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Cambridge Assessment Overview

Cambridge, England
1001 to 5000 employees
1858
Non-profit Organisation
Primary & Secondary Education
Unknown / Non-Applicable
As a department of the University of Cambridge, we provide exams and education programmes in over 170 countries. We unlock the power of education for millions of learners of all ages and abilities.<br/><br/>We are an international not-for-profit organisation with ... Read more

Mission: As a department of the University of Cambridge, we provide exams and education programmes in over 170 countries. We unlock the power of education for millions of learners of all ages and abilities.<br/><br/>We are an international not-for-profit organisation with

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Cambridge Assessment – Why Work With Us?


We are an international exams group designing and delivering assessments to over 8 million learners in over 170 countries. We are committed to ensuring that all our assessments are fair, have sound ethical underpinning, and operate according to the highest technical standards. 

Established over 150 years ago, Cambridge Assessment operates and manages the University's three exam boards and carries out leading-edge academic and operational research on assessment in education. We are a not-for-profit organisation.

We own and manage OCR, Cambridge International Examinations and Cambridge English Language Assessment, and carry out leading-edge and operational research on assessment in education. We are the oldest exams group still in existence and the only one attached to a university.

We also offer:

  • Admissions tests; 
  • Consultancy; 
  • Network for the assessment community; 
  • Professional development; 

We employ over 2,500 people; over 1,500 of whom are in our head office in Cambridge; 350 in our Midlands based offices and others based in regional offices both in the UK and internationally. As well as being highly qualified, a high proportion of our people are from the teaching profession and have the practical experience to understand the demands placed on the people delivering our qualifications.

Our mission is to provide excellence in education.  We believe that educational integrity should be at the heart of all assessment and that tests and qualifications are only of value if they inform the learning process and reflect the true status of an individual's knowledge and understanding.

We are committed to ensuring all learners access the benefits of their education through a fair and accurate assessment of their skills, knowledge and understanding.


A philosophy of fairness and integrity runs through everything we do, and we are committed to the delivery of our goals through the way we work together, both in teams and as individuals.

Our values are: 

  • Collaborative
  • Innovative
  • Responsible

The Cambridge Approach sets out the principles forming the key reference points for the design, administration and evaluation of our assessments. It is intended both to reflect the best practice in assessment that we seek to follow as an organisation and to be a practical guide for those involved in the development of new assessments.

It demonstrates international best practice and enables us to lead the assessment debate through the progressive use of the concept of validity. It provides an overarching structure for individual qualifications but is not designed to relate to every aspect. The Cambridge Approach covers the full lifecycle of an assessment and will be regularly updated with the latest developments.



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Cambridge Assessment was established as the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) by the University of Cambridge in 1858. We were set up to administer local examinations for students who were not members of the University of Cambridge, with the aim of raising standards in education. We also inspected schools. Today, we develop and deliver examinations and tests in 170 countries.

There have been many changes to the education system over the years but the ethos that sparked the creation of our organisation still drives our work today; we continue to strive for the on-going improvement to assessment systems and methodologies used around the world to ensure learners access the benefits of their education.

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Great people

We think we’re great people to work with, but then maybe we’re biased! What we are certain about though is that if you join us you’ll be surrounded by talented people with diverse backgrounds and skills, working together in a friendly and supportive way.

Real development opportunities

There is a range of learning initiatives on offer under our Group-wide ‘building a culture of learning’ strategy. It’s all about enabling excellence in learning and it aims to design and deliver the best learning and development possible in order to realise our future.

The Talent Development team offers courses, programmes, networks and resources to support learning across the Group.

We are committed to encouraging informal as well as formal learning in order to meet the range of diverse learning needs of our people. Learning opportunities are available in three key areas:

Leadership and management: Supporting staff at all levels to develop their management and leadership skills and capabilities.

Business effectiveness: Learning core skills to enhance productivity, build confidence and enable excellence.

Our context: Developing knowledge and skills relating to our context.

We offer a number of leadership development programmes. Whether you are aspiring to become a manager or have been in a senior leadership role for a number of years, they are all designed to help you develop your skills as a competent and confident leader.

Locations and facilities

Cambridge Assessment has a new home The Triangle. This new international headquarters has brought together all Cambridge Assessment’s Cambridge-based staff under one roof, who were previously in 11 different offices across the city. The site is on what was previously Cambridge University Press’s Edinburgh Building on Shaftesbury Road Cambridge, to the South-East of Cambridge city centre.

Also, did you know that we are not only based in Cambridge? We have a site in Coventry, as well as over 30 other offices around the UK and overseas. We’re continuing to invest in new facilities and infrastructure across the Group so that our people can enjoy bright and airy offices equipped with up-to-date technology.


Reputation

We’re proud of our 150 years heritage and the expertise that it has given us, as well as our global reputation for quality. Our qualifications are recognised by universities, governments, ministries, educational institutions and employers around the world.

Here at Cambridge Assessment we have a ‘Just Ask’ policy when it comes to flexible working requests. As an international organisation, our teams are spread across the world, meaning that we may only ever collaborate with some colleagues in a virtual environment – it’s the norm.

Skype calls, online meetings and telephone interviews are commonplace here and it’s not unusual to work from home. Yes, we are results-oriented but it’s not about the number of hours you put in or how visible you are, it’s about outcomes.

We have a well-established culture of trust and respect, which is key to the success of our flexible workforce and the performance of our organisation as a whole.

Open to all

There are many forms of flexible working in practice at Cambridge Assessment. The most familiar being flexible start/finish times and term-time only or part-time working. Flexible working can also mean homeworking, compressed hours and job shares.

Staff at all levels, ages, genders, and with or without dependents work flexibly here - including senior directors - challenging the misconception that flexible working is for the few, not the many, or only for women with children.

We encourage anyone applying for a role at Cambridge Assessment to talk to us about how they’d like to work – we offer to match your current flexible working arrangements where this can be accommodated and commit to long-term career support as your situation and requirements change.

Cambridge Assessment Reviews

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Cambridge, England
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cambridge Assessment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    With the implementation of a new Values structure, the movement from the annual performance review to the agile 'Continuous Conversations' format, it feels like we are moving in the right direction.

    Our global organisation has been put to the test in these recent Covid times and the speed at which those who could perform their roles at home were deployed and supported was amazing. Our well being has been genuinely high on the agenda and communications have been human, supportive and timely.

    We've also been able to embed the home working policy for all, and flexibility is now the norm. At no time have we felt pressured to return - it is a gradual and safe return, for those who feel comfortable doing so.

    Cons

    Nothing worth noting in the scheme of things. We've really shown what we are made of.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the flexibility and team ethos that Covid has strengthened

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Cambridge Assessment Photos

Cambridge Assessment photo of: A modern area for meetings in our Coventry office.
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Cambridge Assessment Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Cambridge Assessment in December 2019.

    Interview

    I applied online to be a User Researcher at their Coventry office; I appreciated that they gave full details e.g. salary (£30 - £36,500) in the job application, along with short listing and interview dates.

    After submitting my application, I was invited to do a video interview (not face to face, just answer questions via webcam essentially). The turn around for this was quite short (3 days) but it was only 6 questions, taking 20 minutes of my time (excluding prep that is). You could practice the interview, and the site itself was very easy to use. See questions below.

    I did not hear back for a week so prompted for a response, and was provided feedback; I did not proceed to face to face interview stage. The feedback was fair, although I would have liked to have elaborated on my skills and experience in person.

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Cambridge Assessment Awards & Accolades

  • SAP HANA innovation Award, SAP HANA, 2015
  • Chief Learning Officer Award, The Learning and Performance Institute, 2017

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