Pearson Managing Producer in Hoboken, New Jersey

Managing Producer


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.

Managing Producer

Manages defined resources (people, infrastructure, vendors …) to ensure successful product development and executing product build according to specified objectives—volume, cost, time and quality.

Executes plans (which can span multiple years) and organizes and prioritizes tasks, using an agile scope of approach and teams to ensure delivery within articulated budget and roadmap.

Partners with other parts of the organization as necessary to ensure support in attaining output, quality and productivity.

Manages adherence to media standards for one’s category.

Manages applying content structure, enrichment standards, and other compliance standards, e.g., accessibility.

Job Description Summary:

The Managing Producer provides leadership, management and expertise across a specific discipline in order to implement programs, corporate strategies, standards, and guidelines within the context of the PDR and Global Product.

The Managing Producer is responsible for implementing solutions that drive program and organizational performance. This role is pivotal in helping achieve key company strategies and partners collaboratively with the Courseware, Product Management, Design and Content Development teams to create, implement and execute on the overall plan for the products within the discipline—including the management of the selection of resources, budget, plant forecasting and schedule.

The Managing Producer manages and oversees the Content Producers and their planning and controlling the product scope, cost/budget, time schedules, quality and timely delivery of all product components—both print and digital.

Scope of Impact:

Transformation of the business, meeting customer/market needs, decreasing operational and financial costs to the company, accelerating the program to market.

Leadership in training, developing the highest quality of producers leading to successful succession planning and appropriate longevity of employees.

Avoidance of loss of sales and or profits due to quality, timing or mismanagement of people and or lack of implementation of BU and HE Global Product strategy.


-Receives little direct supervision, minimal guidance from direct and indirect managers.

-Primary functions require exercising independent judgment.

-Manages a team directly and indirectly supports Courseware, Product Management & Design and Content Development.

-Manages strategic External vendors.



-Bachelors/Undergraduate degree required.

-5 years of publishing and academic experience, with aspects of sales, project and/or program management.

-Digital product management preferred.

-Proficient with PC & Mac including Google Mail, Docs, Sheets, and Slides, as well as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.


-Demonstrated decision making and problem solving—through the collection and analysis of available, relevant, and reliable information, knowing who to ask for opinions and input, and acting upon the analysis in a timely and effective manner.

-Strong leadership skills, including developing and maintaining constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, seeks out contrary perspectives and is approachable.

-Able to work both on a team (as member and/or leader) and independently to deliver results.

-Comfortable working within a fast-paced, dynamic (and sometimes ambiguous) environment.

-Open minded and flexible in navigating road blocks and creating innovative solutions.

-Ability to build credibility with leaders and drive initiatives across the organization.

-Must possess a consultative approach; easily develop rapport and trust with multiple individuals and personality types.

-Outstanding written and verbal communication skills; must be a direct, articulate and thoughtful communicator.

-Strong extemporaneous communication skills—being able to handle rapid changes or difficult questions in conversation.

-Behaves ethically and with integrity, supports Pearson’s core values and beliefs.

-Identifies areas of improvement, plans a strategy, and acts independently to create or promote improvement.

-Exhibits curiosity and learning agility to discovering and understanding customer requirements as well as learning and applying first time solutions.

-Strong organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple complex projects with inter-related asset and timing dependencies.

-Perform effectively in environments with frequent workload changes and competing demands; adjusts priorities quickly as circumstances dictate.

-Understands the key drivers of business profitability.

-Advanced financial management skills and decision making (overseeing creation and routing of P&Ls, program and project budgets, and expense monitoring).


Understands the Business of Pearson:

Understands and communicates how Production supports Pearson's larger goals. Delivers plans according to budget and looks for eventual areas of financial optimization. Understands and communicates how text category is related to other product categories. Has a good knowledge of the specificities of one's dedicated segment.


Works with other parts of the organization (e.g. portfolio management and product management teams) as necessary to ensure support in attaining output, quality and productivity. Maintains communication with sister products in the portfolio. Manages vendors for schedule, budget, quality compliance and provide feedback on performance.


Permanently seeks for better understanding of product specifications in the light of learner's needs and expectations. Accountable for defining and ensuring adherence to media standards for one's category and makes necessary delivery trades-offs with the learner's use in mind. Resolves bottlenecks and stability issues by maintaining a big picture understanding of interconnectiong components for a particular courseware product. Responsible for content and final integration QA for the category.


Responsible for applying content structure, enrichment and other compliance standards, and for identifying potential enhancements in this field. Flags areas of improvement in terms of production flow or relationships with vendors in order to increase efficiency or reduce costs.

Responsibility %

50% - People: Leadership, training/development/management, strategic alliances

20% - Budget/Schedules: Financial, Schedule, Quality Control

20% - Processes: Alignment, Innovation, Best Practice Implementation

10% - Communication: Team building, Conflict resolution

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-NJ-Hoboken

Work Locations: US-NJ-Hoboken-221 River 221 River Street Hoboken 07030

Job: Professional Development

Organization: Global Product

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jul 10, 2017

Req ID: 1711815