Lead Product Manager - Automation

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Information Technology
Portishead, Police Headquarters, Valley Road, Portishead- BS20 8QJ
PO 12-15

£50,109 - £53,529

Please note, if this is a paid role and the role is part time then the salary quoted will be pro rata based on the hours worked per annum.  
Market Factors Allowance
This role is currently eligible for a market supplement in addition to the basic salary to reflect determined market conditions. Eligibility for and value of Market factors are reviewed on an annual basis and are not contractual. It can be confirmed, therefore, that a market supplement at the rate of "£10,000 (£pro rata)" per annum will be payable.

12/03/2024, 23:55

Lead Product Manager – Automation and AI  £60,109 - £63,529

Are you an innovative and forward-thinking IT professional, looking for a leadership role where you can really make a difference?  

We have a vacancy for a Lead Product Manager, to be responsible for the continued delivery of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) across the business. You will manage a team responsible for designing and delivering solutions that take away repetitive administrative tasks and release capacity so that colleagues can focus on their frontline service to the communities of Avon and Somerset.  This role will also involve working on some new Artificial Intelligence (AI) initiatives we plan to take forward – a natural next step that builds on our successful foundations with RPA. 

We are looking for a strong leader with experience of service delivery and product management in an IT setting. You will have a solid understanding of automation and AI technologies, a passion for the opportunities they present, and you will want to help us (and other forces with whom we collaborate) develop sustainable capabilities in these areas. You will be a strong influencer and communicator - comfortable managing a broad range of stakeholders, including suppliers and commercial relationships.   

If you are a strategic thinker, who can motivate a team, drive continuous improvement and ensure that we deliver tangible benefits for the organisation - then this role is for you. 

About us: 

This role sits within our IT directorate of over 130 staff.  You will be part of the Digital Experience leadership team - a friendly and welcoming group of professionals who exist to innovate and improve the digital experiences of colleagues across the constabulary, as well as the public that we serve.  

You’ll be managing the most mature and well-established RPA capability in policing.  Our team are now one of two UK centres of excellence for RPA, managing a large programme of activity on behalf of the Home Office to extend and embed RPA across policing nationally.  There couldn’t be a more exciting time to join us. 

Our IT Directorate is based at the beautiful Police and Fire Headquarters in Portishead, with free parking and range of on-site facilities.  We work very flexibly however, and the role can largely be performed from home (travel within the force area will be required to meet with colleagues when needed).   

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Leading an RPA team of process analysts, automation controllers and developers – working with stakeholders across the organisation to generate and prioritise the work of the team in line with organisational strategic priorities. 
  • Leading or supporting the delivery of new automation and AI capabilities – developing roadmaps and plans, and ensuring successful implementation and adoption.  
  • Engaging with external stakeholders (e.g. Home Office, Police Digital Service, other police forces, suppliers etc) to understand the market, identify collaboration opportunities, share best practice and stay abreast of developments in the fields of Automation and AI.  
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement and professional development within your team – continually reviewing ways of working to ensure a high performing team, aligned with agile principles.  
  • Ensuring continuity and quality of service - ensuring the security and stability of the technologies we adopt, ensuring clear protocols in place for change and release management, effective management of service downtime / incidents / upgrades etc. 

What we are looking for: 

  • Experience working in an IT environment, leading strong multi-disciplinary/cross-functional teams to deliver new products and capabilities  
  • A skilled negotiator and influencer with a proven track record of building and maintaining effective relationships with colleagues, internal and external stakeholders and commercial / third party suppliers 
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to engage with technical and non-technical personnel, adapting style to suit a variety of situations and ensure complex matters are articulated clearly.  
  • Experience / strong interest in the fields of automation and artificial intelligence. 

The basic salary for this role is £50,109-£53,529, with an additional market supplement payment of £10,000 (subject to annual review) 

This is a complex and fascinating organisation, where no two days are the same – so if that sounds like the sort of environment you can thrive, then we’d love to hear from you! 

About us

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We recognise the benefit different life experience and perspectives can bring.

We are on a journey to become the most inclusive police force in the country. 

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Blended Working/ Hybrid Working

Avon and Somerset Police encourage flexible working where operationally possible.
This role has been identified as a blended role.
The successful candidate for this role will have the opportunity to work from home whilst also at a secondary work location, which will be a police premises. The successful applicant will have the option to discuss working arrangements with their line manager. All applicants must reside within the UK.

Important information before you commence an application (for external applicants)

You will require the following detail to complete this application form:

  • National Insurance Number
  • Identification Detail e.g. passport
  • Address information including proof 
  • Referee information
  • Full employment history including dates and any qualifications you may have attained
  •  Tattoos - you will also be requested to provide photos and describe of any visible tattoos you have

If the role requires you to drive you will also be required to upload details from your full driving licence including photos. 

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This vacancy is closed to applications.