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Head of Publishing

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Pearson Group

Auto, WV

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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.Who we arePearson Education Africa publish K12 product for the Southernand East African markets.  At present weare publishing for Namibia, Lesotho, Rwanda, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Ourother markets include Botswana, Swaziland, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi andMauritius. What we doWe work hard and fast – as soon as a new curriculum comesonline we begin a publishing programme for that country. Our lead times areshort – sometimes we have to pull together a few subjects in a few grades inthree months.We prepare titles for submissionto curriculum units for approval; once the approval is granted, we makecorrections and then publish. Who you areYou have excellent people skills, and can solveconflicts before they arise believe in the inherent rightness and beauty ofdeadlines have a good sense of humour are willing to dive in and get your hands dirtyif a project is in trouble.What you would doIn-houseManage four publishing teams, and ensure they bring out quality product, written according to the local curricula, on timeBring projects in on budget and according to scheduleEnsure quality content, language and designLiaise with the production and marketing teamsManage tenders for K12 titles in our marketsMarket-facingLiaise with country managers and agents to research and meet market needs in terms of school curriculum productLiaise with education departments and curriculum development units to ensure our product meets their requirementsTypically, go into a country first, setting up meetings with the people mentioned above, finding author teams, and then sending the relevant publishing team in to commission.QualificationsYour skills andqualificationsA university degree in Education, English orCommerceExcellent writing and communication skills3-5 years in a publishing management positionKnowledge of ebook development andproduction would be a bonus.Pearson South Africa is committed to the principles of Employment Equity and in accordance with our Employment Equity goals and plan, preference will be given to suitable applicants from designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act and subsequent amendments thereto.  

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