Content Developer, Primary ELT
Pearson Education Ltd
Harlow, United Kingdom
21d ago

Position Overview :

The Content Developer leads and manages the content development for a component of a product. Working in-house as part of a project team, the Content Developer :

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

collaborates as necessary with other team members on the instructional design and development of prototypes and briefs

implements new workflows and tools for the continuous improvement of content creation

provides appropriate support and training for team members, writers and editors

Main Duties and Responsibilities :


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

Support the Content Development Manager in the instructional design plan for the full product or service

Enhance plans and briefs with appropriate detail and instruction in advance of vendor contracting

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

Business Case Stage

Develop or contract development of Proof of Concept content, prototypes, and iterations of these at request of Content Development Manager or Portfolio Manager

Support Content Development Manager in forecasting budgets and schedules

Product Development Stage

Review and understand the approved instructional design, syllabus, course configuration, content map, budget, and schedule from the Portfolio Manager and Senior Content Producer

Support Content Development Manager in development of comprehensive writing briefs and other project documents; keep documents up to date and communicate changes to writers and editors

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

  • Provide continuous and consistent support to writers, editors, and / or editorial vendors throughout the writing and content development process;
  • assist them in the use of content creation tools (standard and proprietary) and content management tools

  • Review quality of all contracted work; provide feedback to writers, editors, and / or editorial vendors 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 producers 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 :

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

    Key relationships :

    Portfolio Manager, Content Development Manager, Senior Content Producer, Content Developers, Editorial Vendors

    Qualifications :

    University / College degree in linguistics, foreign language, or related field,

    Qualification in teaching English as a second / foreign language (Cert or Diploma in TEFL or TESOL) strongly desired

    Skills / Knowledge

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

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

    Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills

    Prior Experience

    Publishing / Editorial and teaching experience in English as a second or foreign language or in foreign languages

    Experience in managing freelance writers and editors

    Schedule : Full-time Regular

    Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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