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Pearson Director Software Development in Madrid, Spain

About English Language Learning

In the English Language Learning (ELL) business unit, we aspire to become the world's leading destination to learn and improve English language skills. Our main focus is on committed learners from around the world, who are motivated by outcomes because they want to reach their full potential through learning English.

Role Overview

Do you want to be part of the biggest digital transformation in the EdTech and help people around the world to learn languages and realize their dreams? The English Language Learning (ELL) division of Pearson is looking for a talented and motivated professional to join our growing team as Digital Software Factory Director. Reporting to the ELL CTO, you will ramp up a SW development factory to drive the continuous evolution of ELL digital products and applications. You will lead teams of technical experts to support the Direct to Consumer journey of ELL by building Digital products, mobile applications and AR/VR technologies.

High Level Responsibilities

  • Responsible for deep understanding of the needs of the customer and market demands, and for collaborating with Product Management and stakeholders to define and drive a vision and road map.

  • Accountable for managing support for existing products and services, as well as the development of new products and services. Owns on time and on budget delivery of projects conducted within the area.

  • Manage the portfolio’s overall budget, which includes understanding and managing to funding direction in coordination with CTO and Finance team.

  • Setup and manage a Software development factory to deliver applications adopting the latest technologies and development practices

  • Ramp up and lead teams of highly talented mobile engineers

  • Embed DevSecOps principles in the Software Factory Operating model

  • Modernize the way software is delivered and applications roadmaps are managed

  • Partner with Product managers to align on the strategic directions and delivery plans

  • Be responsible for the people management of a co-located and remote engineering teams

  • Create an environment of continuous improvement through mentoring, feedback, and coaching

  • Drive innovation within a fast-paced agile environment

  • Maintain a pipeline of demands for digital solutions, prioritize them, and drive their rollout and deployment globally

  • Ensure security and compliance of global and local digital solutions in the managed portfolio

  • Manage budget and contract for external development needs

  • Recruit, retain and develop top talent

  • Role model a culture of partnership, teamwork, innovation and diversity, equity & inclusion

  • Promote a highly collaborative, customer-centric, data-driven culture that challenges norms with a bias to action support diversity of thoughts, experiences, and approaches to solve challenges

*Qualifications & Skills *

  • Degree in Software engineering or Computer Science (or equivalent experience)

  • Extensive experience in setting up a SW development factory, especially focused on Mobile applications

  • A broad engineering background and deep experience leading full-stack teams in mobile development on both iOS and Android in the Direct to Consumer world

  • Proven success developing and delivering complex, scalable, and highly reliable solutions.

  • Prior experience as an Engineering Manager or Director of Engineering at an established, high-growth technology company. Ideally you have served as an engineering leader in a successful, dynamic startup (startup experience is highly desired).

  • Strong experience in Scrum/Agile and an interest in helping the team develop agreements and processes around that methodology.

  • Experience with and are a proponent of automated testing.

  • Solid organizational skills, being able to create an organization structure from scratch and evolve it as needed

  • Strong understanding of emerging technologies and software engineering methodologies

  • Data driven mindset and knowledge of data analytics solutions

  • Relevant experience in managing and mentoring SW engineering teams in a complex and matrix organization as well as in building relationships with senior stakeholders

  • Ability to build agile and high performing teams that can deliver business value in short period of time

  • Experience in managing contracts and external vendors

  • Relationship management skills and the ability to use them to drive value both within and externally

  • Robust decision making - based on evidence and data

  • Possesses a global outlook and approach

  • Passion for education and learning

  • Experience in working with multinational, multicultural and distributed teams


  • Digital Transformer: Continuously improving and learning, able to identify and create real-time, iterative solutions to external or internal obstacles.

  • Understand the Business: Has/develops knowledge of business and product strategies. Brings digital mindset and software development experience to bear in solving challenges and capturing opportunities.

  • Drive Focus on Learner Outcomes: Understands and supports the delivery of learner outcomes and experience-led software development; leads teams able to embed efficacy when building solutions and approaches to implementation

  • Collaboration: Acts as a member of cross-functional leadership teams. Partners closely with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Innovator: Investigates and validates new market and product opportunities based on emerging trends.

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


Organization: English Language Learning

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 7000