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Pearson Development Manager, Apprenticeship Product in London, United Kingdom

Development Manager, Apprenticeship Product

Description

At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

Job Purpose:

This role is responsible for leading the design and development of qualifications and sample assessments that meet the needs of learners, customers/clients and stakeholders, and are compliant with the requirements of governments and regulators. This involves collecting a strong evidence base and being strategic and creative in finding design solutions that are attractive to learners and customers and are fit for purpose and support progression.

This Role:

 Generates strong evidence base for the design and development of qualifications and assessments that are aligned with our business and sector strategies

 Designs and develops qualifications and assessments that are attractive to learners and customers, meet stakeholder needs and are compliant with the requirements of governments, regulators, clients and Pearson quality policies and procedures

 Designs and develops qualifications and assessments to time, budget and quality; recruiting, briefing, training and performance managing best-in-class writing teams

 Works collaboratively across Pearson to ensure smooth implementation of new qualifications including ensuring the clarity, consistency and technical accuracy of product support through the lifecycle for the portfolio of qualifications allocated

 Works collaboratively across Pearson to bring together the technical, customer and sector/industry expertise to inform the design and development of qualifications and assessments, and to contribute to the continual improvement of how we do things as a department and as a wider business

Main Responsibilities:

  1. Insight and Market Shaping

 Generate a strong evidence base for the design and development of qualifications and assessments (via learner, customer, and competitor research)

 Collaborate with colleagues to establish a good understanding of customer and learner needs and behaviours (for work on developments, amendments and support materials)

 Develop and maintain insight into best practice (teaching and learning, assessment and the link between them)

 Represent Pearson in meetings with stakeholders as part of the development process, e.g. employers, sector stakeholders, governments, regulators

  1. Product Strategy and Financial Management

 Develop strategies for designing and developing qualifications and assessments that are both attractive to learners and customers and compliant with the requirements of governments and regulators

 Contribute to sector strategy development

 Manage opex and capex budgets

  1. Product Design and Development

 Design and develop winning qualifications and assessments that meet learner, customer and stakeholder needs, and are compliant with regulatory, government and client requirements and Pearson quality policies and procedures

 Translate suite- or portfolio-level principles into winning proposals and qualification and assessment designs and client solutions

 Lead the qualification development and/or tender process (design, development, internal approval, accreditation and government approval) to time, budget and quality

 Provide regular management information detailing risks and issues with appropriate mitigations that ensure delivery to time, budget and quality

 Recruit, brief, train and performance manage writers in a strategic way to deliver winning qualifications and assessments to time, budget and quality

 Manage the updating and maintenance of specifications and sample assessment materials through the lifecycle for the portfolio of qualifications allocated

  1. Implementation, Customer Experience and Campaigns

 Collaborate with colleagues to ensure effective set up and implementation of new qualifications

 Maintain the accuracy and validity of qualifications and sample assessments through their lifecycle

 Ensure a positive customer and learner experience in delivery through the lifecycle

 Ensure the clarity, consistency and technical accuracy of product support through the lifecycle for the portfolio of qualifications allocated

 Identify opportunities to improve our product support and the customer and learner experience

  1. Leadership and Management

 Work effectively in virtual teams across Pearson to ensure a positive working culture in support of Pearson strategy, e.g. development, bid and virtual sector teams

 Champion a ‘learner and customer first’ culture across Pearson, ensuring there is good understanding of what is important to learners and customers and that all decisions are made with reference to their needs

 Lead on departmental initiatives to deliver better service to our customers and learners, drive growth, develop commercial partnerships with stakeholders and other third parties, and influence major stakeholders

 Mentor and manage staff as required

Pearson is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate against employees or job applicants and select the best person for each job based on relevant skills and experience.

We are also committed to building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce and encouraging equality and diversity.

The information you provide will stay confidential, and be stored securely. It will not be seen by those involved in making decisions as part of the recruitment process.

Qualifications

Essential

 Qualified to degree level or equivalent

 Experience and understanding of the UK and/or international education and qualifications market and environment

 Experience of working on the design, development and/or operation of qualifications

 Experience of balancing a commercial focus with regulatory/legal requirements and assessment validity to create solutions for customers that are practical and have competitive advantage

 Experience and knowledge of assessment techniques and principles

 Experience of leading and/or working effectively in virtual teams

 Project management experience

Desirable

 Teaching experience

 Experience and understanding of allocated sector / sectors

 Experience of developing customised qualification and assessment solutions for tenders

 Experience of managing budgets

Skills and Competencies

Essential

 Organisationally agile

 Influences without authority

 Ability to motivate, lead and empower others

 Prioritises and makes effective decisions

 Commercial acumen

 Customer empathy

 Creative and lateral thinker

 Strategic thinker

 Strong communicator with good interpersonal skills

 Collaboration skills

 Outcomes-oriented

 Digitally able and focused

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Primary Location: GB-GB-London

Work Locations: GB-London-80 Strand 80 Strand London WC2R 0RL

Job: Product Management

Organization: Core

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Oct 2, 2019

Job Unposting: Oct 18, 2019

Schedule: Full-time Temporary

Req ID: 1913234

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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