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Publisher/Senior Publisher (Product Manager)

Contract Type
Education, Media & Communications
Oxford, GBR
Expiry Date
Publisher/Senior Publisher (Product Manager) Description We are seeking a talented and experienced Publisher or Senior Publisher (Product Manager / Senior Product Manager) to join our Vocational, Business, Creative and Practical edu...

Job Description

Publisher/Senior Publisher (Product Manager)


We are seeking a talented and experienced Publisher or Senior Publisher (Product Manager / Senior Product Manager) to join our Vocational, Business, Creative and Practical educational publishing team at Pearson, based in either our Oxford or our London office.

You will develop and maintain a deep understanding of customers' and learners' current and future needs and transform that understanding into market winning products and services that drive business growth. You will be responsible for commissioning for designated subjects and, according to your experience, may also take a leading role in shaping and evolving our strategy for a whole series (e.g. T-Levels) and being accountable for our team’s delivery of that strategy. We work closely with a publishing services company and some of your commissioning remit may, when appropriate, be outsourced to that supplier, in which case you will be responsible for briefing and enabling that supplier to deliver your vision for the publishing. Our ideal candidate will have strong commercial awareness, customer empathy and experience in developing and launching digital propositions to meet defined market and customer needs. You must also be open to taking responsibility for publishing for a range of different subject areas over time, as required.

The publishing remit of our team is broad and includes:

Apprenticeships (e.g. Adult Care, Business Admin., Customer Services, Hospitality)

BTECs at Levels 2 and 3 (e.g. Business, Sport, IT, Health and Social Care)

Functional Skills in Maths and English

GCSEs and A Levels in the practical and technical subjects (e.g. Economics, Business, Politics, PE, Music, Computing)


Our customers are teachers/tutors and learners in UK schools, further education colleges and private training providers. The main focus of our team’s work currently is on our vocational (not GCSE and A Level) remit.


Leadership and Management:

Focus on winning, and on reflection, learning and improvement to drive growth

Role model leadership behaviours and the Pearson values

Build and lead teams to ensure a positive working culture, in support of Pearson UK Schools strategy

Build and facilitate strong relationships with other parts of Pearson UK

If directly managing people, work with the HR manager to recruit and retain the best people to work at Pearson

Represent Pearson in area of responsibility as appropriate with internal stakeholders across Pearson

Strategy Development:

Contribute to the strategy for area of responsibility

Financial planning and management:

With support, contribute to the financial planning processes for the area of responsibility

Be accountable and responsible for project P&Ls, working with internal stakeholders to establish sales forecasts and targets and to deliver according to project budgets

With support, contribute to the development of the three-year publishing plan for area of responsibility

Market knowledge and insight:

Create and maintain a deep understanding of customer and learner current and future needs through a continuous programme of market research and close tracking of educational policy

Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in area of responsibility

Develop and maintain an insight into approaches that help improve learner outcomes in area of responsibility

Represent Pearson in area of responsibility as appropriate with external stakeholders and through relevant events, forums and associations

Champion a ‘Customer First’ culture internally, ensuring decisions are made based on the impact on the customer

Track, analyse and, with support, create responses to competitor activity

Proposition development and delivery:

With support, create and deliver market-winning propositions that anticipate customer needs

Work with teams to ensure timely delivery of products and services to budget and quality

Work with sales and marketing colleagues to ensure customer segmentation and messaging is clear, sales and marketing tactics are agreed, marketing collateral is produced and that revenue targets are met for allocated projects

Identify areas for improvement, leading on improving author management and content development processes as required

Author management and commissioning:

Identify, evaluate, select, commission and retain key authors, consultants and other key stakeholders who will contribute to Pearson's success

Brief authors, negotiate terms that are to mutual benefit and align with Pearson's contract standards, communicate and agree schedules and expectations

Ensure feedback to authors/consultants is timely and clear and that content delivered meets the brief and delivers identified learner outcomes

Service Management

With support, manage allocated learning services through their life-cycles, making well-timed decisions about developments and initiatives at all stages

Contribute to the road-map for relevant digital platforms

As appropriate, monitor customer experience and learner data at regular points through an allocated project's life-cycle (from customer satisfaction tracking to regular, in-depth qualitative insight) to make recommendations for continual improvement

Understand and anticipate the overall customer experience of our services and identify areas for improvement

Pearson is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate against employees or job applicants and select the best person for each job based on relevant skills and experience.

We are also committed to building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce and encouraging equality and diversity.

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The ideal candidate will have experience in UK educational publishing and also in developing and managing digital educational services, including identifying and testing user requirements for digital products and services. We are also looking for someone who is innovative and creative and also possesses the commercial instinct to convert their ideas into commercially successful propositions. We would consider applicants whose publishing experience is not within the education sector if they can make a convincing case for their skills and experience being relevant and transferable. We are also looking for someone who is adaptable and who would relish the challenge of publishing for a variety of different subject areas and across different areas of education (e.g. schools, F. E. colleges, Private Training Providers).

Required capabilities:

Collaborative decision-making

Strategic thinking

Creative thinking

Customer empathy


Relationship building and influencing

Commercial and financial planning

Organisational and project management skills

More great things about working here….

We’ll expect a lot and we know you’ll do great work, so we give a lot back with some of the best benefits in the business. We know that one size doesn’t fit all so our workplace programs meet the different needs of our diverse teams, and their families too. There is a range of options, too many to list here, but when you join you can expect:

a starting holiday of 25 days increasing to 30, with options to flex up or down

an annual incentive plan

generous pension scheme - contributions are double matched by Pearson

maternity, paternity, and family care leave as well as Flexible Work policies

stock purchase options

health plans, and an employee assistance programme for you and your family, to help balance work, family and personal life

Making a greater impact is easy at Pearson. Get involved in our I Made an impACT campaign by volunteering, giving and sharing, or sign up to an event in our Diversity & Inclusion calendar, and check out one of our many Wellbeing at Work initiatives. Just like learning, working here can provide discovery, challenge, inspiration and wonder.

If we sound like a good match for you, or maybe for a friend, we’d love to receive an application. Find out more about how learning makes us, at


Primary Location: GB-GB-Oxford

Other Locations GB-GB-London

Work Locations: GB-Oxford-Jordan Hill Halley Court Jordan Hill Oxford OX2 8EJ

Job: Product Management

Organization: Core

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jun 11, 2018

Job Unposting: Jun 29, 2018

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1805266

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.