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Higher Education Account Manager - South East Engl

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Education, Media & Communications
Kent, GBR
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Higher Education Account Manager - South East England Description Our Organisation We are the world’s learning company with more than 24,000 employees operating in 70 countries. We combine world-class educational content and asse...

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Higher Education Account Manager - South East England


Our Organisation

We are the world’s learning company with more than 24,000 employees operating in 70 countries. We combine world-class educational content and assessment, powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people. 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.

Pearson is regularly featured on the Forbes list of Best Employers and we are recognised in the Best Employers for Diversity 2019 awards. Pearson is listed on both the London and New York stock exchanges (UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO) and we are proud to offer an exceptional environment to develop your professional career.

Your Opportunity

Higher Education Services covers all print and digital courseware and the development, sale and delivery of services to support Universities in the UK, generating annual sales of around £25m. We partner with customers to provide world-class products and services that meet their needs, and those of their learners, both today and tomorrow.

As the UK market leader of world class content, courseware and services, our team is at the forefront of the transition from print to digital, product to services and partnership sales. Reporting to the Head of Account Management, this role will drive this transition by building a strong pipeline of institutional, multi-product, multi-year deals and partnerships, run competitive bids and tenders and lead territory teams to drive all revenue growth and all activity across a defined set of accounts.

This is a hands-on role for a creative, entrepreneurial, dynamic and resilient individual with ambitious sales and signings targets. As part of the wider Higher Education UK Go to Market team, your work will directly inform innovation in new product and commercial models, sales, marketing and channel strategy ensuring we set ourselves up for the growth opportunity before us.

Learner at the heart

Pearson is a global education company that helps people around the world to make progress in their lives through learning. With a rich heritage that combines 150 years of experience in publishing with the latest learning technology and digital services, we help people to learn whatever, wherever and however they choose. We are now transforming Pearson to accelerate our activity in digital learning, education services and emerging markets. This will enable us to make a lasting impact in helping to solve some of the most important challenges in global education.

Why we need you

We believe education is a vital force that can empower people, help them to reach their potential and contribute to more connected communities, all around the world. Our strength comes from our outstanding people; our strong relationships in the education world; our expertise in using technology to help people learn; our global footprint and local reach; and our position as a profitable, global company with a unifying sense of purpose.

Your Goals

  • Deliver year-on-year revenue growth of key accounts.
  • Identify and engage with key stakeholders in accounts, positioning Pearson as the partner of choice for innovative, customer-focussed products and services.
  • Develop a well-connected network of influencers and supporters at senior levels of HEIs and other relevant organisations.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to senior clients and prospects in a professional and unambiguous manner.
  • Lead the preparation of proposals and responses to PQQs, RFPs and Tenders taking overall responsibility for the quality of the response, solution and commercial proposition.
  • Develop and maintain an excellent knowledge of the Higher Education market.
  • Develop and maintain a good pedagogical and technical knowledge of all the relevant Pearson products and services.
  • Lead territory team to complete and maintain territory plans and account plans including market share data.
  • Run the annual strategic planning and business planning process for your territory team reviewing and updating the plans every quarter.
  • Maintain detailed and accurate CRM records and an up to date pipeline of new and existing business.
  • Complete all post sale documentation as required by Operations and Digital Solution and Services team.
  • Lead and support a high functioning, trusting, collaborative results driven territory team.
  • Working extremely closely with all other relevant roles across Product Development and Service Delivery Organisation, Customer Services, Marketing, Product, Finance, Operations and Senior Management.

Our Successful Candidate

This is an experienced role and candidates will be required to demonstrate relevant experience and expertise in a similar position. Specifically, the successful candidate will need to demonstrate a proven track record of:

  • Achieving results in high value sales, business development and account management.
  • A proven solution selling track record in a commercial sector at senior levels with the ability to appreciate and handle long sales cycles.
  • Demonstrable experience of creating and implementing strategies and account plans for growth successfully at an account.
  • Ability to think strategically, identify key sources of competitive advantage, and to balance a strong commercial focus with policy and operational requirements to create commercially viable customer solutions.
  • Creative thinking and customer empathy: the ability to articulate new propositions based on customer needs.
  • Relationship building: internal and external.
  • Experience of UK procurement, tender processes and OEJU rules.
  • Strong financial understanding and commercial acumen. Highly numerate.
  • Leading workshops externally with clients and internally with matrix teams.
  • Exceptional communication, influencing, negotiation and presentation skills, written, visual and oral.
  • Confident and able networker with an ability to form trusted relationships plus influence and lead at all levels, often in virtual teams.
  • High attention to detail and excellent project management.
  • Resilient, energetic, highly motivated ably to learn quickly, thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Fully fluent in the use of the Microsoft Office suite and/or Google docs.
  • Excellent aptitude for learning new technologies and skills.
  • Field based & willingness to travel in the UK & Ireland (up to 80%).
  • Self-starter, proactive and resilient.
  • Ability to work on a non 9 to 5 schedule.
  • Occasional long hours when responding to client tenders.
  • Full driving licence.

Our Recruitment Process

Please complete and submit your application as soon as possible directly on our Pearson Careers website only.

We are reviewing applications regularly and interviews are being scheduled now, therefore we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Should you have any questions please connect on LinkedIn with Stephen Johnston, Talent Acquisition Specialist.

Wishing you success with your application!

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 be stored securely. It will not be seen by those involved in making decisions as part of the recruitment process.



Primary Location: GB-GB-Harlow

Other Locations GB-Kent, GB-Berkshire, GB-Surrey, GB-Buckinghamshire, GB-Oxfordshire, GB-East Sussex, GB-West Sussex, GB-Hampshire, GB-GB-London

Work Locations: GB-Harlow-Kao Park Kao Park Hockham Way Kao Two Harlow CM17 9SR

Job: Sales

Organization: Core

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Oct 8, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1815722

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.