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English Language Learning Senior Manager High Stakes Tests in London, United Kingdom

To lead the development of specific tests and test content for English Language Learning including established assessments and new test development. The role requires managing a team of test professionals to ensure standard Test Development procedures are followed; to minimize errors and maximize quality. The post holder works across different Pearson business units to coordinate test development deliverables and projects. The role involves presenting at webinars and conferences to contribute internally and to the wider assessment community.

The post holder will:

  • Lead on specific new test development projects to ensure tests meet the needs of test takers and international quality standards.

  • Work closely with product teams to develop new products that integrate with learning materials.

  • Develop test specifications and other documentation to support new test development.

  • Manage all aspects of the item development process for specific tests including the development of live and seed items.

  • Support and help manage the activity with respect to providers of test items from the International Item writing teams.

  • Manage both internal and external resources to ensure all deadlines and quality standards are met; this includes working with R&D teams to ensure test development requirements are met.

  • Ensure that all aspects of the test development cycle are appropriately documented; that document control ensures the most recent documentation is used; that documents are reviewed and updated regularly.

  • Track and implement any changes to the tests as agreed.

  • Ensure adherence to the professional standards as expressed in specified standards and codes of practice which are established in the language testing field.

  • Be involved in research projects related to test development with the goal of improving the quality of the test.

  • Monitor the language testing environment and international government policy decisions/reforms relating to academic criteria of tests and update management on any significant developments that may impact test design.

The post holder:

  • Reports to the Director, Test Development

  • Delegates work with Test Development Managers, Database Managers, and Test Administrators

  • Confers with other Staff within ELL to ensure that test development is in line with the development work for other learning and assessment products.

  • Supervises the work of designated team members.

  • Works closely with staff members within ELL responsible for operations, administration, learning materials, and business development to ensure a smooth and efficient workflow within the business.

Typical Tasks

The post holder will:

  • Manage all aspects of the item production for specified tests.

  • Lead the Test Development input for any improvements or development of specified new tests.

  • Suggest solutions for any operational issues that may become apparent with the test ensuring that sound principles of test development are followed.

  • Delegate work to other members of the team and provide regular reports on progress.

  • Define the scope and nature of reports for senior members of staff; delegate to staff the responsibility for producing such reports.

  • Work closely with psychometric staff to ensure that all data stored on the item bank and in other systems is accurate and accessible to other relevant staff.

  • Evaluate results from field tests and tryouts and make decisions regarding the quality of test items and the performance of tests.

  • Help to identify research opportunities to improve the quality of the test instruments and manage specific research projects.

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Organization: English Language Learning

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Workplace Type: Hybrid

Req ID: 15009