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Head of Product Development and Innovation CMI – Chartered Management Institute

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) seeks a forward-thinking leader for their Head of Product Development and Innovation role.

  • Location: Remote-Hybrid / London or Corby
  • Salary: £75,000
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Wednesday 8th May

Who we are.

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) sets the Professional Standard in management and leadership. They have worked with businesses and education providers to inspire people to unleash their potential through qualifications, apprenticeships and training to become skilled, confident and successful managers and leaders, resulting in Chartered Manager status – the ultimate management accolade, which is proven to boost individuals’ career prospects, management capability and impact in the workplace.

They know the importance of fresh ideas and encourage new perspectives. They are a not for profit, Sunday Times Best Company To Work for 2023, with a Platinum Accreditation with Investors in People. They offer an engaging, flexible and collaborative culture with a wealth of opportunities for professional development.

About the role.

CMI is actively seeking a dynamic and forward-thinking Head of Product Development and Innovation to spearhead the strategic evolution of its product portfolio across diverse audiences.

Reporting directly to the Chief Product & Marketing Officer, this pivotal role involves orchestrating the strategic vision of the organisation, fostering a team of 8 professionals, and ensuring alignment between product offerings and market demands.

The ideal candidate will possess a nuanced understanding of market dynamics, coupled with a knack for innovation and strategic and forward-thinking.

In collaboration with the senior leadership team, the candidate will leverage insights from customer, competitor, and market analyses to craft a robust product roadmap that enhances CMI’s market standing and long-term viability.

Key responsibilities encompass maximising growth opportunities within existing products, leading horizon-scanning initiatives for new developments, and conceiving, implementing, and funding innovative products that complement CMI’s existing suite. Moreover, the role involves proactively mitigating risks posed by policy changes, driving customer-centric research initiatives, and staying ahead of market trends and political landscapes to capitalise on emerging opportunities. Emphasising a collaborative approach, the Head of Product Development and Innovation will champion a culture of continuous improvement while ensuring clarity and coherence in articulating product propositions.

Within CMI’s established product development strategy, the emphasis lies on horizon scanning, strategic alignment, and leveraging existing strengths while exploring new avenues. Supported by dedicated research teams and under the leadership of an approachable and vision-driven CMO, the product development team operates within a culture of progression and accountability.

Who we are looking for.

The ideal candidate will embody a wealth of strategic experience in product innovation and development. This individual will adeptly utilise the latest digital and technological advancements to align products with evolving user needs.

Their proficiency extends to horizon scanning the political and policy landscape to inform a comprehensive product roadmap. With a deep understanding of both regulated and unregulated qualification markets, along with associated funding landscapes, the ideal candidate will comfortably engage with executive teams and possess a commitment to leveraging customer insights for product creation.

They must exhibit exceptional analytical skills, strategic evaluation, and proposition development capabilities, coupled with a track record of driving transformative change in fast-paced environments.

The successful candidate will be adept at crafting compelling business cases, analysing commercial opportunities, and demonstrating a keen aptitude for storytelling.

Additionally, they will possess outstanding communication skills, fostering inclusive cultures and collaborating effectively with stakeholders at all levels. With a focus on results and delivery, this individual will bring an entrepreneurial spirit, innovative thinking and task-driven approach to the table, aligning seamlessly with CMI’s mission and values.


CMI believes they are only as good as the people that work at CMI and in turn, they offer a competitive benefits package for all employees:

  • Flexible working – Whether from home or in the office; wherever works best for you. They are not a traditional 9 to 5, they are flexible with what hours you work and when you work.
  • 21 days’ holiday + 8 days’ Bank Holiday + 4.5 days allocated for CMI holiday over the Christmas and New Year period – With annual leave days increasing with the length of service and the opportunity to buy and sell holiday.
  • Wellbeing and mental health – In-house mental health first-aid trainers, BUPA Employee Assistance for 24-hour support and access to Kooth, an online mental health platform.
  • Inclusion at our core – Their colleague-led Inclusion Hubs for Ethnicity, LGBTQIA+ and Menopause are open for anyone to join.
  • CMI membership – Take advantage of their amazing courses and become a Chartered Manager. Plus, CMI will pay your professional membership to one additional organisation of choice.
  • Rewards and Recognition scheme – Cash prizes awarded to employees throughout the year.
  • Socials – With an active social team, they have a book club, baking club, pilates classes and regular team outings.
  • Pension – They add an extra 6% of your gross salary to your pension pot every month after 3 months.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Paloma Zamora | paloma@peridotpartners.co.uk

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Paloma Zamora

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Welcome from the CEO

“What we do at CMI makes a difference to people’s careers and the success of organisations. I’m extremely proud of what my colleagues achieve every day resulting in fantastic growth for CMI and a greater awareness of our brand.

We support each other to bring out the best in everyone and are always looking for like-minded, enthusiastic and talented people to join us. Hopefully, that will be you”

Ann Francke OBE, CMI, CEO

About the Chartered Management Institute


Established in 1947 as the British Institute of Management, CMI was founded in the wake of the Second World War to help rebuild British industry. Our goal remains the same today as it was then: to raise the quality and standard of management in the workplace. Having developed the very first diploma in management studies, we have remained at the forefront of management training and thinking ever since.

In 2002, Her Majesty’s Privy Council granted our Royal Charter, designating CMI as the standard-bearer for the profession of management, meaning we are the only organisation able to award Chartered status.

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) works with business and education to inspire people to become skilled, confident and successful managers and leaders.

With a wealth of practical qualifications, events, and networking opportunities on offer, we help people boost their career prospects and connect them with other ambitious professionals across all industries and sectors. We have more than 100k people training to be better managers right now.

Backed by a unique Royal Charter, we are the only organisation that can award Chartered Manager status – the ultimate management accolade.

Our thought leadership, research and online resources provide practical insight for both today’s leaders and the next generation. This insight also means we can confidently represent our 180,000-plus membership community when speaking to policymakers.

This is all in aid of one simple goal: to increase the number and standard of professionally qualified managers.

CMI Values

CMI aims to be a dynamic social enterprise that’s both well-managed and true to our values.

Our values mean that even if you’ve never worked with us before, you’ll know what to expect.

CMI’s key strategic objectives are:

  • Develop value-adding qualifications, assessments and charterships for all of our learners and partners.
  • Grow CMI’s brand and credibility with educators, employers, learners and the government.
  • Be the go-to authority for relevant and effective standards & insights on management & leadership.
  • Engage more learners and increase member conversions.
  • Ensure our systems and processes can be delivered at scale.

As the UK’s experts on Management & Leadership, we know the importance and impact a positive and engaging workplace culture has on success.

We are a social enterprise which strives to empower both members and non-members alike with practical qualifications and resources to boost their management careers.

If you’re looking for a new challenge, in a supportive, flexible, results-driven environment, CMI may be the place for you.

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    Paloma Zamora | paloma@peridotpartners.co.uk

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Wednesday 8th May 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 10th May 2024
    First stage interviews: w/c Monday 13th May 2024
    Second stage interviews: w/c Monday 20th May 2024

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