Pearson Solution/Software Architect in Oxford, United Kingdom

Solution/Software Architect

Description

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.

The Role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Solution / Software Architect to join our technology team responsible for the ActiveLearn platforms for schools. With around 3 million users across the UK and internationally, these key platforms deliver the content for Pearson's major products such as Bug Club, Abacus and Edexcel GCSE materials.

Key Responsibilities

To lead definition and implementation of technical and architectural standards and strategy for a range of customer-facing teaching and learning services.

Working with the Platform Managers and Technical Leads, you will help the platform development teams deliver new features and architectural improvements, ensuring technology standards and strategy are followed and the code is written in an efficient, clear and maintainable manner, including documentation.

Working with Enterprise Architecture and Global Learning Services teams, you will ensure alignment with global technology strategy, and identify opportunities to improve collaboration across teams and reuse of technology capabilities.

Working with business stakeholders, you will support them with content creation standards and provide them technical guidance and support.

You will be working within a matrix organisation to lead teams - both in house and outsourced, on- and off-shore - and will play a lead role in establishing good team dynamics, high productivity and continuous improvement.

Essential Experience

Experience working as a Solution Architect, Software Architect, Technical lead or other equivalent role.

Experience of working on complex consumer-orientated digital projects or programmes;

Strong record of delivery using iterative software development practices;

Desirable Experience

Experience of working in educational, publishing or media organisations;

Understanding of and practical experience of implementing web sites with good User Experience;

Improving and developing platforms for performance and security;

Clear understanding of agile development tools and methodologies;

Experience of leading distributed development teams and matrix organisations

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Qualifications

Desirable Qualifications

Relevant qualifications in computer science

Qualifications in Agile methodologies

High levels of literacy and numeracy

Graduate Degree preferred

Skills and Experience

Solid technical understanding of web technologies and solution design;

Knowledge of industry standards and legal requirements;

Understanding of modelling techniques and the meaning of architectural artefacts;

Ability to interpret code and schemas and write routines and queries;

Able to facilitate debates using attentiveness, reason, diplomacy and authority;

Proven determination to understand and overcome obstacles and issues;

Experience in working with third-party suppliers across multiple sites;

Primary Location: GB-GB-Oxford

Work Locations: GB-Oxford-Jordan Hill Halley Court Jordan Hill Oxford OX2 8EJ

Job: Technology

Organization: Technology & Operations

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jul 10, 2017

Req ID: 1710537