Pearson Manager Continuous Improvement in Hoboken, New Jersey
Manager Continuous Improvement
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.
Pearson’s Information Technology team designs, builds, and delivers global, foundational technology platforms that support Pearson’s vision of connecting with every learner, on any device, anywhere in the world, and to improve their lives through education.
Pearson’s Information Technology teams drive technology strategy. To support the above and to ensure successful delivery for technology in Pearson we need a robust processes and governance for the financial management for project and BAU spend.
The role will ensure that the work is prioritised and supported through delivery, ensuring Technology is set-up for success in terms of meeting goals and delivery value.
SCOPE AND IMPACT OF JOB
The PPP-COE Manager will work within Pearson’s Information Technology Portfolio & Program Management team, reporting to the Portfolio Director.
The primary responsibility will be to provide governance over projects and BAU spend to ensure they are following the correct processes and delivering to our financial targets. This will require working closely with the CIO directs or delegates and the Finance business partner to effectively communicate processes; monitor and maintain accurate and timely information and participate in continuous improvement exercises.
The PPP-COE Manager responsibilities will include the following tasks:
Work closely with CIO directs to ensure visibility to project and BAU budgets, highlighting poor performance areas and variances that need to be addressed and also making recommendations to either meet spend or savings targets
Work with all of the Info Tech team to ensure that all technology spend requests follow the correct processes
Work closely with project managers to ensure good clean financial management and timely reconciliations
Implement and lead in the development and implementation of 'fit-for-purpose' financial management controlsand advocating for unified IT Ways of Working
Work with the Finance business partner to address issues and clear blockers where appropriate
Act as lead point of contact for the roll out of TEP and implementation of processes and ways of working as the program delivers functionality globally
Workstream/Line management Responsibilities:
Work supportively and collaboratively within Portfolio team and Finance teams
Build relationships and trust with key stakeholders to support program delivery and adoption of enterprise architecture
Communicate in line with program communications and plans with team and wider stakeholders
Matrixed reporting of all technical stakeholders responsible for a solution
Support the relevant project technical teams to deliver effectively
Manage 2 people within the PPP-COE team and provide support to other key collaborators
Understanding and supporting simplified processes around financial management & reporting across the whole of technology
Ensuring understanding and adoption of the processes, tools and templates in a global environment
Working in a matrixed and virtual environment
Working with a number of stakeholders: externally, internally and internationally
Working on multiple projects and tasks at one time
Working as part of a global team and thinking globally
Working with a global customer base and engaging effectively and collaboratively with people from different cultures
Some out of hours working will be required to support the global organization
Building internal confidence in a situation of consistent change
Essential Skills and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree required
5 years experience in working within a global PMO or Portfolio function or with delivering global programs throughout the software development lifecycle
Strong attention to detail and project management skills
Strong skills in meeting facilitation, verbal and written communications, and interpersonal interactions (e.g. partnering, conflict management, consulting, etc.).
Strong analytical & problem solving skills to remove obstacles and proactively solve problems
Proven capability to understand and meet requirements from both internal and external customers
Proficient in Microsoft and Google productivity applications (e.g., Excel, Word, Docs, Sheets, Hangouts, etc.)
Proven ability to work independently, remotely, and under pressure to successfully meet deadlines
Desirable Skills and Experience
Experience with Portfolio and delivery tools such as Planview, Jira
Experience in the Education industry and specifically with education technology sector
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-NJ-Hoboken
Other Locations US-MD-Baltimore, US-NC-Morrisville
Work Locations: US-NJ-Hoboken-221 River 221 River Street Hoboken 07030
Organization: Technology & Operations
Employee Status: Regular Employee
Job Type: Standard
Shift: Day Job
Job Posting: Mar 5, 2018
Job Unposting: Ongoing
Schedule: Full-time Regular
Req ID: 1803471