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Pearson Manager Software Development in Juneau, Alaska

As Manager of Software Development , you will lead a team of developers and be our resident expert in the area of security, infrastructure, and performance for an assessment creation/management platform called ABBI. ABBI is used by Pearson employees, partners, and clients to build quality assessments for K-12 education and beyond. ABBI is part of a network of systems that are managed by Pearson’s Assessment & Qualifications division and designed to measure learning outcomes.

As a member of the ABBI leadership team, you will participate in release planning, feature prioritization, and long-term planning for the platform. You will serve as the advocate for system stability and security and ensure that appropriate resources are dedicated to these needs. You will engage in a group effort to continually improve our teams’ internal processes, culture, and methods for meeting the needs of our customers.

As the leader of a development team, you will act as scrum master and practice agile software development methodologies. With access to expertise within your team, a Pearson security team, architecture experts, and an external development operations team, you will drive initiatives to keep ABBI fast, secure, and stable. This may include automated performance testing, security scanning routines, penetration testing, disaster recovery and data resiliency planning, infrastructure improvements, data privacy compliance, and hosting cost forecasting. You will act as a liaison with the incident management team to ensure that issues get addressed quickly, potentially routing issues to dev ops or to other ABBI development teams.

As a manager, you will be responsible for mentoring your team members, encouraging professional development, and ensuring that your developers have the guidance, software, and training to succeed. You will promote a culture of respect and collaboration and lead by example. Part of that culture should include pride in quality software development and in the role that Pearson assessment products play in improving education and promoting fairness. Your management style will account for a diverse, geographically dispersed team.

LOCATION: Austin-TX, Iowa City-IA, San Antonio-TX, or remote. Occasional travel to one of our offices should be expected, but mandatory travel would not exceed a frequency of once a quarter.

Strategic Technology Leadership

  • Evaluates new technologies that may be incorporated into future releases of the product

  • Defines work, tracks project issues to completion, and creates clear acceptance criteria

  • Ensures technology adheres to all applicable data privacy and software security requirements

  • Integrates evolving industry best practices into team practices and software development initiatives

Management Skills

  • Builds a highly driven team

  • Demonstrates the highest levels of leadership integrity, openness, and commitment to Pearson’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals

  • Provides opportunities to staff for continuous learning

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors’ degree in Computer Science/Engineering or equivalent

  • Minimum 5 years in a software technology leadership or engineering expertise capacity

  • Experience in agile software development

  • Interest and familiarity in security, performance testing, and infrastructure planning

  • Familiarity with educational assessment preferred

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 pearsonplc.com.

Pearson believes that wherever learning flourishes, so do people. We are committed to being an anti-racist company in everything we do. We value the power of an inclusive culture and 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 a sustainable environment and workplace where talent can learn, grow, and thrive.  

To learn more about Pearson’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, please click here:  http://www.pearson.com/careers/diversity-and-inclusion.html 

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment is decided 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.

Job: TECHNOLOGY

Organization: Assessment & Qualifications

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 7818

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