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Principal Product Manager - Tax

Principal Product Manager - Tax

  • Location United Kingdom - London
  • Travel required No travel is expected with this role
  • Job category IT&S Group
  • Relocation available This role is not eligible for relocation
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code RQ065007
  • Experience level Senior
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Job summary


Innovation & Engineering

Job Family Group:

IT&S Group

Job Summary:

Responsible for providing highly advanced subject matter expertise for the specialism through comprehensive use of relevant tools and techniques, driving continuous improvement in systems and processes, overseeing implementation of the relevant standards and contributing to strategic development for the specialism to ensure that deliverables continue to successfully meet the needs of the context. Specialisms: Business Analysis; Data Management and Data Science; Digital Innovation.

Job Description:

About us

At bp, we’re reimagining energy for people and our planet! With operations working across almost every part of the energy system, we’re owning the way in reducing carbon emissions and developing more sustainable methods for solving the energy challenge. We’re a team with multi-layered strengths of engineers, scientists, traders and business professionals determined to find answers to problems.

And we know we can’t do it alone. We’re looking for people who share our passion for reinvention, to bring fresh opinions, ambition, and to challenge our thinking in our goal to achieve net zero!

We believe our portfolio of businesses and investments in growth and transformation will result in a company with the scale, brand, capabilities, talent, and values to succeed as the digital revolution transforms our society, our industry and our planet.

Role Synopsis

Product Management at bp is a booming, vibrant craft that requires reimagining the status quo, finding value creation opportunities, and driving innovative and sustainable customer experiences through technology.

Principal Product Managers at bp drive innovation and strategy for digital products. They closely collaborate with senior executives across bp to set strategy, understand user and company needs, adapt/re-work business process design and user experiences, and develop evergreen business cases and plans that realize, track, and refine the uplift gained from digital products. This includes but is not limited to gathering and prioritizing product features at the strategic runway level; understanding and communicating customer requirements; shaping the product strategy and vision; and ensuring effective cost and revenue management.

This is a hands-on role with the expectation that you will bring day to day accountability and performance management to the product.

Key accountabilities and experience by skill categories

Human centered:

  • Ability to deeply immerse yourself in knowing your internal and/or external customer(s) needs to reimagine and innovate product solutions
  • Demonstrable track record of discovering customer needs and translating them into inspirational, innovative solutions and detailed product requirements, for customer facing online and mobile products or services, in light of industry trends, emerging technologies and business and customers insights
  • Deep ability to “coach-up” team members and drive cross-discipline problem solving to achieve business outcomes
  • Work closely with business teams, leaders, science, and engineering teams in an agile development environment to launch new products, platforms, features and experiences which delight our customers

Business focused:

  • You’ll be a key leader to develop a compelling portfolio or product vision for our organization to deliver capabilities that empower differentiated customer experiences and deliver breakthrough business value
  • You'll lead a team that translates vision into strategic product roadmaps with an agile delivery approach in partnership with Tech while handling cyber, operational and/or regulatory risks
  • You will be an owner of your portfolio; making strategic product decisions which are grounded in data and insights
  • Deeply skilled in business awareness and able to coach and guide business modeling, critical thinking, analytical models to forecast and track performance, and directional road mapping
  • Strong experience in data modeling and data analytics
  • Solid grasp of software-as-a-service, web services and application design
  • Deep experience guiding and modeling product economics such as: CAC, NPV, ROIC, or other commercial measures
  • Demonstrable experience defining integrated business drivers and their related metrics
  • Excellent fundamentals in business analytics and data platform design
  • Shows ability in being able to decipher between functional impact, business impact, and good user experience. Picking the best balance between the 3
  • Strong business-focused problem-solving skills.
  • You will define the product roadmap and bring your vision to life by leading a cross-functional team of engineers, designers and program managers
  • You will lead, drive, and coach others in the day-to-day product development schedule from design through to release, own the product life-cycle, and define and monitor metrics that measure the success of the product

Technology driven:

