Head of Products

  • Job Reference: 000492
  • Date Posted: 5 October 2020
  • Employer: Roke
  • Website: https://www.roke.co.uk/
  • Location: Romsey
  • Salary: £50,000 to £80,000
  • Sector: Engineering
  • Job Type: Full Time

Job Description

About Roke

Roke imagines a more secure world. A world where technology protects, rather than exposes. A world where expert engineers, consultants and business support staff collaborate to protect what matters most to our clients.

Continuing to delight our customers is essential, and so the maintenance of very high-levels of delivery confidence and performance is a critical business function.

Likewise Roke has a direct responsibility to deliver consistently high-levels of financial performance into its parent organisation, Chemring. Fully understanding the governing contracts and delivering them confidently and robustly underpins this mission.

The Opportunity 

As Head of Products you will be directly responsible for leading and directing the balance between the needs of the customer and delivering strong financial performance for the Business Unit (BU). You will achieve this by working closely with BU Delivery Leadership, Client Management, Business Operations, Project Management Office and other Delivery Management Teams.

Primary Job Purpose 
  • To provide strong and visible leadership to the Product Delivery Teams; this responsibility includes building and transforming teams; it also includes creating and embedding a strong leadership culture
  • Working with Client Management and Heads of Delivery to build-up and deliver consistently accurate and trusted forecasts
  • Overall responsibility for ensuring efficient and effective controls are in place which deliver consistently high-levels of product delivery performance
  • Taking overall responsibility for assuring accurate planning and reporting against internal product developments; this includes clear and timely escalation where appropriate
  • Taking overall responsibility for the identification, prioritisation and active management of risks/issues, assumptions and dependencies relating to safety, people, revenue, enablement, schedule, cost, quality and reputation


Key Responsibilities
  • Maintaining a consistently high-level of delivery confidence across all Product lines – visible to customers and visible within the Roke organisation, quickly identifying and mitigating all significant delivery risks and issues and minimising impact
  • Providing consistently accurate financial forecasting for all products & projects – with particular focus on revenue forecasting accuracy (monthly/quarterly/annually); forecasting must include a clear narrative of associated risks and opportunities
  • Planning for the needs of the BU (for people, space, IT and Infrastructure, Security, MI and Tooling) in order to have accurate representation within the Integrated Business Planning Process
  • Risks and issues are to be prioritised and escalated based on impact (e.g. impacting safety or revenue)
  • Continually identifying and exploiting opportunities to increase project profitability/margin
  • Continually improving the BU’s delivery performance focussing on efficiency and effectiveness, actively managing an up-to-date, prioritised backlog of improvements
  • Actively embedding and enforcing compliance with Roke’s Delivery Assurance Policy
  • Always fully complying with Roke’s published policies and procedures
  • Undertake such other reasonable duties, commensurate with the job holder’s experience and qualifications, as may be required for the smooth operation of the business


Why We Want You 

Education and Qualifications
  • Honours Degree
  • Appropriate Product/Service/P3M qualifications (P3O, APM, MoP, MSP, Prince2, ITIL)


Knowledge, Skills & Experience
  • Minimum of 10 years’ Product/P3M experience in a customer facing organisation – successfully working at project, programme, and portfolio levels
  • Experienced in initiating and successfully leading business transformation programmes
  • Experienced in risk management
  • Information and Data Management experience preferred
  • Data analysis experience essential


Why You Should Join Us

We have a competitive salary and access to a number of additional flexible benefits, which will cover Health and Wellbeing, Savings and Protection & Life, Leisure and Entertainment. 

Roke has a great community of groups with shared interests. These enable people to share ideas and be passionate about tools, technologies & techniques, which interest them.

We are committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion. Our working environment is friendly, creative and inclusive. We will consider flexible working arrangements and support a diverse work-force and those with additional needs.

Security Information 

Due to the nature of this position, we require you to be willing and eligible to achieve a minimum of SC clearance. To qualify, you should be a British Citizen and have resided in the UK for the last 5 years for SC and 10 years for DV. For more information about clearance eligibility, please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/security-vetting-and-clearance.

High level clearance bonus is available and will be considered on application.