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Pearson Qualifications Delivery Manager in Sheffield, United Kingdom

About the role

This role sits in the Operational Delivery Governance and Implementation team in Pearson UK. The ODG&I team is a vital cog in ensuring the success of the qualifications business, and Pearson as a whole.

What's most important for the successful candidate is the right attitude and approach to the role - you must be:

  • Positive,

  • Collaborative,

  • Organised and a

  • Problem Solver

This role will be varied and demanding, going beyond standard Delivery or Project Management, to cover a multitude of issues and projects with a variety of skills needed.


Delivery Management:

  • To oversee the end to end delivery of designated qualifications or qualification suites,

  • To manage risks and issues within the relevant qualification, co-ordinating teams and enabling collaborative problem-solving,

  • To create and manage delivery schedules for the operational business calendar,

  • To support fellow delivery managers in delivery of other qualification suites as needed.

Project Management:

  • Responsible for the management of delivery related projects (or projects) with a view to achieving the benefits expected in the business case (to the business and/or customers),

  • Developing and maintaining plans and schedules for the assigned project(s),

  • Ensuring we deliver the project to budget and the defined quality standards,

  • Coordinate project teams, collaborating with workstream leads, business owners and subject matter experts,

  • Collaborate and coordinate with other internal teams and suppliers to ensure changes are viable and effective.

  • Ensure changes to scope are managed, and risks and issues are managed.

Risk Management:

  • Responsible for the management of risk in qualification delivery and assigned projects,

  • Identify, measure and record risks, ensuring that adequate mitigation and contingency is in place.

Development Benefits for you:

  • By learning the key tenets of Delivery Management you will gain a broad understanding of how Pearson Qualifications work, end to end, and insight into the business as a whole,

  • You will gain understanding of the interrelation between departments, processes and business areas,

  • You will learn the key tenets of change and project Management and you can be a champion for effective change and project management skills in the Qualifications business,

  • Learn about managing change, and the change curve, agreeing and leading on any change strategy; such as phases of adoption and risk profile,

  • Support, train and build change culture with stakeholders across Pearson UK’s qualifications businesses, adopting new solutions.


  • To ensure successful delivery of qualifications end to end, from inception to results.

  • Build relationships with key international colleagues, and operations, technology and delivery teams.

  • Identify, measure and record risks, ensuring that adequate mitigation and contingency is in place for all projects.

  • Ensure visibility on progress for senior management and the qualifications senior management teams.


The successful candidate will be driven, diligent, with good interpersonal skills, and the ability to deliver change in a fast-paced and challenging environment.

Essential Skills :

  • Excellent written and verbal communication.

  • Excellent analytical skills.

  • Confident with data and data analysis.

  • Skilled Stakeholder management.

  • Attention to detail.

Desirable :

  • Experience leading a team or virtual team.

  • Project Management experience and/or certification (e.g. PRINCE 2, Agile).

Your Reward & Benefits

We know you’ll do great work, so we give a lot back with some of the best benefits in the business. We know that one size doesn’t fit all, so our workplace programmes meet the different needs of our diverse teams and their families too. There is a range of options, too many to list here, but when you join our Pearson family you can look forward to:

  • A starting holiday of 25 days plus UK public holidays and you’ll earn 1 additional day’s holiday per year you work with us.

  • Generous pension scheme where we match and double what you contribute.

  • Maternity, paternity, and family care leave as well as flexible work policies.

  • Stock/share purchase options.

  • Healthcare and dental plans, and an employee wellbeing assistance programme for you and your family to help balance work, family, and personal life.

  • Cycle to work program, gym membership concessions in selected office locations, along with retail and leisure discounts.

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 equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate against employees or job applicants and select the best person for each job based on relevant skills and experience.

We are also committed to building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce and encouraging equality and diversity.

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Organization: Assessment & Qualifications

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 7733