Role: Technical Platform Manager (full or part time: at least 60% FTE)
Division: Assessment & Qualifications Delivery
Location: Rotherham or Oxford, UK. Hybrid-working
About UK Assessment & Qualifications
We are responsible for the delivery of nearly 4 million examination results per annum, including A-Level, GCSE, BTEC and T-levels for students in UK and International centres. Our in-house systems process every learner from registration to marking and certification, in a highly regulated business. We currently operate a hybrid estate of predominantly bespoke systems, with an ongoing strategic transformation programme to migrate from on-prem to cloud based, cost effective, scalable and resilient services.
We also deliver courseware to over 4 million learners and teachers at Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Colleges, or at home in the UK and abroad through our bespoke Learning Management Systems. These offer engaging experiences that cater for all abilities and support learning and preparation for qualifications.
About the job
We are looking for a Platform Development Manager to lead a new, recently launched product platform, providing schools and colleges with resources to support the teaching and learning of our qualifications. This is a complex product involving multiple development teams (UK, US and India) and internal and external suppliers for technical and content services.
We require someone to own the technical solution for the whole system. You will understand the technical architecture, how all the pieces fit together, the development team structure and work to improve the solution – striving to reduce complexity, improve resilience and adapt to changing needs as the number of customers and products grows. You will work with Architects, Development teams, Product Owners and Project Managers as you understand the current solution and produce a strategy for future direction.
You will have previous relevant experience, ideally in multiples roles such as: Platform Manager, Solution Architect, Product Owner and Technical Lead, and be able to demonstrate an interest in education or publishing.
You can demonstrate technical leadership, innovative thinking and ownership from previous projects.
Key Skills & Experience
Prior experience working as Platform Manager / Technical Product Owner / Solution Architect / Technical Lead or another equivalent role
Delivery of complex consumer-oriented digital solutions with multiple suppliers
Excellent communication, presentation and questioning skills
Desirable Skills & Experience
Experience of working in educational, publishing or media organisations;
Experience of managing distributed development teams and matrix organisations
Certification in Agile methodologies (eg Scrum Master)
The role is aligned to either our Rotherham or Oxford offices. Our Rotherham office is located at Junction 1 of the M18, making it commutable from Sheffield, Leeds, Doncaster, Derby or Nottingham.
We have worked from home throughout the pandemic, but have adopted hybrid working now national restrictions are lifted; for this role that means visiting your base office no more than once a week with the possibility of occasional travel to other Pearson sites, however, adjustments to this due to personal circumstances & preferences are possible.
We work a 37.5 hour week, with all our team free to flex their day around our core hours, which are Monday to Friday, 10 to 4 GMT/BST. School runs, etc can be accommodated. Other flexible working patterns can be considered, including part-time working and non-traditional hours. As we regularly work with global teams, particularly in India and the US, there may be the occasional need to accommodate meetings outside of core hours.
For this role there is a requirement to provide occasional out of hours support during business critical periods.
We actively encourage our staff to participate in at least 40 hours of training a year, and offer relevant AWS training and certification as part of this role.
Your benefits and rewards
Here at Pearson we offer a range of benefits, which include:
25 Days annual leave (increasing by 1 day with every year of continuous service up to 30 days); annual leave trading, +/- 5 days
Private Pension plan scheme where we pay in double what you contribute, up to 16% depending on your age
Life, private medical and dental care insurance options, plus free eye tests
Stock/share purchase options
Maternity, paternity, and family care leave as well as flexible working policies
An employee wellbeing assistance programme
Cycle to work program, volunteering days, gym membership concessions in selected office locations, along with retail and leisure discounts
Diversity and Inclusion at Pearson
We’re committed to equity and opportunity, so that all learners can realise the life they imagine and see themselves in our services and products. We believe learning is a powerful force for change and that diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental to who we are. We’re committed to addressing all forms of systematic racism, discrimination and inequality in everything we do.
We also believe in giving everyone in the company the chance to help shape a more inclusive culture, in which everyone feels a sense of belonging and in which everyone acts with integrity day-in, day-out. To learn more about Pearson’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, please click here.
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 will be stored securely. It will not be seen by those involved in making decisions as part of the recruitment process. We are a Stonewall Gold and Top 20 LGBT+ inclusive employer, Investors in People Gold, Race Charter signatory, Disability Confident employer and Working Mums Top Employer.
Organization: Assessment & Qualifications
Req ID: 8117