Senior Project Manager / Senior Development Director in San Francisco, CA

$100K - $150K(Ladders Estimates)

Pearson   •  

San Francisco, CA 94102

Industry: Education, Government & Non-Profit


5 - 7 years

Posted 55 days ago


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 to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world's innovations, personal and global, large and small.

Ready for a Challenge?

A Development Director at Pearson is responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of software on time and within budget. The Development Director oversees the project schedule, manages key talent, establishes a very-high quality bar, and inspires the team with a positive and collaborative leadership style.


  • Be responsible for the full operational aspects of the product development, including establishing development framework, reporting, risk management, capacity planning, resource management and budget.
  • Be responsible for coaching and mentoring a strong development team; recruiting, onboarding, and retention.
  • Work with the product leadership to define the strategy to execute against milestones and key deliverables.
  • Ensure the team has the right organizational structure, processes, and best-practices in place that allow them to produce high quality work efficiently on time and on budget.
  • Drive efficiencies and new ways of thinking with a goal of reducing waste and increasing predictability.
  • Foster an engaging, fulfilling and fun working environment
  • Help the team focus on the critical few: filter issues based on a clear understanding of the business strategies and objectives, and helps the team break down complex problems.
  • Develop, maintain and publish project KPI's that track project quality, delivery and predictability.
  • Establish regular communication with team and key stakeholders to provide project status updates.


The Next Great Development Director at Pearson Will Have:

  • 7 years of operations and leadership experience with the ability to challenge and influence a variety of stakeholders.
  • Experience in project management on large-scale software development projects with teams working in multiple world-wide locations.
  • Experience leading teams using Agile frameworks such as SAFe, Scrum, and XP, as well as other established project management principles and practices. The ability to adopt and adapt the right project management framework for a given project and proactively identify and execute process improvements project-wide as needed.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong emotional intelligence skills, and the ability to adapt content, detail, and approach to match the audience.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills - able to work on complex problems where analysis of situations requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors.
  • Fantastic attitude. A calming influence during times of stress, a focus on solutions rather than problems, and a desire to get the best out of every team member. Willing to do the little things that make software development teams great.

Valid Through: 2019-10-17