Pearson Rights & Permissions Analyst in Harlow, United Kingdom

Rights & Permissions Analyst


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Rights & Permissions Analyst

The Rights & Permissions Analyst is responsible, primarily, for the Rights Management of all third party content (such as text, images, video, audio etc as required) used in products and services developed by the UK HIGHER EDUCATION business within Pearson (and other business units as required) to ensure that such third party assets are copyright compliant and sourced in a timely and cost effective way, utilising and coordinating the services of outsourced resources on a project by project basis and preferred sources.

Principal responsibilities include

Rights & Permissions Acquisition/Research:

All aspects of research, licensing and permissioning of third-party assets from planning through delivery of finished product across all media for different business units.

The Role will report in to the Pearson Rights & Permissions group but work primarily with editorial and product development colleagues from within the business unit to manage workflows that ensure any products and services using third-party content are handed over for copyright clearance, using a network of freelance and vendor based services. The Role will be based in HARLOW, Essex, with occasional travel to other UK sites as required.

The Role will analyse and recommend content for compliance with Rights & Permissions asset sourcing strategies, licensing requirements, and Pearson rights policies and strategies. As well as working closely with editorial and content development groups, will also work collaboratively with Production, Authors and additional internal and external resources as required on costs, schedules, compliance, quality, and data accuracy.

Use Pearson’s suite of Rights Management Systems for reviewing, recording and updating rights data.

Special Projects:

The Role will support any special projects as required. These will include but not be limited to:

  • Helping develop Pearson policies on the best practice of using third-party content and testing that new policies reflect copyright legislation are practical;

  • Test and help support implementation of new systems as required;

  • Providing semi regular training to freelance groups and vendors to ensure outsourced resources are compliant on Pearson processes;

  • To review, develop and implement workflows for Rights & Permissions activity so that editorial and content development colleagues build R&P handovers into their schedules;

  • To work with colleagues from other parts of the Rights & Permissions organisation, globally to develop knowledge sharing sessions.


  • Job Duties:

  • Use standardized research, acquisition, and permission letters and invoices, and other documentation for cost effective transaction processing

  • Adhere to rights policies and strategies, including driving solutions to reduce rights-managed content, meet sourcing targets and simplify sources

  • Monitor all titles for appropriate sources and facilitate replacements

  • Consult with relevant groups to develop realistic budgets and schedules, while driving cost and time efficiencies. Attend all meetings and calls as needed. Prepare reports.

  • Monitor all third-party assets, new and re-used, to ensure Pearson Rights & Permissions policies are adhered to and projects are free of potential problems

  • Adhere to budgets and schedules

  • Evaluate and resolve issues, escalating in a timely manner to immediate manager and Director where necessary

  • Generate a monthly report indicating key metrics, successes and issues

  • Ensures and is accountable for accurate, comprehensive and timely rights data records.



  • Prior experience with an educational publisher or equivalent, with strong working copyright knowledge and experience permissions in particular

  • Excellent project management skills

  • Fluent in both written and spoken English

  • Database expertise—input, reporting, tracking & auditing

  • Advanced computer skills including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Google Mail and general office equipment as dictated by each position

  • Undergraduate Degree or requisite experience. Or a combination of education, professional training and experience

  • Strong language, grammar, and communication skills

  • Strong organizational and time management skills

  • Ability to manage/delegate multiple tasks

  • Strong interpersonal and business correspondence skills

  • Creative, ideas person who can suggest new ways of working

  • Demonstrable problem solving ability


Primary Location: GB-GB-Harlow

Work Locations: GB-Harlow-Edinburgh Gate Edinburgh Gate Burnt Mill Harlow CM20 2JE

Job: Legal

Organization: Global Product

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Nov 10, 2016