Pearson Test Delivery Manager in London, United Kingdom

Test Delivery Manager


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.

Reporting to the Head of High Stakes Testing the Test Delivery Manager is responsible for the delivery of key projects which are the responsibility of the Test Development Group. These include but are not limited to the development of new items, activities relating to the pre-testing and calibration of test items and the development of new assessments.

The role is primarily one of managing specific projects to ensure they are delivered to time and on budget. This role can be based in either Harlow OR London.

The Test Delivery Manager will work with other members of the team to ensure that:

  • Projects are appropriately scoped with clear accountabilities, time lines and resources

  • All stages of the project are appropriately documented

  • All stakeholders are effectively engaged

  • Quality assurance measures are in place and documented

  • Dependencies and conflicts are managed between projects

  • Collaboration takes place across the business bringing together dispersed teams

  • There is effective communication to all stakeholders

  • Risks are identified and managed

  • Project progress is monitored and non-compliance flagged

  • Projects are closed or rolled over as appropriate with relevant sign off, hand over and documentation

Key Accountabilities :

Managing Projects

Ensure specific projects are set-up and managed in a controlled way

Reporting Projects

Create and manage comprehensive project reporting to ensure full visibility of project delivery

Measuring project progress and deliverables

Identify appropriate management Information to measure project milestones, outputs and outcomes

Typical Tasks

The Test Delivery Manager will:

  • Develop specific plans for Test Development Projects including timelines, key deliverables and resources

  • Monitor progress on specified projects and report progress

  • Manage risks to the schedule and resources

  • Help to identify areas of improvement or efficiencies within the projects being managed

  • Ensure that projects are scoped appropriately and have the correct level of sign off

  • Working across teams and co-ordinating the work of others to achieve mutual aims

Key Challenges:

  • Ensure quality and standards are always met

  • Improving processes and finding efficiencies

  • Working innovatively within defined processes

  • International nature of business

  • Working to tight deadlines

  • Working with different stakeholders

  • Managing projects which are running concurrently


Core Competencies

Provide a customer focussed service

Communicating with influence

Working with others to achieve goals

Delivering in a challenging environment

Taking a creative approach to work

Maximising the potential of self and others

Additional competencies

Pro-active and a self-starter

Willingness to lead and drive progress

Ability to work with minimal supervision

Effective written and verbal communication

Ability to negotiate and manage conflict

Professional and ethical

Education, Qualification and Training

Educated to a degree level of equivalent

Project coordination qualification , training or equivalent experience

Previous experience

Experience of working on multiple projects

Knowledge or experience of English Language Qualifications

Working successfully in customer focussed environments

Knowledge and experience of project management methodologies

Knowledge and experience of business improvement and performance measurement

IT Literacy

High standard of knowledge and ability to use MS Office including Visio and Excel. Experience of using remote meeting technology.

Personal Style and Behaviour

The successful candidate will need to be highly professional in their approach and demeanour, displaying a level of gravitas in working with different levels of the organisation.


Primary Location: GB-GB-Harlow

Other Locations GB-GB-London

Work Locations: GB-Harlow-Kao Park Kao Park London Rd Harlow CM17 9NA

Job: Professional Development

Organization: Global Product

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jun 6, 2018

Job Unposting: Jul 6, 2018

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1807924

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.