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hedgehog lab • Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Product Manager - Future Opportunity


Fully flexible hours

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Job Description

Please note: This is a Talent Pipeline role, not a live vacancy. We’ll be in touch when an appropriate role becomes available.

hedgehog lab is on the lookout for exceptional individuals to join our talent pipeline, where every project is an opportunity to exceed expectations and redefine what's possible. Our culture thrives on turning constraints into catalysts for innovation, empowering our team to unleash their full potential and deliver unparalleled value to our clients. Beyond our award-winning work, we’re also known for our Flexa-certified company culture.

hedgehog lab is a human-centred global tech consultancy. What sets us apart? Our unwavering commitment to going above and beyond, meeting every challenge with passion and curiosity. We take immense pride in our role as trusted partners for businesses worldwide, where we harness cutting-edge technologies to sculpt digital products that not only meet but exceed expectations, leaving a lasting impact on our clients and their industries.

The Potential Opportunity

  • Become an expert on the client’s business and product strategy, evaluating them and if needs be, challenging them.
  • Advocate for user-centric design principles and collaborate with our UX research and design team to ensure that mobile and web products are intuitive, accessible, and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Structure and articulate the client’s requirements so that they can be clearly understood by both the client and our team, ensuring an outstanding user experience and focussing on measurable business success.
  • Contribute to a collaborative and cross-functional work relationship between Design, Engineering and Commercial teams to deliver on hedgehog lab’s strategy.
  • Ownership. The product is yours, you're the client's champion. You're 100% responsible for ensuring the client (and their customers’) needs are understood and met.
  • Support pitching and strategy for new clients, while actively building and nurturing strategic partnerships with our existing clients to foster ongoing growth and strong relationships.

About You

  • Experience in Product Management at a senior level
  • Familiarity with agile development methods such as Scrum.
  • Experience of building and fostering long-term business relationships at all levels.
  • Empathy for clients leading change and innovation in big companies.
  • Experience of taking a lead role in planning and facilitating client meetings/workshops and other initiatives.
  • A passion for product innovation, design and development.
  • An insightful approach to new business strategy and strategic growth.

Note: Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often refrain from applying to positions unless they meet all the specified criteria. If you believe you possess the necessary qualities for this role but do not fulfil every requirement, don't hesitate to apply. We actively encourage you to showcase your skills and what you can contribute.

Why hedgehog lab?

  • Rated #5 in the UK on Clutch for mobile development
  • Our People are our greatest asset, and we are so proud to have been certified as a Great Place to Work, as rated by 93% of our business.
  • We’re a fully Flexified Employer, certified by Flexa. We know a one size fits all approach doesn’t work for everyone, we work with our employees to establish a model that benefits both parties.
  • We received the Advanced Award in the North of Tyne Combined Authority Good Work Pledge
  • Check out our Glassdoor reviews!
  • Inclusive environment. We never discriminate based on race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, genetics, disability or age. From menopausal support to neurodiversity adjustments, we’ll continue to foster an inclusive culture at the lab where everyone can let their authentic selves shine.

What we offer:

🏖️ 36 days paid holidays, including bank holidays.

🏡 Flexible working environment. We understand that not one approach fits everyone. Whether they are working from the office or home, we fully support our team in whichever way they prefer to work.

👶 Enhanced parental policies.

🧠 A transparent and open company culture where politics are shunned, and everyone works as a team.

📖 Annual learning & development budget plus 4 days L&D leave, which renews every year.

💙 Annual wellbeing budget plus 2 paid wellbeing days to use as you feel fit.

💌 Free therapy sessions with Spill. Mental health is paramount to us. Our partner, Spill, is a Slack-integrated therapy app available to all our staff at no extra cost.

💰 Bippit financial wellbeing service gives everyone access to a professionally-qualified financial coach, tools and resources to alleviate money stresses.

🏥 Bupa health plan. This cash plan enables UK employees to claim back cash back for a selection of routine health expenses.

🐴 1 volunteering day a year. Volunteer and contribute to a cause of your choice

🥳 Monthly payday socials and annual Summer and Christmas parties. We also like to celebrate important cultural milestones.

🚴‍♀️ Cycle-to-Work scheme

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Hubble coworking space for those who work further away from our offices

Diversity & inclusion statement

We strongly believe that having diversity within our team is integral to doing our best work and creating the most innovative products for our customers. We encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply to our roles.

We’re a family-friendly employer with a culture based on trust, autonomy and flexibility. With a current 85% FlexScore®, we’re learning as we go. By listening to our team and always asking for feedback, we can continue to improve and offer a working environment worthy of attracting the most creative and dedicated people in technology.

If you require any adjustments to submit an application for a vacancy, or if you require any reasonable adjustment should you be invited to interview, please let us know.

For any questions about this role or future opportunities, please contact Holly Orange, Talent Acquisition Adviser, at holly.orange@hedgehoglab.com or talent@hedgehoglab.com

Company benefits

28 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Health insurance – BUPA Health Plan
Open to part-time employees
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced sick pay
Wellbeing allowance – Annual personal Wellbeing budget plus 2 days off
L&D budget – Annual Learning & Development budget plus 4 days
Shared parental leave
Volunteer days – 1 day off per year for the purpose of volunteering
Cycle to work scheme
Access to free therapy sessions.
Access to financial wellbeing advice.
Monthly payday socials and annual Summer and Christmas parties.
Annual £250 Learning & Development budget inclusive of 4 L&D days.
Annual £100 personal Wellbeing budget inclusive of 2 wellbeing days.
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
(these do not contribute to the FlexScore®)

Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Employees feel like the company culture is brilliantly inclusive and equitable
Employees enjoy the working environment
Employees feel quite excited about the company mission
Employees feel that their salary is fair and in line with the market average

Working at hedgehog lab

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

Newcastle UK, York UK, Sofia BG

Funding levels

£2 million+

Hiring Countries


United Kingdom

United States

Awards & Achievements

Most flexible companies

Most flexible companies

Flexa100 2024
Media & Agencies

Media & Agencies

Industry awards 2023
Most flexible companies

Most flexible companies

Flexa100 2023
Consultancy & Agency

Consultancy & Agency

Industry awards 2022

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