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Prolific • Remote, UK

Product Development Manager


Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

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Job Description

At a Glance

Us: Fast-growing startup of 100+ people. Remote team, mainly based in the UK & New York. YC alumni (Summer 2019) and Series A funding of 32$M in 2023. Our mission is to revolutionize how the world learns about people, so people can revolutionize the world. 🚀

Salary: £98,000 - £128,100

You: As a Product Development Manager you will have responsibility over one of our development teams and product areas. You will be a versatile player/coach with responsibilities for product management, engineering, delivery and people management. The product area this vacancy is responsible for is platform quality of service, which includes stability, reliability, resilience, performance, scalability and security. You will also be responsible for improving the maintainability and extensibility of the platform.

You will be responsible for your team’s impact and behaviours and you will be accountable for timely delivery of improvements to our platform/products that make our customers happy and strengthen the position of our business. This is a leadership role that requires you to be adaptable and comfortable in complex scenarios and domains, both technical and commercial, including client-facing scenarios.

The Role

At Prolific we have a united product development group with Engineering, Data, Product, Design and Research all working closely.

Within the product development group, we have cross-functional teams that are centred on product areas with an associated mission. The teams have the autonomy to self-organise towards the best possible outcomes. We optimise for fast flow of work and search for continual improvement every day. We understand the importance of good product development and engineering practices, so we place collaboration, communities, and personal improvement at the heart of our culture.

What you'll be doing

  • Leading one or more of our product development teams, performing platform scoping/prioritisation/backlog management functions, technical oversight and delivery management.
  • Taking accountability for both the delivery and quality of the team’s output to agreed timelines and high-quality standards
  • A strong customer focus, making data driven decisions to guide the team to the highest impact outcomes for our customers
  • Manage, coach, and mentor team members to nurture their growth with the goal of developing the group into a high-performing team
  • Where necessary, you will effectively manage the performance of underperforming team members to ensure that the overall team unit remains strong and high-performing
  • Working closely with your technical leads, you will ensure that the technical solutions, architectures and designs of your teams align with the overarching company technology and product strategy
  • With a You Build It, You Run It mindset, you will champion and contribute to our collaborative DevOps culture, optimising your team for fast flow
  • Understand the architecture, codebase and services your teams works with, actively engage in technical workshops and facilitate technical decisions that reduce complexity without introducing undue technical debt
  • Take a hands-on approach to leading the team in analysing the operations of the platform/products through looking at logs, APM tools and code, and building a backlog of changes to reduce errors and enhance stability, reliability, resilience, performance, scalability and security.
  • Oversee the support of code developed by the team and deployed to production.
  • Champion our principles, ensure our communities of practice are well established, and contribute to the improvement of our product development culture
  • In support of our growth, you will lead the hiring, on-boarding and training of new team members
  • You will be looking for opportunities to experiment with better ways of working, understanding where the current constraints are to delivery, and how incremental improvements in ways of working could help, but are not afraid to make radical changes based on proven best practice where necessary.

What you’ll bring

  • A strong technical background which informs how you help the teams solve problems
  • You must be comfortable wearing the hats of a delivery manager and product manager for your team—that is, being accountable for prioritizing, phasing, experimenting, and understanding customer needs, and delivering these to agreed timelines.
  • You have a deep understanding of both monolithic and distributed web applications and the surrounding stacks, and you have experience building and supporting public cloud apps
  • A passion for developing others and experience in managing, motivating, coaching and mentoring others.
  • Previous experience of working in an environment with strong product development practices and the ability to demonstrate how you have improved the culture
  • You care about the product life cycle and are customer value focused
  • Ability to demonstrate the use of continuous, iterative improvement and a culture of feedback to drive change in your team and across the wider organisation
  • A passion for software product development, and an appetite for learning and self-improvement
  • You have previously been hands-on technically and are fluent in communicating technical solutions and their feasibility to non-technical stakeholders

What We Expect from You

We’re proud of the culture we’ve built at Prolific, and as a Prolifico, we expect you to contribute positively to our workplace culture by embracing our core principles:

  • Celebrate our wins - for our customers, partners, Prolificos and Prolific.
  • Break down silos to partner across teams, fostering a unified effort toward company objectives.
  • Strive for excellence in all that you do, setting and working towards ambitious goals.
  • Continuously seek opportunities for improvement and innovation, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.
  • Act with integrity, prioritizing customer satisfaction and trust above all else.
  • Actively seek and act on customer feedback to deliver solutions that exceed their expectations.
  • Manage your time efficiently, focusing on tasks that drive impact and support our mission.
  • Take ownership of your responsibilities, and be accountable for your progress and the quality of your work.
  • Approach challenges with a growth mindset, viewing them as opportunities for learning and innovation.
  • Encourage and participate in experimentation, embracing failure as a valuable learning experience.

