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Pearson Solutions Manager in Boston, Massachusetts

Solutions Manager - ( 2108832 )

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.

Summary:

We are looking for a highly experienced Software Solutions Manager responsible for the Product Roadmap, Design and Delivery of core software platforms in the content creation and content distribution area.

Responsibilities:

The Software Solutions Manager shares responsibility for planning, designing, and managing the development of Content Technologies. The Software Solutions Manager is active in all phases of development, from gathering customer input and requirements through user interface design and specification writing to sprint planning, SCRUM/KANBAN management and quality assurance testing. The Software Solutions Manager has authority to exercise leadership in the design and development of specific solution features.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Track and prioritize software feature requests

  • Define the business case for specific feature requirements

  • Research user needs and expectations for specific feature requirements

  • Work closely with architecture and engineering leads to convert feature requirements into technical solutions.

  • Write use cases, business requirements, functional specifications, and test plans for specific feature requirements

  • Perform acceptance and ad-hoc functional testing of new features

  • Collaborate with staff or freelance designers and team members to develop a cohesive user interface for new features

  • Conduct (or assist with) usability testing, user development conferences, and focus groups

  • Monitor and review the development of specific features including software engineering, QA, and documentation

  • Manage end-to-end Technology Project delivery lifecycle via Daily Scrums and regular Project delivery meetings/reporting

    • early business engagement to scope ideas and define the solution and project delivery organisation
    • requirements gathering
    • business change management & transition
    • technical solution design and development
    • test and acceptance
    • infrastructure delivery
    • technology and business implementation & optimisation
    • benefit realisation (benchmarking / tracking) to project objectives
  • Drive the delivery of technology development including facilitating budget estimation, sprint planning, infrastructure and network delivery, QA and data migration, engineering release

  • Facilitate estimation of project timeline and effort with Technology Engineering Lead and Business Leads

  • Actively challenge and refine estimates based on experience and domain knowledge; additionally seeks peers reviews with external (non-project related) resources to validate estimates & delivery approach

  • Develop Agile sprint methodology for delivery team

  • Design issue tracking and resolution process

  • Coordinate teams to develop, build, and troubleshoot

  • Track requirements and development release schedules

  • Report to leadership on progress, roadblocks, and priorities

  • Communicate with multiple teams and staff on priorities, tasks, and goals

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.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree required or equivalent work experience in educational publishing, educational technology, or instructional design

  • Requires a minimum of 5-7 years minimum experience within a software solutions management, UI design, business analysis, development and project management experience in IT or software field (ideally Media or Publishing)

  • Experience with BA/PM toolsets: JIRA, Smartsheets, Windows Suite (MPP, Excel), Google Docs, Planview

  • PMI/PMP Certification

  • Successful track record of managing scrum- or Kanban-based agile projects to schedule and budget.

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills

  • Understands team dynamics, fostering a positive team environment

  • Ability to generate respect and trust from staff and external constituencies

  • Ability to communicate professionally, clearly and effectively to target audiences.

  • Excellent customer service ethic

  • Able to work under pressure to meet deadlines. Good organisational, planning & time management skills.

  • Excellent project management, planning and organisational skills.

  • A track record of building, maintaining and managing strong relationships within an international business and across many different stakeholder groups.

  • Excellent communication skills and understanding of how information should be presented to get across important issues to different groups of stakeholders

  • Proactive in seeking information, challenging norms and driving efficiency

  • Demonstrates the ability to effectively assess and resolve complex issues and problems

  • Accomplished team player with a desire to work hard, get along with others, and have fun.

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Primary Location : US-NJ-Hoboken

Other Locations : US-MD-Columbia, US-NC-Durham, US-MA-Boston

Work Locations :

US-NJ-Hoboken-221 River

221 River Street

Hoboken07030

Job : Technology

Organization : Technology & Operations

Employee Status : Regular Employee

Job Type : Standard

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Shift : Day Job

Job Posting : Jul 8, 2021

Job Unposting : Ongoing

Schedule: : Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2108832

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