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.
The UK Higher Education Product Development & Service Delivery teamis a dynamic and fast moving team supporting all parts of our UK Higher Education business to identify, win and deliver with excellence services and products that support teaching and learning in a blended or online environment, against an agreed set of strategic priorities and growth opportunities.
We are looking for aProject Manager to work collaboratively with all functions in HEProduct Development & Service Deliveryand beyond toensure successful delivery/implementation of online courseson time, to specification and within budget.
Overall responsibility and accountability for projects assigned: Responsible for using best practice PMO methodology to plan project activities to fit the stakeholders/customers’ needs in order to deliver on time, to specification and within budget.
Define project roles and responsibilities: Working closely with the internal project team, the PM is ultimately responsible for defining the project scope and objectives to ensure project team members understand their individual roles and responsibilities and are in agreement with the plan from the outset.
Leading the Project Team:Set up and lead regular project team meetings (set agendas and circulate minutes post meetings). Communicate and liaise with appropriate internal departments as and when required.
Resource planning:Ensure adequate resources are assigned to each project based on recommendations/requirements from individual project team members. Liaise with the relevant Team Leader to ensure contingent worker requests are managed and routed via the systems to make sure resourcing is available when requested.
Create and manage schedule:Understand scope and develop a schedule for each project assigned. Determine task relationships, track milestones and set realistic completion dates. Keep plan accurate at all times and communicate to the project team.
Change management:manage changes to the project scope, schedule and budget as required, following relevant approval process for any additional spend.
Project Tracking: Prepare and circulates clear and concise activity/progress reports applying a proactive approach in tracking project members’ progress against schedule dates/project commitments.
Stakeholder management and communication (both internal and external): Effectively communicate project status to all stakeholders/project team members/client teams.
Risk Mitigation:Identify and manage problems/issues as they arise and before they impact the project, coordinating corrective actions quickly and efficiently. Escalate critical issues quickly to appropriate stakeholders. Be open minded and flexible in navigating road blocks and create innovative solutions to mitigate risks. Document and manage risk/issues log.
Maintain detailed records:Create and maintain detailed project documentation throughout the life of a project and share information as necessary. Maintain a learning tracker throughout the projects and review/report when needed to implement changes - on project closure, full report is reviewed with the team for consideration on future projects.
Manage budget/costs against initial P&L: monitor budget and communication regularly on budget performance against agreed P&L to stakeholders. Maintain key product information in Oracle and EPM and ensure key financial stages are checked and approved in good time.
General:Follow agreed departmental workflow, process and procedures. Contribute to process and procedural updates, proactively suggesting new and improved ways of working. Set best practice in PM tools and techniques.
Personal style and behaviour
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Education, qualification and training
Primary Location: United Kingdom
Job: Project/Programme Management
Employee Status: Regular Employee
Job Type: Standard
Shift: Day Job
Job Posting: Apr 9, 2019
Job Unposting: Apr 30, 2019
Schedule: Full-time Regular
Req ID: 1904729
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.