What you’ll get

⚖️ Work Life Balance: We’re all looking to strike the right work life balance, and as a remote first company you’re able to work flexibly from home or our dog-friendly co-working space in Shoreditch and Manchester. We also offer 25 days of holiday, plus bank holidays of course, which you can switch with any day of your choosing.

🏡 Family Life: We offer generous maternity, paternity and shared parental leave. Need to pick your child up from school? No Problem. Our flexible working gives you the childcare flexibility you need.

🧘 Wellbeing: We care deeply about our employees well-being, that’s why we offer comprehensive Bupa private health insurance, that disregards medical history. Taxable monthly stipend of £150 in order for you to improve your wellness and remote experience. We want you to have a happy and healthy environment so we offer a £1000 home office budget, along with a MAC laptop when you start, plus a £200 yearly top-up.

📚 Learn & Grow: Development is important to us, and we want to give all our employees the opportunity to learn. There are many personal growth and career progression opportunities available, as well as mentoring. We also offer a £1000 yearly budget for education, growth and training for you to use at your discretion

💙 Culture: We’re a friendly bunch here at Prolific; open, transparent and inclusive. Although we’re a remote first company we still love to hang out with each other! We run collaborative quarterly company-wide meets up and team socials (both virtually and in-person), all paid for. Alongside this we offer a yearly budget for discretionary meet-ups so you can cover travel, food and accommodation. As a business we’re also committed to carbon offsetting; each month we donate money in your name to plant trees 🌳 and being remote we’re doing our bit to offset travel too

Our Interview Process

Talent Call - You'll meet with one of our Talent team and have an exploratory call about the role requirements, life at Prolific, as well as your background and aspirations.

Hiring Manager Interview - You'll interview with two members of the team, one of which will be the hiring manager. You'll have the opportunity to ask about the company and the role, and we'll ask you questions about your experiences and goals.

Panel Interview - We'll hold a panel interview that evaluates skills required for the role. You'll meet with more of our team and may be asked to complete a presentation or task. You'll be compensated with a £50 voucher 💰 for completing the task because we know your time is valuable!

Final Interview - We will deep dive into your past experiences, goals, motivations, and skills all aligned to our Prolific Principles. You'll speak with two to three members of the team and - as always - have an opportunity to ask questions about the role and company.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Monitoring

Prolific is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. We welcome all applications, and consider them without regard to race, religion, belief, age, gender, gender expression, gender identity, gender reassignment, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, sex or sexual orientation.

We are committed to ensuring a fair recruitment process, it's essential to our success. Under the Equality Act (2010) we collect information from individuals at the point of application. We anonymously monitor the profiles of individuals that apply to each vacancy to ensure that no individual is unfairly discriminated against or disadvantaged.

Privacy Statement

By submitting your application, you agree that Prolific may collect your personal data for recruiting and global organisation planning. Prolific's Candidate Privacy Notice explains what personal information Prolific may process, where Prolific may process your personal information, its purposes for processing your personal information, and the rights you can exercise over Prolific use of your personal information.

Company benefits

Bank holiday swaps
Company wide holidays/offsites
Early finish Fridays
Enhanced maternity leave – 13 weeks full paid, 26 weeks 50% pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 4 weeks full paid
Enhanced sick pay
Mental health days
L&D budget – £1000 per year
Work from home stipend
Dog friendly co-working space
25 days annual leave + bank holidays
Pregnancy loss leave
Open to part-time employees
Health insurance – Bupa & Medicash Health Plan (Opt in)
Life insurance
Lunch and learns
Employee discounts
Employee assistance programme
Optional unpaid leave
Pension match/increase
Salary sacrifice
£1000 yearly budget for education, growth, and training.
Taxable Stipend of £150 a month per person, £1800 a year (before tax).
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are very 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, and the efforts to improve and maintain it, are great
Employees feel like the company culture is brilliantly inclusive and equitable
Employees feel like it is a really great environment to work in
Employees feel very excited about and aligned with the company mission
Employees feel that their salary is good and matches the value they bring

Working at Prolific

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female:non-binary)


Office locations

London & New York

Funding levels


Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

United States

Awards & Achievements

Most flexible companies

Most flexible companies

Flexa100 2024
1st – DeepTech, Data & AI

1st – DeepTech, Data & AI

Industry awards 2023


Flexa100 2023
1st – Research & Data

1st – Research & Data

Industry awards 2022

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