Pearson Senior Lead Engineer in Austin, Texas

Senior Lead Engineer


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.

Pearson, the world's leading learning company, is currently seeking a Senior Lead Engineer to support our Clinical Assessment division. We are particularly noted for our gold-standard assessment contributions in cognitive/ability, memory, neuropsychology, behavior, personality/psychopathology, achievement and speech/language. Noted brands include the Wechsler and Kaufman families of products, MMPI, BASC, OLSAT, CELF, and PLS. We're also revolutionizing clinical assessment through our innovative digital assessment platform, Q-interactive.

We are looking for a Senior Lead Engineer who has expert development skills and can mentor/guide an autonomous product development team. You will work closely with the product owners to evangelize test driven and agile development, assisting with promoting and evolving them within the organization.

You will design, develop and implement innovative/complex software products, using your strong technical skill-set and creativity. Your responsibility involves complex coding, debugging new software, or making enhancements to existing software, identifying new tools and technology. You will exercise your ability to make good judgment for selecting methods, technique and evaluation criteria that drive results.

Here is what you will get to do:

  • Serve as an expert-level developer that can mentor/guide a team

  • Contribute collaboratively, designing innovative solutions that are architecturally solid and scalable

  • Responsible for specifying, architecting, prototyping, implementing, and delivering adaptive learning applications

  • Drive new feature development without requiring regular supervision

  • Work with Business Analysts to deliver complex configurable solutions

  • Design, develop, implement, and maintain complex software products

  • Code, debug, and make recommendations on software enhancements

  • Formulate complex systems scope and objectives

  • Participate in requirements gathering, definition and documentation

  • Analyze and solve conceptual and complex problems/situations of a global nature


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Management Information Systems, or related discipline; advanced degree preferred

  • 10 years’ solid software development experience

  • Proven success at leading a team(s) of developers

  • Thorough understanding of the following tools: Java EE 6/7 (EJB, JPA, JSON)

  • Must have strong ability to create design documents, lead code reviews, and conduct unit testing

  • Experience working in Agile development environment

  • Knowledge of software performance, scalability, maintainability, reusability and security issues

  • Understanding of SOA environment; Enterprise Web Applications, and SSO

  • General understanding of software security, web services and XML parsing

  • Thrive in a creative and fast paced product development environment

Additional Plus:

  • Cloud based development – Chef or other automation frameworks are highly desirable!

  • REST API development, Bootstrap, HTML 5, CSS 3, Ember JS

  • 2 years’ of software architecture experience


Primary Location: US-TX-San Antonio

Other Locations US-TX-Austin

Work Locations: US-TX-San Antonio-19500 Bulverde 19500 Bulverde Road San Antonio 78259

Job: Technology

Organization: Assessments Clinical

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Oct 17, 2016