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Finance Business Partner

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Education, Media & Communications
Columbia, MD, 21045, USA
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Finance Business Partner 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, ...

Job Description

Finance Business Partner


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.

Summary of Role:

We are currently seeking a Manager, Finance Business Partner to support the Online Blended Learning group. The role will be positioned in Columbia, MD, and will primarily support the School Services, Family Marketing and Analytics and Family Support groups within the Online & Blended Learning (OBL) organization.

The role will provide strategic finance support to business leaders to drive decision making. The position is responsible for preparing analysis and reporting to enable business management to deliver on objectives, optimize costs, and effectively plan.

Main activities/responsibilities:

  • Provide financial support to management and department leaders
  • Oversight of results and KPIs and informed and insightful commentary ofmonthly, quarterly and annual variance analysis compared to budget or other forecasted amounts
  • Support operational planning and forecasting: develop financial targets based on input from OBL operational teams, share projected data with Operations and Finance Leadership to ensure data meets business expectations
  • Facilitate monthly reporting; this includes development of monthly commentary for OBL Management Package that compares monthly results against plan or forecast targets
  • Provide financial insight and analysis to support strategic decision making
  • Assist in establishing goals for the department and staff
  • Develop financial models to support the budgeting, forecasting, cash management and other commercial activities.
  • Ensure compliance with Pearson policies, internal controls and business processes
  • Manage or participate on special projects, automation and process improvement initiatives
  • Prepare analyses and gather supporting documents to support audits
  • Interact with customers including employees, management, accounting department and internal and external auditors and peers at parent company
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned


  • Proven business partnering experience (3 years )
  • Qualified with demonstrable experience in management accounting role
  • Experience with an Enterprise System - preferably Oracle
  • Strong understanding of materiality and ability to prioritize across competing agendas
  • Ability to identify business risks and implementation of tactics to mitigate
  • Understanding of financial control, business performance management and process optimization and experience of working in more than one of these areas
  • Well proven ability to conduct business case and investment analysis

Expected Results:

  • Effective partnering and strong communication between Finance and teams across the organization
  • Strong performance against KPIs and targets
  • Accurate and timely delivery of financial reporting to all stakeholders
  • Improved performance through greater focus on profitability and cost efficiency
  • Improved forecasting and planning efficiency and accuracy

Required Skills:

  • Communication: strong verbal and written skills
  • Influence: presence and confidence to interact comfortably with senior management
  • Decision Making: understanding materiality, complex and uncertain situations, prioritization
  • Commercial and operational acumen
  • Team oriented person who works collaboratively with others
  • Strong time management: ability to work under pressure and to tight timelines, producing a high standard of work with attention to detail
  • Analytics focused: organizing information and manipulates data to identify/explain trends, problems and mitigating actions
  • Ability to function well in a project based environment that is constantly evolving
  • Demonstrates strong work ethic and the desire to constantly improve technical and interpersonal skills
  • Driving change: identifying opportunities for continuous improvement and innovation; willing to share ideas proactively to support process improvement initiatives in a constructive manner.

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.

Primary Location: US-MD-Columbia

Work Locations: US-MD-Columbia-Grantchester Merriweather 10960 Grantchester Way Two Merriweather Columbia 21044

Job: Finance

Organization: Finance

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jul 9, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1809894

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