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Pearson Product Architect in Bloomington, Minnesota

Product Architect - ( 2113270 )


As the global leader in electronic testing, Pearson VUE ( validates the skills and knowledge of millions of individuals every year. Our customers’ high-stakes certification, licensure, admissions and other credentialing exams help people advance in technology, government and professional careers, as well as attain educational growth. Pearson VUE offers proctored exams through the world's largest network of test centers in addition to testing in online and unproctored environments.

Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson, the world's leading learning company with global-reach and market-leading businesses. Pearson is listed on both the London and New York stock exchanges (UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO). For more information, visit

We are the world's learning company with more than 24,000 employees operating in 70 countries. We combine world-class educational content and assessment, powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people.


As the Product Architect you will provide leadership and architectural direction for multiple software development teams for the Internet Based Testing and Correspondence product areas. The Product Architect takes ownership for all technical matters in their area and will resolve or escalate all team issues. You will also be responsible for creating and implementing a long-term vision, orchestrating high-quality software implementation, and maintaining, guiding, and improving architectural integrity and evolution for their area. Additional expectations include the ability to fosters high team morale, mentor and coach team members, and ensure best practices and architectural guidelines are followed your product area. In doing this, you will be expected to continually contribute to and lead process improvement activities.


This requisition is part of the IBT Services team which supports backend cloud services vital to the delivery of internet examinations. We also support candidate correspondence delivered via SMS Text and emails. These applications and services are essential components of Pearson VUE’s core business and communications.

The Product Architect will :

In this role you will work with both Engineering Leads as well as Product Manager by providing architecture solutions and leadership at the product level. You will do this through overseeing implementation of software that achieves the goals of the architecture in your product area.

In this role, there are three major functional areas with an expected breakdown of duties as follows:

Architecture & Development - 75%

  • Create, document, implement, and oversee the long-term vision, architecture and initiatives in the assigned area

  • Estimate software development requirements and effort, propose alternatives, and prioritize development tasks for a given area.

  • Ensure higher level requirements from project stakeholders are satisfied, complete and testable

  • Review code and documents for their area to ensure designs and coding are holistic

  • Assess and oversee the technical delivery of high quality projects and products

  • Design, maintain and assess items in their assigned area factoring in performance, maintainability/complexity, market trends, innovation, system robustness, scalability, and longer term quality initiatives

  • Serve as the point person who is accountable for their assigned area and will capture, summarize, and escalate issues as necessary for resolution and awareness

Engineering Leadership & Mentoring - 15%

  • Strategic and tactical responsibility on a daily basis for developing and enhancing the technical architecture and projects of assigned areas and ensuring user needs are met

  • Coordinate and unify the work of architects and team members through the software implementation process

  • Assist as necessary with defining roles and assigning responsibilities within team

  • Liaison for numerous functional areas within organization

  • Provide technical mentoring to developers, senior developers, and software architects within a domain or project, or as assigned

  • Proactively design training opportunities within group that align with group goals

  • Induct new members for assigned projects

  • Proactively foster collaboration among technical teams where systems integration is required

Process & Quality Improvement (and other responsibilities)-10%

  • Participate in and initiate group improvement activities and initiatives to improve process and product quality in pursuit of excellence

  • Participate in and monitor effectiveness of requirement, design, code, unit test and QA test case reviews and inspections

  • Assess and oversee the technical delivery of projects to ensure best practices are followed

  • Understand, support and improve the OSSP

  • Report any potential opportunities regarding assigned domain, other domains, or client opportunities 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.


Required Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, MIS or equivalent technology discipline

  • 8 years relevant software development experience creating business applications with relational database systems (Experience with Java technologies)

  • 3 years' experience with Microservices

  • 3 years' experience in software architecture

  • 2 years' experience in Cloud technologies (Microsoft Azure preferred)

  • IT Architecture experience in large project development, development lifecycles, development methodologies, project scoping, process improvement, and variety of technologies and tools

  • Ability to provide technical leadership to a team

Desired Experience:

  • Ability to understand philosophy of architecture

  • Ability to lead and/or coordinate multiple teams or projects concurrently

  • Ever expanding knowledge in many development languages, applications, and tools

  • Enterprise knowledge of business and platforms across systems and in our core technology service model

  • Proven ability to quickly learn new processes and tools, business domains and technical applications

  • Ability to effectively manage, measure, and continuously improve working performance and quality of teams and individuals

  • Must assimilate information, distill knowledge, apply experience and provide solution alternatives and recommendations

  • Must have strong time management and project management skills – including the ability to work well under pressure, plan, set priorities, adapt to change, and meet established timeline

  • Must develop effective relationships with internal and external contacts and work well within a team

  • Mentoring and training skills

  • Significant experience with both backend and frontend development - Full Stack


Equal Employment Opportunity

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-MN-Bloomington

Work Locations :

US-MN-Bloomington-5601 Green Valley

5601 Green Valley DriveSuite 220


Job : Technology

Organization : Assessments VUE

Employee Status : Regular Employee

Job Type : Standard

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Shift : Day Job

Travel : No

Job Posting : Sep 14, 2021

Job Unposting : Ongoing

Schedule: : Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2113270