Pearson Director- Corporate Comms and Marketing - Global Product in Hoboken, New Jersey

Director- Corporate Comms and Marketing - Global Product


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.

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 Purpose:

Global Corporate Affairs & Marketing (GCAM) communicates Pearson's unique position as the world's learning company, while building strong and enduring relationships with our key stakeholders around the globe. We focus on helping to strengthen our reputation with policy makers, influencers, the general public, and our employees. We ensure that our brand, communication, digital, and marketing efforts are being driven with global consistency. Collectively, our work is anchored in building a strong global Pearson brand with social purpose at its heart.

We are looking for an experienced communications professional to take on the role as Business Partner for Global Product. This role will coverall aspects of strategic internal and external outreach and communications, helping to build understanding and excitement around the team’s ambitious strategies. As a business partner you will work closely with others, including leaders of our Global Product division, Technology leaders, and experts across GCAM, to deliver communications in support of business results.

Reporting to theVP, Technology, Operations and Global Product you willhelp shape Pearson’s profile overall, specifically relating to Global Product initiatives, and play a part in building the team’s global community and culture.

Collaboration, partnership and active stakeholder management is foundational to success in this role. Thriving in an evolving environment, working to drive innovation, and continuous improvement for efficiency and sustainable growth is key.

Key Responsibilities:

Serve as the Business Partner leading corporate affairs activity for Global Product

Develop and execute the Global Product business communication strategy - covering internal and external audiences, ensuring messaging is clear, engaging and consistent throughout, and that activities are measured and analysed to inform ongoing strategy and tactics

Build and protect the reputation of Global Product - proactive and reactive, including crisis management, working across Pearson to ensure consistent approach and joined up global / local approach

Act as the guardian of Pearson’s Product story, maintaining centrally held messaging and best practice around communications, supporting subject matter experts and ensuring the narrative is represented within GCAM initiatives, including brand, thought leadership and the digital transformation story

Partner with Global Product senior leaders providing strategic consultation on internal and external communications and outreach, and reputation enhancement

Partner with business leaders and Human Resources to deliver communications associated with major change programs and support employee engagement

Provide support, advice and coaching for the GCAM team in matters relating to Global Product

Establish key metrics and analyze insights to inform ongoing communications

Partner with other team members in Corporate Affairs, including the agency team and GCAM workstream leads on the creation and delivery of company-wide strategic communication themes

Manage and mentor more junior team members to help develop our talent

Core Aspects:

  • Strategic Decision Making: obtaining information and identifying key issues and relationships to achieve long-range business goals; accomplishing goals based on insights and resources

  • Aligning Performance for Success:setting performance goals; supporting the business in achieving sales targets; empowering and equipping colleagues to drive progress towards common goals

  • Accountability and Ownership: taking ownership for business objectives and driving achievement through effective leadership

  • Innovation: generating innovative solutions; trying different ways to solve problems and create opportunities for business growth

  • Collaboration and Partnering:identifying opportunities and taking action to build relationships between your area and other teams, departments and external organizations to help achieve business goals

  • Results, People and Values : delivering results, working effectively with and through others and promoting the values of Brave, Imaginative, Decent and Accountable. Puts the learner at the centre of our purpose - helping people to make progress in their lives through learning

  • Talent:Fostering talent within GCAM; working with the GCAM Leadership Team to support a culture that promote excellence and builds team spirit

  • Leadership:Help manage the planning, staffing, budgeting, and governance of the GCAM Technology and Global Product team.


Key Attributes:

Extensive experience in a similar leadership role in , product development, technology, research, corporate affairs, communications, and/or business partnering, includingexperience in an agency or consulting firm is strongly preferred especially client account management or business development,with a proven track record of:

  • Developing and Leveraging Relationships– You will bring experience of developing a network of relationships, and track record of excellent internal stakeholder management at all levels

  • Communication– You have developed interpersonal skills and use these to influence outcomes with persuasiveness and candour. You appreciate the diversity of stakeholder interactions and adapt your style and approach accordingly.

  • Analytical Skill and Learning Agility– You take a systematic, structured view of situations, while staying focused on the big picture. You have the capacity to be open to new ideas and comfortable exploring areas where there are no right answers.

  • Global Perspective– You have significant experience operating in a global environment and are able to demonstrate international cultural agility.

  • Business Acumen–Experience, insight and knowledge mean you are able to understand the long term market potential and translate this into the corporate strategy.

  • Deliver Results– You have a track record of achievement, translating complex strategies into actionable plans.

  • Judgment– You demonstrate sound judgement in assessing business risks and make decisions that balance a variety of factors and considerations whilst always maintaining the integrity of the core values and business strategy.

  • Change Management Capability-Demonstrate record of driving change and influencing an organization.

    Personal Qualities:

  • Brave– Resilient operating under pressure and to tight deadlines

  • Accountable– Demonstrates integrity & delivers what is promised

  • Decent– represents Pearson’s values and believes in the company mission, is a trusted confidant to colleagues and external sources

  • Imaginative– thinks creatively, using insights, to improve work and tell Pearson story


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

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

Job: Marketing

Organization: Global Corporate Affairs & Marketing

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jul 5, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1809867

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled