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Pearson Talent Specialist in Cape Town, South Africa

Talent Specialist


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.

Pearson is a global education company that helps people around the world to make progress in their lives through learning. With a rich heritage that combines 50 years of experience in publishing with the latest learning technology and digital services, we help people to learn whatever, wherever and however they choose.

We are now transforming Pearson to accelerate our activity in digital learning, education services and emerging markets. This will enable us to make a lasting impact in helping to solve some of the most important challenges in global education.

We’re here to help people make progress in their lives through access to better learning. By helping them along their journey of discovery and inspiration, we aim to cultivate a lifelong love of learning that enables them to enjoy a robust and fulfilling life—whether that’s through employment or simply the ongoing joy of learning.We are Brave, Imaginative, Decent and Accountable.

Main purpose:

The Talent Specialist, will play a role as an advisor to the business. Partnering with your respective stakeholders to actively plan, implement and manage all Talent Management activities in your specified area which includes Talent acquisition and placement (Pre-boarding & Onboarding/Induction), Assessments, Learning & Development, Talent and Performance Management in line with the People and Business Strategy.

What We Need You To Do:
  • Talent Advisor

  • Recruitment & Selection

  • Collaborate with HR Business Partners (HRBPS) and the business (Management) to understand, plan and execute hiring needs

  • Developing sourcing methods to find the best drivers of talent

  • Provide an excellent candidate experience

  • Proactively manage the life cycle recruitment process (effective advertising, candidate sourcing, assessments, interviewing, hiring practices, background verification, placement) to ensure that hiring managers have the necessary skill and applicant pools to effectively fill vacancies

  • Utilise digital sourcing tools to develop pipelines of internal and external talent against functional and talent strategies

  • Drive technology applications to improve process efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery

  • Focus on continuous improvements to increase hiring process efficiency. Use feedback from candidates and Hiring Managers to improve processes

  • Using expert knowledge to set up centralised, efficient and effective recruitment delivery from sourcing to onboarding in line with the People Talent strategy in order to attract and retain top diverse candidates

  • Ensure Hiring Managers education and awareness on process, policies and programs

  • Accountable for speed, cost and experience of key metrics through the recruitment cycle

  • Collaborate and manage recruitment administrative support with out-country partners as per guideline, in order ensure effective and efficient delivery

  • Project manage and deliver on key strategic acquisition requests, in addition to BAU sourcing requirements

  • Stay connected with external market factors as well as new best practices/trends affecting recruiting

  • Ability to understand the business and can effectively articulate the culture, business strategies and initiative

  • Manage relationships with vendors and partners (internal and external)

  • Maintain data, and report on all hiring requirementsEnsure legal and governance compliance for recruitment processes

Pre-boarding & Onboarding

  • Negotiating and manage verbal offers, after consultation with Management and HRBPS

  • Ensure completion of pre-onboarding activities to deliver candidate experience

  • Handover and consult with Hiring Manager (keeping the HRBPS informed), onboarding and induction criteria and requirements

Learning and Development

  • Collaborate and work through the HRBPS to deliver learning & development plans as well as programmes as per annual HR Operational Plan

  • Collaborate and work with the Talent Manager and Talent team to plan, customise or create standardized learning and development calendar and programmes

  • Conduct people planning, learning and development needs analysis annually and review quarterly with the HRBPS, respective line management and the Talent Manager to ensure we create an ‘Always learning’ environment

  • Facilitate and organise agreed learning and development initiatives

  • Oversee the reporting on the ATR and WSP for the SETA annually and drive internships, learnerships (future) and learning opportunities within your business area

  • Network and maintain learning and development supplier relationships, and develop networks externally

  • Comply with governance in terms of legislative and audit requirements

  • In collaboration with Corporate Affairs, communicate learning and development opportunities on a regular basis

Employment Equity

  • Ensure that company’s EE policy and plan is adhered to in relation talent management principles

  • Attend EE & BBBEE meetings

  • Provide support to the learning & development specialist through verification process

Performance & Talent Management

Support, plan and actively advocate Pearson’s diversity goals and initiatives:

  • Conducting adhoc and proactive talent mapping upon business requirements

  • Organising, managing and continuously improving proactive talent events

  • Engage with potential candidates with a proactive plan based on local needs to maintain talent pools

  • Perform special projects as needed and perform all duties as deemed necessary as per the business requirements

What We Need You To Bring:

  • In-depth talent management knowledge that covers end-to-end recruitment and learning and development with an understanding of how this integrates across the HR practices and with organisation effectiveness

  • Strategic implementation, excellent communication and analytical skills

  • Ability to apply the business strategy into simple, relevant and proactive Talent Management

  • Able to build strong relationships with key stakeholders internally and externally in the industry

  • Strong influencing skills to implement and drive the Talent principles across relevant touch points

  • Able to think creatively and seek innovative workable solutions

  • Collaborative approach to working with fellow team leaders and teams across the business, and externally where partnerships exist

  • Understand the importance candidate experience and able to operate with a customer focused mindset at all times

  • Strong business acumen, analytical and planning skills with a genuine desire to understand the way digital technology is impacting education

  • Strong sense of urgency and ability to drive and deliver results

  • Strong proficiency with all technologies – MS Office, Social, Web, Google


  • Valid driver’s license

  • Willingness to travel to any and all Regions within South Africa

Our Values:

  • Brave: Takes bold and decisive action to deliver ambitious outcomes, and champions a culture of high performance.

  • Decent: Listens, encourages and respects difference; treats all people fairly, with honesty and transparency.

  • Imaginative: Looks beyond their immediate job both inside and outside of Pearson and introduces new ways of thinking and working.

  • Accountable: Gets results by owning the solution, getting the right people involved and delivering on promises.


Experience and Qualifications:

  • Currently a Talent or HR professional, with relevant experience in a large enterprise organisation

  • Proven history of recruitment and learning and development (full-lifecycle)

  • Advance knowledge and application of SA labour law and skills planning

  • Sound knowledge of SETA processes and requirements

  • Experienced in building of Talent capability in a business

  • Worked at all levels of a business including Senior Leaderships Team

  • Qualifications

  • Relevant HR 3-year diploma or degree

  • Honours degree advantageous

    Pearson is committed to the principles of employment equity and in accordance with our Employment Equity goals and plan; preference will be given to suitable applicants from designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act and subsequent amendments thereto.

Primary Location: ZA-ZA-Cape Town

Work Locations: ZA-Cape Town-Auto Atlantic 4th Floor Auto Atlantic Cape Town 8001

Job: Human Resources

Organization: Core

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jun 10, 2019

Job Unposting: Jun 16, 2019

Schedule: Full-time Temporary

Req ID: 1907541

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.