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Portfolio Manager, Primary ELT

Contract Type
Education, Media & Communications
London, GBR
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Portfolio 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 les...

Job Description

Portfolio Manager, Primary ELT


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 Portfolio Manager leads a project team and makes key decisions about the creation or expansion of a product or service.

Maintaining total focus on the product or service, the Portfolio Manager:

  • Collaborates with the appropriate representatives from marketing teams in identifying opportunities for products and services to address defined customer needs, have a measurable impact on learner outcomes, and that will drive growth and profitability;
  • Manages the ongoing growth of the product or service in a rapidly evolving market
  • Responds to trends, needs and technological innovations

Manages the ongoing growth of the product or service in a rapidly evolving marketResponds to trends, needs and technological innovations

Main Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Acting on data provided by appropriate markets, and feedback from product research as necessary, define and respond to customer needs in the specified segment
  • Working in close collaboration with the markets to develop and maintain the product roadmap for a specific product line or sub-segment.
  • Act on market information by translating customer data into clear and actionable plans for the product
  • Based on the results of research, work with the Courseware Designer to develop product concepts which take account of market requirements and fully align with the appropriate Pearson Global Scale of English Learning Objectives
  • Plan appropriate research activity ensuring buy in from all stakeholders and including project team members
  • Support Courseware Designer in testing concepts through modelling and prototyping
  • Approve instructional design plans that result from the research and prototyping

Business Case Stage

  • Prepare business case with input from the appropriate markets to illustrate how the product will generate target revenue and sustained profits over the life of the product (the Product Lifecycle)
  • Present the business case documentation to senior management for approval
  • Ensure that the efficacy story is completed in the business case paperwork for all new products.

Product Development Stages

  • Contract external experts, consultants and/or Series Editors for consultation or promotional purposes as may be deemed necessary
  • Work with the Content Development Manager to ensure that the appropriate content is either purchased, repurposed, adapted or developed to the current content creation standards and guidelines and allows for ease of future re-use
  • Communicate any future platform requirements to the Director of Product Management and/or Platform Owner.
  • Work with Courseware Designer(s), and Content Development Manager(s) to ensure that learning outcomes and the scope of the product stay on track; make decisions about evolving market needs as the product is developed
  • Work with Content Development and Content Production to ensure that budgets and schedules remain in line with the approved business case
  • Ensure review actions assigned on the path to efficacy show progress within the specified timescales for all existing products

Supervisory responsibilities:

Though the Portfolio Manager will not have any line-management responsibilities, s/he will remain responsible for the oversight of all project team member activities, ensuring that clear communication lines and a clear sense of direction and purpose are established and maintained, so that all team members are working to a common goal.

Key Relationships

Core and growth markets, Content Production, Courseware Designer, Content Development Manager and Specialists, Digital Product Manager, Finance Manager



BA degree in linguistics, foreign language, or related field or qualification in teaching English as a second/foreign language (Certificate or Diploma in TEFL or TESOL)


  • 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, remaining pragmatic and results-focused.
  • Leadership, mentoring and coaching experience is essential—proven ability in managing change and establishing and supporting winning teams
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Expertise in identifying project critical success factors and barriers to success, and in initiating change to bring about a successful project delivery
  • Ability to motivate a team to work to the best of their abilities, and to focus all team members on results.

Experience & Background:

Extensive publishing, media, or other relevant management experience

Proven record in developing and delivering customer-focused educational products

Primary Location: GB-GB-London

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

Job: Publishing

Organization: Global Product

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Job Posting: Aug 2, 2018

Job Unposting: Aug 24, 2018

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1810937

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled