Senior Program Manager

Pearson - Columbia, MD3.8


At Pearson, 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.

We are looking for a Senior **Program Manager** to work out our Columbia, Maryland office or one of several Pearson offices. This role will be responsible for the coordination of multiple projects related to Pearson's Online Blended Learning programs and will steer, lead, and control projects to a successful completion including business benefit delivery, on-schedule, on-budget.

Additionally in this role, one will work with constituent Program Leads and Project Managers to monitor cost, schedule, and technical performance of component projects and operations, while working to ensure the ultimate success of the program.

**What you will be doing…**

  • Engage senior management sponsors in a collaborative, confident, professional and influential manner to develop project and program objectives, deliverables, scope and structure, and provide weekly & monthly performance reporting against program objectives to stakeholders
  • Support product development initiatives, promoting cross-functional collaboration and integration while achieving targeted benefits and goals
  • Lead project planning in a wide cross-functional environment
Recommend improvements to project management policies and guidelines

**What we are looking for…**

Our ideal candidate will have broad project management expertise and deep knowledge of digital education product development and Agile software development lifecycles. You will use your advanced skills to contribute to the development of company objectives/principles, and to achieve goals in creative and effective ways. Having a financial and technical background is an added plus!


**Required Knowledge and Experience: **

  • 5-10 years program management, project management, product development, Agile SAFe methodologies, product development operations, or strategy analyst experience, or equivalent.
  • Comfortable working in tech-based product environment usually associated with education product development, software development to include requirements analysis, product design, change and configuration management, testing and deployment
  • Experience in both project managing large complex projects ($2m /yr), and Program managing complex multi-sub-project programs to successful conclusions
  • Demonstrated experience in problem solving, development and maintenance of schedules of varying granularity
  • Ability to establish management processes for the program, provide performance reporting, educate the organization on Project Management, drive schedule and sub-schedule creation and adherence, demonstrate high ethics and values; knowledge of methods, processes, tools, etc. associated with software development
  • Sufficient product and process knowledge to support decomposition, planning, assessment of progress and an ability to manage risks
  • Goal oriented Leader with action-focused, pragmatic and self-disciplined abilities; solid organization, communication, and team motivation skills
  • Negotiation/persuasive collaboration
  • Process analysis, documentation and mapping strengths
  • Ability to perform well under pressure
**Formal Education or Equivalent: **

  • Minimum BA/BS in a Project Management, Finance, Economics, Business Management, Computer Science, Logistics, or education related discipline
  • PMP Certification or Process Management is preferred!
  • Expertise in Lean and/or Six Sigma a plus is preferred!
Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

**Primary Location: ** US-MD-Columbia

**Job: ** Project/Programme Management

**Organization: ** North America Connections

**Employee Status: ** Regular Employee

**Job Type: ** Standard

**Shift: ** Day Job

**Job Posting: ** Aug 1, 2019

**Job Unposting: ** Ongoing

**Schedule: ** Full-time Regular

**Req ID: ** 1908846

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.