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Pearson Vice President, Product Engineering in Salt Lake City, Utah

About Pearson VUE:

At Pearson VUE (www.pearsonVUE.com), we believe learning takes us from potential to progress. That’s why we deliver the high-stakes exams that help industries and individuals make an impact on their professions, communities, and the lives of others. Our customers’ high-stakes certification, licensure, admissions, and other credentialing exams help people advance in technology, government and professional careers, as well as attain educational growth. Pearson VUE offers proctored exams through the world's largest network of test centers in addition to testing in online and unproctored environments. Our Products and Technology team powers our business to deliver over 19 million exams annually at 20,000 test centers in 188 countries.

Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson, the world's leading learning company with global-reach and market-leading businesses. Pearson is listed on both the London and New York stock exchanges (UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO). For more information, visit www.pearson.com. As a global business, we understand the critical link between technology and business strategy and integrate them closely to help people succeed in their lifetime of learning. From leadership to stable teams, we foster collaboration and teamwork towards building a collective “we” culture in everything.


The VP, Product Engineering leads high performing teams responsible for critical exam creation and delivery software at Pearson VUE. This includes the rapidly growing area of remote proctoring (test at home), which has become a critical part of our certification industry. The VP, Product Engineering also has responsibility for the Test Security team, which manages a critical roadmap of special projects designed to improve the security posture across our entire organization. This leadership position will report into Farzana Ashraf, Senior Vice President & CTO, Product & Technology. https://bit.ly/3m3BZbF

What does this role do?

  • Responsible 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 road map.

  • 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.

  • Drives project delivery practices, processes and improvements.

  • Manages the portfolio’s overall budget, which includes understanding and managing to funding direction in coordination with CTO and Finance team.

  • Responsible for a team of management leaders, who own the day-to-day staffing, support, and development processes of the various key service areas. Is intimately familiar with each area, and able to assist the managers with addressing difficult problems and developing improvement strategies.

  • Ensures success in developing strong teams across the organization, with proper succession planning for key roles. Includes recruiting and retention strategies, and development of a positive and vital work environment.

  • Responsible for representing and communicating key service areas strategies, plans, and capabilities, both internally to executive and stakeholder teams, and externally to clients.

What are some of the expectations?

  • An openness to think outside the box and actively participate in working with various projects, platforms, products, and teams across the company

  • Ability to focus on innovative solutions and new opportunities for our technology, products and services

  • Clear leadership philosophy and focus

  • Hire and retain the best talent

  • Create a culture that keeps everyone at the top of their game

  • See initiatives through to on-time completion

  • Ensure a high competence bar for individual team members

What will you bring?

  • Strong understanding of modern, large scale, systems development practices

  • Effective management style, with a flexible, decisive and supportive manner

  • Effective in building and maintaining a highly productive team

  • Ability to communicate clearly, confidently, and with widely different audiences

  • Ability to effectively manage stress and pressure

  • Understanding of the techniques necessary for managing broad scope

  • Ability to identify and develop strong technology and organizational leaders

  • Excellent decision-making skills

  • Ability to maintain core value and high ethics in various situations

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience

  • 10+ years of technology management experience

  • Background in executive level management

  • Proven track record of successfully leading multiple teams through to deliver business goals and requirements

More about us:

  • Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion - we pride ourselves in nurturing a culture that encourages everyone to bring their full selves to work each day. To us, diversity and inclusion needs to be intentional to be impactful. We don’t just welcome differences, we celebrate them.

  • The opportunity to participate in charitable or community initiatives to make a difference through volunteering.

  • Collaboration on and delivery of strategic initiatives and meaningful projects with a highly skilled team, while advancing the knowledge and skills of you and your team.

  • Fast-paced environment with various internal learning and development offerings for upskilling and continuing education.

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.


Organization: Assessment & Qualifications

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 5454