Pearson Senior Creative Graphic Designer (maternity cover) in London, United Kingdom

Senior Creative Graphic Designer (maternity cover)


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.


This is a graphic design role within the Visual Design team for Pearson English.

You will be responsible for understanding and translating customer needs into exciting design concepts, for printed books and digital products, then directing the application of design through the production phase. You will present design work to customers and key members of the English Portfolio team and gather and incorporate feedback.

This role is maternity cover on a one year contract,. It will be based at our offices in Harlow, Essex or London with one day a week in Harlow.

Key Accountabilities

  • Working collaboratively with design colleagues, content specialists and responding to customer needs, you will be responsible for producing creative, high-quality design for print products and also digital products which engage and attract new and existing learners and teachers of English, through both a hands-on design and design vendor management approach.

  • Commissioning, contracting and managing design and illustration vendors.

  • Providing estimates, negotiating costs and tracking costs for project design tasks.

  • Advocating product brand design and style consistency across all products.

  • Inspiring co-workers and collaborating with them to produce inventive, creative, thoughtful and relevant design work.

  • Understanding and following Pearson Standards guidelines.

Key Relationships

Visual (Graphic)Designers, Portfolio Managers (Publishers), Content Developers (Editors), Content Producers (Project Managers), Digital Content Producers and Media Producers, UX Designers, Courseware Designers and Marketing team.

Pearson is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate against employees or job applicants and select the best person for each job based on relevant skills and experience.

We are also committed to building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce and encouraging equality and diversity.

The information you provide will stay confidential, and be stored securely. It will not be seen by those involved in making decisions as part of the recruitment process.


Role-specific attributes

  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent in Graphic Design, or relevant experience.

  • Experience in design for educational publishing and the translation of pedagogical needs into successful visual design and / or an outstanding design portfolio.

  • Advanced skills in Adobe Creative Suite.

  • Proven experience in briefing and managing design vendors.

  • Good organisational, planning and project management skills.

  • Proven experience in budgeting for design projects and managing schedules.

  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent time-management and prioritisation skills with the ability to multi-task and find ways of solving or pre-empting problems.

  • Strong team-working skills and desire to work cooperatively and effectively with others.

  • Design enthusiast whokeeps up to date with new design and technology trends.

It will be necessary toreview examples of your previous design work as part of your application, therefore interested applicants should include arange of recent examples of design work, including design for printed products such as layouts for books, brochures or magazines, covers, design for digital products, creative concept work or marketing materials. Examples should be provided either in PDF form or as a weblink.

Primary Location: GB-GB-Harlow

Other Locations GB-GB-London

Work Locations: GB-Harlow-Kao Park Kao Park London Rd Harlow CM17 9NA

Job: Publishing

Organization: Global Product

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Nov 28, 2018

Job Unposting: Dec 12, 2018

Schedule: Full-time Temporary

Req ID: 1813618

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.