users: colleagues, citizens, and government.  

Providing a wide range of services at the heart of government, supporting an array of government and public customers comes with unique security challenges. Increasingly exposed and integrated services must be protected against sophisticated cyber-attack and cyber-fraud. To do this requires a holistic approach to security across the multiple disciplines of business application design, technology architecture, implementation and operations.

The role

As Lead Product Manager for Cyber Security, you will be responsible for ensuring that our security team solves the right problems and creates the right solutions for our colleagues across the Cabinet Office. You will help us make tools that are fit for purpose to achieve our overall objective of ensuring our services are more difficult to attack and security incidents less likely to succeed.

You’ll have responsibility for developing the missions and plans that make up the roadmap in line with our strategic vision. You will work closely with delivery managers, technical leads and architects, user researchers, and security subject matter experts. You will also play a significant supporting role to the product leadership, including deputising where necessary for the Head of Cyber Security.

We work in a fast moving environment which offers a range of opportunities to develop your skills across other products and where priorities frequently change, so there will be an opportunity/need for you to potentially work in different products over time.

Main responsibilities

As a Lead Product Manager you'll:

  • provide direction and leadership across multiple multidisciplinary teams in a mature Agile environment,  running supporting and continuously improving each service

  • coach, lead and manage Senior Product Managers and Product Managers

  • own and be responsible for articulating a clear vision, achievable goals and measurable objectives, which are aligned to the goals and objectives of CDIO Security function to the Cabinet Office business units

  • develop and own the product roadmap, and contribute to wider objectives and roadmaps in CDIO

  • lead engagement with stakeholders, users and partner organisations, by running demos, blogging, speaking at conferences and facilitating workshops 

  • maintain knowledge of the changing digital landscape and the opportunities innovative technologies provide to secure the delivery of public services in the UK.

Who you'll be

You will have the ability to work independently without direct supervision, while prioritising your workload and having confidence in your decisions. 

We’re looking for someone who can demonstrate the ability to successfully lead in a complex matrix environment. You will be a collaborative individual with strong interpersonal skills, who likes leading and taking responsibility for success in a delivery focused, agile environment with multidisciplinary teams. 

You will be someone who takes pride in representing users and enjoys the challenge of promoting the products you and your team are developing and operating, while also adapting and being pragmatic as priorities change.

A key part of the role is being a leader and being able to develop your own skills and those of others. 


It’s essential that you have:

  • experience of leading the development and release of digital products with proficiency in agile product management techniques, such as user story writing, MVP definition and backlog prioritisation

  • experience leading the shipping and evolution of great digital products by working with multidisciplinary teams in an agile delivery setting

  • advanced understanding of a variety of disciplines involved in digital delivery, including engineering, service design, performance analysis and user research developed through working in multi-disciplinary teams

  • able to expertly lead teams through the operational process of designing and running a product or service throughout its entire life-cycle

  • experience of engaging with users and using qualitative and quantitative data to identify how their needs can be met by products and services  

  • familiarity with setting, monitoring and reporting measurable performance objectives

  • track-record of effective verbal, written and visual communication skills that you are able to tailor to the needs of the audience

  • experience of driving product adoption, getting the organisation and team to buy-in and translating a vision into prioritised deliverable goals

  • experience of successfully leading product teams, identifying talent and potential,  and developing individuals in a team

It’s desirable that you have:

  • an understanding of new and emerging digital technologies and the opportunities they provide to improve the delivery of public services in the UK

  • a background working in a Cyber security environment

Digital, Data and Technology capabilities 

The career frameworks for digital, data and technology roles are a way of building skills and capability in the government’s digital data and technology profession.

We have created a common set of roles, skills and career paths, that every government department can use.

The framework sets out the critical skills required for product managers working in government:

  • lifecycle perspective

  • problem ownership

  • product ownership

  • strategy ownership

  • user focus

  • working with agility

How to apply

Simple, hit apply.  We only ask for a CV and Cover Letter/Statement of Suitability to be uploaded to our job portal.  Important tip - please ensure that your Statement of Suitability includes how you meet the Skills and Experience listed above.


*Salary - The base salary of this grade is £64,500 (London) or £60,500 (national) Any offer made above this will be made up with a specialist pay allowance.

How you'll be assessed

In the Civil Service, we use our Success Profiles. For each role we advertise we consider what you will need to demonstrate to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity. We will be looking at your experience, career history and achievements that are relevant to the specific job role. We may assess your ability, strength, experience, technical/specialist skills and behaviours.

For this role the following behaviours are the most relevant:

communicating and influencing
delivering at pace
changing and improving
seeing the big picture

Things you need to know

You can find out about the application process and practical details like our office locations on the things you need to know page.

Equal Opportunities 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organisation. You can find out more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion and read our equal opportunities statement on our Diversity and Inclusion page.

Redeployment Interview Scheme

Civil Service employees (including Senior Civil Servants and Crown Arms Length Bodies) who are at risk of redundancy and who meet the minimum selection criteria in the job specification are guaranteed to progress to the next stage of the recruitment process. Selection will be on merit and at-risk candidates will be able to self-identify during the application stage,

For all guaranteed interview schemes, there may be exceptions made on reasons of time/resource for high-volume recruitment where the vacancy manager may decide to select the candidates who best meet the minimum criteria rather than all of those that meet the minimum criteria.

This opportunity is closed to applications.