Pearson Subject Leader - VQA External assessment in London, United Kingdom

Subject Leader - VQA External assessment


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Background information:

The VQ Assessment department has end-to-end responsibility for delivering secure assessment materials and outcomes from Pearson to our customers

The Subject Leader (SL) is the PQS officer responsible for managing the assessment process within their designated specification(s) from the PQS Vocational Qualifications portfolio.

The SL reports to the Qualification Delivery and Award Manager (QDAM), working as part of a subject team, whose aim is to deliver a professional and customer focused service.

In addition to this the role will be required to deputise, as agreed, for the QDAM when required, and if appropriate.


Support delivery of the entire assessment process from the production and approval of assessment instruments to the completion, award and review of results.

Ensure that the assessments on all qualifications are carried out to a high standard in accordance with all appropriate internal policies and external regulations and can withstand scrutiny by internal audit and key stakeholders - including learners.

Key accountabilities:

Customer Service

Managing own performance in relation to internal and external service levels, for example timely resolution of customer queries and a high standard of customer communication

Identifying and responding to customer needs to ensure customers receive a high level of support

Focusing on delivering excellent customer service throughout all tasks, projects and processes.

Communicating professionally in a clear and timely manner

Assessment Activities

Adhering to regulatory and internal procedures and obligations at all stages

Evaluating the quality and content of assessment instruments, approving them as valid and fit for purpose

Ensuring the maintenance of standards within the subject area at the correct level

Delivering secure grade boundaries that are defendable

Supporting meetings and/or quality assurance activities relevant to the safety of certification

Planning, Project and Information Management

Updating and reporting on key management information to the QDAM, ensuring all data is up-to-date and accurate.

Producing and maintaining plans of work based on the management information to ensure milestones are met

Escalating issues and risks to the QDAM in a timely manner together with potential solutions.

Contribute to cross-department projects, supporting other team members and meeting deadlines.

Adapting to new situations and ambiguous circumstances, understand the reason for change

Quality Management

Maintaining good working practices to maximise accuracy, economy, efficiency and security, for example ensuring quality of marking is completed correctly and to deadline

Taking responsibility for the quality and standards for a specific set of subjects

Ensuring awards meet regulatory and Awarding Manager requirements

Collate and edit annual subject reviews to identify and implement improvements

Preparing materials and implementing action plans required for adhoc audits and regulatory scrutiny activities

Understanding and operating within the content production Quality Management

Impacting the quality of work of own team and customers

Content Management

Supporting team adherence to the completion of all tasks related to the production of assessment content

Supporting team adherence to requirements for documentation relating to the content production process

Relationship Management

Motivating and leading their sectors and teams of Senior AAs through constant change, reviewing regularly in order to deliver improvements to the quality and efficiency of the assessment process

Support the recruitment of Senior AAs

Support the management of Senior AAs, continuously assessing their performance and giving regular feedback, including annual appraisals of their performance (eg Senior AA Review)

Building and maintaining effective relationships with the AA workforce

Building and maintaining effective relationships with internal stakeholders to develop mutually acceptable service level agreements.

Managing relationships effectively within own area

Managing own workload and support to new joiners

Other Activities

Undertaking any further tasks necessary to deliver key objectives as required

The post-holder is expected to demonstrate a flexible approach to the role. As such, the contents of this job description may change from time to time.


Key challenges:

  • Working to tight, and immoveable deadlines

  • Working within a regulated framework

  • Attention to detail even with repetitive tasks

  • Flexibility of working patterns during peak periods

  • Reacting positively to change

  • Adapting to the challenges created by the introduction of new qualifications

  • Adapting to different IT systems

  • Supporting Assessment Associates in their use of new technologies

  • Influencing and working closely with Assessment Associates and internal stakeholders.

  • Simultaneously managing tasks for multiple examination series.

Core competencies - managing self:

1.Provide a customer focused service

2.Communicating with influence

3.Working with others to achieve goals

4.Delivering goals in a changing environment

5.Taking creative and innovative approach to work

6.Maximising potential in self and others.

Education, qualification & training:

Degree or equivalent qualification/experience

Previous experience:

●Experience of a customer facing role

●Experience of an administrative role

●Experience of assessment (desirable)

●IT literacy (intermediate)

Personal style & behaviour:

Highly motivated individual with personal drive and energy

Able to prioritise and manage own workload

Actively seeks information and is able to handle it appropriately

Pearson Leadership Profile

Leading Self / Leading Others:

●Always Learning




●Customer Focussed


●Strategic & visionary




●Relationship builder

●Makes it happen.

Pearson Values




This role is being offered as a Fixed Term Contract and will close on the 2nd November 2016

Primary Location: GB-GB-London

Work Locations: GB-London-190 High Holborn 190 High Holborn London WC1V 7BH

Job: Product Management

Organization: Core

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Oct 19, 2016