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Content Developer, Primary ELT

Contract Type
Education, Media & Communications
London, GBR
Expiry Date
Content Developer, Primary ELT Description Content Developer, Primary ELT Purpose The Content Developer leads and manages the content development for a component of a product. Working in-house as part of a project team, th...

Job Description

Content Developer, Primary ELT


Content Developer, Primary ELT


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

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

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Education, Qualifications & Training


  • 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 experience, preferably in Primary ELT
  • Relevant teaching experience
  • Experience in managing freelance writers and editors

Primary Location: GB-GB-London

Other Locations GB-GB-Harlow

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

Job: Publishing

Organization: Global Product

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Oct 18, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1913771

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.