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Pearson Director, Commercial Applications in Boston, Massachusetts

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 reexamining the way people learn best, whether it’s a 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.

Pearson’s Virtual Schools K-12 group provides high-quality, highly accountable online education solutions to schools, school districts and students in grades K-12. It supports over 100,000 students in over 43 public virtual schools and serves families and schools with a variety of digital learning and online school solutions including Connections Academy and Pearson Online Academy.

Pearson Virtual Schools is based in Columbia, Maryland and has been named a “Top Workplace” by the Baltimore Sun for three consecutive years and a “Best Place to Work” by Baltimore magazine. Recognized for its outstanding curriculum, high-quality teachers and leadership, Pearson Virtual Schools is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success.

As the Director of Commercial Application for Pearson Virtual School division, you will be responsible for leading the Product and Project management aspect of the Commercial application (Fulfillment Applications, HR, Marketing...) for the entire business unit. You will manage a team of highly skilled product owners and product managers that will focus on understanding the business needs and partnering with the engineering team to deliver against the business needs.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for planning, execution, and delivery, from inception to completion, for an existing technology product or program

  • Work extensively with cross-functional partners - Sales, Finance, technology, Operations, and Product teams - to implement optimal solutions to thematic issues

  • Proactively manages the end-to-end delivery of engineering work though the engineering team and all dependent organizations

  • Reports on progress, ensuring dependencies are covered

  • Operates between teams and architectures overseeing the gaps between teams, processes, and systems, while removing all blocking issues leading to a successful delivery

  • Manage the lifecycle for a complex cross functional body of work that has a long term positive impact on the company

  • Influence Global technology teams roadmaps by contributing to their planning documents and goal setting exercises

  • Work across scrum teams and across organizations to deliver on a single product, a key technology area or more broadly, managing larger initiatives that span organizations and geographies in support of a larger cross-cutting business goal

  • Make smart trade-off decisions balancing efforts, delivery timelines, features, and technical constraints

  • Identify and remove blockers and always find the path forward in challenging situations

  • Excellent communicator and are comfortable communicating to all levels of the organization both in writing and in person

  • Articulate progress against goals, scorecard metrics, and committed roadmaps

  • Work across organizations for ways to align teams, technologies and organizations to simple coherent approaches that optimize organizational structures and operating mechanisms

Qualifications - External

Qualifications -

  • BS/MS degree in CS/CE/EE/ with 15+ years of experience managing engineering operations and/or directing engineering organizations.

  • Experience in managing product portfolios across different geographical regions.

  • Experience working in an Agile Development environment

  • Track record of implementing and managing successful engineering projects and processes.

  • Proven ability to collaborate effectively with other teams, drive consensus thru impact and influence, and deliver results quickly.

  • Good understanding of Quality Assurance, Automation, and Dev processes including Release processes.

  • Effective executive-level presence and ability to communicate at C-level.

  • Effective communication (Written and Oral), coordination and collaboration skills

  • Planning, Scheduling, Tracking and status reporting of deliverables and milestones.

  • Strong analytical skills, attention to detail and excellent problem solving/troubleshooting skills.

The anticipated starting salary range for Colorado-based individuals expressing interest in this position is $150k - $170k. This position is eligible to participate in an annual incentive program.

Benefits available to eligible employees can be seen at: https://pearsonbenefitsus.com/

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Equal Employment Opportunity

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.

Learning is the most powerful force for change in the world. More than 20,000 Pearson employees deliver our products and services in nearly 200 countries, all working towards a common purpose – to help everyone achieve their potential through learning. We do that by providing high quality, digital content and learning experiences, as well as assessments and qualifications that help people build their skills and grow with the world around them. We are the world’s leading learning company. Learn more at pearsonplc.com.

Pearson believes that wherever learning flourishes, so do people. We are committed to being an anti-racist company in everything we do. We value the power of an inclusive culture and a strong sense of belonging. We promote a culture where differences are embraced, opportunities are accessible, consideration and respect are the norm, and all individuals are supported in reaching their full potential. Through our talent, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant place to work. People are at the center, and we are committed to a sustainable environment and workplace where talent can learn, grow, and thrive.  

To learn more about Pearson’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, please click here: 

http://www.pearson.com/careers/diversity-and-inclusion.html

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other group protected by law.

Job: PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

Organization: Technology & Operations

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 254

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