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Pearson Curriculum Development Manager in London, United Kingdom

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About Vocational Qualifications and Training, Workforce Skills

Pearson’s Workforce Skills division was created in response to how technology, AI, economic disruption and climate change are transforming jobs. Globally, we’ll need to reskill more than a billion people by 2030. With an estimated 85m jobs to be left unfilled by skills shortages every year, global demand for workforce development is growing fast.

Our Vocational Qualifications and Training is the bedrock of the workforce skills division, bringing together our BTEC, Higher National and Apprenticeship qualifications, training and assessment capabilities to help governments and institutions solve the challenge of a skilled workers shortage and improve national productivity, by giving anyone the opportunity to be 'workforce ready' no matter where they are in their life.

The Curriculum Development Manager

The Curriculum Development Manager (CDM) is responsible for developing Pearson business across a group of FE Colleges, as well as supporting the curriculum development decisions made by them, LAs or other stakeholder groups as appropriate, in line with 14-19 government policy. Please note, this role requires extensive travelling in order to support centres in the case load.

The CDM will work collaboratively as appropriate with colleagues to build business in line with centre needs. You will provide expert professional guidance and support to FE Colleges and as well as providing a high quality customer service, ensure that centres are provided with the appropriate information to help inform their decision making processes.

This role is for the East Of England (Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and NE London)

The role covers the following responsibilities:

  • Curriculum advice and support to FE Centres which would include Private Colleges, 6th Form Colleges and Adult Education Centres

  • Individual and area wide management

  • National and regional network support

  • Key account management of agreed accounts

  • Engagement and support given to key initiatives and membership in short term project groups

  • Demonstrable individual contribution in developing educational initiatives that deliver business objectives

  • The CDM will work collaboratively with relevant colleagues working in the region and assist them in focused and targeted activity in given subject/product area(s).

Key Accountabilities:

Support to centres

  • Provide a range of support and advisory services to centres in a manner suited to centres’ context and priorities. Provide customers with accurate and timely information in regard to Pearson qualifications and products

  • Respond effectively to queries

  • Provide support via national and regional networks

Business Maintenance/Development

  • Working within the framework of Pearson’s 14-19 and Adult Skills strategies promote Pearson and its services to all centres and their associated bodies using agreed strategies to maintain existing business and secure agreed business growth.

  • Work with centres to meet their needs and their learner needs

  • Maintain existing business in a geographic area / centres

  • Secure growth and adoption for key products and qualifications in line with Pearson’s business strategy

  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to secure targeted growth for identified campaigns.

  • Implement Key Account strategy for designated centres

  • Demonstrate individual entrepreneurial skill - working independently or collectively develop ideas and lead or contribute to initiatives that will support centre and learner needs

National Team

  • Provide feedback from centres on service and product quality to all appropriate parts of the company.


  • Promote training events to ensure centres receive appropriate and timely support

Market Intelligence

CDMs will be expected to report weekly and periodically on activity in their centres and region relating to:

  • Centre feedback

  • Competitors activity with centres

  • New Business by qualification, by cohort size and by start date

Other activities as agreed by the Line Manager

Measures of Success

  • Adherence to quality and standards procedures

  • Maintenance of current business

  • Growth of business in key product areas

  • Accuracy of projection of future business

  • Strong and supportive relationships with decision makers

  • Strength of customer service reputation

  • Effectiveness of input to team regional operational planning activities

  • Working collaboratively with colleagues across the business

  • Measures of success being recorded through centre activity plans.

Qualifications - External

Personal Attributes and Development

Able to work independently with minimal direct supervision

Is energetic, self motivated, tenacious and determined

Is adaptable to new and changing circumstances and situations

Is decent and driven by doing the right thing

Essential :

A proven individual with the ability to co-ordinate resources to get things done. Adopts a pro-active working style, constantly looking for improvements. Someone hard working and highly motivated with excellent interpersonal skills, well organised and with and a keen eye for spotting things that need to be done.

Up to date understanding of key education initiatives

Pro-active, self starter

Exceptional communication skills both written and oral


Good team player

Attention to detail


Understanding of the key markets Pearson operates in


Essential :

  • Educated to degree or equivalent level

  • Experience of having worked in the education, learning and/or training sectors.

  • Proficient in PowerPoint and Excel

Desirable :

Experience of having worked in a sales or marketing role

This role covers the East of England.

Must hold a clean driving licence.


Organization: Workforce Skills

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 4818