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Development Delivery Manager

Contract Type
Education, Media & Communications
London, GBR
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Development Delivery Manager 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, ...

Job Description

Development Delivery Manager


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.

Background Information:

UK Qualifications Development is divided into a number of discrete development areas. Traditionally this has been organised around platforms, each platform broadly handling one kind of qualification. We are transforming towards a less siloed, more holistic view of quals capabilities and the Development Managers are required to help drive towards the future state, while also delivering projects that bring business value.

Additionally Pearson has a plan to restructure our IT systems to be simpler, to be cloud based, to be more reactive to change, to be cheaper to maintain, and to deliver more scope for global reuse.


  • To support existing systems through the year as different qualification series’ run
  • To work towards the strategic endstate and make decisions which balance the tactical against the strategic end state
  • To act as agent for the UK Quals Development Manager for certain areas of the overall landscape of systems

Key Accountabilities

  • Line Management of multi-skilled technical teams
  • Leadership of day to day development and support activities
  • Providing input to the architectural development of the target state

Strategy, planning and budgets

  • Work with project managers to ensure implementation is managed within expected budgets
  • Advise on required resource levels to achieve goals
  • Work with solution architecture and programme management to help shape strategy and deliver projects within agreed frameworks
  • Work with colleagues to ensure high quality and consistent approach to development and support

Business Development

  • Develop strong ties with key business and technology stakeholders to understand the context UK quals works in, and help drive solutions for the business
  • Assist with planning of business activities to ensure smooth running of series’ and to aid the company with technical advances

Staff Management, Motivation and Development

  • Work with colleagues to ensure a consistent and high quality approach to software development in mutually agreed technologies
  • Drive the teams to use new technology, standards and principles within the wider Pearson goals and accepted target state
  • Mentor and develop teams to achieve personal development goals and contribute to the transformation of UK Quals

Technical Leadership

  • Contribute to the common future state regarding technology, development and support process, and emerging tools
  • Inspire the team to try new things and take advantage of new technology and tools as guided by the Solution Design Team.

Software Development and Procurement

  • Where required work with external vendors to provide software and services, or integration to software or services
  • Manage offshore teams to ensure the quality of support and development provided.

Governance, Security and Policy

  • Work with solution architects to ensure software projects address security, hosting and other policies within Pearson as are applicable
  • Raise awareness of systems which do or may breach those policies
  • Reinforce the importance of those policies with staff

Key Challenges:

  • UK Quals is undergoing an aggressive transformation of all of it’s systems, most of which are legacy and need to be replaced over time, requiring strong leadership as well as a clear development plan for staff
  • UK Quals is a large part of the revenue for the UK, and is broken into several business units which can create conflicts of resources and priorities
  • Much of what we do is subject to Ofqual regulation, as well as GDPR and other regulatory factors
  • The UK Quals business is extremely risk averse, so any major change requires a high level of assurance

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.


Education, Qualifications & Training


Graduate qualification or equivalent in applied computer science or similar subject


Formal training / coaching in Agile Development

Previous Experience


Extensive experience (3 years) as a development or delivery manager.


5 years experience as a development manager.

Previous experience within a Windows based environment.

Delivered web-based or customer facing systems.

Worked on back office or integration systems.

IT Literacy


Technically proficient with a strong IT background.

Good working knowledge of at least one high level language


Extensive exposure to modern cloud based delivery

Experience with windows based development and deployment

Experience with Linux and containerized deployment

Experience with modern cloud based DevOps

Primary Location: GB-GB-London

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

Job: Technology

Organization: Technology & Operations

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: May 30, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1905810

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.