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Product Manager

Posted: 16/04/2018 | Location: Manchester | Reporting to: Managing Director


Degree 53 are an award-winning design and software development agency, based in Manchester City Centre, that specialises in UX design and software development. We are over four years old and have had continued year-on-year growth. We design and build websites, mobile apps and full platforms and provide product and digital consultancy which deliver true value to our clients.

Last year we launched a new division focused on online gambling and as part of this we have been developing some of our own products. The first phase of these products has recently gone live and we are looking to bring in a Product Owner to take ownership of their development.

The product consists of a number of applications which provides the following functions:

  • Player Management System
  • Payments and Bonusing
  • Content Management System
  • Retail POS
  • Reporting
  • System Controls
  • Frontend web components

The role will consist of product managing all of these, however, in the future as we grow and the products mature we may need to bring other people in to manage specific areas. This is an opportunity to be in at the start of something new and exciting and grow with the products and company.

If this sounds like you, keep reading...

Your responsibilities

  • To work with senior management and other stakeholders to define the product strategy. This will need to include competitor, user and market analysis. Once defined it will be your job to implement the strategy
  • Undertake competitor analysis to see where we sit in the marketplace
  • To know our products inside and out and be the go to person for questions about it both internally and externally
  • Perform internal and external demos of the product
  • Working with the stakeholders, define and own the product roadmap and backlog so that we are constantly adding value to the products
  • Develop a deep understanding of current and future customer needs
  • Work with the delivery teams to prioritise features and plan product releases
  • Make sure we’re always striving to have the best products on the market
  • Running workshops for the products. These could be training sessions or user groups of discovery sessions about new features or enhancements
  • Create goals and KPIs for the products so we can measure how they improve over time

You must

  • Have a minimum of 3 years software product management experience
  • Care deeply about the quality of your products
  • Be interested in working in the online gambling industry
  • Be able to work semi-autonomously. You will be reporting into the Managing Director who’s time can sometimes be limited  
  • Be commercially aware
  • Proven experience of working effectively with diverse stakeholders. You could be demoing the platform to the CEO of a multiple billion pound turnover business or explaining how a function could work to a junior developer
  • Have a solid understanding of digital technology and the software development lifecycle
  • Be analytical in your approach
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong organisational & time management skills


  • Experience in the online gambling industry
  • Wireframing experience
  • Agile development
  • JIRA & Confluence

The position

You report directly to the Managing Director. You will be based in the office in Manchester city centre.

The good stuff…

  • Employee of the month scheme
  • Referral bonus
  • 25 days holiday a year in addition to bank holidays
  • Company Pension Scheme (will match employee contribution up to 4.12%)
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Brand new office in Manchester city centre

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