  • You'll partner with Technology leaders to influence end-state architecture and drive secure, resilient, performant, and scalable technology solutions that solve material customer and business problems
  • Highly knowledgeable in the areas of software development
  • Familiarity with LEAN Product development and deliverables - business model canvases, lean product canvases
  • Strong knowledge and a keen interest in emerging tools and technologies
  • Strong iterative design practices and platform-oriented thinking and design
  • You'll be responsible to make technology investments decision by assessing opportunities for reusing Enterprise solutions or for and building new ones with extensibility & enterprise scalability in mind
  • You’ll coordinate and guide cross-functional software development teams for technology integration processes to develop and implement technical products, software applications or websites
  • You will be responsible for defining projects, collecting requirements, writing detailed functional specifications, including user experiences in collaboration with design colleagues , and performing data driven cost/benefit analysis

Transformational Leadership

  • You'll influence a broad set of senior executives across the enterprise and your organization who are stakeholders or delivery partner to successfully deliver on your portfolio/product vision
  • You'll establish a long-term product portfolio strategy, informed by customer and business needs, to gain alignment, secure resources and overcome impediments to bring products to market
  • You'll attract, grow, empower, and inspire top product talent as they develop and deliver on their local product strategy
  • Expert ability to represent business goals and set strategic direction. Guides multi-discipline pod towards outcomes for customers and the business
  • Demonstrated ability to define and execute agile, iterative product launches
  • Ability to create alignment across multiple teams, demonstrating excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills with an ability to defend product decisions
  • You will influence and create culture with Engineers and UX designers to solve core customer needs. You’ll therefore need to demonstrate the ability to successfully influence stakeholders without formal authority, leading cross functional teams across geographies and business units
  • Be able to demonstrate technical fluency; comfort understanding and discussing technology concepts, schedule tradeoffs and new opportunities with technical team members

Essential Education:

  • Business, Economics, STEM degree, MBA or equivalent experience

Role/Business specifics

Tax is an integral part of Finance function that manages the taxes bp pays and collects across its global footprint. The primary role of the function is to ensure group meets its tax obligations, building open and constructive relationships with tax authorities, and supporting the businesses to deliver bp’s strategy. Data plays a key role in Tax and thus it is very crucial our systems are robust enough to provide accurate information at the right time to right people so that informed decisions can be made and ensure bp meets regulatory obligations in all jurisdictions it operates in.

I&E drives digital transformation (centralize, digitize and optimize) across all elements of tax function and plays a pivotal role to unlock value in Operations.


  • Engage partners to align and set Technology strategy in line with Tax business strategy to drive maximum value.
  • Underpin the strategy with appropriate Objectives and Key results and set success measurement criteria’s via KPIs etc
  • Construct and drive roadmaps in collaboration with Tax partners and cross-discipline colleagues.
  • Play a crucial role in deciding on developing new or existing digital products based on value use cases.
  • Keep abreast with latest developments in Tax Technology space pre-dominantly driven by legal requirements.
  • Continuous engagement with Tax advisors, vendors etc to make sure we are up to date with any new regulatory requirements and the deadlines so that appropriate steps are taken to make sure bp is compliant in all aspects.


  • Demonstrated experience in working with technology development in tax area.
  • Experience in Tax applications (such as ONESOURCE, Avalara etc) or E-Invoicing / SAFT applications.
  • Sound understanding of Finance processes.
  • Demonstrated Experience with API and Integrations.
  • Good knowledge of the role of data and the use of technology in managing tax.
  • Working knowledge of ERP systems including SAP.

Travel Requirement

No travel is expected with this role

Relocation Assistance:

This role is not eligible for relocation

Remote Type:

This position is a hybrid of office/remote working


Business Acumen, Commercial acumen, Communication, Data Analysis, Data cleansing and transformation, Data domain knowledge, Data Integration, Data Management, Data Manipulation, Data Sourcing, Data strategy and governance, Data Structures and Algorithms, Data visualization and interpretation, Digital Security, Extract, transform and load, Problem Solving

Legal Disclaimer:

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, socioeconomic status, neurodiversity/neurocognitive functioning, veteran status or disability status. Individuals with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation related to bp’s recruiting process (e.g., accessing the job application, completing required assessments, participating in telephone screenings or interviews, etc.).  If you would like to request an accommodation related to the recruitment process, please contact us to request accommodations.

If you are selected for a position and depending upon your role, your employment may be contingent upon adherence to local policy.  This may include pre-placement drug screening, medical review of physical fitness for the role, and background checks.

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