Pearson Data Solutions Manager in Boston, Massachusetts

Data Solutions Manager


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Role overview & Purpose

The role will provide operational management, solution architecture expertise and guidance for all activities in the Data Solutions and Data Architecture group. This role sits in the broader Enterprise Architecture function in the Technology workstream and is accountable for the day to day coordination and business alignment of Data Solutions projects including: coordination of resources and data services (MDM, DQ, Analytics), interaction with multiple projects and the business users that this team serves. The Solution Architecture Manager will work with the Data Solutions team leads and our business sponsors to clearly define portfolio and project objectives, requirements and the business value proposition for the Data Solutions team. Additionally, the Solution Architecture Manager will work with our PMO team to create project plans, solutions roadmaps and provisioning of project management resources to ensure that projects initiated within the team are on-time and to-budget.

The Solution Architecture Manager will be expected to learn, leverage and refine Data Solutions processes and frameworks for project/portfolio delivery (based on and in line with the Pearson development framework).

The role will report to the Pearson Director of Data Solutions and will work closely with the project management/PMO peers in other Pearson teams in the Enterprise Architecture and Core Platforms Group.

Key Deliverables

  • Work closely with the Director of Data Solutions to ensure the Data Solutions team is executing to the overall delivery schedule for the portfolio of Data Solutions projects

  • Designsbusiness/technical solution architecture through conducting needs analysis, routineproblemsresolution and outcomes estimation, in accordance with Data Solutions standards and processes.

  • Analyzes business requirements, current analytics gaps and data required to support business analytics and meet business expectations.

  • Plays a key role in conducting risk assessments, quality assurance processes and routine issue resolution for all phases of project implementation.

  • Estimates on the effectiveness of data solutions outcomes; communicates client feedback to technology teams in order to improve deliverables and meet business requirements.

  • Management of project risks and issues, in conjunction with our PMO team.

  • Responsible for the oversight and monitoring of the inter-dependencies and open issues for Data Solutions Team leads and developers working on delivering solutions, liaising with leads on those projects where necessary.

  • Running Data Solutions team status meetingsand troubleshooting non-technical issues that arise and ensuring other technical blockers are assigned to an appropriate owner for resolution.

  • In conjunction with the PMO/Project Management team, accountable for setting deadlines, evaluation of milestones, assignment of responsibilities, and sign off on key Data Solutions program deliverables after consultation on requirements with the Director of Data Solutions.

  • Responsible as a team leader for the management of key stakeholders for the set of projects under your management.

  • Assisting the Director of Data Solutions in preparing Budgets, Business cases and tracking actual costs, forecasting and project estimation .

  • Support in managing the engagement of senior stakeholders for Analytics within Pearson Technology, helping to prepare key communications material or escalating risks and issues in a timely fashion for resolution.

  • Assisting the team within the Data Solutions with all commercial documents to ensure that the team’s requirements for external contractors are satisfied and that commercial responsibilities are met

Workstream responsibilities

Plans and oversees the day-to-day running of workstream/team and delivery of milestones on time.

  • Ensure best practice management of the team, including regular feedback and effective and supportive people management (though no direct line management is required in this role)

  • Work supportively and collaboratively with other teams

  • Build relationships and trust with key stakeholders to support program delivery and collaborative approaches where appropriate

  • Communicate in line with communications and program plans with team and wider stakeholders.

Key Challenges:

  • Working in a matrixed and virtual environment

  • Working with a number of stakeholders - internally, within Pearson and internationally

  • Working effectively with a number of stakeholders from a number of different organisations (consultancies, system integrators and contractors) and promoting consistent standards of project management in doing so.

  • Working on multiple projects/tasks at one time.

  • Working as part of a global team and thinking globally.

  • Working with a global customer base and different cultures

  • Some out of hours working to support the global organisation

  • Building internal confidence in a situation of consistent evolution and business transformation.

  • Developing creative future proofed solutions to meet market need

  • Ensuring local markets deliver solutions effectively

  • Changing the focus of organisational energy from broad siloed solutions to core platform enterprise solutions.

  • Stakeholders based in varied locations including Asia, US and Europe.


Skills/ Experience

Essential Skills /Experience

  • Experience managing complex projects or programs and delivering successfully

  • Experience working with a distributed team of developers, including off-shore contractors

  • Direct experience in managing complex Budgets

  • Previous demonstrable experience of working on a Data Solutions projects in a business transformation or improvement environment

  • Ability to architect data solutions as part of the data solutions team

  • Experience with reporting and analytics tools and how to leverage those capabilities for business benefit

  • Prior management of complex data solutions required

Workstream/Line Management Skills

  • An excellent collaborative manager, able to take on aboard wide perspectives and influence positively and act as a critical friend

  • Proven excellent people manager able to lead and motivate the project teams.

  • Demonstrated ability to drive project success and business outcomes leveraging analytics

  • Track record of effectively delivering large scale projects through a team

Personal Style and Behaviour

  • Respect for Our values: Brave, Imaginative and Decent

  • Organised

  • Proactive

  • Resilient enabler of change

  • Adaptive

  • Collaborative with peers and colleagues to drive involvement and engagement

  • Comfortable operating in a changing and ambiguous environment

  • International and cultural sensitivity and awareness

  • Inclusive and positive in a broad scope team

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.

Primary Location: US-MA-Boston

Work Locations: US-MA-Boston-501 Boylston 501 Boylston St Boston 02116

Job: Technology

Organization: Technology & Operations

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jul 11, 2017

Req ID: 1711935