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Our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace

At the FT, we aim for employees across all regions to have a voice so that diverse perspectives are heard and valued. We believe that a supportive workplace is one where employees feel they can be themselves at work and have the flexibility they need to meet their personal needs. We'll continue to remove barriers for all, and in particular barriers facing employees from underrepresented groups.

 

Overview

FT.com is the award-winning website of the Financial Times, providing the gold standard in global business news and information.  FT.com’s innovative business model has made it one of the world’s most successful digital news operations, with over 1,200,000 paid subscribers and over 5 million registered users. We believe in knowing our readers and advertisers and that is reflected in everything we do – from the FT Web App launched outside the confines of any app store to our “metered” business model.  

Data lies at the heart of our digital advertising proposition. It informs decision making across our Ops and sales teams, allows marketers and campaign managers to optimise delivery, allows product teams to test hypotheses and senior managers to understand the flow of revenue and inventory through our multiple digital channels. It also underpins the reporting that we send to customers and is the vital component that allows the FT to demonstrate return on £50m+ of annual advertiser investment.

 

Purpose of the Role

Reporting to the Director of Advertising Data & BI, the purpose of the role is to manage delivery of the components of our ads data strategy that pertain to platform and systems and requires an individual with outstanding technical prowess paired with a keen understanding of the commercial environment in which solutions reside.  Your goal is to empower our sales and campaign delivery teams through a platform that delivers business intelligence.  In doing so, client service should improve leading to improved retention and higher average client spend.   This entails ownership of our platform development roadmap and encompasses construction and management of data pipelines in and out of our partner systems and the application of that information as solutions for the various functional stakeholders across the ads department.  Stakeholder liaison and management is a key component of this role, requiring an ability to communicate at all levels of the organisation to ensure efficient and fair prioritisation that favours scalable solutions over quick fixes and short term hacks.

The role will require close liaison with the FT’s internal tech and analytics teams, line management of our technical analysts and developers as well as close collaboration with Data Strategists, Data Analysts and Ops team data users. It will also encompass day to day management of the relationship with the data systems and service partners with whom we do business, their roadmaps and the contracts that support them. The maintenance of data hygiene, quality, compliance and actionability is central to the role’s mission as well as ensuring that costly manual processes are minimised in favour of automation wherever possible.

Project management is a key skill and the role will require an ability to organise resources for technical teams, applying agile methodologies and project management systems to create a highly organised, transparent and efficient programme of work.

The provision of training and system support is also an essential part of the job, arranging focus groups, training sessions and BAU troubleshooting for data customers, liaising with our Learning and Development department where appropriate.

 

Main role duties and responsibilities

  • This is a Global product management role.

  • Responsible for the translation of the data strategy and product vision into the platform layer

  • The role is the crucial link between abstracted strategy and technical delivery - it requires an ability to grasp commercial imperatives and conceive technical solutions with which to meet them

  • You should empower the development team helping them to understand the business objective and knowledge so that they can use their expertise and guide you on the eventual product solution

  • Ownership of our advertising data platform delivery roadmap

  • Development of metrics with which to measure the success of the data platform as a product

  • Responsible for the day to day management of our back end development and front end reporting team, ensuring that tasks are prioritised and apportioned accordingly

  • Responsible for building a coherent and transparent delivery programme, employing agile methodologies and tech to form a product backlog on which to build development tasks. 

  • Setting of product and sprint goals based on user and business goals and ultimate product vision

  • Responsible for stakeholder liaison and management on prioritised initiatives

  • Responsible for system and solution outlay to users, including focus groups, testing and training support

  • Responsible for the career development of the engineering and analyst team, working with colleagues in central BI teams to ensure that growth plans for individuals are clearly formulated and strategically aligned with the developing needs of the business

  • Responsible for BAU management of live systems and supporting pipelines, ensuring user queries and system outages are resolved in a timely and transparent manner

 

Key working relationships

  • FT Ads data and BI Director

  • Web analytics and central BI team

  • Sales management and sector teams

  • Global Delivery Director and Campaign Management Heads

  • Yield team

  • Strategic delivery team

  • Commercial Strategy & Insight team

  • CRM team

 

Key Experience and Skills

  • 5+ years working on data products for business

  • Strong experience working within and managing operational or project focused teams

  • Experiencing working in agile development projects and the ability to employ these methodologies to build a coherent dev programme employing principles such as backlog, kanban, sprint and spike

  • Some familiarity with advertising metrics, their operation and applications

  • Confident working with business stakeholders at all levels

  • Some understanding of the measurement systems and industry standards that inform the trading and reporting of digital advertising

  • A strong understanding of data management and command of the technical language and principles underpinning the area.

  • Familiarity with the concepts and technologies that underpin relational databases, query engines and cloud based data warehousing solutions

  • Familiarity with data visualisation tools and techniques

  • Broad understanding of the applications of languages such as Java, Python and SQL within the data space

  • Some ability to write and deploy SQL

  • Must be comfortable working with data in systems such as Excel, Looker, Data Studio, Google Analytics, Tableau and SAS

  • Detailed understanding of web analytics systems and the principles that underpin them

  • Excellent communicator at all levels, a natural evangelist who is passionate about the FT product, our data and how it can work for our customers
     

What’s in it for you? Our Benefits

Our benefits vary depending on location, but we are committed to providing best in class perks across all our offices as well as an inclusive environment to develop your career. Examples of our benefits include; generous annual leave allowances, flexible working (including working from home), medical cover, enhanced maternity & paternity packages, subsidised gym memberships and Giving Back opportunities. Full details of our benefits can be found here.

Further Information

The FT is committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all. We are an equal opportunities employer who seeks to recruit and appoint the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We also promote flexible working and will consider specific requests around flexibility for all roles where it can be accommodated. Please let us know if you require any adjustments as part of the application process or to enable you to attend an interview. If you would like to discuss your requirements, or have any questions, talent@ft.com and a member of our team will be happy to help.

 

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