ūüĎč Hi, I'm Jean!

My product leadership style has been shaped by my identity and interests.

My training as a neuroscientist adds a deep sense of scientific rigour into my user research and product experimentation approach.
As a former music teacher, I can motivate people to work towards a lofty goal, no matter how tiny or incremental progress can feel.
My eye for design helps me create clear wireframes and beautiful slide decks that communicate my vision with all stakeholders, inspiring teams as well as executives.

Leadership. I specialise in building empowered, multidisciplinary product teams within both startup and enterprise environments. I have extensive experience in hiring, mentoring, and coaching. Nothing makes me happier than when my team members succeed.

Storytelling. I'm a seasoned public speaker and writer, having given over 90 public talks and webinars and published more than 100 blog posts in a professional capacity. I love telling an inspiring story, whether it's in a boardroom, a conference hall, or a Zoom call.

Product management. I'm passionate about Product Management as a craft, and have more than 7 years of hands-on product management experience. I've shipped mature products (such as the Altmetric Badges and Altmetric Explorer) and done product consultancy work for clients such as Nature News, Springer Nature, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

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Key experience

I'm currently Acting Head of Machine Learning - Services and Executive Product Manager at the BBC. I'm responsible for leading strategy, operations, and product management practice at BBC Datalab. We build recommendation engines at scale for well-known BBC digital products, including BBC Sounds, BBC News, and BBC Sport. In addition to developing the vision and narrative for the use of machine learning at the BBC, I work with the Datalab Leadership Team to manage and support 4 cross-disciplinary data science and engineering squads. I also line manage and coach a team of 3 Senior Product Managers.
Previously, I was the Head of Product at Altmetric, part of Digital Science. I worked at Altmetric between 2012 and 2020, and I was responsible for leading all new product development at the company, working with an Agile Scrum team, as well as line managing a team of 2 Product Managers and a UX/UI Product Designer. In 2018, I was profiled in The Bookseller as part of a career piece.
London Scholarly Tech Meetup
Between 2018 and 2020, I organized the London Scholarly Tech Meetup, an informal gathering of product people, developers, designers, and others who work in publishing, research, education, and science communication. I managed the Meetup's Twitter account as well.

Public speaking

I’m an experienced and confident public speaker, and have presented at numerous events and conferences around the world and online. I’ve given over 50 public talks at industry events and presented over 40 public webinars.
Notable speaking appearances include talks at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin (2018), the European Geophysical Union Conference in Vienna (2017), the World Social Science Forum in Montréal (2013), and Science Foo Camp in California (2013). I was also interviewed in the Digital Science Podcast: Six Years of Rich Data with Altmetric.

Selected blog posts

Peer-reviewed research articles

  • Sawynok J, Liu J. (2014)¬†Contributions of peripheral, spinal, and supraspinal actions to analgesia.¬†European Journal of Pharmacology.¬†http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejphar.2014.04.006
  • Sawynok J, Reid A, Liu J. (2013) Spinal and peripheral adenosine A1 receptors contribute to antinociception by tramadol in the formalin test in mice.¬†European Journal of Pharmacology.¬†http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejphar.2013.07.012
  • Liu J, Adie E. (2013)¬†New perspectives on article-level metrics: developing ways to assess research uptake and impact online.¬†UKSG Insights.¬†http://dx.doi.org/10.1629/2048-7754.79
  • Liu J, Adie E. (2013)¬†Five challenges in altmetrics: A toolmaker's perspective.¬†Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.¬†http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bult.2013.1720390410
  • Liu J, Reid A, Sawynok J. (2013)¬†Antinociception by systemically-administered acetaminophen (paracetamol) involves spinal serotonin 5-HT7 and adenosine A1 receptors, as well as peripheral adenosine A1 receptors. Neuroscience Letters.¬†http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neulet.2012.12.052
  • Liu J, Reid A, Sawynok J. (2013)¬†Spinal serotonin 5-HT7 and adenosine A1 receptors, as well as peripheral adenosine A1 receptors, are involved in antinociception by systemically administered amitriptyline. European Journal of Pharmacology.¬†http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejphar.2012.10.042

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