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Online Content Development Editor

Contract Type
Education, Media & Communications
Harlow, GBR
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Online Content Development Editor Description Reporting to the Content Development Manager, the Content Development Editor will be responsible for developing online learning content for a number of online and blended course developm...

Job Description

Online Content Development Editor


Reporting to the Content Development Manager, the Content Development Editor will be responsible for developing online learning content for a number of online and blended course development projects from handover to Operations through to delivery and implementation. In addition, the Content Development Editor will manage the development of print and digital learning materials for higher education customers, courses or qualifications across a range of channels and platforms.

You will be commissioning SMEs, Instructional Designers (IDs), other editorial resources (e.g. copy-editing and proofreading), and liaising with programme and module leads to ensure on time delivery of content to Production, as well as managing all content throughout the Production process from a content and editorial perspective.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the ability to work with specialist academics and instructional designers, and be confident in making editorial decisions. You will also demonstrate the ability to manage and mitigate schedules in a fast paced environment. The post-holder will be working as part of a cross-functional team, liaising closely with Project Management, Production and Design functions within the Service Delivery team.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Manage all projects assigned from a content development perspective, ensuring that all projects are delivered on time, to budget and to specification. Attend regular project team meetings as required and report back on schedule, risks and issues from a content development perspective. Regularly report on progress of all projects to Content Development Manager and other relevant stakeholders
  • Commission writers/SMEs as required: commission writers/SMEs to write raw content or update existing for projects assigned. Responsible for ensuring that writers/SMEs are appropriately briefed in accordance with scope of projects.
  • Content production: Responsible for managing typesetting, copy editing, and proof reading of content across multiple delivery platforms. Commission, brief and manage copy editors and proof readers as required. Create SOWs and contingent worker requests.
  • Editorial/content standards and processes: In conjunction with the Content Development Manager, the post-holder will be responsible for setting overall editorial processes, guidelines and standards within the content team for assigned projects (from content authoring and copy-editing to proofreading and QA). Responsible for ensuring that editorial quality standards are maintained across projects.
  • Content development: Support the Instructional Designer in producing blueprint and storyboard templates. Input into wider content/design conversations as appropriate (liaising with cross-functional team).
  • Training and mentoring: Train and mentor new team members. Act as first point of contact for editorial queries, author management queries and minor schedule slips – manage issues/escalate to Content Development Manager as necessary. Organise and run editorial training as necessary.
  • Reporting: Oversee editorial progress of projects once in production and regularly report on progress to Content Development Manager and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Freelancers and contractors: Responsible for managing pool of editorial freelancers and contractors specifically selected for Course Design content development/review tasks. Source and vet new freelancers or contractors as necessary. Ensure that all freelancers or contractors are appropriately briefed for projects assigned. Ensure quality and consistency across freelance provision. Support content developers/editors in commissioning/managing freelancers for individual projects.
  • Rights & Permissions: Responsibility for ensuring that author rights/contracts (fee or royalty) and all third party content is audited and cleared for re-use (including images and pictures). Work closely with the Core and Growth Rights and Permissions team to ensure that any updates to policies are communicated to the wider team. Create and maintain rights guidance document for external and internal use.
  • Documentation: create and share best practice/ detailed process documentation (with input from Content Development Manager).
  • Budget and invoice management: Code invoices and manage budget for all projects assigned. Report back to Content Development Manager regularly on budget performance. Support Content Development Manager in monitoring/managing budget performance.


Key Competencies

  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • A demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organisational, time management, prioritisation and planning skills
  • Ability to make decisions confidently, quickly and thoughtfully
  • Ability to quickly identify and solve problems pragmatically
  • Ability to use own initiative and develop good working relationships
  • Can confidently create, update and manage budgets, project schedules and plans
  • Enthusiastic and efficient with a proactive attitude
  • Able and used to working to a high standard of accuracy under pressure
  • Can confidently create, update and manage budgets, project schedules and plans
  • Ability to set agendas and lead successful meetings in person and on the phone
  • Exhibit learning agility and working knowledge of best practice in project management

Education, Qualification and Training

  • Graduate calibre

Previous Experience

  • Solid experience in an editorial/content development role within publishing is essential. Experience of online content development is desirable
  • Strong knowledge of the publishing process
  • Strong knowledge of copyright laws (rights & permissions process)
  • Excellent copy editing (mark-up language) and proof reading skills with attention to detail
  • Personal style and behaviour
  • Professional approach at all times
  • Excellent communication, presentation and networking skills, with the ability to build solid network and influence others
  • Behaves ethically and with integrity, supports Pearson’s core values, beliefs and codes of conduct
  • Team player
  • Flexible, proactive and adaptable
  • Good analytical thinking skills
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Clear thinking and calm under pressure

Primary Location: GB-GB-Harlow

Work Locations: GB-Harlow-Kao Park Kao Park London Rd Harlow CM17 9NA

Job: Professional Development

Organization: Core

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Aug 21, 2018

Job Unposting: Sep 20, 2018

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1809989

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.