CV, resume, a brief history of work
Sharon Anne Kean
Product & technology leader. Empathetic, enthusiastic, love a challenge.
Product Director – Bloom & Wild, 2015 – 2017
Bloom & Wild is the original letterbox flower delivery company, redefining the flower delivery experience and making the giving and receiving of beautiful fresh flowers the joy it is meant to be.
We have free next day flower delivery across the UK via Royal Mail, guaranteed next day flower delivery via DPD courier as an option and 2 day delivery to Republic of Ireland. We also offer Bloom & Wild Now, a two-hour flower delivery service in London.
Our unique design means our flowers can be delivered straight through the letterbox by post, without the recipient needing to be in to receive them. All flowers are hand-packed with protective covers over the larger flowers to ensure they arrive in pristine condition, ready for styling into a beautiful bouquet or posy set.
We are the UK’s leading flower delivery app and top rated online florist on independent review sites.
As part of the senior leadership team, I report to the CEO/Co-Founder and am responsible for product and technology, heading up a team of product managers, designers and developers.
Head of Tech Delivery – Zopa, 2013-2015
User-centric digital-first finance at Zopa, the UK’s leading peer-to-peer lending company. Responsible for technology delivery, including product, UX & process.
Zopa is the founder of peer-to-peer lending and one of the first fin-tech companies to emerge in what is now one of the UK’s most exciting sectors. At it’s core is the promise of simple loans and smart investments. It was founded to solve a simple problem: people borrowing money were being charged high rates and those able to invest money were getting low returns. Zopa changes this by matching borrowers and investors directly, so that both are better off. The goal is to make money simple and fair, shaping the future of finance.
After joining as Zopa’s first product manager, I helped to build a product culture as we scaled from 40 to 150 people, and was promoted, ultimately being responsible for product and tech delivery and heading up a team of product managers, UX designers and QA specialists.
Product Manager – Race for Life / Cancer Research UK, 2012-2013
Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading independent charity dedicated to cancer research with the aim of beating cancer sooner and saving hundreds of thousands of lives across the world.
I was responsible for the flagship fundraising event Race for Life digital products (website, app, etc) which are used by hundreds of thousands of smartphones, tablets and desktops across the UK everyday, as well as being part of a digital transformation exercise to help create a product organisation. As product manager, I was part of the Race for Life Steering Group and line managed a team of digital executives and project managers.
Digital Content Team, Government Digital Service (GDS), 2012
Government Digital Service (GDS) was created to kick-start digital transformation of Government services, starting with the launch of the gov.uk website. I joined the content team in the run-up to the launch of gov.uk, helping to migrate multiple separate sites into one accessible, user-focused service.
Digital Manager, City of Melbourne / That’s Melbourne, 2011-2012
City of Melbourne is the local government authority for central Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs, with digital products covering public service information and events.
I was responsible for Lean/Agile digital delivery across That’s Melbourne (events and listings website), melbourne.vic.gov.au (corporate website), Moomba Festival and Melbourne Music Week.
Communications Manager, UK Government, 2006-2011
Various communications and media management roles for the UK Home Office and Ministry of Defence, including overseas adventures to the likes of Afghanistan and Africa.
Press/media handling – Home Office news desk, presentational advice to Home Secretary and Govt ministers; communications strategy; digital comms development – social media, digital comms channels; content/editorial management.
Freelance Journalist, Various, 2004-2006
- University of Bath MSc Science, Culture and Communication, 2004
- University of Bristol BSc Biochemistry (Hons) 2:1, 2003
Assorted courses and professional development
- Mind the Product Lean Product Management, 2015
- Rails Girls Various Ruby on Rails courses, 2014
- Nielsen Norman Group Complex Applications and Websites, 2014
- Nielsen Norman Group User-Centred Design, 2013
- Nielsen Norman Group Mobile User Experience, 2013
- Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Product Owner, 2013
- Nielsen Norman Group Information Architecture, 2012
- Nielsen Norman Group Wireframing and Prototyping, 2012
- Webcredible HTML 5, 2012
- Sticky Content Writing for mobile, 2012