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Pearson Senior Technical Project Manager in Chennai, India

Role: Senior IT Project Manager

Division: Assessment & Qualifications Delivery

Location: Chennai, India

About UK Assessment & Qualifications

We are responsible for the delivery of nearly 4 million examination results per annum, including A-Level, GCSE, BTEC and T-levels for students in UK and International centres. Our in-house systems process every learner from registration to marking and certification, in a highly regulated business. We currently operate a hybrid estate of predominantly bespoke systems, with an ongoing strategic transformation programme to migrate from on-prem to cloud based, cost effective, scalable and resilient services.

About the Job

The position is for a Senior IT Project Manager, who is responsible for the delivery of projects within our current transformation programme.

About You

We’d ideally like for you to be a qualified Project Manager with significant experience of working on Agile delivery of bespoke software using Scrum or Kanban, however, software delivery experience is more important than Project Management certification.

Key Skills & Experience

  • Project Management of software delivery

  • Detailed knowledge & experience of the SDLC

  • Detailed knowledge & experience of Agile (Scrum, Kanban) & Waterfall methodologies

  • Delivery of projects within a Cloud environment

  • Delivery of in-house bespoke systems

  • Management of project budgets and resourcing

  • Management of project time, cost, quality and scope

  • Management of risk & issues

  • Production of key artefacts such as Project Initiation Documents, Highlight Reports and Project Closure Reports

  • Project Planning using Gantt charts, Milestones plans, Rolling Wave plans, and Critical Path Analysis

  • Meeting facilitation, both business & senior stakeholder meetings, and technical team meetings

  • Working knowledge of production operation of systems, including incident management and production changes.

  • Collaboration with globally distributed teams

  • Superb written and verbal communication skills

Desirable Skills & Experience

  • Relevant Project Management qualification, eg Prince 2, APMG, APM PMQ

  • Hands-on experience of technical roles relevant to the SDLC, eg Analyst, Tester

  • AWS Practitioner certification

  • Delivery of projects as an in-house PM (as opposed to as a consultant or 3rd party PM)

  • Experience of 3rd party procurement & contracting

  • Experience of writing business & benefits cases

  • Working knowledge of ISO27001, ITIL and Sarbanes Oxley

  • Working knowledge of analysis techniques such as Use Cases, Gherkin, wireframes, process flowcharts, the 5 Whys, the 5 Ws

  • MS Project, JIRA, Trello, Smartsheets

  • Line management or mentoring of junior PMs

All our roles are hybrid working; for this role that means visiting your base office no more than once a week with the possibility of occasional business travel to UK Pearson sites.

We actively encourage our staff to participate in at least 40 hours of training a year, and offer relevant AWS (Amazon Web Service) training and certification as part of this role.

Your benefits and rewards

Here at Pearson we offer a range of benefits, which include:

  • 25 Days annual leave (increasing by 1 day with every year of continuous service up to 30 days); annual leave trading, +/- 5 days

  • Annual Bonus

  • Private Pension plan scheme where we pay in double what you contribute, up to 16% depending on your age

  • Life, private medical and dental care insurance options, plus free eye tests

  • Stock/share purchase options

  • Maternity, paternity, and family care leave as well as flexible working policies

  • An employee wellbeing assistance programme

  • Cycle to work program, volunteering days, gym membership concessions in selected office locations, along with retail and leisure discounts

Diversity and Inclusion at Pearson

We’re committed to equity and opportunity, so that all learners can realise the life they imagine and see themselves in our services and products. We believe learning is a powerful force for change and that diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental to who we are. We’re committed to addressing all forms of systematic racism, discrimination and inequality in everything we do.

We also believe in giving everyone in the company the chance to help shape a more inclusive culture, in which everyone feels a sense of belonging and in which everyone acts with integrity day-in, day-out. To learn more about Pearson’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, please click here.

Pearson is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate against employees or job applicants and select the best person for each job based on relevant skills and experience. We are also committed to building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce and encouraging equality and diversity.

The information you provide will stay confidential and will be stored securely. It will not be seen by those involved in making decisions as part of the recruitment process. We are a Stonewall Gold and Top 20 LGBT+ inclusive employer, Investors in People Gold, Race Charter signatory, Disability Confident employer and Working Mums Top Employer.


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.

To learn more about Pearson’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, navigate to: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Pearson.

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Note that the information you provide will stay confidential and will be stored securely. It will not be seen by those involved in making decisions as part of the recruitment process.


Organization: Assessment & Qualifications

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 11774