Pearson Senior Technical Project Manager in Bloomington, Minnesota

Senior Technical Project Manager


Pearson VUE ( is the global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world. Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams through the world’s most comprehensive and secure network of test centers in more than 180 countries, where we validate the skills and knowledge of millions of individuals every year.

Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson, the world's leading learning company with global-reach and market-leading businesses. Pearson is listed on both the London and New York stock exchanges (UK: PSON; NYSE: PSO).


In this role, you will act as both the team scrum master and project manager for our Cloud DevOps team within Pearson VUE.You will manage and control projects in all project-related interfaces: planning, directing, and coordinating project activities with the ownership for successful completion of all project deliverables to the business within established financial, schedule, and quality objectives.

Primary Work Location:

Bloomington, MN(Remote is not an option)

Manage project initiation and planning phases

  • establish, document, and manage project scope

  • define and prioritize project tasks establish project goals, requirements, and desired results

  • create, manage, and update project schedules and timeline

  • establish project charter, facilitate review with project steering committee, key stakeholders and project team, and gain charter sign-off

  • define, manage, and update resources

  • review requirements and specifications for work

  • participate in identifying and recruiting project personnel

  • identify and assign duties, responsibilities, and scope of authority to project team personnel

Manage project execution, controlling, and closing phases

  • establish schedules and project parameters; develop procedures to accomplish project goals

  • identify and manage project risk

  • identify and manage project issues

  • coordinate the work across multiple projects with other project staff from various functional departments

  • gather and review status reports prepared by project personnel and modify as necessary

  • track the execution process to ensure that project team adheres to reporting requirements

  • facilitate team meetings to discuss and review the work

  • act as focal point for project problem resolution and escalation

  • establish conditions for project closure and manage closure

Manage project quality delivery

  • ensure the software development quality provided and delivered meets that in the agreed plan

  • ensure that the team follows all formal and informal best practices in software development and other initiatives

Manage project change

  • identify changes from original project scope and conduct impact assessment

  • communicate with stakeholders and drive decision making process

  • obtain change request sign-offs, reset expectations as needed, and update plans and supporting project artifacts as needed

Manage project budget

  • establish, track, report, and update as needed on project budget, actual expenses, and forecasts of remaining expenses

  • Work with software development group manager and accounting to assure project costs are allocated and reported properly

Reporting and Communication

  • prepare project reports for internal team members and stakeholders, management, clients or others

  • facilitate interactive sessions

  • deliver presentations as required

Relationship management

  • establish and maintain team member and project stakeholder relationships appropriately

  • establish and maintain client relationships appropriately

  • manage team member, stakeholder, and client expectations in software delivery


Required Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent work experience (Master degree or related technical training and management training education or experience preferred)

  • Solid technical background with understanding and/or hands-on experience in infrastructure, integration, software development and web technologies

  • 5 or more years technical project management experience

  • 3 or more years software development project experience (in any role)

  • 2 or more years agile scrum project management experience

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience managing projects using cloud technologies

  • Energetic motivator that excels at managing cross functional teams

  • Excellent listening, oral, and written communications skills

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • Excellent organizational and coordination skills

  • Ability to deal effectively with change in a fast paced environment

  • Knowledge of software development life cycle (SDLC) processes

  • Knowledge of project management methods and tools

  • Excellent listening, oral, and written communications skills

  • Leadership and team building skills

  • Budgeting and forecasting skills

  • Negotiation and conflict resolution skills

  • Energetic motivator that excels at managing cross functional teams

License / Certifications:

  • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) or Professional Project Manager (CPPM) preferred

  • Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Certification preferred


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.

Primary Location: US-MN-Bloomington

Work Locations: US-MN-Bloomington-5601 Green Valley 5601 Green Valley Drive Suite 220 Bloomington 55437

Job: Project/Programme Management

Organization: Assessments VUE

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Dec 5, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1815926

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.