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Planning & Data Manager

Contract Type
Education, Media & Communications
London, GBR
Expiry Date
Planning & Data Manager Description Pearson College London was established in 2012. We have a clear mission – to become the UK’s leading provider of industry-focused education, enabling our students to develop the knowledge, intelle...

Job Description

Planning & Data Manager


Pearson College London was established in 2012. We have a clear mission – to become the UK’s leading provider of industry-focused education, enabling our students to develop the knowledge, intellectual capacity and professional experience they need for their long-term careers. Through Pearson Business School and Escape Studios we offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, training and short courses which are designed, developed and delivered with industry.

The role is responsible for the preparation and submission of student data to external bodies, ensuring that returns are compliant with regulatory requirements; analysing the key outputs of student data and their implications and to communicate findings of these analyses to staff at all levels across the College and promote the effective use of them.

A sound understanding of complex database and spreadsheet queries is essential as well as an aptitude for analysing, understanding and validating large data sets. The ideal candidate would have excellent time management skills, be able to work autonomously on various tasks but also work well within the team and with colleagues across the institution to improve data quality.


  • Lead on the production of statutory student data returns including HESA Alternative Provider, Graduate Outcomes, Higher Education Alternative Provider Early Statistics (HEAPES), UNISTATS and the Individualised Learner Record (ILR).
  • Develop and maintain professional links with HEFCE/OfS, HESA, ESFA and relevant statutory bodies, acting as the institutional contact point as required.
  • Lead on the development of the College’s implementation of HESA Data Futures, including leading on the participation in the Data Futures Beta Pilot.
  • Monitor changes to the specifications of the key statutory datasets and recommend changes to systems and processes to accommodate these changes.
  • Liaise with the Head of Student Information Systems and software suppliers to ensure statutory updates to the Student Record System (SITS) are tested and applied in a timely manner.
  • Respond to scheduled and ad-hoc data requests from Pearson College staff, including the preparation of reports for the purpose of planning and management information.
  • Participate in user group forums and events relating to statutory data.
  • Monitor the integrity of student data and make recommendations to the Head of Student Information Systems where system or process change is required to maintain or improve data integrity
  • Provide training on data related matters
  • Work with the Head of Student Information Systems to develop systems and practices to enhance data management processes and improve data quality, both to improve the standard of external reporting, and to meaningfully inform strategic decision-making.
  • Assist with consultation responses and/or funding applications as required.
  • To undertake other duties from time to time as deemed appropriate by the Head of Student Information Systems as and when required.


Knowledge and Qualifications Required


  • Degree preferably in Statistics, Mathematics, Computing or a related discipline
  • Experience of producing large scale datasets to external specifications
  • Experience in using Microsoft Excel to analyse large volume data


  • Experience of working within Higher Education
  • Experience of producing student statutory datasets (HESA AP or Student, ILR, HESES/HEAPES or similar)
  • Experience of Tribal SITS or similar student records system
  • Experience of working with XML
  • Experience of using data visualisation techniques to improve understanding of data
  • Experience using SQL to interrogate complex relational databases Skills and Competencies


  • The ability to prioritise a complex workload with competing deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills which including those used to engage different audiences and stakeholders on what may be complex detailed data and insight
  • Ability to work autonomously, independently and flexibly within a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to liaise and form effective working relationships with a broad range of individuals
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to understand policies and learn procedures rapidly, applying them accurately and appropriately

This role will close on 20th May with interviews commencing 1st June.


Primary Location: GB-GB-London

Work Locations: GB-London-190 High Holborn 190 High Holborn London WC1V 7BH

Job: General Business Operations

Organization: Core

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Apr 24, 2018

Job Unposting: May 20, 2018

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1806052

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.