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Content Discovery and MetaData Technical Lead Job

Date: Nov 29, 2012

Location: Harlow, Oxford, GB

Req Number: 2901BR
Position Title: Content Discovery and MetaData Technical Lead
Contract Type: Established/Permanent
Position Type: Full Time
Place of Work: Harlow
London 80 Strand
Country: United Kingdom
Business Unit: Pearson Technology

Business Unit Information: Today Pearson is a technology company as much as we are a FTS100 education, newspaper or book publishingenable our businesses to function, that connect us with the outside world, and that are fuellingvital to Pearson’s strategy and that growth: to become more global, more digital, more service-led, more personalised and more open and closely connected with the people who use what we make.

Pearson is becoming a smarter, quicker and more flexible business, and innovation in technology will underpin our reputation as the world’s leading learning company.
New digital products and services give us access to new, bigger and faster growing markets and ultimately help people of all ages to make progress in their lives through learning. This is after all what we're all about.
For more information on Pearson plc see our website: http://www.pearson.com


Our team builds and maintains the tools and platforms for the whole of Pearson.

· ensure Pearson's content is distributed and managed globally and securely
· develop new mobile and gaming apps and technologies
· manage the build of the eCommerce platforms for our businesses
· engineer and build the architecture that supports everything we do.

Within Global Engineering and Delivery, Enabling Technologies delivers platforms that enable the multiple Pearson Operating Companies (FT/DK/Penguin/Edexcel) to build products upon. To support to the move to online personalized education experience, Enabling Technologies has been given the responsibility to create a new platform called Content-as-a-Service.
company. Pearson Technology provides the infrastructure, tools and services that our future growth. This is an exciting time. Technology is

Position Description As Technical Lead, you will lead the delivery of services and solutions around content discovery and metadata management. You will bring a delivery focus and expertise, specific to product and platform development. This is a unique opportunity to be involved from the very beginning of the Content-as-a-Service platform giving plenty of opportunity for the right Technical Lead to shape , deliver and evangelize it.

You will be responsible for working as part of a larger platform team to deliver a set of common, open, shareable technology capabilities that will enable the discovery, retrieval, and management of content within and across Pearson Op erating Co mpanie s, as well as within and across a diverse technology applications landscape.

· Provide hands-on technical leadership, create detailed designs and supervise implementation & deployment using existing and emerging technology platforms .
· Produce documented reusable development processes and frameworks
· Partner with external organizations to understand the latest trends in search and semantic technologies and implement them effectively
· Collaborate with multiple project teams to ensure design and platform services meet customer requirements
· Estimate and define development tasks; analyze and estimate cost and time.
· Conform to system architecture standards and best practices as defined by the Enterprise Architecture team

Candidate Profile Education, qualifications, experience and skills

· Degree in Information Systems, Computer Science , Engineering , Mathematics or Physics
· Alternatively a Master or PhD in other disciplines (e.g. Chemistry, Biology) with a research topic that involve d semantics or taxonomy.
· Proven technical leadership for the end-to-end design-implementation- delivery of a software platform .
· Experience leading projects containing members from a distributed team
· Experience in building search solutions
· Experience defining content and metadata standards
· Experience in building solutions using Semantic web technologies
· Proven e xperience in agile development practices including setting up / managing development environments and continuous integration & automated testing environments
· Experience in defining development best practices
· Exposure to Service Oriented Architectures and REST concept
· Hands-on experience with technologies such as XML, Java, Solr, ElasticSearch, RDF, OWL, MongoDB, TripleStores

Competencies and Abilities
· Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
· Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to interface and influence at all levels in the organization
· Must be a self-motivated and results oriented team player
· Flexible and adaptable, with a positive attitude when operating in an environment of continual flux
· Collaboration/Communication
· Critical Thinking
· Effective Execution
· Pragmatic and result-oriented
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Career Level:

Mid Career (2+ years of experience)

Job Type:

Full Time/Permanent