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Head of Product Gateway Qualifications

Gateway Qualifications seeks an experienced and motivational Head of Product to take the lead and help this dynamic, growing awarding organisation to meet its ambitious targets and determination to succeed.

  • Location: Home based with occasional travel to Colchester Head Office
  • Salary: circa £50,000

Gateway Qualifications is a dynamic and growing awarding organisation with ambitious targets and a determination to succeed.

We are an ambitious, go-getting organisation and are keen to attract a like-minded individual to become our new Head of Product, leading the development and maintenance of our qualifications and assessment portfolio.

As someone who has significant experience working at a senior level in qualification or assessment development functions, you will be responsible for an internal team, manage and work with a team of external associates, and embrace the use of technology, including e-assessment platforms.

The Head of Product will set and deliver product strategies in line with government priorities in the post-16 education sector. Use your knowledge of current policy and sector development to plan, implement and amend operational processes for the successful rollout and maintenance of new products throughout their lifecycle.

You will be an individual who can lead your team with agility, whilst overseeing, prioritising and delivering on outcomes that meet customer and learner needs. You should also be well versed in how to overcome operational constraints in order to deliver a successful product. The Head of Product will work closely with operational teams and have the ability to think of new and innovative ways of working to achieve the right outcomes.

The Head of Product will liaise directly with external agencies, such as qualification regulators and government/funding agencies. Therefore, the successful candidate should be familiar with building and maintaining relationships with senior-level stakeholders to provide expert, informed and reliable advice to the team on all aspects of qualification development, assessment design and funding.

If you are someone looking to lead on the development and implementation of a new product strategy and can inspire, motivate and manage a team to ensure high engagement and high performance is maintained, then get in touch today for more details by contacting our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Kristina Preston | kristina@peridotpartners.co.uk

Polly Mortimer | polly@peridotpartners.co.uk


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Kristina Preston

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Gateway Qualifications is an Awarding Organisation with over 30 years of expertise. We offer: a wide range of regulated qualifications, Access to HE Diplomas, bespoke qualifications and quality assurance of in-house training.

Our focus is on creating the highest quality qualifications which are accessible to all and enable the learner to thrive.

Whilst we are a business, we are also a charity and our dedicated team take pride in supporting our centres; it is a key part of what we do! We are small enough to care but large enough to invest in technology, to add value to our employees, centres and learners.

We have a small and highly approachable senior leadership team, who share the same office space and are truly part of the team. We also have an excellent Board of Trustees who have invested in us as an organisation, so that we can do more for our customers.

We are a team of about 90 in total, with 30 core staff members, the wider workforce and our consultants. Our main office is based in Colchester, but we have colleagues around the country. Depending on the role, we operate a work-from-home policy and this includes the new Head of Product position.

Our values and the way in which we conduct ourselves are at the heart of our organisation. They were meaningfully created by our team, and we strive to live up to them in our everyday work.

We have weekly all-staff training, staff days and a staff involvement group, which is regularly chaired by our CEO and is an opportunity to air any concerns and to discuss our strategy.

We’ve been through a lot of changes in the last five years, and no doubt there will be more to come as the qualification marketplace evolves!

As a team, we are innovative and embrace change which allows us to all participate and celebrate our successes.

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    Kristina Preston | kristina@peridotpartners.co.uk

    Polly Mortimer | polly@peridotpartners.co.uk

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    Closing date: Thursday 16th June 2022

    First Stage Interviews: 28th June and 1st July 2022


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