Pearson Commissioning Editor / Publisher - Accounting and Finance in Harlow, United Kingdom
Commissioning Editor / Publisher - Accounting and Finance
Your role is to create and manage a market-leading portfolio of innovative learning products that measurably improve learning outcomes and grow and sustain our business, by combining world class content, learning design and innovative learning technology.
In any given market, the Commissioning Editor is the market expert and product owner, who can identify customer problems worth solving, define the right solutions to meet those needs, and lead the commercial creation and management of a portfolio of learning products to best serve that market. The Accounting and Finance Commissioning Editor / Publisher role is an important role in a rewarding environment, offering a high degree of personal autonomy, the opportunity to collaborate with talented people and develop new skills in areas ranging from product innovation to learning science.
Reporting to the Publishing Director you will set the best product strategy for the accounting and finance markets, and define and deliver products that are valuable, effective and successful, by;
Knowing your markets and understanding customer needs
Identifying and assessing the most profitable product opportunities to develop
Building compelling product propositions to serve those opportunities, with appropriate business cases and business models to support them
Defining and developing products to deliver on those value propositions and product-specific learner outcomes
Scouting, signing, developing and managing authors
Leading cross-functional teams to take propositions through the product lifecycle to successful product launch and growth in the market
Maximizing business value from your products, making good decisions on each one to deliver the strongest return on investment.
Managing a portfolio products at all stages of the product lifecycle, including those already in the market
Owning the overall product pipeline and setting the overall product strategy for this market.
Delivering on revenue targets and maintaining a budget.
You will work with content, assessment and learning technology to create the next generation of digital products and learning services that measurably deliver learner outcomes.
Build demonstrable market expertise through deep customer engagement, allowing you to understand market and curriculum dynamics, identify customer needs and create products and services that meet those needs.
Define clear and compelling product portfolios and individual product propositions, in line with Pearson strategy and customer needs.
Define and communicate a clear and comprehensive market strategy and publishing plan – with the evidence to support your vision and the plans to deliver growth targets.
Achieve new product signing and development goals in line with the publishing plan.
Drive validated propositions through our product lifecycle, acting on customer insight and feedback to select, prioritise or refine plans accordingly.
Identify and engage with the key market networks – from author talent to development customers - required to create valuable products.
Make market-focused and commercially sound decisions to maximise the return on investment with each product or application developed.
Develop smart content driven by clear learning outcomes and quality user experiences, and measured by standards and efficacy.
Advocate your portfolio and new products, within the organization and in the market.
Work collaboratively with colleagues – in particular, Digital Strategists, Digital Content Developers, Editors and Marketing Managers - to lead high quality products and services to market and to achieve sales targets
_ Characteristics of this position will be:_
Market facing and expert.You will need to be close to customers, and close to disciplines; identifying opportunities early and representing customer needs at every stage.
Complex and critical. This role is rooted in strategy, product innovation and complex decision-making. You will need to be capable of clear thinking, rigorous analysis and good decision-making.
High-relationship. This role requires frequent, complex and high-level contact with customers, decision-makers, and subject-matter and technology experts. You will need to be visible, engaging and persuasive.
Responsible and accountable.This role will drive a portfolio forward through purposeful and focused product innovation and management, focusing investment and energy on what’s important. You will need to take ownership and show initiative.
Fast changing. This role needs to adapt to constantly changing strategic and market needs, new learning technologies and business models. You will need to be curious and adaptable.
You will have a record of initiative and accomplishment and be able to demonstrate the right qualities to take on this challenging role in a changing market.
You will demonstrate an ability to:
Be market focused and commercially driven.
Bring clarity of thought and direction to market strategy, product innovation and prioritisation; seeing patterns and opportunities, isolating issues and focusing on what’s important.
o Apply effective research techniques to develop and deep understanding of your market
Apply business acumen and effective decision-making; deciding which opportunities to pursue, what solutions will succeed, how to make money and when to move
Apply vision and judgement to bring together content, learning design and learning technology to greatest effect.
Adapt quickly to changing technologies and new working practices, and see their application in higher education markets
Empathise with customer needs, and seek, interpret and act on customer feedback.
Show personal initiative and persistence in solving problems and delivering results
Be a confident, clear and persuasive communicator, particularly in synthesizing, positioning and pitching new products to colleagues and to the market
Demonstrate decisiveness, with excellent organization and project management skills
Work flexibly in a team and inspire those around you
Build strong personal networks in the relevant market communities
Education, Qualifications & Training
Educated to degree level
Relevant experience of publishing or product innovation and product management in a learning environment
A keen interest in how content and technology can combine to support successful learning
Excellent project management skills
Excellent communication (written and verbal), interpersonal and organisational skills
Microsoft office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) skills
What we look for in Pearson people and our commitment to our employees
We think that our role is to help people reach their potential. In return, we expect our people to show a high level of personal motivation and commitment, as well as a willingness to take responsibility and pride in their work - whatever that work is.
We aim to make a measureable difference in the lives of learners everywhere. We expect you to create positive, meaningful, and visible change in an industry that impacts millions of lives worldwide and to give your work profound meaning. You will be shaping the future of an ambitious company that is measurably raising the standard of learning and education globally through innovation.
We are in the learning business so we expect people to be forward-looking and creative in their thinking. We also assume that they will have a genuine passion for our business, and a genuine desire to learn through change, even if it's the smallest new nugget. We want you to take advantage of new career opportunities and directions by working on new innovative projects in a diverse environment.
We do the right thing for learners and colleagues.All our people take accountability and make the right decisions for learners, colleagues and customers. We put the impact on the learner before other considerations, such as personal preference or benefit to a particular team or part of the business.
As an organisation, we are judged on the quality of the products we create. Whether in print or digital learning experiences, the words and visuals should be beautifully and succinctly expressed, and this talent for communication is something we look for when we're recruiting.
Primary Location: GB-GB-Harlow
Other Locations GB-GB-London
Work Locations: GB-Harlow-Kao Park Kao Park London Rd Harlow CM17 9NA
Job: Product Management
Organization: Global Product
Employee Status: Regular Employee
Job Type: Standard
Shift: Day Job
Job Posting: Oct 9, 2017
Req ID: 1716001