Pearson Content Developer (Editor) ELT Primary in London, United Kingdom

Content Developer (Editor) ELT Primary


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Pearson English

Pearson English is the world's largestprovider of English language learning, covering everything from basics forbeginners to boardroom-level business English. More than 1.5 million teachersand 35 million students use our English language learning resources and toolseach year. Through engagement and encouragement we're transforming the processof learning English from a frustrating experience to one of life's highlights,breaking language barriers around the world.

In 2014 Pearson English released the GlobalScale of English, the world’s first common, global benchmark of Englishlanguage learning. It measures English language progress on a numeric scale ina way that is consistent, granular and actionable for governments, corporates,academics, institutions and learners. The Scale has been created as an OpenStandard for English that meets a global need.

Position Overview:

  • The ContentDeveloper leads and manages the content development for a component of aproduct. Working in-house as part of a project team, the Content Developer;

  • Executes plansfor the writing, editing, and production of content throughout its development

  • Collaborates asnecessary with other team members on the instructional design and developmentof prototypes and briefs

  • Implements newworkflows and tools for the continuous improvement of content creation

  • Providesappropriate support and training for team members, writers and editors

Main Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Support theContent Development Manager and Portfolio Manager in the generation of ideasfor concept development and prototype creation

  • Support theContent Development Manager in the instructional design plan for the fullproduct or service

  • Enhance plansand briefs with appropriate detail and instruction in advance of vendorcontracting

  • When necessary,brief external experts, consultants and/or Series Editors on the product orservice

Business Case Stage

  • Develop orcontract development of Proof of Concept content, prototypes, and iterations ofthese at request of Content Development Manager or Portfolio Manager

  • Support ContentDevelopment Manager in forecasting budgets and schedules

Product Development Stage

  • Review andunderstand the approved instructional design, syllabus, course configuration,content map, budget, and schedule from the Portfolio Manager and Senior ContentProducer

  • Support ContentDevelopment Manager in development of comprehensive writing briefs and otherproject documents; keep documents up to date and communicate changes to writersand editors

  • Contract andbrief writers, editors, and/or editorial vendors for assigned components usingstandard vendor agreements; supply them with comprehensive writing briefs,content templates, and templates for art and media briefs

  • Providecontinuous and consistent support to writers, editors, and/or editorial vendorsthroughout the writing and content development process; assist them in the useof content creation tools (standard and proprietary) and content managementtools

  • Review qualityof all contracted work; provide feedback to writers, editors, and/or editorialvendors on any recurring issues related to content creation; when necessaryunder deadline, bring quality of content up to standard through development andrevision

  • Collaborateclosely with in-house designers, art and text researchers, rights managers, andmedia producers before and during all phases of content production

  • Respond toPortfolio Manager queries about budgets and schedule during all phases ofcontent creation

  • Stay up to datewith trends in second language acquisition pedagogy and assessment; stay up todate in ELT market needs and trends; stay up to date with English languagelearning market needs and trends

Supervisory responsibilities:

Supervise freelancers and vendorsthrough continuous monitoring of quality and deadlines; Give frequent andcomprehensive feedback

Key relationships:

Portfolio Manager, ContentDevelopment Manager, Senior Content Producer, Content Developers, EditorialVendors



  • University/Collegedegree in linguistics, foreign language, or related field,

  • Qualificationin teaching English as a second/foreign language (Cert or Diploma in TEFL orTESOL) strongly desired


  • Sound businessand technical acumen, with the ability to navigate a complex and highlymatrixed organization effectively, establishing effective communication linesto multiple stakeholders

  • Ability tojuggle multiple priorities and deadlines, remaining pragmatic andresults-focused

  • Excellentwritten and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills

Prior Experience

  • Publishing/editorial experience is essential

  • Experience inPrimary ELT courses publishing or teaching experience in English as a second orforeign language or in foreign language is essential

  • Experience inmanaging freelance writers and editors is desirable


Primary Location: GB-GB-London

Other Locations GB-GB-Harlow, GB-GB-London

Work Locations: GB-Harlow-Edinburgh Gate Edinburgh Gate Burnt Mill Harlow CM20 2JE

Job: Professional Development

Organization: Global Product

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Sep 20, 2017

Req ID: 1707584