Pearson Talent Acquisition Specialist (TOP) in Elk Grove Village, Illinois

Talent Acquisition Specialist (TOP)


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.


We are innovators in the field of online education proudly offering partnering with top-tier; not-for-profit academic institutions to deliver fully realized online learning solutions, student acquisition and support services. Together with our Academic Partners we are transforming the way students seek and acquire knowledge, engaging a new audience of learners through industry-defining online education.

Position Responsibilities Summary: This position is a Term of Project (TOP) role and will report to the Director of HR and will be responsible for the execution of a talent acquisition strategy for Pearson OPM (Online Program Management). This includes the modification, development, planning, measuring and execution of recruitment strategies to meet workforce demands. This role is accountable to independently plan, monitor and achieve recruitment efforts to ensure successful delivery of talent to Pearson OPM. This includes, coordinating job requisition approvals, marketing & sourcing of positions, candidate pipelines, interviewing and interview process coordination, hiring recommendations, reference checks, background screening, on-boarding and liaison duties to vendors.

General Responsibilities

  • Have passion for the recruiting and sourcing functions with strong experience in candidate development and a focus on candidate exceptional experience

  • Analyze hiring managers requirements, translate those requirements into effective and efficient passive and active candidate generation strategies

  • Manage the job requisition approval process and support the weekly open requisition report and associated metrics

  • Maintains seamless process in selection, including candidate screening, interview and offer

  • Conduct appropriate research of the industry and competitors for determination of qualified candidates

  • Identify candidates through job board databases, online tools, advertisements, social media and existing candidate inventory to define appropriate candidates based upon needs of the hiring managers

  • Coordinate interview processes that maximize efficiencies, establishes accountabilities and enables successful hiring

  • Work with other Talent Acquisition Specialists to support salary negotiation with candidates to maximize probability of meeting the needs of the candidate and hiring managers

  • Possess excellent communication and client management skills while displaying the highest degree of integrity in implementing the industry's best practices (sourcing, recruiting, candidate assessment)

  • Help coach hiring managers on the intricacies of interviewing to gain specific insights and conduct debrief with candidates and hiring managers

  • Ensure compliance within the hiring practices to meet all state and federal employment regulations and laws

  • Communicate with vendors and third party administrators, as needed

  • May provide employee orientation and administer employee on boarding plans

  • Liaise with HR Generalists and Talent Acquisition Specialists to ensure effective functional support across sites

  • Effectively support hiring managers at remote sites, if applicable

  • Ownership and maintenance of your requisitions within the Applicant Tracking Systems; Taleo


General Qualifications

  • University degree in human resources, business or related fields highly desired

  • 2 years of progressively responsible recruitment or talent management experience within a large organization

  • Ability to manage high volume, high variety and work in deadline driven environment while balancing quantity of hire with quality of hire

  • Highly skilled with recruiting software tools and MS Office/Google

  • Good internal consulting skills, exercising strong listening and mediation skills to interpret HR strategies and align department strategies and tactics

  • Above average ability to leverage technology (social media and internet) as a sourcing tool

  • Strong process improvement mindset that ensures continuous improvement of processes

  • Ability to build strong relationships with team members and work in a collaborative and consultative manner

  • Critical thinking, good judgment and the ability to recognize communication needs and opportunities

Supervisory Responsibilities



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-IL-Elk Grove Village

Work Locations: US-IL-Elk Grove Village-50 Northwest 50 Northwest Point Rd Elk Grove Village 60007

Job: Human Resources

Organization: North America

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jul 17, 2017

Req ID: 1712387