Senior Financial Analyst

Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
23 Feb 2021
25 Feb 2021
Job role
Senior Financial Analyst - ( 2101942 )


We are the world's learning company with more than 24,000 employees operating in 70 countries. We combine world-class educational content and assessment,powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people.

We are recruiting this role within Pearson Finance Services (PFS) to support the provision of a consolidated view of financial business performance and planning to business partnering teams across Pearson. This role will prepare and deliver financial planning and analysis to business areas enabling effective business decision making. This role will also be expected to contribute to aspects of the budgeting and forecasting cycle.

To undertake this role the following will be required:
  • Complete all deliverables in a timely, efficient and accurate manner
  • Understand data sources and data flows and how financial and non-financial data is presented
  • Apply judgement and analytical skills to ensure the accuracy and relevance of outputs needed by the business
  • Contribute to team effort and assist co-workers across PFS and all business divisions as needed to enable effective delivery.
  • Help to create a work atmosphere conducive to collaborative working
  • Maintain customer satisfaction by promptly following up on customers' requests for information
  • Identify opportunities for continuous process improvement and innovative solutions and communicate these to your line manager

Activities / Tasks
  • Take ownership of the budget and forecasting process for one or more sub-divisions within the Technology division of Pearson, including meeting with the business to agree compensation, discretionary and capital expenditure plans.
  • Prepare forecast summary reporting packs for the business with analysis and commentary.
  • Input into the annual strategic planning process through preparation of analysis and other information to enable collation of the plan.
  • Prepare key month end management reporting packs for decision making / disclosure to market.
  • Monthly and quarterly consolidation of management information packs across business areas and roll up to group level showing performance against budget, forecast and prior year
  • Support local business partners in providing targeted quality commercial analysis
  • Review of financial data during the month to provide timely corrections.
  • Preparation of business cases utilising Pearson Approved documentation along with workings files relevant to the business case. Support on collating the required data inputs for costs and benefit workings.
  • Champion continuous improvement within PFS to deliver tangible benefits and engage in wider standardisation and streamlining initiatives.

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.


Skills / capabilities:

Strong accounting knowledge - holding a recognised accountancy qualification or equivalent

Technical Skills: significant experience of planning, budgeting and forecasting and producing management information for decision making in a complex commercial environment. Ability to apply a range of budgeting and forecasting techniques to provide the business with the relevant financial information

Analytical skills: Well developed analytical/variance analysis skills, proven ability to review and analyse financial data and explain results to senior management. Provide analysis to support decision making, including presenting economic outcomes, identifying key value drivers, benefits, risks and accounting implications

Advanced user of Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel (v-lookups, sum-ifs, pivot tables etc.)

Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with both finance and non-finance professionals

Experience of finance ERP systems (Oracle preferred but not essential)

A self-starter who is motivated to work under own initiative when required demonstrating initiative and sound judgement;

Ability to work as part of a team, identifying and providing support to colleagues

Ability to work to strict deadlines and to be able to prioritise to meet those deadlines

Experience working with and partnering and presenting to senior stakeholders in multiple geographical locations and time zones;

Commercial focus, and the ability to apply business acumen to innovate, solve problems and achieve results;

Ability to multi-task; coordinating the delivery of multiple priorities in parallel across disparate teams and locations

Primary Location : GB-GB-Belfast

Work Locations :

GB-Belfast-Millennium House

Millennium House, 1st FloorGreat Victoria Street

BelfastBT2 7AQ

Job : Finance

Organization : Finance

Employee Status : Regular Employee

Job Type : Standard

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Shift : Day Job

Job Posting : Feb 9, 2021

Job Unposting : Mar 11, 2021

Schedule: : Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2101942

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