Pearson Acquisitions Editor (Portfolio Management Analyst) in Hoboken, New Jersey

Acquisitions Editor (Portfolio Management Analyst)


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 reexamining 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.

Position overview:

The Portfolio Management Specialist is responsible for setting the vision and strategy for product portfolios for the higher education market that meet financial goals. The Specialist is tasked with gaining deep market knowledge through customer insight by establishing customer relationships that ultimately help drive product innovation, development and growth across the portfolio. This includes overseeing acquisitions of new products, development of new and revised programs, and expansion and investment of our digital product offerings. In addition, the Specialist is responsible for establishing the financial base for portfolio by creating P&L’s and managing budgets to achieve profitability goals.

We currently have one position open that covers the following higher education markets: Introduction to Business Business Communication, Operations Management and Business Law.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Develop deep discipline and market knowledge to drive product development decisions for portfolio while assessing global market demand for both print and digital opportunities across the portfolio.

  • Establish portfolio business case and deliver portfolio/product mix and related KPI’s including financial performance, product contribution, and learner outcomes.

  • Scout for and sign new authors to build strong future product pipeline.

  • Create strong author relationships with both existing and new authors by working closely with them to outline a vision for each product.

  • Conduct ongoing market research including face-to-face meetings and focus groups with customers on college campuses nationwide.

  • Analyze product reviews and market feedback and decide best solutions for our customers that drive growth.

  • Collaborate with Product Management to recommend discipline relevant technology roadmap improvements.

  • Create P&Ls and manage overall portfolio budget.

  • Manage revisions and new product development.

  • Collaborate with Sales and Marketing on revision plans, sales presentations and tools, etc.

  • Travel as needed for focus groups, conferences, events, and campus visits to develop market insights, strengthen educator community network and drive revenue performance.


Qualifications Required

  • BA/BS.

  • At least 2 years’ experience in the publishing industry.

  • Highly analytical with the ability to synthesize multiple viewpoints into actionable plans.

  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills, with the ability to communicate effectively for a diverse audience.

  • Intellectually curious with a passion for solving customers problems.

  • Creative problem solver who uses data to inform decisions.

  • Ability to work in a fast paced, highly collaborative environment.

  • Excellent negotiation skills.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

  • Ability to travel 25%-50% of the time (seasonally based) to colleges and universities, sales conferences and industry conferences.

Qualifications Preferred

  • 4 years experiences in higher education markets, ideally in editorial or acquisitions related areas.


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.

Primary Location: US-NJ-Hoboken

Other Locations US-MA-Boston

Work Locations: US-NJ-Hoboken-221 River 221 River Street Hoboken 07030

Job: Product Management

Organization: Global Product

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Aug 16, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1811589

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.