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Content Developer ELT, Primary

Contract Type
Education, Media & Communications
London, GBR
Expiry Date
Content Developer ELT, Primary 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 les...

Job Description

Content Developer ELT, Primary


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.


The Content Developer leads and manages the content development for a component of a product. Working in-house as part of a project team, the Content Developer:

Executes plans for the writing, editing, and production of content throughout its development

Collaborates as necessary with other team members on the instructional design and development of prototypes and briefs

Implements new workflows and tools for the continuous improvement of content creation

Provides appropriate support and training for team members, writers and editors

Key Accountabilities


Support the Content Development Manager and Portfolio Manager in the generation of ideas for concept development and prototype creation

Support the Content Development Manager in the instructional design plan for the full product or service

Enhance plans and briefs with appropriate detail and instruction in advance of vendor contracting

When necessary, brief external experts, consultants and/or Series Editors on the product or service

Business Case Stage

Develop or contract development of Proof of Concept content, prototypes, and iterations of these at request of Content Development Manager or Portfolio Manager

Support Content Development Manager in forecasting budgets and schedules

Product Development Stage

Review and understand the approved instructional design, syllabus, course configuration, content map, budget, and schedule from the Portfolio Manager and Senior Content Producer

Support Content Development Manager in development of comprehensive writing briefs and other project documents; keep documents up to date and communicate changes to writers and editors

Contract and brief writers, editors, and/or editorial vendors for assigned components using standard vendor agreements; supply them with comprehensive writing briefs, content templates, and templates for art and media briefs

Provide continuous and consistent support to writers, editors, and/or editorial vendors throughout the writing and content development process; assist them in the use of content creation tools (standard and proprietary) and content management tools

Review quality of all contracted work; provide feedback to writers, editors, and/or editorial vendors on any recurring issues related to content creation; when necessary under deadline, bring quality of content up to standard through development and revision

Collaborate closely with in-house designers, art and text researchers, rights managers, and media producers before and during all phases of content production

Respond to Portfolio Manager queries about budgets and schedule during all phases of content creation

Stay up to date with trends in second language acquisition pedagogy and assessment; stay up to date in ELT market needs and trends; stay up to date with English language learning market needs and trends

Supervisory responsibilities:

Supervise freelancers and vendors through continuous monitoring of quality and deadlines; Give frequent and comprehensive feedback

Key Relationships

Portfolio Manager, Content Development Manager, Senior Content Producer, Content Developers, Editorial Vendors

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.


Qualifications :


University/College degree in linguistics, foreign language, or related field,

Qualification in teaching English as a second/foreign language (Cert or Diploma in TEFL or TESOL) strongly desired


Sound business and technical acumen, with the ability to navigate a complex and highly matrixed organization effectively, establishing effective communication lines to multiple stakeholders

Ability to juggle multiple priorities and deadlines, remaining pragmatic and results-focused

Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills

Prior Experience

Publishing/Editorial and teaching experience in English as a second or foreign language or in foreign languages; Experience in Primary preferred

Experience in managing freelance writers and editors

Primary Location: GB-GB-Harlow

Other Locations GB-GB-London

Work Locations: GB-Harlow-Kao Park Kao Park London Rd Harlow CM17 9NA

Job: Professional Development

Organization: Global Product

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jan 14, 2019

Job Unposting: Jan 28, 2019

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1814594

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.