Register  |  Log In  |  Contact Us

Content Developer, Test Prep ELT

Contract Type
Education, Media & Communications
London, GBR
Expiry Date
Content Developer, Test Prep ELT Description Position Overview: The Senior Content Developer leads and manages the content development for a new product component, or leads for the overall content development of revisions, ...

Job Description

Content Developer, Test Prep ELT


Position Overview:

The Senior Content Developer leads and manages the content development for a new product component, or leads for the overall content development of revisions, adaptations or transformations of existing products. Working in-house as part of a project team, the Senior Content Developer:

  • Executes plans for the writing, editing, and production of content throughout its development
  • Leads as necessary on the instructional design, meeting of efficacy goals, and development of prototypes and briefs
  • Implements new workflows for the continuous improvement of content development
  • Provides appropriate support and training for team members, writers and editors using prescribed content development tools
  • Assumes responsibility for delivery of high quality content on time and to budget

Main Duties and Responsibilities:


  • 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 or lead in the planning of revisions, adaptations or transformations of existing products
  • Enhance plans and briefs with appropriate detail and instruction in advance of vendor contracting
  • 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; lead in the forecasting for revisions, adaptations or transformations of existing products

Product Development Stage

  • Contribute to the approved instructional design, syllabus, course configuration, content map, budget, and schedule in cooperation with the Portfolio Manager and Senior Content Producer
  • Contribute to the 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 and editors 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 and editors throughout the writing and content development process; assist writers and editors in the use of content creation tools (standard and proprietary) and content management tools
  • Review quality of all contracted work; provide feedback to editors and writers 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, user experience, and media managers 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

Mentor and train Associate Content Developers


Key relationships:

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


  • University/College degree in linguistics, foreign language, or related field
  • Qualification in teaching English as a second/foreign language (Certificate 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
  • Working knowledge of English exam types (Cambridge English, PTE, IELTS, etc) is desirable

Prior Experience

  • Publishing/Editorial and teaching experience in English as a second or foreign language or in foreign languages
  • 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: Publishing

Organization: Global Product

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Nov 12, 2018

Job Unposting: Nov 26, 2018

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1813191

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.