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Pearson Vice President Strategy & Innovation in Hoboken, New Jersey

We are the world’s learning company with more than 24,000 employees operating in 70 countries. We combine world-class educational content and assessment,powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people.

We value diversity and inclusion. We value the power of inclusive culture, so we embed diversity and inclusion in everything we do.

Pearson promotes a company culture where differences are embraced as strengths, opportunities are equal and accessible, consideration and respect are the norm, and all employees are given the chance to reach their full potential.Through our talent, we believe that diversity and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant company. People are at the center of our company. We are committed to a sustainable environment and workplace ecosystem where talent can learn, grow, and thrive.

To learn more about Pearson’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce please click here. (https://www.pearson.com/careers/diversity-and-inclusion.html)

Position Summary:

The VP Strategy & Innovation will be responsible for building an innovation strategy and designing and driving an innovation agenda that builds on Pearson Online Learning Services’ leading position in Online Program Management and Virtual Education. Reporting to the Managing Director and operating as a member of the leadership team, this role focuses on digital innovation for products, programs, and services (new and existing) for Academic Partners and Learners. By owning the product lifecycle, enhances product management capability and processes applied to service design and delivery. Responsible for overall strategy and the design, testing and establishment of new business models – in service of academic partners and in the direct-to-consumer space.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Working with the leadership team to shape and define POLS’ innovative products strategy, including which markets to enter, articulating, and refining our competitive advantage, key growth opportunities and trends to focus on, drawing on market trends, insights from adjacent markets, customer feedback and developments in EdTech.

  • Working closely with the Business Development team to define and drive key opportunities to invest in, including the development of business cases and plans to grow and the development of new business models with global scale.

  • Lead on innovation, including the development of an innovation framework, ensuring successful incubation models are transitioned effectively to business as usual.

  • Shepherding new business models along the developing Innovation Framework, applying the appropriate “kill / pivot” strategies when required.

  • Building an investment and innovation framework aligned to the overall strategy, including an approach to partnering or investing in startups / early-stage firms working with colleagues across Pearson.

  • Representing Pearson Online Learning Services externally and internally at senior levels, including Pearson’s Executive Management.

  • Maintaining currency with the education space and forecasting trends and opportunities within it.

  • Working closely with senior leadership team colleagues to enable appropriate allocation of resources to incubation models, and expansion initiatives within existing lines of business

The successful candidate must have extensive experience in and knowledge of the education sector as well as a profound understanding of how to deliver education services in a digital environment and increasingly in a direct-to-consumer model. They should be comfortable interacting with senior stakeholders within Pearson and across the global education network. Experience of working in international education environments is a plus.

Required Skills:

  • Proven track record of identifying and defining growth opportunities, within a business or through consultancy, leveraging data and analytics to build the supporting business case for investment.

  • Experience in management consulting, business strategy, strategic finance, or M&A required.

  • Ability to align colleagues and resources around incubating opportunities to ensure accurate appraisal and implementation if successful.

  • Ability to influence within and across Divisions, experience partnering with cross-functional teams is required.

  • Experience of diagnosing customer hot spots and solving for them in collaboration with product.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with exceptional attention to detail.

  • Strong commitment to timelines, accuracy, and professionalism.

  • Team leader, team player and positive attitude in a results-driven environment.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, changing environment with all levels of management.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Entrepreneurial, ‘hands on’ style who can delegate tasks and hold others accountable for delivery in a high growth environment.

  • Strong skills in strategic thinking and implementation, commercial acumen, and negotiation.

  • Understands the role that culture and building strong teams plays in company success.

  • Ability to rally a large group of people towards key goals, strong verbal and written communications, and interpersonal interactions (e.g., partnering, collaboration, conflict management, and consulting).

  • Demonstrated capability in cross-functional leadership and experience working in a matrix environment.

  • Ability to diagnose and address opportunities to improve and drive positive change through the organization whilst effectively handling conflict.

  • Passion for driving performance against goals while creating a positive, fun, and productive environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to formulate strategy and lead the implementation of operational initiatives to meet it.

  • Strong organization, analytical, and motivating skills.

  • Collaborative communication style builds relationships with other departments, not barriers.

Personal Characteristics:

  • A combination of personality traits—collaborative, honesty, integrity, intensity, and passion—necessary to blend with the rest of the executive management team.

  • Capable and mature with “fire in the belly” and a bias for action.

  • Strong empathy, problem solving.

Education:

  • BA/BS degree from accredited institution required. Master’s degree preferred.

Learning is the most powerful force for change in the world. More than 20,000 Pearson employees deliver our products and services in nearly 200 countries, all working towards a common purpose – to help everyone achieve their potential through learning. We do that by providing high quality, digital content and learning experiences, as well as assessments and qualifications that help people build their skills and grow with the world around them. We are the world’s leading learning company. Learn more at pearsonplc.com.

Pearson believes that wherever learning flourishes, so do people. We are committed to being an anti-racist company in everything we do. We value the power of an inclusive culture and 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 a sustainable environment and workplace where talent can learn, grow, and thrive.  

To learn more about Pearson’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, please click here: 

http://www.pearson.com/careers/diversity-and-inclusion.html

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment is decided 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.

Job: STRATEGY

Organization: North America

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 486

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