Pearson Academic Consultant in Chester, United Kingdom

Academic Consultant


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Reporting to Head Of Sales the role is accountable for revenue generation at module/lecturer level within Higher Education Institutions, in assigned territory.

The role will focus on embedding print and digital products into target modules, within target institutions:

-According to account strategy, engage with lecturers and module leaders

-Understand instructor and learner challenges in the module and programme

-Embed print and digital products into modules according to account strategy

-Accountable for the effective delivery of products to learners whether digital or print, direct to institution or via bookshop.

Key Result Area

Key responsibilities

Revenue generation and sales activities

-Execute the account strategy to maximise sales of Pearson digital and print products into Higher Education institutions in territory.

-Identify and prioritise target modules in target accounts.

-Sell Pearson products directly to module leaders.

-Maintain and acquire new adoptions at module level.

-Engage with academic staff to understand learning objectives of modules and programmes, with Customer Experience team.

-Accelerate the transition from indirect sales (to students via bookshops/ online retailers) to direct (within modules, as part of an overall strategy for the institution).

-Accelerate the transition from print products to digital services.

-Accountable for timely delivery of digital products to modules. Accountable for adequate stock in bookshops (and timely delivery).

-Maintains relationships with book shop managers.

-Drives usage of Pearson products within modules, maximizes digital Registrations, minimises print returns.

-Targets competitors and substitutes Pearson products.

-Apply appropriate sales tools within the sales process to increase effectiveness.

-Deliver year-on-year growth of key accounts.

-Analyse pipeline information and other sales intelligence in order to prioritse Account Team activities.

-Deliver accurate and timely sales proposals at module level.

-Lead effective negotiations at module level.

Product Knowledge

-Has an outstanding knowledge of Pearson print and digital products:

okey book titles and their accompanying Labs

oother key digital products (course-level Labs, simulations, etc)

oour digital platforms

-Maintains product knowledge and keeps current with technological

enhancements to our platforms.

-Able to deliver compelling product demonstrations to lecturers and

module leaders whether print or digital, regardless of subject area

Sales planning and record keeping

-Create and maintain territory plans that build on the general account strategy.

-Maintain accurate and current details of contacts, calls and opportunities in CRM.

-Use CRM to inform sales planning, territory prioritisation and forecasting.

-Provide regular sales reports as required by the Head of Sales.

Working in an Account Team

-Work effectively with Business Development Manager to build a base of high quality, long term adoptions in target accounts to support institution-wide sales.

-Work effectively with Learning Solutions Associates to delegate custom renewal opportunities into their office-based work stream.

-Work effectively with the Customer Experience team to:

oestablish learning outcomes early in the sales process

obuild training as part of our solution

oimplement ongoing training programmes with selected clients

otriage customer queries

-Work effectively with other business functions to deliver solutions:

the delivery organisation, customer services, marketing, product managers, finance, senior management.

Personal and interpersonal skills

-Take personal ownership for proper conduct, activity levels.

-Adhere to Pearson values and policies.

-Demonstrate, share and inform best practice.

-Demonstrate high level of self awareness.

-Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills internally and externally.

-Take ownership for learning development.


Key requirements

  • Target and performance driven

  • Proven record of achieving results

  • Highly motivated

  • Customer Focused

  • Strong organisational and planning skills – manages detail well

  • Strong Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • Commitment & flexibility

  • Experiencein business to business sales

  • Strong selling skills / negotiation and presentation skills

  • Demonstrate collaborative attitude and behaviour consistent with team and organisational values

  • Aptitude for learning new technologies and skills. Comfortable with digital and print media.

  • Excellent presentation skills

Based in Cheshire / Greater Manchester / Yorkshire area

  • Field based & willingness to travel (80%)

  • Full driving licence

Primary Location: GB-GB-Chester

Job: Sales

Organization: Core

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Nov 22, 2016