Content Technology Manager - Fixed Term Contract

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Content Transformation
English Language Teaching
Oxford - Central
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About us

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford which furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

The ELT Division is a global leader in the provision of multimedia English language teaching and learning materials. Operating in over 100 countries, it reaches millions of teachers and students each year to support the development of English language proficiency.

About the role

Reporting to the Director of Content Transformation, the Content Technology Manager will be responsible for advocating for new ways of creating content across Oxford University Press’ English Language Teaching (ELT) division. This very pivotal role is accountable for delivering content creation technologies and solutions which support ELT’s content management strategy. It will also develop and maintain the foundational blocks of the content management strategy (the content and metadata schemas and the content model). And, it will create, maintain, and oversee data and metadata standards, as well as relevant information architecture tools, which facilitate content creation and distribution.

As member of the Content Management team, the role will lead research into content production technologies and developments, maintaining best practice and market knowledge of content creation solutions. Lastly, the role will lead the implementation of content creation solutions which support ELT’s strategic goals. 

Position description – key areas of responsibility:

  • Content management strategy: Formulate, implement, and continuously review the processes by which ELT creates content to respond to business needs now and in the future; be the advocate for new ways of creating content.
  • Information architecture: Define, source, implement, and maintain content schemas, metadata schemas, transformation rules, and any other key information architecture tools pertaining to ELT content.
  • Content management workflow and practices: Implement technologies that support processes designed to transform the way ELT creates and manages content and prepare ELT for a digitized future.
  • Content management tools and systems: Implement and maintain content management systems, content authoring tools, and (links to) digital asset management systems; establish technical processes for creating, storing, archiving, and versioning content.
  • Supplier/vendor management: In partnership with Portfolio Delivery Team, work with new and existing vendors to deliver content creation solutions. Build efficient and mutually-beneficial relationships with third parties and facilitate commercial negotiations for products and services, in conjunction with the technology team. Many content management budgets and contracts up to £1.5m
  • Content creation governance: Support the ELT Division in the use of content creation tools and the application of structure and metadata to content. Provide consultation on and solutions for the technical aspects of schema, system, data and metadata governance.
  • Content distribution: Implement, oversee, and refine technologies, processes and practices for multi-channel distribution
  • Change Management and Continuous Improvement: Identify continuous improvement and innovation opportunities and work with colleagues to ensure that new processes, workflows, systems and lessons learned are implemented effectively.
  • Cross-functional Teams: Develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders and facilitate effective communication and working between cross-functional teams by advising on best practice in new product development, content creation, content tagging, generic content, and reuse of assets.

This is a fixed term contract until October 2018.

About you
  • Deep understanding of digital publishing fundamentals, principles of content architecture, and content management.
  • Experience working with structured content and schemas. Experience working with “digital first” workflows, authoring and production tools, and transformation processes a big plus.
  • Strong understanding of English language teaching & learning content and products.
  • Experience of implementing major innovations and changes to content systems/workflows and managing them through a full life-cycle.
  • Proven record of driving efficiency into a business within a publishing or similar industry.
  • Experience of managing projects with large budgets and demonstrable ability to deliver to time and budget.
  • Experience of selecting and managing partners for the delivery of technical solutions.
  • Very effective communicator – as a presenter, trainer, writer.
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams and within a matrix-based structure. Successfully proven negotiation and persuasion skills.
  • Adherence to and support of the need to balance business requirements with technology capabilities.
  • Honours degree or equivalent.

Salary in the region of £40,000 - £50,000 depending on skills and experience

Lucy Freeman

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