Pearson Content Development Manager ELT, Secondary in Warsaw, Poland

Content Development Manager ELT, Secondary


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Position Overview:

The Content Development Manager leads and manages the content creation for a product or service. Working in-house as part of a project team, the Content Creation Manager:

Creates and executes plans for the writing, editing, and production of content throughout its development

Collaborates with other team members on the instructional design and development of prototypes and briefs and on researching and testing the efficacy of the product or service throughout its development

Champions new workflows for the continuous improvement of content creation

Main Duties and Responsibilities:


Support the Portfolio Manager in the generation of ideas for concept development and prototype creation

Support the Portfolio Manager in the analysis of market testing, in planning the instructional design for the full product or service, including assessment components, based on the Global Scale of English

Enhance instructional design plans and briefs with appropriate detail in advance of contracting writers and editor

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

With Publisher, validate that prototype(s) have the product features that respond to stated customer needs

Business Case Stage

Forecast content creation costs to feed into the budgeting process

Forecast time necessary for writing and development tasks to feed into the scheduling process

Develop or contract development of Proof of Concept content, prototypes, and iterations of these at request of the Publisher

Product Development Stage

Review competitor analysis and other evaluation materials, and support the Portfolio Manager and Senior Content Producer in creating instructional design, syllabus, course configuration, content map, budget, and schedule

Lead in the development of comprehensive writing briefs

Work with Content Development Director, Portfolio Manager and Senior Content Producer to plan and execute short- and long-term resourcing and training needs

Contract and brief writers and editors for assigned components using standard vendor agreements; supply them with comprehensive writing briefs, content templates, and templates for art and media briefs; update briefs and communicate updates to editorial vendors

Provide continuous and consistent support to writers and editors throughout the writing and content development process; assist writers and editors in the use of content creation tools (standard and proprietary) and content management tools

Review quality of all contracted work; provide feedback to editors and writers on any recurring issues related to content creation; when necessary under deadline, bring quality of content up to standard through development and revision

Collaborate closely with in-house designers, art and text researchers, rights managers, and media managers before and during all phases of content production

Respond to Portfolio Manager queries about budgets and schedule during all phases of content creation

Stay up to date with trends in second language acquisition pedagogy and assessment; stay up to date in ELT market needs and trends; stay up to date with English language learning market needs and trends

Supervisory responsibilities:

Manage in-house Content Development Specialists in all phases of content creation

For direct reports, give regular performance feedback; conduct formal performance reviews as required

Supervise freelancers and vendors through continuous monitoring of quality and deadlines; Give frequent and comprehensive feedback

Key relationships:

Portfolio Manager, Content Producer, Content Development Specialists, Editorial Vendors, Content Development Director




University/College degree in linguistics, foreign language,or related field, or qualification in teaching English as a second/foreignlanguage (Cert or Diploma in TEFL or TESOL)


Sound business and technical acumen, with the ability tonavigate a complex and highly matrixed organization effectively, establishingeffective communication lines to multiple stakeholders

Ability to juggle multiple priorities and deadlines,remaining pragmatic and results-focused.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills andinterpersonal skills

Prior Experience:

At least three years teaching and/or editorial experience inELT, linguistics, or foreign language

Experience in managing in-house staff, freelance writers andeditors


Primary Location: PL-PL-Warsaw

Work Locations: PL-Warsaw-Smamocka 8 Szamocka 8 Warsaw 01-748

Job: Publishing

Organization: Global Product

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jun 12, 2017

Req ID: 1703996