What you’ll be doing

Hodder Education is embarking on a Next Generation Assessment Digital Programme as part of its Digital Strategy and ambition for innovation of its Assessment Services and their orchestration going forward. This programme will address UK as well as international markets.

Reporting to the Director of Digital Change and working in interdisciplinary teams with stakeholders across the business and our suppliers, the Next Generation Assessment Programme Manager will be the driver in delivering our Next Generation Assessment programme, focusing on innovation of our assessment portfolio as well as our end-user orchestration.  

The Next Generation Assessment Programme Manager will matrix-manage and coordinate colleagues and workstreams in Hodder Education and across the Hachette Group (IT, Legal etc.) to ensure the successful delivery of our new Assessment solution and services. You will need to be a proactive and rigorous planner, an excellent communicator, quick to adapt to changing circumstances, providing the end-to-end holistic view of the programme without losing your eye for detail even under pressure.

Some of the key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Developing and monitoring an over-arching programme plan with project workstreams
  • Communicating and assessing progress, risks and issues with stakeholders, sponsors and senior management,
  • Ensuring a strong plan and relationship with colleagues in IT and suppliers/vendors to drive and support delivery
  • Juggling priorities and prioritising
  • Ensuring a user-centric end-to-end delivery of the programme can be realised within time, budget and to the right quality
  • Getting buy-in from teams and leadership

Who we are looking for

This programme requires strong leadership skills. The Next Generation Programme Manager will be a good communicator and a team player who is as comfortable across multiple disciplines, from technical architecture to user-centric design and legal requirements as they work hands-on with colleagues to drive this strategic and assessment innovation initiative, serving the UK and International markets.

Some of the key attributes required for the role include:

  • Deep understanding of technology. Knowledge of Microsoft Azure tech stack and Microservices based development advantageous
  • Holistic planning as well as attention to detail in capturing and explaining complex information
  • Working with multiple stakeholders on defining and implementing priorities
  • Ability to work with product, design, technical, legal, and business colleagues at all levels
  • Ability to hold our suppliers and internal teams to account to support timely delivery
  • Demonstration of leadership skills in complex situation
  • Ability to deal with complexity and interdependencies
  • Wizardry in clear and concise communication with calls to action

What we offer

Our staff are our greatest asset and our benefits reflect this. In addition to 28 days annual leave days per year + bank holidays, we have an extensive list of benefits that include: a wide-ranging training library, development programmes including mentoring, Cycle to Work vouchers, eye care vouchers, up to 70% off book purchases, a charity book shelf, 2 community days per year, many employee networks to join, summer hours (finishing at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months!), season ticket loans, rent deposit loans, generous pension schemes and much more!

The role will be based at our London office, Carmelite House, with a blend of in-office (3 days) and homeworking (2 days) per week.

Who we are and what we do

The Hodder Education Group, part of Hachette UK, has consistently grown both in the UK and internationally.  We work alongside schools and colleges around the world to create books and digital resources that help teachers, students and parents. We have a set of core values that drive our culture and enrich our working environment:

  • Teachers and students are at the heart of what we do
  • Quality in everything from our practices to our products
  • Trustworthy in what we publish and how we interact
  • Collaboration is key to how we work, internally and externally

Our Commitment

Hachette employs people on the basis of their abilities. We aim to attract and develop talent from a base as broad as the world of readers we want to reach, with a wide and representative range of age, faith, disability, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic, regional and cultural backgrounds.

If you are shortlisted and need us to make any adjustments to help you attend for interview, please let us know.

The Book Trade Charity offers financial support to people looking to enter the book trade but who may struggle to afford the costs of attending interviews and undertaking junior roles. For more information visit www.booktradeentrysupport.org


£65,000 – £75,000, dependent on experience (+bonus + benefits)

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