Salary: £48,835-£56,587, with discretionary range up to £61,818 per annum
Contract: Fixed-term for 1 year in the first instance, renewable subject to funding
Hours: Up to full-time; flexible and part-time acceptable
Closing date: Noon on Thursday 18th November 2021
Interview date: 2nd-3rd December 2021
Vacancy ID: 153397
Apply: https://www.jobs.ox.ac.uk/ > search all jobs > search by “DataLab” or vacancy ID


We are looking for an Lead Product Manager to join our team and help us build the OpenSAFELY platform, a revolutionary open source platform for secure clinical research.

About OpenSAFELY

This is a career-defining opportunity to develop OpenSAFELY, a revolutionary open source platform for secure clinical research. Conceived at the start of the COVID-19 crisis, this has already been used to produce ground-breaking research using an unprecedented volume of patient data. Our research has been published in high profile journals such as Nature, and won praise from media outlets like The Economist, and patient advocacy groups like medConfidential.

OpenSAFELY aims to make secure, reproducible clinical analytics the norm, by making best-practice easy and enjoyable. We are pioneering new approaches to safely accessing sensitive and globally-important clinical datasets.

Who we are

We are the DataLab, at the University of Oxford, led by Dr Ben Goldacre. We are a small, productive, ambitious, very fast-moving team of software developers, academics, and clinicians, all pooling skills and knowledge to build platforms and tools as well as traditional academic papers.

Why join us?

You’ll get to work on a high-impact project, with real and immediate importance for policy and patient care. Everyone’s input is important, and you’ll be empowered to challenge and improve the way we do things. We value kindness and helpfulness in the way we interact with each other, and you’ll be part of a team that works hard at supporting each other.

We believe in a good work/life balance. We offer very flexible working, including remote working (within the UK) and a generous holiday allowance, family leave and other benefits.

Who we’re looking for

In addition to setting the overall product direction, this role encompasses some elements of UX design, and some elements of project management. Activities will include communicating the vision clearly, turning the roadmap into actionable tasks, designing high-level UX components, supporting the team by unblocking tickets, and supporting dialogue between end users and engineers.

While we have some key technical and leadership skills that we’re looking for, it’s equally important to us that you enjoy working as part of a collaborative team; that you’re inquisitive and interested in learning outside of your area of expertise and also keen to share your knowledge with others.

Key skills

  • Experience in product management of web-based digital products
  • Broad technical understanding of the full stack of web technologies
  • Experience in team management
  • Ability to work with technical and business stakeholders to discover and define visions, roadmaps and needs
  • Ability to assess and assign priority
  • Ability to evaluate risks and make judgements on the most appropriate solutions
  • Enjoy problem-solving and working with others to deliver at pace
  • Excellent facilitation, negotiation, and stakeholder engagement skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and able to contribute to a supportive, helpful culture

What to expect

Our application process follows a series of steps:

  1. Application: submit your CV and supporting statement. All candidates will be contacted about the status of their application after the closing date.
  2. Initial conversation - a 30 minute video call where we can get to know each other a bit better and you can find out more about the role, products, team and work environment.
  3. Practical task - a short and well-defined task that should take you no longer than 1-2 hours.
  4. In-depth interview - a 60 minute video call to discuss your product management skills in more detail, using your solution to the practical task as a starting point for discussion, and an opportunity for you to meet additional team members. You should be prepared to discuss your approach to the task, issues you encountered and the rationale for your solution. We want you to have the best possible opportunity to demonstrate your technical knowledge and skills, so we won’t ask you trick questions!

Ready to apply?

Visit https://www.jobs.ox.ac.uk > search all jobs > search by “DataLab” or vacancy ID 153397 for a detailed job description and application form.

Want to know more? If you’re not sure you meet the criteria, you have questions about the role, or you’d just like to talk to someone informally about what it’s like to work here, please reach out to Iain, one of our software developers, and he’ll be happy to tell you more.
Contact: Iain Dillingham - [email protected]