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Product & Portfolio Director

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We are proud to be the UK’s number one training provider. Our enthusiastic people bring genuine passion and natural energy to everything that they do, and through their infectious energy, they motivate and inspire our learners to succeed. It has never been a more exciting time to join Paragon Skills as we continue on our journey of growth. Working nationally with small and large clients, we develop their talent at all levels. Our apprenticeship programmes integrate seamlessly with our clients’ ways of working, processes and training to support their strategic goals. We are recruiting for a Product & Portfolio Director to join us as a key part of the senior leadership team. Working directly for the Chief Executive Officer, you will be responsible for the development and creation of our portfolio and product landscape, championing digital innovation by aligning delivery with innovative thinking.You will define our overall qualification, portfolio and product strategy and the digital learning experience, for both existing and new products along with our long term vision to build best in class digital products and learning qualifications, giving us noticeable and measurable difference in the marketplace. We provide a highly competitive salary and incentive scheme, as well as great benefits through Paragon Choices and excellent training and development to support your progression through our Academy. What will you be doing?· Build strong relationships and engage frequently with internal and external stakeholders to build sponsorship, advocacy adoption and deliver change· Formulate and drive the vision for our products and portfolio enhancements using technology, business insights and product discovery techniques· Identify innovation trends and business opportunities within the market to provide long term value for Paragon Skills· Be responsible for developing, strategising and planning new digital product interventions that will drive innovation, efficiencies, and new customer channels· Own the product road map, lead the analysis, design, review, implementation, operation, and evolution of newly launched, digitally rich products and programmes to ensure they are successfully launched, and they maximise business value· Use regular competitor insights and analysis to inform business planning and respond with speed to opportunities and create clear points of difference· Ensure insights and market trends are reflected in shaping how our clients and learners identify, develop, commercialise, and evaluate customer driven product innovation · Inspire the commercial and design teams to implement solutions that add value to our existing and future customers and drive stronger business growthWhat we need from you:· Graduate degree or equivalent experience in product/ qualification design and implementation· 10+ years impactful senior leadership experience and/or senior level consultancy experience· Proven track record of successful design and delivery of impactful, innovative training content· Experience of creating highly engaging, contact rich multimedia, gamification and e-learning materials· Knowledge and experience in the development of digitally driven curriculum provision and the ability to contextualise the programme to the workplace setting · Thorough understanding of both the technology and pedagogic issues involved in successful e-learning delivery to deliver impact· Experience of working in a growth environment, managing a number of complex projects at the same time · Passionate about applying technology and innovative thinking to create an outstanding experience for learners and employer partners· Creative thinker focused on delivering solutions for key stakeholders· Ability to drive opportunities for growth forward and engage stakeholders in delivering your vision · Exceptional skills in project planning, management, budgeting and oversight· A strategic and lateral thinker, able to solve problems swiftly and innovatively· Highly developed communication, interpersonal, motivational, and influencing skills· An energetic team player with high levels of enthusiasm, integrity, and impact· Impressive networking skills, able to develop robust relationships and grow our brand presence positively and professionally · Thrive under pressure, working to deliver above target results with good time management and prioritisation skills· Use of a car and a clean driving licenceWe are a Disability Confident Employer and have a guaranteed interview scheme in place to ensure that nobody is overlooked or discriminated against because of their disability. If you meet the minimum criteria when you apply and you have informed us in your application that you have a disability, you will be guaranteed an interview for that role.

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