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Finance Analyst

Contract Type
Education, Media & Communications
Belfast, GBR
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Finance Analyst Description 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 al...

Job Description

Finance Analyst


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.

The PFS Financial Reporting & Control team is responsible for UK and North America month-end close activities, financial reporting, balance sheet and P&L control. The team is also responsible for end-to-end process control and, where necessary, process redesign and improvement across our UK, North America and offshore teams.

We are currently seeking a part-qualified accountant to join Pearson Finance Services in Belfast as part of the growing Financial Reporting & Control team. The activities of the role include but are not limited to:

  • Play an important role in the monthly balance sheet control process;
  • Be involved in the delivery of ad-hoc projects and reporting requirements of the wider PFS Financial Reporting & Control team as required;
  • Review and approve journals ensuring they maintain relevant and appropriate back up and are correctly coded;
  • Maintain lease asset and liability calculations and ensure compliance with relevant accounting standards;
  • Update lease asset records for changes in leasing terms and arrangements;
  • Liaison with Group Reporting and divisional teams with respect to lease accounting queries;
  • Coordinate and review work delivered by the BPO team;
  • Maintain stakeholder satisfaction by promptly following up on requests for information;
  • Prepare ad-hoc analysis / production of reports as requested to support accurate reporting and support business, group and tax decisions; and,
  • Contribute to team effort and assist co-workers as needed to balance workloads.

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.


The ideal candidate will have sound technical accounting knowledge, excellent communication skills and strong Microsoft Excel skills.

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Part-qualified accountant (CCAB);
  • Knowledge of FRS101 and IFRS preferable;
  • Understanding of financial control processes and functions;
  • Advanced user of Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel (v-lookups, sum-ifs, pivot tables etc.); and,
  • Experience in a service delivery environment and strong stakeholder management skills preferable.

Ability to work as part of a team, identifying and providing support to colleagues in exchange for your experience and knowledge, you will be rewarded with a positive team that want to succeed, a competitive compensation package, an outstanding workspace, the flexibility to achieve work/life balance and career development opportunities. This is a permanent, full-time role based in Belfast.


Primary Location: GB-GB-Belfast

Work Locations: GB-Belfast-Millennium House Millennium House, 1st Floor Great Victoria Street Belfast BT2 7AQ

Job: Finance

Organization: Finance

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Feb 27, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1902647

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.