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Product Development Lead (Part Time)


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About the Role

NB This is a part time position working 2 days (14 hours) per week.

This is an exciting opportunity to play a critical role within our diverse product management team in the English Language Teaching division.

The Product Development Lead is responsible for leading and collaborating on developing pedagogically effective assessment products that meet customer needs, have competitive advantage and are delivered to agreed market windows and within budget. You will work flexibly to research, plan, commission and manage these products through the product development process.

Key Accountabilities will include:

  • To oversee, evaluate and approve the work of Assessment Managers and the team to ensure that work is being delivered to an approved standard and meets the requirement of the Customer Value Proposition
  • To identify, brief and commission writers to ensure test content is pedagogically effective and meets pretesting schedules
  • To ensure that all assessment content that goes into the live banks meets validation requirements and maintain specified item bank quality and levels
  • To identify, manage and communicate any risks to schedules in the content development process.
  • To assist with the creation and management of budgets and people resources as appropriate, alerting the Product Development Team Manager to any risks. 

Please refer to the enclosed job description for the detailed key responsibilities.

We operate a hybrid working policy that requires a minimum of 2 days per week in the Oxford office. For this part time role, we are open to discussing flexibility within this.

About You

To be successful in this role, you should have:

  • Substantial experience developing assessment content.
  • Substantial experience of managing item writers through the content production process.
  • Experience of developing content for certificated assessment products.
  • Understanding of best practice test development processes and process improvement.
  • Understanding of educational teaching and learning requirements
  • Knowledge of the principles of assessment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and cross-functionally
  • Problem-solving skills


We care about work/life balance here at OUP. With this in mind we offer 25 days’ holiday that rises with service, plus bank holidays and Christmas closure (3-days) and a 35-hour working week. We are open to discussing flexibility in respect to working patterns, dependent on role. We also have a great variety of active employee networks and societies. 

We help make your money go further by contributing to your pension up to 12%, offering loans and savings schemes through our partnership with Salary Finance, in addition to travel to work schemes and access to a wide range of local discounts. 

Please see our Rewards and Recognition page for more information.


Please contact with any queries relating to this role.

This vacancy may close before the advertised closing date. If you are interested, please submit your application as soon as possible.

We are committed to supporting diversity in our workforce, and ensuring an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive. We seek to employ a workforce representative of the markets that we serve and encourage applications from all.

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OUP UK - Oxford
Great Clarendon Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK, OX2 6DP
  • Division:
    English Language Teaching
  • Department:
  • Closing Date:
    2 April 2023
  • Salary:
    In the region of £40,000 dependent on skills and experience
  • Location:
    OUP UK - Oxford
  • Postcode:
    OX2 6DP
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Part Time
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