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Content Development Manager - Primary ELT

Reference
1719308
Contract Type
Permanent
Sector
Education, Media & Communications
Location
Harlow, GBR
Expiry Date
23/02/2018
Content Development Manager - Primary ELT 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...

Job Description

Content Development Manager - Primary ELT

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 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.

Position Overview:

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

  • Creates and executes plans for the writing and editing of content throughout its development
  • Collaborates with other team members on the instructional design and development of prototypes and briefs and on researching and testing the efficacy of the product or service throughout its development
  • Champions new workflows for the continuous improvement of content development

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Conceptualisation:

  • Support the Portfolio Manager in the generation of ideas for concept development and prototype creation
  • Support the Portfolio Manager in the analysis of market testing, in planning the instructional design for the full product or service, including assessment components
  • Enhance instructional design plans and briefs with appropriate detail in advance of contracting writers and editor
  • When necessary, brief external experts, consultants and/or Series Editors on the product or service
  • With Portfolio Manager, validate that prototype(s) have the product features that respond to stated customer needs

Business Case Stage:

  • Forecast content writing and development costs to feed into the budgeting process
  • Forecast time necessary for writing and development tasks to feed into the scheduling process
  • Develop or contract development of Proof of Concept content, prototypes, and iterations of these at request of the Portfolio Manager

Product Development Stage:

  • Review competitor analysis and other evaluation materials, and support the Portfolio Manager and Senior Content Producer in creating instructional design, syllabus, course configuration, content map, budget, and schedule
  • Lead in the development of comprehensive writing briefs
  • Work with the Senior Content Development Manager, Portfolio Manager and Senior Content Producer to plan and execute short- and long-term resourcing and training needs
  • Contract and brief writers and editors for assigned components; supply them with comprehensive writing briefs, content templates, and templates for art and media briefs; update briefs and communicate updates to editorial vendors
  • Provide continuous and consistent support to writers and editors throughout the writing and content development process
  • 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, 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:

  • Manage in-house Content Developers in all phases of content development
  • For direct reports, give regular performance feedback; conduct formal performance reviews as required
  • Supervise freelancers and vendors through continuous monitoring of quality and deadlines; Give frequent and comprehensive feedback

Key relationships:

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

Qualifications

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

Skills/Knowledge:

  • 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
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills

Prior Experience:

  • Teaching and editorial experience in English as a second or foreign language or in foreign languages
  • Experience in managing in-house staff, freelance writers and editors
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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 29, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1719308