23 (Entain)
About The Role

Entain Group is one of the world's largest listed sports betting and gaming groups and a FTSE 50 company with a market cap of £8.5Bn. The Group operates through a global family of 30+ brands serving tens of millions of customers, with 20+ offices across five continents.

Entain has recently announced an ambitious strategy to expand its activities into broader interactive entertainment through a combination of M&A and innovation activity. As a part of this, we have recently launched our global innovation programme - Ennovate - backed by a significant investment. Ennovate will focus on developing new customer experiences and commercial models and help deliver on Entain's overall vision.

Reporting to the Chief Innovation Officer, Product Director - Innovation & New Ventures will be a key member of the Innovation leadership team, with responsibility for overseeing a portfolio of innovation products as they evolve from early-stage ideas to market-ready commercial propositions.

You will be the lead product authority for all new ventures in our Ennovate innovation funnel, taking accountability for setting product specifications and overseeing the subsequent product development activity. This will entail managing internal development teams (and 3rd party resources when required), whom you will manage, support, constructively challenge and not be afraid to 'get your hands dirty' when required.

In short, you will be in the thick of it as we turbocharge our mission to redefine the world of entertainment.

What you'll be doing:

  • Signing off (and, where needed, defining) product specification across all innovation ventures, ensuring each concept has a clear underlying structure and an appropriate roadmap
  • Overseeing product development process across the portfolio and across different stages of the innovation lifecycle
  • Establishing and enforcing best-practice approaches to early-stage proposition development
  • Establishing a regular customer feedback/validation framework and ensuring it is leveraged effectively
  • Managing innovation sprint and delivery squads assigned to each project/venture, ensuring activities are delivered to the required standard, on time and within budget
  • Acting as the voice of authority on early-stage proposition development, internally and externally
  • Developing current and new team members' product-related skills
  • Establishing and managing external partnerships to enhance our innovation products and/or accelerate their development

What we need from you:

Must have:

  • Extensive and demonstrable experience in leading proposition development from raw ideas through to market-ready products;
  • Experience of concept development methodologies (eg. Design Thinking, 5-day sprints etc) and conducting brainstorming sessions;
  • Experience of leading/managing agile product team(s);
  • Exceptional communication skills;
  • Gravitas and confidence to work with (and, when necessary, constructively challenge) senior stakeholders;

Nice to have, but not essential:

  • Knowledge/experience of the entertainment space
  • Knowledge/experience of vr, ar, nft and emerging 'metaverse' platforms

What we can offer you:

  • We're a fast-paced, high-tech and progressive company which means from day 1 you'll have an opportunity to make a real impact to the business
  • Big focus on personal and professional development (free cross-knowledge and linkedin learning subscriptions)
  • Flexible benefits package including (annual bonus, employee share scheme, private medical, life assurance, income protection, matching pension contributions, enhanced vacation package, discounted gym membership) with the ability to flex your benefits package to suit your needs
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Newly refurbished offices, with chillout spaces and modern facilities
  • Fantastic programme of free social activities, from our legendary summer parties and Friday night.
  • We're as passionate about sports as you are, if you can name a sport, we've probably got a company team.
  • We take your wellbeing seriously. Each office had wellbeing champions, we have a monthly schedule of wellbeing talks and activities. You'll get a free subscription to Unmind, and we have a great Employee Assistance scheme that offers counselling, financial advice and other help.

What the process looks like:

  • Phone screening call with Talent Acquisition Partner John Blake (Please get in touch if you've any questions!)
  • 30 minute online assessment
  • 1st interview with Chief Innovation Officer
  • Short task to complete and present back at 2nd interview with Chief Innovation Officer and COO
  • Offer and Celebrations! 

About Entain

We may sit on the FTSE100, but for millions of customers worldwide, we’re the brands they hold in their hands – and heart. As the home of household names like Ladbrokes, Foxy and PartyPoker, to name just a few, we elevate lives with moments of excitement. And right now we’re elevating ourselves above the competition. We’re leading the industry in bold new directions - and it’s our diverse and talented team who are making this possible. Believe us, the best is yet to come. For our customers. For our future. For your career.

DEI and Wellbeing @ Entain

At Entain we do what’s right. It’s one of our core values. Which is why we’re taking the lead when it comes to creating a diverse, equal and inclusive future - for our people, our industry and our society. We’ve created a culture where everyone can feel psychologically safe, included and heard. Where being accepted for who you are is a given. Here, we celebrate our individual differences, and make sure everyone feels supported, respected, and empowered to thrive – and that starts from the moment you apply to join us.

Life @ Entain

We’re a team who love to play, and win, together. We love building bonds between our people, and we love to build your career up too. Join us, and we won’t just be your employer, we’ll be your biggest cheerleader. We’ll give you the power to lead the conversation on your learning and career goals from day one, and then get behind you with all the support you need to take your career – and our business – to new heights.