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Pearson Education

Senior Software Developer (2112042)


Senior Developer



Iowa City, Iowa, United States

We are the world’s learning company with more than 21,000 employees operating in 70 countries. 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.

The Senior Software Developer is responsible for analysis, design, unit testing and implementation of solutions within PearsonAccessNext by producing high-quality code for our code and extended code base supporting several School Assessment contracts. You will use industry best practices while working in a team of high-performing professionals. This position is also responsible for maintaining and supporting mission-critical applications as necessary. This requisition is part of

Assessment Technology Services (ATS); which is a part of the larger Assessment Technology Engineering (ATE) group. ATE supports the product development and delivery platforms associated with School, Assessments for both State and National assessments.

The Software Developer will:

  • Implement & Perform - Implement designs following Pearson coding standards and industry best practices; maintain and support mission-critical applications as necessary.
  • Analyze & Design – Support solutions per business and requirement artifacts to effectively model customers’ requirements and support top performance of the platform. Use tooling and best practices to create design models from requirements.
  • Review - Participate in, and lead as appropriate, requirements, design, and code reviews
  • Test & Deployment - Work closely with other roles (e.g., QA, configuration management, end users) to release high quality software. Write and execute unit tests.
  • Quality & Process Improvement - Take part in group improvement activities and initiatives to improve process and product quality in pursuit of excellence.
  • Reporting - Complete project documentation as needed, including logging status, risk, progress, and effort on assigned work.
  • Participate on the team on-call rotation to ensure our customers are given the best experience possible.

The anticipated starting salary range for Colorado-based individuals expressing interest in this position is $80-90k. This position is eligible to participate in an annual incentive program.

Benefits available to eligible employees can be seen at:


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) in Computer Science, MIS (Management Information Systems), or equivalent technology discipline
  • 7+ years designing, developing, and supporting business critical applications
  • 5+ years relevant experience working with Java, XML, and JSON
  • 5+ years relevant experience working with SQL and Non-SQL (MongoDB) database systems
  • 5+ years relevant experience working with UNIX/Linux,
  • 5+ years relevant experience working with scripting languages (e.g. JavaScript, Perl, BASH)
  • Preferred experience working with Pearson centric tools such as JIRA, Bitbucket, Jenkins, ServiceNow.
  • Experience with Java based applications with a strong commitment to learn and grow ability as a Java language-based developer.
  • Experience in Requirement Analysis, Design, and Test Case preparation, Development, Testing, walk-throughs, and Defect Prevention Analysis
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving capability
  • Generate detailed, prompt, process-oriented documentation that describes the operation of the application accurately, concisely, and in a readable manner.
  • Proficient in analysis, Coding, Unit testing, and Defect tracking.
  • Experienced working in agile sprint-based development environment

Desired Qualities:

  • Demonstrated history of strong work ethic and being self-driven
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills
  • Work well as part of a team or as an individual
  • Excellent analytical, communication, and collaboration skills
  • A drive to learn and apply peer feedback
  • Ability to quickly learn new processes and tools, business domains, and technical applications

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

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: 

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: 2112042