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Financial Analyst

Contract Type
Education, Media & Communications
Belfast, GBR
Expiry Date
Financial 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 ...

Job Description

Financial 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 Financial Analyst supports our School and Clinical Assessment divisions within Pearson Assessments. This resource will be a business partner to School Assessment program teams guiding them to improve financial and operational performance.

This individual will be joining a very active and dedicated team of professionals. We are looking for someone that is willing to take initiative, dive in head-first, and tackle the new and exciting challenges this current business environment has provided us.

Main activities/responsibilities:

  • Provide Business Partnering Support to the Assessments division in the analysis of contracts including modelling and forecasting the financial impact of any changes to contracts.
  • Investigating and explaining variances to budget, forecast and bid. Review charges for appropriate accounting on a monthly basis.
  • Monthly delivery spend analysis. Standard variance/trend analysis. Highlight issues/concerns.
  • Requesting and inputting journals to reflect any changes to contracts.
  • Develop effective working relationships with key stakeholders to maximise customer service, including regular stakeholder meetings throughout the month end close, budgeting and forecasting cycles.
  • Working closely with shared service and program teams providing updates on volumes and spending variances for month end and quarterly reforecasting.
  • Providing meaningful variance analysis on actual versus budgeted revenue recognition.
  • Assist with new team members in areas such as training and quality checking of deliverables.
  • Identify opportunities for continuous process improvement and simplification.Ensure all processes are followed and any changes are documented appropriately.
  • Adhere to PFS Governance procedures and ways of working.
  • Provide support to the wider FP&A team when required

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.


Qualifications and experience required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in a Finance/Accounting or related discipline preferable, however note that consideration given to candidates who have demonstrable knowledge of the areas listed below.
  • Minimum of 1 years’ experience within an FP&A department.
  • Experience using Oracle and Hyperion systems and Smartview tools preferred.
  • Demonstrate consistent accuracy and timeliness.
  • Demonstrate strong adherence to controls and process.
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency with Excel is essential.
  • Strong analytical mindset for modelling/ forecasting financial impact of change.
  • Need to have awareness and insight around materiality, seasonality, product/customer profitability, variability
  • Independent, Self-motivated, detail oriented and a desire to learn is essential.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, identifying and providing support to colleagues
  • Strong communication skills, ability to convey technical financial information to finance and non-finance professionals.

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 26, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1813776

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.