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Pearson Technology Excellence and Performance Director in Barcelona, Spain

About Pearson: Our purpose: At Pearson we ‘add life to a lifetime of learning’ so everyone can realise the life they imagine. We do this by creating vibrant and enriching learning experiences designed for real-life impact. Pearson was founded in 1844 and has been built on our ability to grow with and adapt to a constantly evolving market. Our 20,000+ employees are dedicated to creating the high-quality, digital-first, accessible and sustainable resources for lifelong learning.

About ELL (English Language Learning): We aspire to become the world's leading destination to learn and improve English language skills. Our main focus is on committed learners from around the world, who are motivated by outcomes because they want to reach their full potential through learning English.

Role Purpose

Are you passionate about technology and eager to be part of an exciting venture? We are thrilled to announce a great opportunity to join our leadership team as Director of Technology Excellence and Performance.

Reporting to the ELL CTO you will be a key member of the leadership team and act as a strategist, advisor and decision-maker. You will act as an extension of the CTO to balance priorities, communicate effectively and maximize the effectiveness of the leadership team.

You will be instrumental in helping enable communication, collaboration, strategy and special projects execution across the ELL Tech Organization.

Your strong background in technology and your outstanding organizational skills, detail-orientation, and analytical mindset will be key for succeeding in driving the modernization of ELL Tech organization.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Be the trusted advisor and brainstorming partner of the CTO acting as a sounding board for new ideas and initiatives

  • Providing independent, informed, unbiased insight including on the ground feedback.

  • Be a change agent to consolidate processes and ways of working for optimized efficiency and productivity

  • Consolidate and maintain an operating model for ELL Tech including objectives and key results (OKRs) and critical metrics

  • Manage executive priorities and effectively triage escalations

  • Partner with finance on technology budget management, headcount management and forecasting

  • Champion people initiatives in partnership with HR

  • Develop and manage dashboards and analytics to monitor team performance indicators and help drive accountability and priorities

  • Support the CTO in running ELL Tech organization by overseeing Operations, Special Projects and communications

  • Manage operational staff meetings providing insights and analysis to inform strategic conversations. Document and communicate decisions and action items from meetings. Ensure follow-up and closure of action items to increase accountability.

  • Partner with the CTO leadership team to define, prepare and communicate the strategic backlog of technology plans, including quarterly, annual and 3-year strategy

  • Drive Privacy and Compliance across ELL, partnering with CISO and DPO.

Experience & Skills

  • Proven experience in business/executive management, engineering or similar role.

  • Passion for doing whatever it takes to solve complex problems

  • Proven ability to quickly learn new things and “can do” attitude

  • Track record of handling confidential information with the utmost sensitivity

  • Proven experience in project coordination and reporting

  • Ability to work independently and deliver results with little supervision

  • Excellent organization and time management skills; ability to prioritize tasks effectively

  • Proven track record of effectively interacting with senior stakeholders on cross-functional projects

  • Operational experience in a previous role

  • Track record in planning and driving execution and adoption of key strategic initiatives across large teams

  • Strong financial analysis and budget planning and management experience and skills

  • Passion for education and learning

  • Experience in working with multinational, multicultural and distributed teams

  • Executive-level presentation skills and experience.

  • Excellent communicator in English, written and verbal.

Our Benefits:

  • 24 Days annual leave (increasing by 1 day with every 2 years of continuous service up to 30 days)

  • Life insurance

  • Food & Transport Allowance

  • Flexible work schedule

  • Discounts on books and access to digital content and other development and training

Location: Spain, remote o hybrid*.

*If you live in Madrid you will be able to enjoy our brand-new office because we a have a hybrid working model policy in place.

What to expect from Pearson

Did you know Pearson is one of the 10 most innovative education companies of 2022?

At Pearson, we add life to a lifetime of learning so everyone can realize the life they imagine. We do this by creating vibrant and enriching learning experiences designed for real-life impact. We are on a journey to be 100 percent digital to meet the changing needs of the global population by developing a new strategy with ambitious targets. To deliver on our strategic vision, we have five business divisions that are the foundation for the long-term growth of the company: Assessment & Qualifications, Virtual Learning, English Language Learning, Workforce Skills and Higher Education. Alongside these, we have our corporate divisions: Digital & Technology, Finance, Global Corporate Marketing & Communications, Human Resources, Legal, Strategy and Direct to Consumer. Learn more at We are Pearson.

We value the power of an inclusive culture and also a strong sense of belonging. We promote a culture where differences are embraced, opportunities are accessible, consideration and respect are the norm and all individuals are supported in reaching their full potential. Through our talent, we believe that diversity, equity and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant place to work. People are at the center, and we are committed to building a workplace where talent can learn, grow and thrive.

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We want a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment decisions are based on qualifications, merit and business need. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status or any other group protected by law. We strive for a workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities.

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Organization: English Language Learning

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 13608