What does MBI look for in its managers?
We are looking for individuals who are smart, self-starters, action-oriented, thrive at multitasking and welcome individual accountability. We are not looking for CVs or educational backgrounds that fit a particular mould; managers learn about our business on the job.
What is the interview process like?
We recruit from top universities across the country with a two-stage interview process conducted at our offices in Chessington, Surrey. After the formalities of the first interview, the second interview will give you the chance to meet with a number of more senior managers and also have the opportunity to spend time with some of our newest Product Managers.
Is there a training/orientation process?
We’ve found that the best way to train new managers is to let them assume responsibility from day one. You will have a series of training sessions over your first few weeks to teach you about our company and procedures and your tasks as a Product Manager, but most of what you learn will come from hands-on experience.
What does a typical day look like for a Product Manager?
One of the best things about MBI is that there is no typical day. You are responsible for many different products, all in various stages of their lives – so you’ll always have something to do! From analysing data from past marketing to predicting potential future response, spending and profit, designing a mail package for a new product’s first marketing, to figuring out why your customers aren’t getting their shipments on time – each day’s tasks are truly a mixed bag. There are days when you cross everything off your to-do-list and days when you won’t event get to the first task because other things will come up. It’s exhilarating!
What is the culture?
We maintain a very “flat” organisational structure. Everyone is on a first-name basis and you’re as likely to have the Managing Director walk into your office with a question as your peer across the corridor. We challenge each other to think hard about everything we do, and we encourage our managers to feel responsible for, and to get involved in, all aspects of how we run our business.
Where do most Product Managers typically live?
Most typically live in/around London and in Surrey.
Where is MBI located?
MBI is conveniently located on the outskirts of southwest London; easily accessible via the M25, A3 or by public transport. Central London is just a short train ride away - ideal for a Graduate looking to start their career.
How many people work at MBI?
About 12 managers/directors make up the UK’s Product Management groups. MBI has around 70 employees in the UK and 420 in the US.