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Pearson Technology Director - Mondly applications in Spain

About Pearson: Our purpose: At Pearson we ‘add life to a lifetime of learning’ so everyone can realise the life they imagine. We do this by creating vibrant and enriching learning experiences designed for real-life impact. Pearson was founded in 1844 and has been built on our ability to grow with and adapt to a constantly evolving market. Our 20,000+ employees are dedicated to creating the high-quality, digital-first, accessible and sustainable resources for lifelong learning.

About ELL (English Language Learning): 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 Purpose

The Engineering Director will grow an engineering organization to drive the continuous evolution of ELL digital products and applications. The Employee will support the post-acquisition integration journey of Mondly by Pearson into the ELL division and drive key activities for successful delivery of the Direct to Consumer journey of Mondly by Pearson and ELL. The Director of Technology will lead teams of technical experts to build amazing digital products and mobile applications leveraging the latest technologies in the AR/VR space as well as Generative AI.

The Employee will report to the VP CTO ELL and operate as part of the Technology team.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Accountable 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 roadmap for the Mondly by Pearson ecosystem.

  • 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.

  • Define strategic investments for technology in Mondly by Pearson and manage the portfolio’s overall budget in coordination with the ELL CTO and the Mondly by Pearson CFO.

  • Accountable for scaling up and industrializing the software development processes to deliver products enhancements and new solutions at scale.

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

  • Partner with Product Management to align on the strategic directions and maintain a pipeline of demands for digital solutions, prioritize them, and drive their rollout and deployment globally.

  • Define an automation testing strategy for the Mondly by Pearson’s apps and products and be accountable for its implementation.

  • Define DevSecOps strategy for the Mondly by Pearson’s apps and products and be accountable for its implementation.

  • Accountable for audits remediations and risks mitigations.

  • Accountable for overall security and compliance for the Mondly by Pearson’s apps and products.

  • Own the sourcing strategy for the technology area within Mondly by Pearson and execute on the hiring plans for ramping up and growing the current tech teams.

  • Drive the activities of post-acquisition of Mondly by Pearson to fully integrate it into Pearson/ELL, e.g. systems integration, tools migration, processes adoptions, etc.

  • Drive the alignment to the broader integration of Mondly by Pearson products and apps in the broader Pearson ecosystem.

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

  • Drive innovation within a fast-paced agile environment.

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

  • Recruit, retain and develop top talents.

  • Provide inspirational, value driven leadership to the team such that they develop and are confident and capable in execution.

  • Provide direction, guidance and training to their direct team; manage the onboarding plan of new employees and ensure consistency around practices, tools and technologies used inside the team.

  • Participate in and champion a highly collaborative, customer-centric, data-driven culture that challenges norms with a bias to action; support diversity & inclusiveness of thoughts, experiences, and approaches to solve challenges.

  • Duly observe all applicable health and safety laws and regulations.

Experience & Skills

  • Extensive experience in ramping up and scaling up software development teams, 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 a 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

  • 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

  • Experience in negotiating and managing contracts and relationships with external vendors

  • Prior experience in managing OPEX and CAPEX investments

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

  • Possesses a global outlook and approach

  • Passion for education and learning

  • Experience in working with multinational, multicultural and distributed teams

  • Experience in working with multinational, multicultural, and distributed teams

  • Change Management & Organizational Effectiveness experience

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including peer and leader relationship building

  • Evident fluency in English, being confident in speaking, reading and writing communication

Our Benefits:

  • 24 Days annual leave (increasing by 1 day with every 2 years of continuous service up to 30 days)

  • Life insurance

  • Food & Transport Allowance

  • Flexible work schedule

  • Discounts on books and access to digital content and other development and training

Location: Spain, remote or hybrid*.

*If you live in Madrid you will be able to enjoy our brand-new office because we a have a hybrid working model policy in place.

What to expect from Pearson

Did you know Pearson is one of the 10 most innovative education companies of 2022?

At Pearson, we add life to a lifetime of learning so everyone can realize the life they imagine. We do this by creating vibrant and enriching learning experiences designed for real-life impact. We are on a journey to be 100 percent digital to meet the changing needs of the global population by developing a new strategy with ambitious targets. To deliver on our strategic vision, we have five business divisions that are the foundation for the long-term growth of the company: Assessment & Qualifications, Virtual Learning, English Language Learning, Workforce Skills and Higher Education. Alongside these, we have our corporate divisions: Digital & Technology, Finance, Global Corporate Marketing & Communications, Human Resources, Legal, Strategy and Direct to Consumer. Learn more at We are Pearson.

We value the power of an inclusive culture and also a strong sense of belonging. We promote a culture where differences are embraced, opportunities are accessible, consideration and respect are the norm and all individuals are supported in reaching their full potential. Through our talent, we believe that diversity, equity and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant place to work. People are at the center, and we are committed to building a workplace where talent can learn, grow and thrive.

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We want a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment decisions are based on qualifications, merit and business need. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status or any other group protected by law. We strive for a workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities.

To learn more about Pearson’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, navigate to: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Pearson.

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Job: TECHNOLOGY

Organization: English Language Learning

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 14585

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