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Pearson Senior Program Manager in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Senior Program Manager


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.

Senior Program Manager


Senior Program Manager will own software program/project delivery and people aspects within the program/project portfolio that come under his/her purview. He/She should provide leadership to Program Managers, Project Managers at various levels within the organization. Typically this encompasses directly managing several Project/Program Managers. This position will be accountable for driving delivery rigor, product roadmap delivery assurance, program/project management process and practice aspects in the Sri Lanka organization.

The Senior Program Manager will deal with PMO staffing issues, including employee issues, counseling, performance appraisals, etc and will also provide recommendations on recruitment, performance management and remunerations. He/she will also ensure goals are set for Program Managers/Project Managers and they are meeting the same.

Senior Program Manager should work closely with their cross-functional counterparts in SL and different locations and Head of Departments (HoDs) to ensure overall PMO & Sri Lanka organizational goals are achieved.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Listed below are the typical duties and responsibilities expected of an individual for the job title described in this document. The items specified below are a guideline of the minimum expectations for the job title; changes will be made on a case-by-case basis for individuals who show potential to take on more responsibilities.

  • Providing overall delivery leadership to multiple program teams across the organization

  • Management of Program Managers and Project Managers

  • Engage in strategic development of the division with Senior Management

  • Setting and driving goals for Sri Lanka PMO team

  • Promote innovation and drive key initiatives for the PMO function in SL

  • Perform and progressively refine stakeholder management to mitigate surprises

  • Champions Agile/software delivery practices and ensures teams are getting better at continuous learning and adheres to high delivery rigor standards

  • Working with PMO team and cross functional stakeholders to ensure quality standards are maintained and program roadmaps are delivered on time and within budget

  • Ensure production stability, scalability, performance and security requirements are met so that defined levels of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) are delivered

  • Maintains and manages the delivery metrics and SL specific metrics required for reviews and any course correction.

  • Conflict resolution and escalation management of programs/projects run in Sri Lanka

  • Build and maintain strong partnerships with PMO, Dev senior management, QE senior management, Product Management & TechOps management to execute the different portfolios run within the Sri Lanka office

  • Work with SL Management and HR on the people management aspects for SL resources such as appraisals, interviews, identify and arrange trainings etc.

  • Build and retain productive teams through recruitment, coaching, mentoring, transition and career management

  • Work with SL Management and participate actively on initiatives taken by them to make SL team successful

  • Provide periodic PMO reports to senior leadership team

  • Other administrative tasks/activities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Key Technical Competencies

  • Solid understanding and appreciation of variety of software development life-cycle processes and methodologies (Eg. agile and waterfall)

  • Solid understanding and appreciation of Software lifecycle disciplines

  • Strong communications skills and the ability to communicate technical concepts to non-technical audiences and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders

  • Ability to be self-motivated and work collaboratively with different divisions of the organization

Preferred Certifications

  • Scrum Master Certification (CSM)

  • Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)

  • PRINCE2 or PMP Certification

  • ITIL/IT Foundation Certification

Education and Experience

  • Master degree in business administration/management or an equivalent qualification preferred.

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree preferably in Computing or Information Technology/Management

  • Minimum fifteen (15) years of experience in software program/project management including at least five (5) years of experience in a senior management role.

Pearson’s corporate values are Brave; Imaginative; Decent and Accountable . It is crucial that these values resonate with you and you are able to embody these values. You will be naturally positive, adaptable, proactive, organized and comfortable operating in a changing and ambiguous environment.

In exchange for your hard work you will be rewarded with a competitive compensation package, potential eligibility for an annual bonus, supportive peers and management team, opportunities to participate in sporting and social events, career development, training programs and other benefits. Other benefits include transportation services, potential eligibility for Pearson Shares (save for shares scheme), and OPD / Insurance / Medical.

Please apply by submitting a CV and cover letter and please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted via phone.

Primary Location: LK-1-Colombo

Work Locations: LK-Colombo-Orion City Rigel Bldg Orion City Rigel Bldg No 752 Dr. Danister De Silva Mawatha Colombo 900

Job: Project/Programme Management

Organization: Technology & Operations

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Oct 19, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1813495

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.