Product Development Manager

Starting Salary: £28,259.80 (full time equivalent) pro rata salary is £17,420.42

Job Type: Permanent 

Location: Lancaster, however home working can be discussed 

Contracted Hours: 22.5 hours per week, worked over 3 days 

About us 

Ascentis Group is currently an SME of around 170 people with ongoing growth. Ascentis is a charity and leading awarding body, working across the UK and internationally to provide life changing opportunities through our range of qualifications. We also support thousands of children across the world with our award-winning dyslexia and dyscalculia software (IDLS).

We are currently looking for an organised and proactive Product Development Manager to join our Product Development team.

Working here you have the ‘feel good factor’, knowing that what you do makes a difference, but this is blended with our commercially minded approach which ensures we succeed and grow. In fact, we are proud to say that we have exceeded many of our KPIs throughout the pandemic and as such offer a reassuring level of career security. We have also recently invested in a state of the art, brand new office - take a look at our social media for more! You’ll be based in our amazing new office in Lancaster.

As an employer we invest in developing our people and are extremely proud of the internal progression of many of our talented people. 

Where would you fit in? 

In this role you will: 

  • Responsible for ESOL including the product of assessments papers, APECs and other Product Development Management responsibilities;


  • Identify and recruit people with specialist knowledge and skills to contribute to the development of qualifications and related products and co-ordinate their activity;


  • Plan and coordinate product development projects and manage external stakeholders and associates who are being utilised in product development activity to ensure they complete their element of the work or project on time and in the most cost effective way following Ascentis procedures;


  • Ensure that all assessments on all qualifications are carried out to a high standard in accordance with appropriate internal policies and external regulators and can withstand scrutiny by internal audit and key stakeholders;


  • Proactively take forward new business opportunities, including partnerships and collaborations, recruitment of new centres and the development of qualifications and other products through personal contact, visits, market research and any other means;


  • Contribute to the marketing strategy in relevant areas in liaison with the Ascentis marketing team and support marketing activities including attending relevant events and centre visits to provide technical advice and guidance on products;


  • Travel within the UK and overseas on Ascentis business and work unsocial hours or stay over in hotel accommodation as the job requires;

 For the full Job Description, please click here

So, what are you waiting for? 

If you like the sound of the role and the organisation, and you think the below attributes describe you well, then we would love to hear from you. Are you: 

  • An excellent communicator both written and verbally
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Able to organised and prioritise work
  • Competent in the application and operation of ICT
  • Committed to a high standard of customer service
  • Able to organise and prioritise
  • Positive towards change, development and quality 

For further information and how to apply 

Please send over a copy of your up-to-date CV and a covering letter or email stating why you feel you are suitable for the role, to 

  • The application deadline is Friday, 19th November 2021
  • To discuss this post further please contact Diane Sammon by email at or via phone 01524 586796.
  • Our benefits include: 
  • 25 days annual leave plus 8 public holidays, plus an additional day off on your Birthday after 2 years of service and increased annual leave with long service 
  • Additional days off at Christmas and Christmas bonus, where feasible in line with company performance
    • Access to Informal Flexibility, allowing you to flex your working times and location where viable
  • Tailored learning and development opportunities 
  • 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 
  • Competitive pension benefits
    • 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
    • Free luxury bean to cup coffee, hot chocolate and tea provided
  • Cycle to Work Scheme 
  • Technology purchase scheme
  • Discounted gym membership  
  • 24-hour Employee Helpline and a proactive focus on wellbeing
  • Free parking


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