Pearson Senior Architect in Morrisville, North Carolina

Senior Architect


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.

The Senior Architect will play a critical role in making sure our Qualifications systems and platforms are envisioned, designed, developed and implemented across our environments to meet the present and future operational business needs. This person will often be involved at every phase of the project lifecycle from IT intake through delivery and will be considered one of the Senior team members that have primary responsibility for a solution to be well engineered, operable, maintainable, delivered on schedule, aligns to global enterprise vision and actually provides the anticipated local business value to the UK Qualifications business.


This role will work as part of Pearson’s EA and Core platforms team, reporting to the Director Architecture with a dotted line report to the UK Director of Technology Delivery. This role will be focused on supporting and driving the Qualifications transformation strategy in the UK, participating in the work of that team whilst acting as the lead conduit, representation and link back to Enterprise Architecture. This individual must be able to think holistically with respect to the integration and operation of many complex components that are configured in a secure, highly available, and highly distributed, manner. This person is expected to understand technology strategies and have an in depth understanding of the technical standards, specifications and policies that are supported within the UK Qualification Business. This individual would be responsible with the Qualfications team for acting as the EA evangelist and guiding all local solution delivery to be compliant with global standards and overall Pearson vision. The candidate is expected to utilize the adopted tools used to support our SDLC to create, design and deliver solutions, and is expected to comply with all established department and personnel policies.


  • Experience in architecting complex solutions

  • Experience with technology architecting and development tool kits

  • Proven history of being able to communicate vision and persuade adoption

  • Knowledge and experience with web technologies

  • Proven experience of successful software delivery throughout the packaged software implementation lifecycle, including substantial experience of working as a senior architect on multiple projects

  • Proven experience developing successful API, SOA and integration solutions in an enterprise environment on one or more industry standard integration suites on multiple projects

  • Strong skills in critical thinking and analysis, meeting facilitation, verbal and written communications, and interpersonal interactions (e.g., partnering, conflict management, consulting, etc.).

  • Ability to perform complex analysis of customer provided data using company provided tools and systems.

  • Ability to document complex architectural concepts and solutions in both business and technical terms

  • Knowledge of logical data modeling and physical data modeling concepts

  • Knowledge of enterprise architecture design concepts

  • Proven capability to understand and meet requirements from both internal and external customers

  • Experienced in developing software with good non-functional attributes (high performance, low footprint, scalable, robust, secure etc)

  • Proven experience as a successful technical lead, able to guide a technical team effectively

  • Proven experience leading a widely distributed team in a global enterprise.

  • Proven experience with various architecture disciplines such as security, network, operations, and data architecture

  • Experience of integrating with on-site and 3rd party applications

  • Proven track record of working in an agile methodology using some level of continuous integration.

  • Successful design and implementation in a significant transformational project or very large product delivery program

  • Must be on top of current technologies and understand how they might be used to solve challenges today and in the future.

  • Must be able to identify and work with stakeholders to collect, aggregate, and evaluate requirements in light of current and future technology, resources, and budgets

  • Must be able to understand the overall business strategy to ensure components of the architectural vision align with those of management and other stakeholders

  • Must be able to weigh the value of the functionality against the impact of the change to our application ecosystem, resources at hand, and future of the technology landscape


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.

Primary Location: US-NC-Morrisville

Work Locations: US-NC-Morrisville-2250 Perimeter Park 2250 Perimeter Park Drive Suite 140 Morrisville 27560

Job: Technology

Organization: Technology & Operations

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Apr 9, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1805639

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.