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Alex Hansford

A sci-fi geek that helps companies do product development well.

About me

I’ve lead product and development teams for over 15 years, building great customer experiences through mobile, web and technical solutions for fintechs, high growth startups and corporates. I bring enthusiasm, broad yet detailed product and technical experience alongside a healthy dose of pragmatism.

Currently mobile product owner for Avon. Recently product managers at Funding Circle, Santander, Argos – product lead for several fintech startups too.

Interests

  • All things tech, smart homes & gadgets
  • Drives an EV and rides a Brompton
  • Running (sometimes)

Education

  • Digital strategy and product

  • Agile development from conception to launch + beyond

  • Scrum master & team leader

  • Customer-led and pragmatic design

Experience

Working with companies big and small on many different contracts, I’ve got broad experience that goes well beyond a textbook and a CS degree.

 
 
 
 
 

Mobile Product Owner

Avon

2021 – Present Remote
Scoping and managing feature development for their key representative mobile app across 50+ markets.
 
 
 
 
 

Senior Product Manager

Epos Now

2020 – Present Remote
Leading and line-managing a team of product owners to deliver features for ePOS, back-office, apps & integrations.
 
 
 
 
 

Senior Product Manager

OrderPay

2020 – 2020 Milton Keynes
Launched iOS & Android apps – quickly attracted 4.5 stars on the App Store, with a growing userbase of 100k+ customers and rolling out to new restaurants soon.
 
 
 
 
 

Senior Product Manager

118 118 Money

2019 – 2020 Milton Keynes
Implemented Apple & Google mobile payments integration and scoped Open Banking customer flows.
 
 
 
 
 

Product Manager

Funding Circle

2019 – 2019 London
Managed an initiative to automate lending approvals and streamline business processes.
 
 
 
 
 

Digital Transformation Consultant

Santander UK

2018 – 2018 Milton Keynes
Managed the integration of Mastercard ‘card controls’ as well as adding 2FA security enhancement until the Wallet app was retired.
 
 
 
 
 

Product Owner (My Argos Card)

Argos Financial Services

2016 – 2017 Milton Keynes
Launched My Argos Card mobile app to market, which now has high six-figure active users each month and ratings of 4.5 stars, despite launch issues which were quickly resolved.
 
 
 
 
 

Head of Product

NearDesk

2014 – 2016 London
Heading up a distributed team to develop an easy to use platform for co-working spaces, which grew to include: a web platform, mobile app and RFID/hardware solution.
 
 
 
 
 

Head of Operations

Padajo

2012 – 2013 Milton Keynes
Working with founder and a team of offshore developers we consulted on and delivered a variety of corporate projects on mobile/tablet & web.
 
 
 
 
 

Senior Project Manager

Bostock and Pollitt

2011 – 2008 London
Working at an award-winning integrated agency, managing digital projects, strategic advice, pitching and scoping, IA and design direction, development and integration.
 
 
 
 
 

Senior Project Manager

Investis

2006 – 2008 London
Working at the corporate communications agency, which powers investor relations sites for many FTSE companies.
 
 
 
 
 

Website Manager

Tapestry Holidays

2001 – 2004 London
Started my office career working for a specialist holiday company selling holidays to Greece and Turkey.