Project Manager, University Partnerships

Pearson London a month ago


Our Organisation

We are the world’s learning company with more than 20,000 employees, supporting learners in nearly 200 countries worldwide. We combine world-class educational content and assessment, powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people. We’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

At Pearson, we believe in the power of difference. Harnessing the unique skills, perspectives, and backgrounds of every employee helps us foster innovation and create the most effective solutions for learners around the world. That’s why we’re committed to ensuring that diversity and inclusion are embedded into everything we do. We foster a work environment that’s inclusive and diverse — and where our people can be themselves — so we can reflect the customers and learners we serve. You can learn more about our commitment to a diverse and inclusive culture here.

Pearson is delighted to be committed to the Race Charter, and to be confirmed by Stonewall in the Top 100 Employers LGBTQ employers in the UK. We are a Disability Confident committed employer and were recognised in the Best Employers for Diversity 2019 awards. We are featured on The Forbes list of Best D&I Employers and are a Working Mums Top Employer and Age Positive employer. Pearson is listed on both the London and New York Stock Exchanges (UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO). We are proud to offer an exceptional and supportive environment to develop your professional career!

Your Opportunity

  • Project Manager, University Partnerships.

  • Based in Central London office (interim work from home through Covid-19 restrictions).

  • Permanent & full-time working 37.5 hours per week.

  • Salary up to £45k depending on experience.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Project Manager to take a central role in our innovative and growing Pearson Online Learning Services team! We work with world-leading universities throughout the UK to take their qualifications online, enabling them to reach global audiences in the comfort of their own homes. Each university partner is supported by their own dedicated operational business unit, across research, marketing, recruitment, course design and student success services, to support our shared goals for high-quality student experiences and outcomes.

We are looking for a highly motivated Project Manager to support our partnership with the University of Leeds and collaborate on cross-functional projects as required. This role will lead on the planning and implementation of all partnership projects and programme launches. Our successful candidate will demonstrate excellent stakeholder management skills along with the ability to solve problems and support with key decision-making.

Your Key Responsibilities

  • Lead on all aspects of operational delivery for the university partnership with strategic direction set by Senior Project Manager and the Head of Partnership.

  • Lead on programme and project launch planning and delivering to time, cost and quality.

  • Scope out and define requirements for new ideas and projects for the partnership.

  • Act as an initial escalation point for any operational risks or issues raised by internal teams - particularly those that require quick action.

  • Prepare for, organise and conduct meetings with partners as required.

  • Define processes and policies and take responsibility for project documentation, maintaining our partnership policy and procedures manuals.

  • Review of internally produced partner facing documentation to ensure sufficient information and an appropriate tone.

  • Manage and drive forward all projects in the Portfolio Log that arise for the partnership.

  • Identify, report and manage Risks and Issues at portfolio level, including allocation for mitigation/resolution.

  • Update and maintain the Safe Data Handling Policy including regular reviews working with the platforms manager. This should include a detailed list of the data exchanged with RACI.

  • Keep up to date with RAID logs, Action Tracking, Issue Analysis, Online Programme Portfolio and Project Portfolio updates.

Our Successful Candidate

We welcome applications from experienced Project Management professionals, with excellent stakeholder management skills. You’ll be a confident communicator, with the ability to influence change and maintain excellent working relationships with internal/external stakeholders. You’ll be comfortable in assessing risks/issues, problem-solving, multi-tasking and delivering to deadlines.

It would be an advantage to be PRINCE2 qualified, with experience in a Higher Education setting, with knowledge of university regulations and operations. Transform your expertise to a new level - we have many interesting and dynamic projects to look forward to in 2021, therefore now is the ideal time to join our Pearson family. Apply now for a highly rewarding and truly global career!

Your Reward & Benefits

We’ll expect a lot and 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. Our most exciting options are featured below and 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 (up to 30 days).

  • 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.

Our Recruitment Process

Please complete and submit your application before 15 April2021 and ensure that you apply directly on our Pearson Careers website only.

We are reviewing applications regularly, therefore we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Wishing you success with your application! 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.The information you provide will stay confidential, and be stored securely. It will not be seen by those involved in making decisions as part of the recruitment process.



Primary Location : GB-GB-London

Other Locations : GB-Greater London, GB-GB-Harlow, GB-GB-London

Work Locations :

GB-London-80 Strand

80 Strand

LondonWC2R 0RL

Job : Project/Programme Management

Organization : Core

Employee Status : Regular Employee

Job Type : Standard

Job Level : Manager

Shift : Day Job

Travel : No

Job Posting : Apr 9, 2021

Job Unposting : Apr 15, 2021

Schedule: : Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2104721