Pearson Content Lead: Higher Education in Cape Town, South Africa

Content Lead: Higher Education


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Main purpose

To pro-actively and innovatively drive the research, commissioning and development of multi-format and multi-purpose Post-School Higher Education content within a specific subject field or fields

Key responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development of the overall Higher Education content development plan

  • Network with key internal and external stakeholders

  • Prepare and present product concept plans, in line with overall product instructional design, methodology and digital learning conceptualization and align with research and efficacy frameworks

  • Manage the development of learning products according to budget and deadline

  • Manage supplier and author relationships and networks, commission as required and negotiate and manage contracts

  • Develop new custom solutions for multi-format output for import and local material for Post-Schools market

  • Stay up-to-date with market trends and developments with key stakeholders in education

  • Network with education ministries at national and provincial levels to ensure a thorough knowledge of key developments

  • Use market knowledge and creative thinking to input into the plan for multi-format and multi-purpose content

  • Keep up-to-date regarding digital learning and teaching developments, standards and methodologies

  • Keep up-to-date regarding multi-purpose and –format content creation strategies.

  • Maintain backlist products and plan for necessary reprints, revisions and updates to ensure continued relevance in the market

  • Liaise with internal and UK content development teams to ensure custom product is made available on time and according to specifications

  • Oversee the project management and quality of content development beyond manuscript, through the full editorial process, including editing, typesetting and proof-reading, until the content is ready to be published; full lifecycle management of product workflow

Collaborate with the Post Schools eLearning team to:

  • Identify, understand and prioritise content development requirements based on customer needs across multiple platforms

  • Develop and deliver appropriate content to approved budget for identified products and services that meet the agreed content output plan

  • facilitate the development and technical specifications of learning products and services that meet content needs for deployment to customers

  • Collaborate with the Media Hub to:

  • Understand provide input into product concepts and visual design requirements for content development

  • Develop creative content across multiple platforms for new and adapted design concepts and projects

  • Develop and give input to prototyping and user-testing of products

  • Collaborate with the Efficacy and research team to:

  • Input into the overall research plan for the business

  • Plan appropriate research for specific products

  • Work towards achieving measurable proof of efficacy of all Post-School products and services and foster a culture of evidence-based decision making through embedding efficacy and research in broad strategy and planning, and in how content and products are conceptualised, developed, marketed, sold and delivered

  • Collaborate with the Post Schools Marketing team to:

  • Conduct needs analysis on priority markets, customers and customer segments ensuring a robust understanding of competitor propositions

  • Conduct ongoing market analysis and research to understand competitive landscape, trends and opportunities

  • Market and launch products and services

  • Develop appropriate training material and any other marketing collateral for media and/or print.

  • Ensure that our markets receive relevant and appropriate information regarding our products and services

  • Ensure successful implementation and on-going support of learning products and services

  • Collaborate with the Post Schools Sales team to:

  • Understand the competitive landscape and customer needs

  • Understand how our products and services are being used in the market

  • Plan products and services for high value customers and opportunities.


Core competencies: Functional

  • Understanding of Education content development including:

  • Investment, business models and pricing

  • Promoting continuous improvement in an agile way

  • Understanding multi-format learning and teaching content development methodologies

  • Understanding of the educational content development process particularly as it relates to Post-School.

  • Demonstrated ability to identify and work with key authors and service providers in the education market.

  • Able to create simplicity out of complexity, and seek innovative workable solutions.

  • Communicates effectively to influence internal and external stakeholders.

  • Demonstrated capability around technology and instructional learning as an enabler to innovative content development.

  • Collaborative approach to working with teams across the business, and externally where partnerships exist.

  • Stays networked internally and externally, keeping abreast of the marketplace, including trends and best practices and shares this information with the team and business.

  • Able to programme manage and see through multiple complex projects.

  • Able to manage processes that allow for an efficient and effective way of working.

  • Deep understanding of research and efficacy and how to embed it into all content development.


  • Currently or previously a Publisher or Senior Publisher in Higher Education or Vocational, managing multiple complex projects

  • Can demonstrate a successful track record

  • Deep experience in education and understanding of the market

  • Can demonstrate project management and leadership skills


  • Able to travel regularly

Pearson is committed to the principles of Employment Equity and in accordance with our Employment Equity goals and plan, preference will be given to suitable applicants from designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act and subsequent amendments thereto.


  • Bachelor degree is essential (such as BA, BSocSci, BSc, BCom, B Tech)

  • Honours degree is preferable, but not essential

Primary Location: ZA-ZA-Cape Town

Job: Publishing

Organization: Growth

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Dec 1, 2016