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Pearson PMO Operations Strategist in Denver, Colorado

PMO Operations Strategist - ( 2100466 )


We are the world’s learning company with more than 22,500 employees operating in 70 countries. We combine world-class educational content and assessment, powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people. 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.

At Pearson, we believe in the power of difference. Harnessing the unique skills, perspectives, and backgrounds of every employee helps us foster innovation and create the most effective solutions for learners around the world. That’s why we’re committed to ensuring that diversity and inclusion are embedded into everything we do. We foster a work environment that’s inclusive and diverse — and where our people can be themselves — so we can reflect the customers and learners we serve.

A PMO Operations Strategist is responsible for collecting project data, consolidating information and distilling and communicating to stakeholders. The Operations Strategist will work with stakeholders and contributors to gather information and ensure there is alignment and consistency in the level of reporting, standards tools and templates and governance so our teams can better manage their budgets and Roadmaps. A part of this role is managing project accounting for each product, ensuring the budgets are on track against the capacity of each program.

The primary goals of the Operations Strategist are; data gathering and consolidation, ensure stakeholders and dependency teams are aligned via communications, and ensure each team is tracking their budget and time spent appropriately.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Understanding and reporting on how different projects/programs/products are spending (actuals) and managing against projections

  • Identifying opportunities for continual improvement

  • Ensuring relevant standards, process and regulations are upheld

  • Work with the mission teams to ensure that we have consistent project reporting and data

  • Assisting to establish clear communication framework for stakeholders on Mission including capacity and investment outcomes

  • Help to define consistent Project definition, define and maintain project codes

  • Work within Project Accounting systems to ensure project codes are accounted for and accurate and properly communicated to Program teams for Timesheets

  • Frequent pulls and reporting on Timesheet metrics and training in Timesheets for various members of Global Product as needed

Workstream Responsibilities

  • Work supportively and collaboratively with other teams

  • Build relationships and trust with key stakeholders to support program delivery

  • Communicate with program managers and owners in all verticals (UX, Product, Dev, QA)

  • Support the relevant financial initiatives that align with Product budget needs

Key Challenges

  • Understanding processes around governance, reporting and demand management across Global Product

  • Ensuring understanding and adoption of the processes, tools and templates

  • Working in a matrixed and virtual environment

  • Working with many stakeholders at varying levels of responsibility

  • Working on multiple projects and tasks at one time

  • Working with a global customer base and engaging effectively and collaboratively with people from different cultures

  • Building internal confidence in a situation of consistent change

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.


Essential Skills and Experience

  • Proven experience managing project actuals, project reporting and budgeting

  • Strong skills in critical thinking and analysis, meeting facilitation, verbal and written communications, and interpersonal interactions (e.g. partnering, conflict management, consulting, etc.)

  • Proven capability to understand, communicate and meet requirements from key stakeholders

  • Must be able to understand the overall business strategy to ensure components of the Platform and technology capabilities vision align with those of management and key stakeholders

  • The ability to drive impactful change in an organization. As a very results-driven person, it’s gratifying to be a part of a process that helps bring high-priority programs to completion.

Desirable Skills and Experience

Experience with Portfolio and delivery tools such as Oracle, Smartsheet, Microsoft Office

The anticipated starting salary range for Colorado-based individuals expressing interest in this position is $80000-90000. This position is eligible to participate in an annual incentive program.

Benefits available to eligible employees can be seen at:


Primary Location : US-Colorado

Other Locations : US-CO-Denver

Job : Project/Programme Management

Organization : Global Product

Employee Status : Regular Employee

Job Type : Standard

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Shift : Day Job

Job Posting : Feb 12, 2021

Job Unposting : Feb 26, 2021

Schedule: : Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2100466