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Head of Product Development Certsure

Certsure is currently seeking a new Head of Product Development to enhance the education and training product portfolio.

  • Location: Dunstable / Hybrid
  • Salary: c.£75,000

Who we are.

Born out of the partnership between Electrical Safety First and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), Certsure LLP is dedicated to providing professional services and certification to a wide range of customers across the building services sector.

Delivered via the NICEIC brand, its products and services are Government-recognised and United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) approved.

About the role.

Certsure is seeking an experienced Head of Product Development to fortify its portfolio of education and training products. This pivotal role involves spearheading the development and enhancement of both existing and new offerings, collaborating closely with the training delivery team to ensure alignment with organisational objectives.

As the Head of Product Development, you will have ownership of the entire product lifecycle, from ideation to market launch, with a keen focus on identifying market opportunities and scaling propositions across all product categories. Managing the budget for product development, you will ensure timely delivery within the scope and budget, and tracking performance against forecasted outcomes will be among your key responsibilities.

In this role, you will lead the development of new products and services by leveraging customer data and market insights, ensuring commercial success through trials and feedback iterations. You will also create a strategic roadmap for profitable learning interventions while conducting market analysis to inform business proposals. Collaborating with technical teams, you will ensure compliance with Certsure’s standards.

Key responsibilities:

  • Managing product relationships
  • Driving innovation
  • Fostering stakeholder relations

Your success will be measured by improved learning outcomes, audit quality, and product usage.

As part of the operational leadership team, you will implement strategic initiatives, manage budgets and drive process improvements to enhance Certsure’s success.

You will also lead a team of Learning and Product Development subject matter experts, fostering cross-functional collaboration with technical colleagues, delivery teams, and business development to drive innovation and excellence in product offerings. Additionally, as a member of the operational leadership team, you will collaborate operationally across the organisation, contributing to strategic initiatives and ensuring alignment with Certsure’s overarching goals.

Who we are looking for.

The ideal candidate for this position should possess a degree or equivalent experience in education or training. They should demonstrate a strong commitment to Continuing Professional Development and hold full membership in a relevant professional body.

Experience in product development is essential, including collaboration with technical experts and delivery teams to develop education and training products. A deep understanding of learning design principles is crucial, along with a customer-centric approach to translating needs into requirements.

You will demonstrate strong communication skills to deliver complex information to both end users and internal stakeholders. The ability to sell the product vision effectively, from end-users to senior management, is vital.

Collaboration across all areas of the business is expected, along with strong negotiation and persuasion skills to lead multiple projects within a matrix environment.

Candidates should align with Certsure’s Behaviours for Success and demonstrate a commitment to personal learning and development.

Desirable qualifications include prior experience in a technical market, proven expertise in developing or delivering an education strategy, and experience in transitioning a traditional education business to a digital-first model.


The role attracts several key benefits including:

  • Company car/ car allowance.
  • 25 days leave plus bank holidays and a discretional shutdown at Christmas.
  • Private Health Insurance
  • Bike loan scheme
  • Pension – up to 5% doubled by employer
  • Death in service benefit
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discount platform

Quality is the foundation of everything at Certsure and training for all 340 employees, split into six cross-functional teams, is crucial to its ongoing success.

The organisation runs two formal leadership and management programmes with the first aimed at broadening leadership perspective, understanding the business and driving collaboration. The second is designed to develop the skills of mostly non-management employees in improving business performance through an apprenticeship programme.

Project managers are coached throughout their assignments to improve their skillsets and all business improvement teams are coached by an expert in business improvement techniques.

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 Commercial Director

Dear Prospective Candidates,

I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to you on behalf of Certsure.

As the Commercial Director, I oversee our Certification, Training, Business Development, and Consultancy teams, guiding our organisation toward new opportunities for growth and innovation. With more than two decades of diverse experience spanning various industries, I am dedicated to cultivating a team of exceptional talent to drive our commercial growth through education and training initiatives.

At Certsure, we are committed to creating an environment where talented individuals like yourself can thrive and make a meaningful impact. I invite you to explore the exciting opportunities available with us and join us in shaping the future of our organisation.

Warm regards,

Harvinder Sondh

Commercial Director

About Certsure

Certsure, established in 2013 through a collaboration between the Electrical Safety Council (now known as Electrical Safety First) and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), offers unparalleled certification services, building regulations schemes, products, and support to the construction industry and beyond.

Their commitment to excellence is epitomised by the NICEIC brand, a certification body renowned for recognising businesses that adhere to the highest standards in the electrical industry. To attain NICEIC certification, one must demonstrate both competence and dedication to quality and compliant workmanship.

Certsure is unwavering in their dedication to providing professional services and certification to a diverse array of customers within the building services sector. Quality serves as the cornerstone of their operations, with their services and products being both Government-recognised and United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) approved. Through their leading brand, NICEIC (previously ELECSA), they deliver an extensive range of products and services tailored to meet the needs of their clientele.

This commitment to quality and excellence ensures that Certsure remains at the forefront of the industry, trusted by businesses and individuals alike.

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Accessibility information

We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace, and as an equal opportunities employer, we’re committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and do not condone discrimination based on age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs and have made some modifications to the way we do business to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities.

We offer the following amenities :

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interview.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

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

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    Closing date: 10 a.m. Wednesday 24th April 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 26th April 2024
    First Stage Interviews: w/c 29th April 2024
    Second Stage Interviews: w/c 6th May 2024

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