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Pearson Development Director in Sydney, Australia

Development Director


At Pearson, we're committed to a world that's always learning. As the world’s leading learning company, we are continuously investing in a comprehensive blend of digital learning formats, printed texts, educator training resources, assessments, services and online assets.

Our Sydney-based edtech team is the latest stage in our evolution. Drawing from an innovative, start-up culture, we operate as a stand-alone unit of software engineers, learning designers and technologists, pioneering the next generation of online learning technologies and experiences that will scale to millions of students worldwide.

We are seeking an experienced senior engineering manager that will grow and lead our innovative technology platform engineering team. You will have a well-honed balance of technical, process and people skills plus the demonstrated ability to build high-performing teams. This role will work alongside the local leadership team.

Key Accountabilities;

  • You will lead and manage the platform engineering team on a day to day basis, with a focus on continually improving the team’s software engineering and delivery function by:

  • enhancing our engineering capabilities and team culture

  • working closely with product and project teams in an agile environment in order to ensure engineering meets overall team goals

  • managing, leading, coaching and mentoring members of the engineering teams

  • driving best practices, thinking and philosophy across all engineering team members

  • growing the team to 20 engineers in the upcoming months

  • integrating remote resources (or teams) and external developers as needed

  • amplifying our team culture of taking initiative, delivering open and honest communication, being curious and a constant learner.


  • Tertiary qualifications in Technology (mandatory)

  • 5 years hands-on, software engineering background

  • Experience in leading, managing and growing engineering teams of 10

  • Previous experience driving software engineering strategy

  • Hands on experience with various aspects of people leadership including; performance management, mentoring and coaching

  • Experienced with iterative / Agile software development as well as more traditional methodologies

  • Agile Certifications (highly regarded)

  • Exposure to large scale, web-based SaaS systems development (highly regarded).


  • Our Surry Hills office is around the corner from Central Station and near to Sydney’s best restaurants, cafes and bars.

  • Bonus leave day, to invest in your learning

  • Discounted personal benefits, including Travel & Health Insurance

If you are as passionate as we are about changing lives through learning, then help us to learn more about you and why you want to work with Pearson. Click ‘Apply Now’ to create your application online.

At Pearson, we value the employee journey and pride ourselves in building an inclusive and diverse culture.


Primary Location: AU-NSW-Sydney

Job: Product Management

Organization: Global Product

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Feb 5, 2020

Job Unposting: Mar 7, 2020

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2001464

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.