Location: Sparx Head Office in Exeter
Term: Full time, Permanent
Salary: £highly competitive, dependent on experience (plus generous benefits including relocation package)
Sparx is a scientifically driven and research based educational technology company. We are using technology, data and real-world classroom observations to scientifically investigate the way young people learn. Using technology to dive deep into the learning process, we explore and analyse what works and what doesn’t, and deliver more personalised, evidence-driven lessons and homework that produces results.
The Product Owner plays a pivotal role in the delivery of the Product roadmap. As a Product Owner, you will champion a specific area of the product such as the teacher experience, student experience, or our internal tools; identifying, prioritising, documenting and communicating the work that needs to be delivered in that area.
You will work collaboratively with colleagues in the Product Team and cross-functionally with colleagues in the Development, Content Science, Data Science and School teams to deliver new products and evolve existing products, with the latest user experience best practice and education technology market intelligence in mind.
The role will involve rigorous project management through the various phases of the product life cycle. You will also support measurement of product success post-launch, to ensure product efficiency, customer adoption and satisfaction.
We want someone who is passionate about being part of something special and ready for a
challenge; someone who loves dealing with customers and finding out what they really want.
You are a whirlwind of activity: proactive, dynamic and enthusiastic with the ability to multi-task and
focus on the detail, without losing sight of the bigger picture. You will thrive under pressure and are
used to fast-paced environments where deadlines are tight. In addition, you can adapt in the face of
changing priorities and fluctuating workload.
In terms of specifics, the list below gives an overview of the skills and experiences we are looking for:
Every year, around 40% of UK students who sit GCSE Maths fail to obtain a grade 4 or higher (previously grade C). This is an alarming statistic and is one of the fundamental issues motivating Sparx. We want everyone to fulfil their learning potential, and be excited and motivated about learning.
Founded by Mark Dixon and Glenn Woodcock in 2011, Sparx employs over 70 people, all of whom are working to create a learning platform that can be rolled out across schools in the UK. The platform includes ‘big data’, granular content and gaming, all of which are carefully brought together and fashioned into a system capable of significantly improving the pace and quality of learning. Data captured from the lessons is truly remarkable, allowing real-time feedback which enables the re-positioning of certain concepts, to better the students’ understanding of the material. The impact of this work is potentially transformational. It is a major initiative and a tremendous opportunity.
We’re about living life, not putting it on hold. Our generous benefits include substantial holiday leave and the chance to join our company pension. We have a range of on-site facilities for all employees to use free of charge. On site we have a netball court, a five-a-side football pitch, a running track, a pool table, an Olympic table tennis table, as well as an on-site gym with classes throughout the day. Our café serves delicious, local, and organic food. Did we mention it’s all free? On top of this you’ll have great views from your office window of the foothills of Dartmoor and boats out at sea on the horizon – with the beach just 20 minutes away. Plus, we’re constantly organising events and activities to support our charities, and to socialise. Our work is serious but we’re all about having fun while we do it!