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HR Product Portfolio Lead



Product, People & HR
Newbury, UK
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

HR Product Portfolio Lead

Aggregate function: Technology
Business Area: VT Corporate Systems&Analytics
Posting Country: United Kingdom
Date Posted: 27 Jun 2024
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent

At Vodafone, we’re working hard to build a better future. A more connected, inclusive and sustainable world. As a dynamic global community, it's our human spirit, together with technology, that empowers us to achieve this.

We challenge and innovate in order to connect people, businesses, and communities across the world. Delighting our customers and earning their loyalty drive us, and we experiment, learn fast and get it done, together.

With us, you can be truly be yourself and belong, share inspiration, embrace new opportunities, thrive, and make a real difference.

What you’ll do

The HR Product Portfolio Lead will be accountable for the end to end demand, design, build, deploy and run of HR IT Platforms aiming at supporting the entire employee lifecycle (hire to retire). This role is the senior product owner of a collection (Portfolio) of IT products managing the full IT lifecycle and critical senior business relationships and leadership of multiple product/scrum teams. Setting and delivering the strategy for our IT platform implementations, managing end to end software stability and security, building a highly skilled product organisation and deploying world class tooling to deliver stability and agility. The technology suite compromises of a large SAP estate, Google GCP, SaaS solutions and onpremise applications.


We are looking for a trusted and motivated individual who can effectively develop and deliver the Products vision, consulting the business and is passionate for innovation.

The candidate will have comprehensive knowledge of SAP SuccessFactors solutions, strong knowledge on HR business processes as well as other cloud solutions and new technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, etc.

The role will need to blend technical knowledge, functional expertise and strong stakeholder management to integrate an effective outcome that meets the needs of our business. It will look to deliver in an agile/SAFe manner – driving a product backlog with business alignment so that we ensure delivery across matrix teams and challenge vendors to address our priorities.

The candidate will influence and ensure future product strategy e.g. SAP s4/HANA and SuccessFactors, and SaaS vendors to meet the requirements of Vodafone technical and customer strategy.

The candidate will also ensure compliancy with security, architecture, privacy/GDPR, SOX and audit controls.

Key accountabilities and decision ownership:

  • Accountable for E2E technical design, delivery and deployment of HR IT Platforms. Ensuring the platforms are robust, sustainable and agile for future business needs. The role owns the IT strategy of the platforms in scope,
  • Accountable for ensuring new technologies, methodologies, automation and service improvements are continuously evaluated and deployed e.g. DevOps/Self-service and automation. Working closely with IT Platform Service leads to deliver end to end.
  • Accountable for monthly service reviews and strategic roadmap reviews with key business stakeholders and any corresponding service improvement plans as their senior partner in IT Platforms.
  • Accountable for Business Case inputs related to transformational projects initiated by the business including the costing of effort, landscape and delivery capabilities in line with Global architecture standards.
  • Ensure compliance with Security, Architecture, Privacy/GDPR, SOX and Audit Controls

Who you are

Core competencies, knowledge and experience:

  • Proven Capability to implement, maintain and improve large scale, complex finance solutions for multi-functional, multi-national TelCo organizations
  • In depth knowledge of HR systems and business processes and software development lifecycles
  • Management skills, in particular: project management, networking, influence, communications and relationship management with both external and internal stakeholders and vendors.
  • Leadership skills: creating alignment by sharing an inspiring vision, aligning multiple stakeholders with different interests, delegation, empowerment and asking for input before making decisions.
  • Experience in managing off-shore shared services centre resources, conducting regular service reviews with the focus on continuous improvements
  • Proven ability to build and expand high performing teams
  • Ability to work in a global multi-cultural environment, resilience and used to work in dynamic and uncertain situations.

Must have technical / professional qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in IT
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in delivering ERP Projects in international environment in large-scale and/or tech businesses working with large enterprise clients with complex landscapes
  • Detailed and extensive knowledge of all SAP HR modules and SAP S4HANA knowledge and experience

Not a perfect fit?

Worried that you don’t meet all the desired criteria exactly? At Vodafone we are passionate about Inclusion for All and creating a workplace where everyone can thrive, whatever their personal or professional background. If you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align exactly with every part of the job description, we encourage you to apply as you may be the right candidate for this role or another role, and our recruitment team can help you see how your skills fit in.

What's in it for you

  • Discretionary yearly bonus: 20%
  • Company car: company funded car of £580 per month + private fuel or cash alternative of £630 per month.
  • Annual leave: 28 days + bank holidays + the opportunity to buy/sell/carry over 5 days/year
  • Charity days: 5 days/year
  • Maternity/adoption leave: 52 weeks out of which 39 weeks are fully paid + 13 weeks half pay and 6 months - working 4 days, getting paid 5
  • Paternity leave: 16 weeks fully paid
  • Private medical family plan: fully paid
  • Private pension: You can contribute up to 5% of your basic pay with 2:1 matching from Vodafone up to 10%.
  • Access to: private dental, free health assessments, share save scheme
  • Additional discounts: Vodafone retail, gym, cinema, cycle to work, season ticket loan

Who we are

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Vodafone is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the very best people by offering a motivating and inclusive workplace in which talent is truly recognised and rewarded. We are committed to promoting Inclusion for All with the belief that diversity plays an important role in the success of our business. We actively encourage everyone to consider becoming a part of our journey.