Pearson Talent Assessment Developer in Toronto, Ontario

Talent Assessment Developer


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.

Business Unit Information

With roots going back to 1921, Pearson TalentLens has a rich history of delivering psychological assessments and is a global organisation with offices throughout the world. Our tests are used in a variety of workplace contexts and include famous psychometric assessments such as the Watson-Glaser Critical thinking Appraisal and the Raven’s Progressive Matrices. We also offer a variety of research services and training courses.

Job Description

This role provides an exciting opportunity to join the global TalentLens Product Development team. The jobholder will have the opportunity to work on projects for our offices in many different countries.

The jobholder will be required to:

  • Assist with local validation studies, customised assessments (including custom test batteries, reports and local norm groups) and tenders/rfps. Offer expert psychometric assessment advice to the sales and marketing teams. The role may also require the creation of white papers based on research data to support sales and marketing activities. The jobholder could also be involved in developing training course materials (but not delivering).

  • Participate in all aspects of the psychometric development process, including item reviewing, data collection using techniques such as Crowdsourcing, statistical analysis, online platform test authoring (using an authoring/content management tool), reliability and validity studies and supporting documentation such as test manuals, research papers and FAQ documents for clients.

Skills and Experience

Ideally with demonstrable previous experience of research and/or psychometric test development in a Talent Assessment context, the jobholder should have some experience of working with psychometric assessments, including ability tests and personality questionnaires. Knowledge of job analysis and validation techniques, as well as techniques for reviewing test bias and adverse impact will be essential.

Fluency in French would be desirable to enable the job holder to participate in French language projects (for both France and Canada).

The core competencies desired of all candidates are:

  • Organizational skills – managing product development projects and other workload efficiently. Job holders will be required to meet deadlines, gather data and information from others in a timely fashion

  • Communication skills – able to communicate effectively and confidently, both verbally and in writing, to a variety of different audiences, including clients and sales teams

  • Teamwork – working with a number of different and varied teams across our organisation on joint projects

  • Flexibility - ability to adapt to a changing environment

  • Innovation– desire to explore and learn new approaches to test development and have the ability to develop and promote new ideas and ways of working with confidence

  • Resilience– able to cope with challenging situations and people and able to overcome set-backs in a positive manner

  • Analytical skills – ability to analyse complex information and solve challenging problems

  • Critical thinking – to recognise assumptions, evaluate arguments, and draw conclusions that are clear, consistent, sound, and fair and result in positive outcomes for the business

  • Global mindset - ability to work as part of a global team

The following technical skills are desired:

  • Test content development - project planning, overseeing item writing, test adaptation work etc

  • Research and statistical analysis – knowledge of psychometrics in the development process of an assessment

  • Writing skills - writing white papers and research summaries for clients and editing test manuals

  • Training development & Presentations - developing face-to-face training and e-learning courses, preparing and giving PowerPoint presentations for sales team purposes

  • Digital – using content management/content ingestion systems to upload psychometric test content, or edit existing content


PhD level (or working towards) qualification in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Occupational Psychology, Work Psychology or related field. Applications from those with Masters level qualifications will also be considered.

Pearson Canada is committed to providing accommodation for persons with disabilities. If you require accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.

Primary Location: CA-ON-Toronto

Job: Professional Development

Organization: Assessments Clinical

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Dec 12, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1815808

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.