Portfolio Manager, Adult ELT

Posted 9 April by Pearson UK Featured

Portfolio Manager, Adult ELT

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 digital 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.

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.

Purpose:

The Portfolio Manager is responsible for setting the vision and strategy for a specific brand, product, course or portfolio of brands, products and courses. They will use deep customer insight and discipline knowledge to drive innovation and growth in collaboration with the Portfolio Director and Product Marketing. The Portfolio Manager leads a product development team and makes key decisions about the creation or expansion of a best in class brand, product or course, having a measurable impact on learner outcomes. The Portfolio Manager ensures a consistent and clear line of sight to the customer throughout the product development process, ensuring that all stakeholders have a clearly-articulated and shared understanding of their requirements and the product deliverables.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop deep discipline and market knowledge of the segment to drive product development decisions throughout a product’s lifecycle. Builds propositions for funding where required in line with PLC governance processes

  • Collaborate with Product Marketing to understand market and customer insights and learner requirements in order to deliver on the value proposition

  • Responsible for the creation of business cases and product development plans, financial performance and learning outcomes for the segment, to deliver a suitable product mix for the portfolio.

  • Ensure products are developed in line with the Product Life Cycle from Idea to Retire, including reviewing, validation and testing of a proposition with appropriate research methodologies

  • Responsible for financial budget planning and accountable for end to end management and monitoring of budget associated with product development

  • With support of the Instructional Designer, ensure that products created implement core learning design principles, are aligned to the Global Scale of English and adhere to the relevant Pearson English content management strategies

  • Collaborate with Product Management to recommend discipline relevant technology roadmap improvements

  • Create strong author relationships, commissioning key authors and working closely with them to outline a vision for each product. Ensure learning outcomes are clearly understood and content created supports those outcomes. Ensure that commissioning fee structure is adhered to.

  • Responsible for the management of risks and issues relating to product development

  • Travel as needed for research purposes, conferences and events to develop market insights, strengthen educator community and drive revenue performance

  • Report on the financial health of portfolio/brand at PLC review meetings

  • Act as the key interface for the portfolio/brand with local sales and marketing teams, as well as local product development teams

  • Working with Instructional Designer, ensure that outcomes are identified, that appropriate efficacy paperwork is identified, including learner journeys, implementation plans and efficacy stories.

  • Support the Portfolio Management Director in identifying and maintaining relationships with 3rd party rights and or brand partners.

Qualifications

Desirable skills and experience:

  • BA degree in linguistics, foreign language, or related field or qualification in teaching English as a second/foreign language (Certificate or Diploma in TEFL or TESOL)

  • Demonstrable experience in educational publishing, media, or other relevant management experience

  • Commercial skills in budgeting, financial management and structured decision making

  • Commercial leadership, with experience of taking responsibility for product performance

  • Proven record in conceptualizing,planning and developing high-quality, user-focused educational products on time and within budget

  • Evidence of overseeing end to end development of innovative and new product/services

  • Possesses sound business acumen; remains pragmatic, calm under pressure; results-focussed

  • Ability to navigate a complex and highly-matrixed organization effectively

  • Expertise in identifying project critical success factors and barriers to success, initiating change to bring about a successful project delivery

  • Proven ability in managing change and establishing and supporting successful teams.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills

  • Understanding of thought leadership for the segment in line with customer needs

  • Ability to publish articles to reach our target markets.

  • Evidence of having experience of working in a network of thought leaders

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Primary Location: GB-GB-London

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

Job: Publishing

Organization: Global Product

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Experienced

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Apr 9, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1804491

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.

Reference: 34857920

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