IT Project Manager

5 - 7 years experience  •  Education.

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/26/17
Iowa City, IA
5 - 7 years experience
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/26/17


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe.We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other tosurpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

The IT Project Manager (ITPM) isresponsible for managing technology projects using a variety oftechnologyplatforms. Operational excellence, market leadership, and innovation are ourleading principles when delivering our programs.

TheIT Project Manager ensures effective and efficient delivery of the technicalcomponents of an assessment programThe tasks associated with this technologydelivery scope are grouped into two categories: 1) generalprojectmanagement and; 2) technology project execution . The following is anoverview of the specific activities within each category and a quantificationof average time spent by staff across each category.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

General Project Management - 40%

Thefollowing tasks are performed regularly by the ITPM and though the scope andlevel of complexity vary basedon the program or projectthe fundamental tasksremain consistent.

  • Schedule development and management - Createthe plan and schedule for technology tasks related to a given project.Thesetasks are mapped to the master schedule maintained by the Client Services Teamand are aligned to one or more critical milestones as indicated and reported onthrough KeyedIn. The ITPM will workwithinternal Assessment Technology Engineering (ATE) functional teams, Client Servicesand other functional areas to baseline a project schedule that is mutuallyagreed upon and meets on time customer deliverables.

  • Project management – lead regular project status meetings and work with internalATE project resources including, Delivery Business Analysts, Data Analysts,Operational Processing Leads, and testers to monitor day to day progress ofschedule activities, mitigates schedule misses with teams and escalates to ATEleadership and/or Client Services as appropriate.

  • Cost (hours) tracking and management -Monitoring and reporting of actual hours worked on a given projectcompared toannual plan, quarterly forecast, and monthly variance reports. Actions aretaken based on reviews of this information with technology line managers,program technology managers on corrective actions or scope adjustments.

  • Risk and issue management -Identify and document risks to technology delivery and issues if and when arisk is realized. Formal entry of risks and issues is completed within ServiceNow and related project-specific risk registers.

Technology ProjectExecution - 60%

Thefollowing tasks are performed daily by the ITPM and require in-depth knowledgeof the software development lifecycle (SDLC), Pearson’s assessment products,the enabling platforms (Jira, ServiceNow, AWS), and all technical requirementsand related configurations.

  • Engineering work breakdown and prioritization -Specify the detailed, lowest level tasks required to complete technologyengineering and delivery work. Determine ownership and communicate these tasksto the appropriate technical staff or department manager. Monitor progress andreset project priorities as needed based oncapacity constraints or otherfactors up and down stream.

  • Product development story management - Basedon project requirements, determine the engineering stories required to forprogram deliverables, and enter into the appropriate instance of Jira. Trackprogress ofengineering stories and resolve blocks and related inquiries frombusiness analysts, developers, and testers.

  • Production incidents and defect resolution - Basedon internal inputs or experiences in the field, enter defect details andrelated information into ServiceNow and partner with Incident Management andOperational Processing Lead to determine issue ownership and necessaryresolution across Product Development, ProgramDelivery, Program Validation andCustomer Data Quality teams. . Ensure the defect(s) are prioritizedappropriately within Incident Management and verify the resolution prior toapproving the closing of one or more ServiceNow tickets.

  • Technology change management -Implement process changes and implement new/modified tools across theportfolioof programs and projects for which Assessment Technology is accountable,including: refined packaging & distribution inputs; modified data fileinputs for report production and assembly; and changes totechnologyinfrastructure and related allocations. Manage and track progress for routine migrationsto production environments (e.g. configurations, testmaps)


Required Education and Skills

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent required. PMP certification desired.

  • minimum of five (5) years of experience in technology project management, or software development with lead or manager responsibilities preferred. Five (5) years of experience in systems design and development desired.

  • Ability to understand, analyze, and communicate technical designs, project issues, and project status is required.

  • Experience supporting customer facing, high-volume, mission critical applications strongly preferred.

  • Familiarity with MS Project, KeyedIn (or similar project tools) preferred.

Other Requirements

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage project commitments to achieve quality solutions.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and lead project resources.

  • Proven ability to adhere to software project management best practices.

  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communications skills.

  • Ability to facilitate work groups with a high degree of professionalism, work ethic and integrity.

  • Ability to incorporate technical and business knowledge in the analysis of customer solutions.

  • Demonstrated ability to work productively with diverse teams.

  • Ability to effectively present technical and non-technical information to customers and senior management.

  • Demonstrated ability to estimate, plan, and monitor labor hours.


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