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Pearson Head of Function Identity & Access Management in Durham, North Carolina

The Head of Identity and Access Management has proficiency in a diverse set of technologies and tools necessary to Engineer, lead implementation and drive our transformation to a modern, colleague orientated digital workplace. This includes stakeholder engagement, understanding business strategy and developing medium & long-term strategic roadmaps to redefine Pearson’s Digital Workplace platform services and secure solutions.

The candidate will be of a progressive mindset, experienced working in Agile, driving the adoption of emerging security capabilities, delivering continuous improvements to our platform and end-user experience. You will be required to design and lead the strategy, mentor and develop future and junior Engineers in the implementation of those designs.

The role will require you to work, educate and influence a range of stakeholders across the business to understand their technology requirements Engineering solutions to ensure we are delivering Pearson end users with a secure and seamless experience. You will provide leadership, direction and be seen as a thought leader within the technology community.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Lead Engineering designs exceeding business requirements to meet Pearson’s identity and access management objectives.

  • Provide guidance and expertise to ensure project roadmaps encompass the required controls whilst delivering the optimum colleague experience

  • Own the medium-term and long-term Engineering strategy and design for Digital Workplace Services Team in conjunction with Pearson’s CISO team.

  • Work collaboratively with stake holders to plan the future of Pearson’s Digital Workplace.

  • Assist in managing project deliverables to meet their objectives against quality (including security), budget control, time management.

  • Design and innovate processes, standardization, and progressive governance practices

  • Identity areas of improvement within the IT landscape, engineering solutions and guiding the execution of those designs through successful implementation.

  • Drive innovation through implementing and enhancing automated deployments approaches.

  • Practice continuous learning through attending company and/or industry training.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Engineering/Architectural knowledge and proven experience of Active Directory and Azure Active Directory IDP solutions.

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in securing and ‘hardening’ the environment using features such as conditional access, MFA and identity protection.

  • Extensive experience implementing SSO integration to Cloud and on-prem.

  • Experience with legacy application remediation.

  • Experience implementing secure B2B and B2C solutions

  • Extensive knowledge of Joiners, Movers and Leavers processes, access reviews and ‘least privilege’ in order to provide access whilst securing the environment

  • Extensive knowledge of administration controls such as PIM, PAM & CyberArk.

  • Experience of security solutions within the Microsoft E5 suite of products.

  • Ideally Multi Cloud/Multi-Vendor experience (GCP, GSuite, AWS)

Core Competencies:

  • Organization skills to balance and prioritize work and multitask

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Effective communication skills to communicate with support personnel, customers, and Stakeholders

  • Positive attitude and passion for modern mgmt, security controls & customer orientated outcomes (our colleagues)

  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills

  • Bring initiative and self-motivation

  • Ability to collaborate across globally dispersed teams

  • Customer and service delivery focused

We want the best Engineers; Professional qualifications are a distinct advantage, however if you are the best of the best and bring extensive knowledge and practical demonstratable experience we welcome your application.

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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Organization: Corporate Strategy & Technology

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 10370