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Pearson Learning Application Engineer, Lead in Sydney, Australia

Learning Application Engineer, Lead


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 enthusiastic Software Engineer passionate about building global solutions with a proven track record of team technical leadership. You will lead the Studio engineering team and will be responsible for mentoring and supporting your reports, as well as working and collaborating with local/ global team members, product owners, project stakeholders and subject matter experts, to build and deliver highly interactive and incredibly rich learning experiences on Pearson learning platforms.

With your support and leadership, the team members will utilize their knowledge of HTML5, JS (ES6) and CSS, as well as new emerging technologies to build browser (mobile, tablet, desktop) based learning simulations, games and interactions. The content you create will be viewed and consumed by millions of learners worldwide and is vital to the success of the organization’s ambitious digital strategy.

A sample of libraries, frameworks, tools and technologies you will make use of are: ReactJS/ Redux, styled-components/ Less, Jest/ Mocha, Backbone, GraphQL & Apollo, Webpack, Storybook.

Responsibilities include;

  • Provide technical leadership, mentoring and support within the Studio team

  • Build and deliver interactive browser-based learning experiences to a high level of polish

  • Collaborate with fellow Engineers to maintain high standard of code quality

  • Work closely with Product owners, UX/UI Designers, Learning Designers, and Project Managers throughout a project lifecycle

  • Contribute to a large variety of projects

  • Have a solutions based approach to issues that arise


  • Experience in a technical lead role

  • Tertiary qualification in Computer Science/Software Engineering or related field

  • Passion for web development and an ability to work autonomously is essential.

  • Desire to learn new frameworks and technologies

  • Experience working in an agile environment, supported by JIRA

  • Experience in native ES5 & ES6, CSS (ideally a CSS pre-processor) highly regarded

  • Experience with versioning systems (we use gitLab) highly regarded

  • Experience of frontend tooling (grunt/gulp/webpack.etc) 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 3, 2020

Job Unposting: Mar 5, 2020

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2001478

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.