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Pearson Assessment Process Leader (Quality and Improvement) in London, United Kingdom

Assessment Process Leader (Quality and Improvement)

Description

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.

Context

Part of UK Schools, the Assessment division combines excellence in assessment with outstanding customer experience. The Assessment division has end-to-end responsibility for delivering on-time, accurate results of high stakes UK and international qualifications to our learners and first-class customer service to all our customers.

The Assessment division comprises:

  • Delivery team - accountable for the strategic delivery of our high stakes UK and international qualifications

  • Content team - accountable for the accurate delivery of our secure high stakes UK and international assessment instruments as well as non-secure content

  • Quality and improvement team - accountable for quality assurance, post results services, improvement initiatives (including assessment monitoring), regulatory research (including consultations)

  • Strategy and customer team - accountable for delivery of assessment-related transformational, strategic and customer initiatives

  • Online assessment transformation team - accountable for delivering online transformation initiatives and support of online marking system

Part of the Quality and Improvement team, the Assessment Process Leader for Quality will be responsible for delivering a group of assessment processes across the whole department.

Key Accountabilities

Process Improvement

  • Act as the process owner for the area of responsibility ensuring processes are documented and regularly reviewed

  • Ensuring that processes for all qualifications are common, where appropriate, documenting any subject specific variations

  • Takes ownership of identifying and implementing process improvements and changes

  • Leading the response to any internal/external audits or any identified lessons learned for the area of responsibility

Assessment Improvement

  • Lead the Assessment Monitoring programme for GQA

  • Ensure training is organised and that action plans are signed off and tracked accordingly

  • Track amendments to assessments and record improvements

Quality

  • Set up and monitor quality trackers and validity monitoring reports

  • Ensure delivery teams have actions recorded for areas which need improvement

  • Compile summary reports on marking quality

  • Fulfill regulatory requests in this area

  • Lead on series to series quality improvement initiatives

Publications

  • Develop and maintain a publications catalogue for each series, ensuring relevant security permissions and series availability is communicated to IT

  • Ensure all post exam publications are produced to high quality standards and to deadline

  • Fulfill regulatory requests for exam publications

  • Ensure confidentiality of all examination content prior to results release

  • Manage the production of traditional and results plus examiner reports.

Customer focused support

  • Point of contact for internal stakeholders for area of responsibility

  • Customer communications related to area of responsibility

  • Ensuring that processes are improved to ensure a better customer experience (including IT development)

Training and support

  • Arrange training and support for Assessment, Assessment Associates and other stakeholders on key activities within the area of responsibility

  • Drafting/reviewing and approving guidance documentation for internal and external stakeholders

Key Challenges:

  • Ensuring the effective, efficient and consistent management of all activities within the area of responsibility

  • Working to tight, often immovable deadlines

  • Managing activities for multiple examination series simultaneously

  • Building and managing effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders of all levels

  • Interrogating processes to ensure they deliver high quality, on time outcomes

  • Successfully navigate change by adapting to challenges created by the introduction of new qualifications, services or processes

  • Adopting a constructive and positive approach to influencing others

  • Embed innovation by looking to the future and removing silos by working collaboratively and creatively

  • Work with the other Assessment Process Leaders to ensure consistency of approach and shared good practice.

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.

The information you provide will stay confidential, and be stored securely. It will not be seen by those involved in making decisions as part of the recruitment process.

Qualifications

Pearson Core Competencies:

  1. Providing a customer focused service

  2. Communicating with influence

  3. Working with others to achieve goals

  4. Delivering goals in a changing environment

  5. Taking a creative and innovative approach to work

  6. Maximising potential in self and others.

Additional Competencies

Essential:

  • Able to work effectively when under pressure adhering to deadlines in order to meet the needs of the business

  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to negotiate and persuade

  • Good written and verbal communication skills are essential

  • Good numeracy and statistical skills are required

Desirable:

  • Good understanding of assessment processes and dependencies

Education, Qualifications & Training

Essential:

  • Degree level or equivalent qualifications or experience.

Previous Experience

Essential:

  • Experience of managing assessment processes or similar

Desirable:

  • Project management

IT Literacy

Essential:

  • Intermediate level of ability of Microsoft Office including Outlook, Excel, Word, Powerpoint or Google Suite equivalents

Desirable:

  • Experience of using project management and process mapping software such as Project/Smartsheets and Visio/Lucid charts.

Personal Style and Behaviour

The role will suit a proactive individual with excellent attention to detail and a proven problem solver. The post holder will need to be computer literate and able to work to tight deadlines with the ability to work under pressure. The ability to communicate at all levels are essential.

Additional Information

The role is located at our offices at 190 High Holborn, near to the Tube and Covent Garden.

Salary for the role is £27,000 to £34,000 depending on experience

Here at Pearson we also offer a great package and a fantastic range of benefits that you would expect to receive in a global organisation. Including 25 Days annual leave, this increases by 1 day each year up to 30 days with the option to buy and sell up to 5 days per year on top of this. A fantastic Pension plan, private medical insurance. Pearsons other benefits also include private dental care, season ticket loan, eye tests, cycle to work scheme, volunteering days, discounted products and services from leading companies and much more.

Primary Location: GB-GB-London

Work Locations: GB-London-190 High Holborn 190 High Holborn London WC1V 7BH

Job: Product Management

Organization: Core

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Nov 8, 2019

Job Unposting: Nov 23, 2019

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1914667

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.

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