Head of Product Design

Job description

We think differently. We make the unbelievable happen. We are changing the future of how people buy cars. Technology is key to the future of the business and as we grow and look to scale in the Automotive industry, and build out our tech capability within the UK, the Head of Product Design will lead project teams who are building cutting edge software solutions for the Automotive industry.


About the Tech

Our technologies include but not limited to SaaS and micro-services based software design, Azure, Docker, VueJS, React, PHP, Symfony, Composer, MySQL, Linux Bash Scripting, Docker, Kubernetes, Helm Charts, Git, VSTS Pipelines, Terraform, MS Azure (or equivalent), Atlassian Tools – Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket, ElasticSearch, Kibanna, RabbitMQ and more.

 

About the Role

Based at Warwick this is a new role for a Head of Product Design to lead the Business Analysts and User Experience Designers to set and evolve the creative direction of the Summit Automotive platform.  Working closely with the Product Manager and Head of Platform, you will ensure that the product requirements from both client and internal stakeholders are translated into high-quality user stories and user interface deliverables so that platform development is undertaken to exact product specifications.


Being a lead product design role, you will be comfortable in owning the product design strategy and balancing the commercial needs of the business with client and internal stakeholder needs, ensuring the Business Analysts and UX Designers have the right focus and direction.


This permanent opportunity is for a Head of Product Design who has the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and bring a high level of strategy and governance into a start-up environment. The Automotive teams are based from central London (Soho) and Warwick, with third-party teams in Romania and Prague. We are looking for someone to be based out of our Warwick for the majority, with travel to our other sites as and when required.  

Requirements

About You

With extensive working experience and knowledge in a medium to large-scale web and e-commerce environment, you will have operated at a similar "Head of" level where you have set and owned the product design strategy on one or more platforms that are imperative to an organisations business strategy and growth plan.


Working across Client Delivery Managers, Project Managers and Product Management you will ensure platform requirements are correctly collated, prioritised, documented and delivered efficiently to internal and external development teams, supported by the relevant user experience requirements to support development.  You will have:

  • Demonstrable experience in leading UX teams to deliver a strong portfolio of work showcasing UX and visual skills.
  • Demonstrable experience in leading Business Analysts teams to collate platform requirements to inform the product design and development lifecycle.
  • Demonstrable experience in coping with a technically complex platform and fast-changing environment, responding calmly and rationally to changes in business direction in a deadline-driven situation.
  • Exceptional leadership and communication skills.
  • Deep understanding of user experience design principles.
  • In-depth and extensive experience of Agile processes and software development methodologies.


About the Benefits

A competitive base salary is on offer plus opportunities for progression, within an exciting start-up environment that can already count numerous multi-national Automotive manufacturers as clients, with the added backing of our parent company TCC Global, a hugely successful and internationally recognised leader in loyalty marketing. 


Benefits including Life Assurance, Health Care Cash Plan, Auto-enrolment Pension, Profit Share, Experience for Life, Career Break Scheme, plus 25 day's holiday rising with service and your birthday off every year. Successful candidates must have and be able to evidence their right to work in the UK.  If you’re interested in finding out more and becoming a Changemaker we look forward to hearing from you.  No speculative agency CVs please.

 

About Us

Summit are changemakers in Automotive ecommerce. We are deeply involved in the transformation that ecommerce is creating in automotive, bringing our 18 years of expertise in retail to an exciting market. Manufacturers and Dealers trust us to help them on their automotive journey. We empower our clients to be best in class ecommerce and digital revolutionaries, making it more likely that people will buy from them, than anyone else.