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Head of Product Innovation and Development Ascentis

Ascentis, an Ofqual-regulated, award-winning organisation, seeks a passionate, proactive and perceptive Head of Product Innovation and Development to lead the product development team, fostering a culture of innovation and growth.

  • Location: Hybrid/Lancaster
  • Salary: £62,900

Who we are

At Ascentis, we are passionate about our people, committed to openness, honesty and trust, and bound together by shared values.

We are committed to rigorous quality assurance to ensure the highest standards and performance. We promote a problem-solving culture with a ‘can do’ attitude that seeks to remove barriers to success.

We are dedicated to fulfilling the needs of our customers by providing a timely, responsive and inspiring service. We will deliver excellence, strive for continuous improvement and respond vigorously to change.

We are proud to be one of the UK’s leading education charity groups, encompassing an awarding organisation, a provider of dyslexia intervention software and an online training organisation.

Our enthusiastic people bring genuine passion and natural energy to everything that they do and through their infectious energy, they transform the lives of thousands of people each year through the power of education.

We are seeking a Head of Product Innovation and Development who will lead the Product Development team, fostering a culture of innovation.

You will also play a key role in creating a product innovation model that not only meets our current needs but also establishes a robust foundation for future growth.

Learn more about the power of learning with Ascentis

Our Vision

Creating life-changing opportunities for all.

Our Mission

To enable learning through innovative education and exceptional customer service.

About the role

Are you ready to lead a team that is passionate about revolutionising education through cutting-edge product innovation? Join us in enriching the overall centre and learner experience, leveraging AI/digital technologies to drive the evolution of education.

As the Head of Product Innovation and Development at Ascentis, you’ll play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our qualification portfolio to ensure we stay at the forefront of industry advancements.

Your primary task will be to lead the way in how we innovate our educational products. You’ll collaborate closely with cross-functional teams, ensuring our offerings align with market trends and emerging technologies. Your strategic insights and operational expertise will be instrumental in shaping the future of Ascentis.

You will lead and manage the product development team, fostering operational effectiveness and a dynamic approach to product development. Additionally, you will collaborate with other teams across the organisation in the planning and creation of new qualifications, taking into consideration emerging technologies and trends.

Who we are looking for

It is essential that you have a solid understanding of strategic and operational objectives, especially within the education sector — your experience in implementing innovative learning strategies will be highly valued.

As a key player in our growth journey, your role will be instrumental in setting the pace for ongoing development and excellence within our educational services.

We are seeking a dynamic individual who will thoroughly analyse our current offerings. Using data-driven insights, you will identify future product development opportunities to ensure Ascentis remains a pioneer in the industry and able to continue to enrich the overall centre and learner experience.

We are specifically looking for someone who is enthusiastic about exploring and maximising the use of AI/digital technologies, integrating them seamlessly into the Product Development department.

As the Head of Product Innovation and Development, you have the chance to truly influence our organisation and empower our team to thrive in the ever-evolving educational landscape. If you have a genuine passion for driving innovation in education, coupled with the skills and experience we seek, please get in touch today to learn more.


  • Up to 43 days of annual leave. 25 days annual leave plus 8 public holidays, birthday day off, closure days gifted during the Christmas period, increased annual leave with long service and an Annual Leave Purchase Scheme
  • Competitive pension benefits, including a salary sacrifice scheme
  • Access to Informal Flexibility, allowing you to flex your working times and location where viable
  • Incremental service benefits as a family-friendly employer, including enhanced maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoption leave and pay, sick pay, life insurance and compassionate leave with pay
  • Reward and recognition scheme, regular team building and communication activities
  • Access to state-of-the-art office and break facilities, including pool table, Xbox, outdoor seating, indoor herb garden, dressing room, Harry Potter reading room, employee library and more
  • Tailored learning and development opportunities
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Technology purchase scheme
  • Discounted gym membership
  • 24-hour Employee Helpline and a proactive focus on well-being

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

Polly Mortimer | polly@peridotpartners.co.uk


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Polly Mortimer

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Accessibility information

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.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.

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.

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

    Polly Mortimer | polly@peridotpartners.co.uk 

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 4th March 2024.

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