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.
This is an outstanding opportunity to be part of an innovative online learning service that Pearson has launched. Working in partnership with universities across the UK, the division provides online learning services including marketing, student recruitment, course content development, training and ongoing student support.
This role will suit a very organised person with a good understanding of governance and project management. They will have the ability to manage multiple tasks, stakeholders and priorities simultaneously. The role would suit someone who is looking to progress their career with a global blue chip organisation.
Purpose of the Position
The Portfolio Management Office is the information hub for projects and programmes within the portfolio for OPM. The purpose of this role is to ensure the coordination of documentation, training, communication and facilitate the timely and accurate portfolio reporting to the leadership team . This will include working collaboratively across a diverse group of stakeholders including project managers, members of the internal marketing, recruitment, student success, research and IT support teams.
Core Tasks and Responsibilities
Key responsibilities will include the following:
Support management of dependencies and risks for portfolio's successful outcome
Document Management: manage and control documents, such as form templates, meeting minutes, reports, plans and schedules
Training Coordination: coordinate and schedule training classes to advance the skills and capabilities of project managers and educate employees about changes to work processes resulting from the projects the office is managing.
Communication: regularly distribute information to project team members and other stakeholders in the workplace who are or will be affected by the projects.
Reporting: Maintaining and producing accurate project control documents including status reports. Reports show project status and health, resource availability, cost management and performance metrics.
Managing the portfolio administration, producing minutes; preparing reports & presentations; providing management information accordingly
General ad hoc administration tasks
Managing and organising diaries, arranging meetings, taking minutes.
Experience in a Project Management Office and ability to identify and implement process improvements.
Understanding of the importance for detail and organisation.
Skilled at managing stakeholder groups and balancing diplomacy and tact with assertiveness.
Knowledge of Project Management tools / techniques and lifecycles.
Very good prioritisation skills to balance key priorities.
Excellent IT skills including SmartSheet or a similar project management tool
Excellent written and oral communications skills
Demonstrable experience working in project management or PMO office role
Experience of working in a matrix environment or with multiple internal stakeholders and clients
PRINCE II certification is a plus and/or additional PMO qualifications.
Degree or equivalent professional qualifications
Project management CPD qualifications
Primary Location: GB-GB-Harlow
Work Locations: GB-Harlow-Kao Park Kao Park London Rd Harlow CM17 9NA
Job: Project/Programme Management
Employee Status: Regular Employee
Job Type: Standard
Shift: Day Job
Job Posting: Jun 20, 2018
Job Unposting: Jul 18, 2018
Schedule: Full-time Regular
Req ID: 1805783
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