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Pearson Creative Design Manager in London, United Kingdom

Our Organisation

Pearson is a global education company that helps people around the world to make progress in their lives through learning. With a rich heritage that combines 150 years of experience in publishing with the latest learning technology and digital services, we help people to learn whatever, wherever and however they choose.

Our strength comes from our outstanding people; our strong relationships in the education world; our expertise in using technology to help people learn; our global footprint and local reach; and our position as a profitable, global company with a unifying sense of purpose.

Your Opportunity

We’re looking for a talented and enthusiastic Creative Design Manager to help facilitate the creative and design requirements for the UK Schools Marketing (B2B and D2C) team across multiple marketing channels. You will have a passion for design and a solid understanding of marketing design principles. A key part of the role will be to nurture and support junior designers. This role will support the Senior Creative Services Manager in coordinating the workflow of design work as well as some hands-on design and direction.

Key responsibilities:

Team management

  • Support the Senior Creative Services Manager to develop a high-functioning team of creatives and designers – both internal and external resources.

  • Support and mentor internal designers to deliver high quality design work in line with industry best practice and company brand guidelines.

  • Manage and brief external vendors: creative agencies, freelancers, specialists in illustration, photography and design.

  • Develop good relationships with suppliers, ensuring a regular rotation of work as needed to maintain capacity and knowledge.

  • Help create a positive culture of learning and development within the team, seeking opportunities to develop own and other team members skills and experience.

  • Maintain manageable files/records/log of briefs, design work.

Creative and visual design

  • Advocate and adopt accessibility guidelines and user-centric design principles.

  • Ability to gain a strong understanding of Pearson brand guidelines and support on creative direction, quality and market fit, across Pearson UK Schools products and services.

  • Keep up to date with advances and trends in marketing design and media and ensure standards of design, design services, illustration, media and animation are in line with industry standards.

  • Work directly on creative projects as required – allocating work appropriately across team with support from Senior Creative Services Manager.

  • Support designers with their work, helping to resolve design challenges and enhance projects in collaboration with the marketing owner.

Commercial effectiveness

  • Optimise work turnaround time, quality and value for money through effective use of workflow management tools and processes.

  • Support the Senior Creative Services Manager to manage the department budget for freelance design.

  • Facilitate collaboration with colleagues across marketing and the wider business – ensuring shared knowledge of business and commercial objectives and implications.

Skills and abilities:

  • Excellent visual design skills (creative flair, strong typography skills, coupled with technical competence).

  • Experience working in busy design departments,

  • Experience managing other workers/agencies/freelancers.

  • Ability to prioritise and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Great communicator, skilled at taking/refining briefs and understanding requirements.

  • A facilitator, keen to make things happen at pace, manage expectations and unblock issues.

  • Enjoys working under time-pressure with deadlines.

  • Coaching/mentoring skills to support junior members of the team.

  • Excellent knowledge of the Adobe creative suite.

Your Benefits & Reward

We will expect a lot, and we know you will do great work, so we give a lot back with some of the best benefits in the business! Along with learning, development and mentoring opportunities, our range of benefits can support the different needs of our diverse colleagues, and their families too. Joining our Pearson family can provide you with unlimited and truly global career progression options, and you can also look forward to exploring our impressive benefits, such as:

  • Flexible options to work from home.

  • A starting holiday of 25 days

  • Generous pension scheme where we match and double what you contribute.

  • Maternity, paternity, and family care leave as well as flexible work policies.

  • Shares and stock purchase options.

  • Healthcare and dental plans, and an employee wellbeing assistance programme for you and your family to help balance work, family, and personal life.

Our Recruitment Process

We encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible and ensure that you apply directly on our Pearson Careers website only. Wishing you success with your application!


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 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:

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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Organization: Assessment & Qualifications

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 9088