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VP, Applications and Product Platforms

Zoek Pin City of London - This Area Only

£150.00 - £200.00 PerDay

Permanent (Full time)

Pearson VP, Applications and Product Platforms London , United Kingdom Apply Now
We are the world’s learning company with more than 22,500 employees operating in 70 countries. We combine world-class educational content and assessment, powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people. 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.

All potential candidates should read through the following details of this job with care before making an application.

At Pearson, we believe in the power of difference. Harnessing the unique skills, perspectives, and backgrounds of every employee helps us foster innovation and create the most effective solutions for learners around the world. That’s why we’re committed to ensuring that diversity and inclusion are embedded into everything we do. We foster a work environment that’s inclusive and diverse — and where our people can be themselves — so we can reflect the customers and learners we serve.

Pearson is featured on The Forbes list of Best Employers and The Stonewall Top 100 Employers list, and we are recognised in the Best Employers for Diversity 2019 awards. Pearson is listed on both the London and New York Stock Exchanges (UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO).

Role Overview

We seek a VP, Applications and Product Platforms to focus on critical parts of our GS&E Courseware product portfolio. The candidate should have experience of successfully developing and managing digital products and capabilities, leading teams (including off-shored teams), collaborating across a complex matrix structure and of implementing transformational change. As the VP for GS&E, The VP Applications and Product Platform, will report to the SVP GS&E Courseware and operate as part of the departmental leadership team.

You will lead teams that organize around customer needs, and design and develop products and capabilities that drive better learning experiences and outcomes, and delight our customers. Cross team collaboration, continuous reconfiguration of resourcing with flexible, adaptive structures organized around opportunity and a focus on driving revenue and margin are critical requirements for this role.

High Level Responsibilities

Development and delivery of the Global Product Strategy (digital first) focusing on content acquisition, development and curation to support the delivery of product propositions that capitalisation market and customer opportunities and meet learner needs and outcomes

Drive revenue and cost efficiencies through the creation and delivery of innovative content and content solutions across the GS&E Courseware product portfolio that meet / exceed market and learner requirements. This includes the implementation of content sharing and reuse programmes across GS&E to deliver the required quality standardisation and planned cost savings.

Enable content delivery in a range of formats to customers (print, digital, mobile). Ensure that content is designed to facilitate formative and in-course assessment with a flow of learner and assessment data to diagnose learning needs and drive personalised learning.

Co-creation, management and delivery of the product roadmap in collaboration with other members of the leadership team. Ensure the accurate application of product management methodologies (Agile, Product Lifecycle and other) including governance to prioritize product investment in line with strategic priorities across the portfolio and create efficiencies to improve return and deliver financial targets.

Act as a thought leader on content acquisition, development and curation, and how effective teaching and learning are facilitated through great content

Scout and acquire new content providers / content solutions that can align with product strategy and roadmap goals

Development and management of relationships with leading edge/critical content providers and other partners

Continuous improvement of content management / content development processes - thinking simpler, leaner and faster -to accelerate innovation and time to market

Provide inspirational, value-driven leadership to teams and vendors such that they develop and are confident and capable in execution

Promote a culture of partnership, teamwork and innovation

Role model executive leadership characteristics as part of the Global Product extended senior leadership team

Retire or reject content with insufficient validation or demand (for in market content).

Work closely with Product Management and Geography leaders to identify margin enhancing / additional revenue opportunities

Engage with Legal on audits and other legal issues that are author related.

Ensure compliance and vigilance best practice Editorial principles and guidelines, ensuring teams adhere to Pearson’s Editorial Policy. Sponsor the continued roll out and implementation of Pearson’s Editorial Policy globally across all markets and business units

Collaborate with Product Management leaders in GS&E Courseware and geography leaders to agree product release cycles

Monitor competitive trends in content and understand how content can deliver a competitive advantage for Pearson

Expected results:

Strong and deep, future focused Global Product pipeline addressing licence to compete and licenceto win scenarios

Increased leverage of existing courseware content to maximise speed to market, cost efficiencies and product quality

Global content delivered to time/cost/quality targets

Emerging and Developed Talent Pipeline

GS&E Leadership team

Product Management



Pearson colleagues in Geographies

Production & Digital Studio

Product Technology

Technology Senior Leadership Team

Geography Leadership Teams;: Product Development Team; Sales and Marketing Teams

Product Design

Efficacy & Research (including pedagogy and its implementation)

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 & Skills * *

Degree (or equivalent) preferred

Extensive product management and content development leadership experience

First class leadership skills; able to inspire and motivate teams around a continuously evolving agenda designed to delight our customers

Ability to balance strategic thinking/long term opportunities with operational focus

Deep understanding of the digital world and able to translate this into content strategy and development, team mindset and ways of working

Strong understanding of education and learning from a consumer viewpoint: ability to translate this into winning content acquisition and development strategies

Ability to develop strategic author and content provider relationships that enhance our content and Pearson’s ability to compete and win

Ability to develop and communicate a Global Content vision and strategy to engage and excite the organization as well as customers and learners

Relationship management skills and the ability to use them to drive value both within Pearson and externally

Effective commercial skills, including procurement, vendor management, business case development, cost tracking and using commercial metrics to drive effective product management.

Persuasive negotiator and influencer

Robust decision making - based on evidence and data

Strong commercial understanding: financially fluent and with a facility for data and its interpretation to commercial advantage

Passion for education and learning

Possesses a global outlook and approach

Operates as a self aware, effective team player

Experience of working and thriving in a global matrix organization


Primary Location: GB-GB-London

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

Job: Product Management

Organization: Growth

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Unposting: Dec 20, 2020

Schedule: Full-time Regular

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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