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Director of Production and Digital Studio - Busine

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Education, Media & Communications
Boston, MA, 02133, USA
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Director of Production and Digital Studio - Business and Economics Description Director of Production Job Description Summary: The Director of Production and Digital Studio provides leadership, management and exper...

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Director of Production and Digital Studio - Business and Economics


Director of Production

Job Description Summary:

The Director of Production and Digital Studio provides leadership, management and expertise across all product models in a specific discipline or business unit in order to implement programs, corporate strategies, standards, and guidelines within the context of the PDR and Global Product, driving Pearson’s digital transformation.

The Director of Production is responsible for implementing solutions that drive program and organizational performance. This role is pivotal in helping achieve key company strategies and partners collaboratively with the Courseware, Product Management, Design and Content Development teams to create, implement and execute on the overall plan for the products within the discipline – including the management of the selection of resources, budget, plant forecasting and schedule.

The Director of Production oversees Content Producers and Digital Studio Producers, and the work they do planning and controlling the product scope, cost/budget, time schedules, quality and timely delivery of all product components – both print and digital.

Scope of Impact

Transformation of the business, meeting customer/market needs, decreasing operational and financial costs to the company, accelerating the program to market

Leadership in training, developing the highest quality of producers leading to successful succession planning and appropriate longevity of employees

Avoidance of loss of sales and or profits due to quality, timing or mismanagement of people and or lack of implementation of BU and HE Global Product strategy


Receives little or no direct supervision, minimal guidance from direct and indirect managers

Primary functions require exercising independent judgment

Manages a team of managers/supervisors directly and individual contributors indirectly. Indirectly supports Courseware, Product Management & Design and Content Development.

Manages strategic External vendors



  • Bachelors/Undergraduate degree required and a Masters preferred
  • 5 -10 years of publishing and academic experience, with aspects of sales, project and/or program management
  • Acquisition Editorial experience preferred
  • Digital product development essential
  • Game development preferred
  • Proficient with PC & Mac including Google Mail and Docs, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint/KeyNote, and Excel


  • Demonstrated decision making and problem solving - through the collection and analysis of available, relevant, and reliable information, knowing who to ask for opinions and input, and acting upon the analysis in a timely and effective manner
  • Strong leadership skills, including developing and maintaining constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, seeks out contrary perspectives and is approachable
  • Able to work both on a team (as member and/or leader) and independently to deliver results
  • Comfortable working within a fast-paced, dynamic (and sometimes ambiguous) environment
  • Open minded and flexible in navigating road blocks and creating innovative solutions
  • Ability to build credibility with leaders and drive initiatives across the organization
  • Must possess a consultative approach; easily develop rapport and trust with multiple individuals and personality types
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills; must be a direct, articulate and thoughtful communicator
  • Strong extemporaneous communication skills – being able to handle rapid changes or difficult questions in conversation
  • Behaves ethically and with integrity, supports Pearson’s core values and beliefs
  • Identifies areas of improvement, plans a strategy, and acts independently to create or promote improvement
  • Exhibits curiosity and learning agility to discovering and understanding customer requirements as well as learning and applying first time solutions
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple complex projects with inter-related asset and timing dependencies
  • Perform effectively in environments with frequent workload changes and competing demands; adjusts priorities quickly as circumstances dictate
  • Understands the key drivers of business profitability
  • Advanced financial management skills and decision making (P&L’s, program and project budgets and expense monitoring

Critical Competencies

Understands the Business of Pearson:Understands how Production & Digital Studio supports Pearson’s larger goals. Delivers plans according to budget and looks for eventual areas of financial optimization. Understands how text category is related to other product categories. Has a good knowledge of the specifics of one’s dedicated segment.


Works with other parts of the organization as necessary to ensure support in attaining output, quality & productivity. Maintains communication with sister products in the portfolio. Manages vendors for schedule, budget, quality compliance and provide feedback on performance.

Learner Obsessed:Permanently seeks for a better understanding of product specifications in the light of learner’s needs and expectations. Accountable for defining and ensuring adherence to media standards for one’s category and makes necessary delivery trade-off’s with the learner's use in mind. Resolves bottlenecks and stability issues by maintaining a big picture understanding of interconnecting components for a particular courseware product. Responsible for content and final integration QA for the category.

Transformative:Responsible for applying content structure, enrichment and other compliance standards and for identifying potential enhancements in this field. Flags areas of improvement in terms of production workflow or relationships with vendors in order to increase efficiency or reduce costs.

Responsibility %

50% - People: Leadership, training/development/management, strategic alliances 20% - Budget/Schedules: Financial, Schedule, Quality Control 20% - Processes: Alignment, Innovation, Best Practice Implementation 10% - Communication: Team building, Conflict resolution

Primary Location: US-MA-Boston

Work Locations: US-MA-Boston-501 Boylston 501 Boylston St Boston 02116

Job: Production/Operations

Organization: Global Product

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Mar 18, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1804465

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.