Vacancy -- Lead Product Manager - Digital Data and Technology

Recruitment Principles

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Vacancy Details

Health and Social Services
Knowledge and Analytical Services
Executive Band 2 - £48,650 - £58,185
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Pan Wales, Other location
Due to the nature of this role, regular travel to Cardiff will be required.
'Pan Wales' means that the location in which the vacancy can be based is flexible, subject to the needs of the business. A list of the Welsh Government's offices can be found on our website ( Please note it may not always be possible to accommodate a preference for a specific office location, but requests will be taken into consideration.
If you are successful at sift you will be expect to attend an Assessment Event between the 25th and 29th November in Cardiff.

Purpose of Post:

The Lead Product Manager role is part of the Digital Data and Technology (DDaT) Profession in Welsh Government and is aligned to the Lead Product Manager role in the UK Government’s DDaT Framework. A product manager is responsible for the quality of their products. They use their knowledge of user needs and business goals to frame problems and set priorities for their delivery teams.

The Lead Product Manager will provide the ICT and data infrastructure in Knowledge and Analytical Services (KAS), including overall responsibility for data management policy and maintenance of credentials, StatsWales, My Local School and other data services, and management of the migration of existing services to the Welsh Government cloud.

Key tasks:

As a Lead product manager, you will:

  • form the vision for their product and engage their teams and stakeholders in the development of that vision over time
  • keep people informed about the development of their products and promote their uptake
  • represent users throughout the delivery process and use their feedback to inform continuous improvement

Development opportunities:

You can expect to be supported to establish yourself in the grade, and be the best that you can be.  You will be encouraged to take advantage of opportunities for continuous development, and to offer the opportunity for others to learn from you as you progress.

Closing Date:

11/11/2019, 16:00

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing its bilingual workforce, and welcomes applications for any post from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Not necessary to undertake the duties of this post

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria

What the organisation will expect

  • Promote diversity, inclusion and equality of opportunity, respecting difference and external experience
  • Ensure plans and activities in your area of work reflect wider strategic priorities
  • Able to define the minimum viable product and make decisions about priorities

What your team will expect

  • Inspire and motivate teams to be fully engaged in their work and dedicated to their role
  • Coaches and leads teams in Agile and Lean practices, determining the right approach for the team to take and evaluating this through the life of a project

What key stakeholders will expect

  • Explain complex issues in a way that is easy to understand
  • Applies strategic thinking in how to provide the best service for the end user

Other Information

The assessment process

Candidates will be assessed for suitability for this role through an assessment event. Here is some information on the exercises:

Technical Exercise

The Technical Exercise will be a scenario based exercise in the form of a presentation. Candidates will demonstrate their ability to articulate technical information and methodology in a way that’s easy to understand.

Leadership Exercise

The Leadership Exercise will be a written exercise. Candidates will be provided with a scenario and supporting information and given time to write your response.


The interview will be based on Success Profiles and the Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Framework. Interviews will include questions in relation to Behaviours, Experience and Technical.

How to apply

To apply you will need to complete the following steps: 

  1. Complete the online form in Appoint with your personal details.
  2. Attach a Personal Statement outlining how you meet criteria outlined in the “Competency behaviours / Job Specific” section. You should cover all 7 bullet points under the sub-headings “what your organisation/team/stakeholders will expect” with no more than 300 words per point.
  3. Attach a CV demonstrating experience in relation to the advertised description.

Please upload in the 'Attach Competency/Job Specific Criteria Evidence' section of the online application form.

If you are successful at sift you will be expect to attend an Assessment Event between the 25th and 29th November in Cardiff.

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have a disability which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to a disability in order to submit your application.

To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system.  Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account.  Registration takes just a few minutes to complete.  You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register.  Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.  

If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for internal Candidates (link).

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)

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This vacancy is closed to applications.