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Pearson WFS Senior Project Manager in Boston, Massachusetts

Introduction

Our objective is that in five years, Pearson will be one of the major players in the workforce development market, reaching tens of millions of enterprise and individual learners globally, generating more than £1bn in revenue and growing rapidly, with the potential to reach many multiples of that revenue in the years to come. The Workforce Skills business division will be the driving force in realizing this ambition.

At Pearson, we believe in the power of difference. Harnessing the unique skills, perspectives, and backgrounds of every employee helps us foster innovation and create the most effective solutions for learners around the world. That’s why we’re committed to ensuring that diversity and inclusion are embedded into everything we do. We foster a work environment that’s inclusive and diverse and where our people can be themselves so we can reflect the customers and learners we serve.  

Role Purpose

The Workforce Skills Transformation, Portfolio and planning team is seeking an experienced project manager to lead projects within a Commercial and Sales Transformation program.

Being able to problem solve, lead in ambiguity, and collaborate across global teams is essential, as this role will partner across various WFS teams, disciplines and timezones, and will work with many different functions and third party providers.

Responsibilities Include:

  1. Project managing priority WFS initiatives, in partnership with the business sponsor, leading the team through the successful mobilization and execution of the program

  2. Maintaining control of the overall project and providing visibility and transparency on progress through reporting and meetings to key senior stakeholders and team members

  3. Collaborating effectively with key stakeholders and team members and maintaining good relationships to support the delivery and adoption of the project

  4. Creating, driving and tracking project plans with flexibility and adaptability to change the plans/deliverables in order to align to the needs and priorities within the programme/initiative

  5. Run daily standups with programme leads

  6. Holding people to account, to ensure deliverables are met within defined timeframes through project tracking and agreed outcomes

  7. Escalate and own mitigation plans for any element of the project that is not running to plan

  8. Oversee other project managers, where applicable, to ensure goals are met

  9. Facilitate/Coordinate ad hoc meetings between the different squads and teams dependent on the priorities and cross-over activities

  10. Manage and maintain project artefacts which include:

  • Smartsheet project plans

  • Dashboards and reporting

  • Issue, risk and dependency logs

  • Document repository within SharePoint

  • Slide decks, meeting agendas/minutes, etc.

  • Business case and financial plans

  • Resource plans

  1. Plan and write project communications:
  • Programme Working Group Comms

  • Change comms in overarching WFS programme

Who we’re looking for:

  • Experienced project manager with successful delivery experience in complex projects

  • Experience and understanding of commercial, sales and marketing transformation and operations highly desirable

  • Experience of delivering in highly flexible and evolving environments, where change and transformation and the focus on people impact, is critical

  • Ability to work well with senior stakeholders, both internally and externally

  • Someone with strong commercial skills, as the primary programme will be managing sales and customer teams across a transformation programme.

  • Experience leading cross functional, global teams

  • Ability to lead through ambiguity and move deliverables forward

  • Strong communicator to keep stakeholders informed and teams accountable for outcomes

  • A quick learner, able to jump in quickly to established projects and processes with little direction

Learning is the most powerful force for change in the world. More than 20,000 Pearson employees deliver our products and services in nearly 200 countries, all working towards a common purpose – to help everyone achieve their potential through learning. We do that by providing high quality, digital content and learning experiences, as well as assessments and qualifications that help people build their skills and grow with the world around them. We are the world’s leading learning company. Learn more at pearsonplc.com.

Pearson believes that wherever learning flourishes, so do people. We are committed to being an anti-racist company in everything we do. We value the power of an inclusive culture and 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 a sustainable environment and workplace where talent can learn, grow, and thrive.  

To learn more about Pearson’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, please click here:  http://www.pearson.com/careers/diversity-and-inclusion.html 

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment is decided 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.

Job: PROJECT/PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT

Organization: Workforce Skills

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 8209

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