Director of Technology

Stellenbezeichnung: Director of Technology

Firma: Pearson

Arbeitsort / Location: Deutschland

Job Beschreibung: Pearson

Our purpose: At Pearson we ‚add life to a lifetime of learning‘ so everyone can realise the life they imagine. We do this by creating vibrant and enriching learning experiences designed for real-life impact. Pearson was founded in 1844 and has been built on our ability to grow with and adapt to a constantly evolving market. Our 20,000+ employees are dedicated to creating the high-quality, digital-first, accessible and sustainable resources for lifelong learning.

About English Language Learning

In the English Language Learning (ELL) business unit, we aspire to become the world’s leading destination to learn and improve English language skills. Our main focus is on committed learners from around the world, who are motivated by outcomes because they want to reach their full potential through learning English.

Role Overview

Do you want to be part of the biggest digital transformation in the EdTech and help people around the world to learn languages and realize their dreams?

The English Language Learning (ELL) division of Pearson is looking for a talented and motivated professional to join our growing team as Director of Engineering for Mondly.

Reporting to the ELL CTO, you will grow an engineering organization to drive the continuous evolution of ELL digital products and applications. You will support the post acquisition integration journey of Mondly into ELL and drive key activities for successful delivery of the Direct to Consumer journey of Mondly and ELL. You will lead teams of technical experts to build amazing digital products and mobile applications leveraging the latest technologies in the AR/VR space as well as Generative AI.

High Level Responsibilities

Accountable for deep understanding of the needs of the customer and market demands, and for collaborating with Product Management and stakeholders to define and drive a vision and road map for Mondly ecosystem.

Accountable for managing support for existing products and services, as well as the development of new products and services. Owns on time and on budget delivery of projects conducted within the area.

Define strategic investments for technology in Mondly and manage the portfolio’s overall budget in coordination with ELL CTO and the Mondly CFO

Accountable for scaling up and industrialize the software development processes to deliver products enhancements and new solutions at scale

Modernize the way software is delivered and applications roadmaps are managed

Partner with Product Directors to align on the strategic directions and maintain a pipeline of demands for digital solutions, prioritize them, and drive their rollout and deployment globally

Defining an automation testing strategy for Mondly apps and products and be accountable for its implementation

Define DevSecOps strategy for Mondly apps and products and be accountable for its implementation

Accountable for audits remediations and risks mitigations

Accountable for overall security and compliance for Mondly apps and products

Owning the sourcing strategy for the technology area within Mondly and execute on the hiring plans for ramping up and growing the current tech teams

Driving the activities of post-acquisition of Mondly to fully integrate it into Pearson/ELL, e.g. systems integration, tools migration, processes adoptions, etc.

Driving the alignment to the broader integration of Mondly products and apps in the broader Pearson ecosystem

Create an environment of continuous improvement through mentoring, feedback, and coaching

Drive innovation within a fast-paced agile environment

Role model a culture of partnership, teamwork, innovation and diversity, equity & inclusion

Promote a highly collaborative, customer-centric, data-driven culture that challenges norms with a bias to action support diversity of thoughts, experiences, and approaches to solve challenges

Experience in working with multinational, multicultural, and distributed teams;

Advanced English, both in spoken and written communication.

Qualifications & Skills

Degree in Software engineering or Computer Science (or equivalent experience)

Extensive experience in ramping up and scale up software development teams, especially focused on Mobile applications

A broad engineering background and deep experience leading full-stack teams in mobile development on both iOS and Android in the Direct to Consumer world

Proven success developing and delivering complex, scalable, and highly reliable solutions.

Prior experience as a Director of Engineering at an established, high-growth technology company. Ideally you have served as an engineering leader in a successful, dynamic startup (startup experience is highly desired).

Strong experience in Scrum/Agile and an interest in helping the team develop agreements and processes around that methodology.

Strong understanding of emerging technologies and software engineering methodologies

Data driven mindset and knowledge of data analytics solutions

Relevant experience in managing and mentoring SW engineering teams in a complex and matrix organization as well as in building relationships with senior stakeholders

Experience in negotiating and managing contracts and relationships with external vendors

Prior experience in managing OPEX and CAPEX investments

Relationship management skills and the ability to use them to drive value both within and externally

Possesses a global outlook and approach

Passion for education and learning

Experience in working with multinational, multicultural and distributed teams

Diversity: At Pearson we value the power of an inclusive culture and a strong sense of belonging. We promote a culture where differences are embraced as strengths and opportunities are equal and accessible.

Flexible working: Pearson is committed to hybrid working practices and has adopted flexible remote and virtual working. Where possible our employees can choose to manage their attendance to the office more flexibly.

How to apply: Thank you for your interest in applying for a role at Pearson. Please submit an updated CV and cover letter (optional) in English. If you have any additional questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

We look forward to receiving your application – Pearson Recruitment

What to expect from Pearson

Did you know Pearson is one of the 10 most innovative education companies of 2022?

At Pearson, we add life to a lifetime of learning so everyone can realize the life they imagine. We do this by creating vibrant and enriching learning experiences designed for real-life impact. We are on a journey to be 100 percent digital to meet the changing needs of the global population by developing a new strategy with ambitious targets. To deliver on our strategic vision, we have five business divisions that are the foundation for the long-term growth of the company: Assessment & Qualifications, Virtual Learning, English Language Learning, Workforce Skills and Higher Education. Alongside these, we have our corporate divisions: Digital & Technology, Finance, Global Corporate Marketing & Communications, Human Resources, Legal, Strategy and Direct to Consumer. Learn more at We are Pearson.

We value the power of an inclusive culture and also 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 building a workplace where talent can learn, grow and thrive.

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We want a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment decisions are 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. We strive for a workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities.

To learn more about Pearson’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, navigate to: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Pearson.

If you are an individual with a disability and are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career site as a result of your disability, you may request reasonable accommodations by emailing ppsmhr@pearson.com.

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Organization: English Language Learning

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 12506


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