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Pearson Global PR & Communications Manager - 10 Month Contract in Greater London, United Kingdom

Global PR & Communications Manager - 10 Month Contract


Our Organisation

Pearson VUE ( has been a pioneer in the computer-based testing industry for decades, delivering more than 15 million certification and licensure exams annually in every industry from academia and admissions to IT and healthcare. We are the global leaders in developing and delivering high-stakes exams via the world's most comprehensive network of nearly 20,000 Test Centers in 180 countries. Our leadership in the assessment industry is a result of our collaborative partnerships with a broad range of clients, from leading technology firms to government and regulatory agencies. Pearson VUE is regularly featured on the Forbes list of Best Employers and we are recognised in the Best Employers for Diversity 2019 awards. We are proud to offer an exceptional environment to develop your professional career and we are now hiring for a Global PR & Communications Manager to join our successful team in London Strand in a contract for 10 months.

Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson, the world's leading learning company with global-reach and market-leading businesses. Pearson is listed on both the London and New York stock exchanges (UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO).

Your Opportunity

Global PR & Communications Manager

10 months fixed-term contract

Full-time working 37.5 hours per week

Based in London Strand

With team members located in the US, UK, India, China and Japan, the Pearson VUE global marketing team delivers a full suite of services to drive company growth objectives and enhance the reputation and presence in market. This role is largely responsible for managing and driving content and media relations globally. Reporting to the Global Vice President of Marketing, you will work with the existing global content strategy to position us the leading authority on computer-based assessment and testing.

Primarily focused on PR, you will also leverage the content plan to ensure we create a suite of education content across a range of internal/external channels. You will work with internal subject matter experts to create compelling content that better educates prospects and wider audiences globally.

You must be an engaging writer and able to grasp technical matter and provide output in a range of styles and for multiple audiences/sectors such as medical, finance, IT and other professional industries. You will be expected to secure feature coverage, along with news of everyday business wins, in national and trade publications, working both alone and with agencies where appropriate.

You will also support wider communications efforts where needed, such as internal communications, crisis communications, marketing events, campaigns and initiatives through channels such as social media.

This role will suit a professional PR person willing and able to go the extra miles needed to both drive and manage the global PR strategy for a major division of Pearson.

  • Develop, implement and manage a global content plan for Pearson VUE, securing international media coverage to position us as a global authority.

  • Plan, identify, draft, and secure educational and global feature coverage to raise our profile in key markets.

  • Draft press releases and major company announcements for promotion

  • Serve as lead during instances of critical incidents to provide external communication strategies and content.

  • Liaise with the wider team, and agencies (where appropriate) to provide a fully integrated campaign around specific communications.

  • Develop strong relationships with media and wider Pearson colleagues to maximise effectiveness of communications.

  • Manage the global PR process.

Our Successful Candidate

We are interested in applicants with experience in PR or journalism and media relations in both international trade and national media.

  • A track record of developing feature ideas, pitching and securing.

  • An experienced copywriter with a range of collateral.

  • Able to use social media effectively in a b2b environment.

  • Experience in crisis communications handling – both social media and traditional.

  • Managing suppliers and senior stakeholders diplomatically.

  • Highly motivated self-starter with strong project management and time management skills.

  • Well organised, with an eye for detail, quality and accuracy.

  • Capable of effectively prioritising multiple projects and deadlines with reliable follow-through.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, ability to work well in a team environment in occasionally stressful situations.

  • Experience with digital and traditional marketing channels.

  • Travel to client meetings or conferences as required.

  • Proficient at using Microsoft Office suite (PowerPoint, Excel, Word).

  • Experienced with working with geographically diverse teams.

Take your expertise to a new level - we have many interesting and dynamic projects to look forward to in 2019/2020 therefore now is the ideal time to join our Pearson VUE family for a highly rewarding and truly global career journey!

Our Recruitment Process

Please complete and submit your application before midnight on 29 September 2019 and please ensure that you apply directly on our Pearson Careers website only.

We are reviewing applications regularly and interviews are being scheduled now, therefore we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Should you have any questions please connect on LinkedIn with Stephen Johnston, Talent Acquisition Specialist.

Wishing you success with your application!

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.

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Primary Location: GB-Greater London

Job: Marketing

Organization: Assessments VUE

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Sep 11, 2019

Job Unposting: Sep 29, 2019

Schedule: Full-time Temporary

Req ID: 1911616

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.