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Financial Control Analyst PQ - P&L - FTC

Contract Type
Education, Media & Communications
Belfast, GBR
Expiry Date
Financial Control Analyst PQ - P&L - FTC Description Pearson Finance Services Pearson Finance Services (PFS) is a dedicated finance centre established in 2016 to support the Pearson finance structure across the globe. It's...

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Financial Control Analyst PQ - P&L - FTC


Pearson Finance Services

Pearson Finance Services (PFS) is a dedicated finance centre established in 2016 to support the Pearson finance structure across the globe. It's main remit is to produce reports and data to help our business partnering teams, giving insights and information needed to add real value to the business. PFS staff provide consistent and standardised metrics, unified global reporting and forward planning data to Finance Business Partners and Financial Controllers across the globe. The main scope of PFS includes general accounting, reporting, controlling, revenue and pricing.

Financial Control Analyst - Summary of role:

  • Assist in the coordination of the month end close process in the UK business, including financial analysis, review and journal preparation
  • Work closely with all departments and finance teams to ensure that financial activities are recorded and reported on an accurate and timely basis whilst meeting all corporate policies.

Main Activities and Responsibilities:

The P&L team is responsible for all UK month end activities such as closing activities, review of data, journal processing & review, group reporting, analysis of figures, provide feedback on variances, audit assistance, working with the HR team and auditors to provide back up information and SOX central testing.

There is a large focus on internal controls ithin the UKFC team, this role provides a great opportunity to take a step back to review the current processes, implement change to ensure each task is adding value.

At year end and half year end there is a close relationship with the statutory reporting team to help produce the back-up to our statutory report and work with the auditors to provide information where required, ensure that Pearson policies and processes are understood & applied. This team is also responsible for all compliance requirements (SOX, audit etc).

The FA must identify opportunities for continuous improvement and innovative solutions and apply them appropriately. Contribute to the team and assist co-workers as needed to balance workloads and share knowledge. Help create a work atmosphere conducive to a high degree of integrity and team work. Ensure all process documentation is accurate and kept up to date. Wrok with the Local UK Financial Control Team and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) team in Bangalore to ensure processes are complete, accurate and process improvements are identified and adopted.

Technical activities / responsibilities (defined but not limited to):

  • Assist in the co-ordination of the month end close process for the UK business and associated Legal/Prime entities. To include journal preparation, inter-company reconciliations, management review of results and financial reporting to the group consolidation system (Prime)
  • Prepare ad-hoc analysis / production of reports as requested to support accurate reporting and business decisions, Aggregate data required to support internal and external customers.
  • Assist with Annual Desktop Procedure review and write up for any new processes created or transition to IBM
  • Request and process accruals or other adjustments to the accounts. Review of month end postings, identify necessary material adjustments required and requesting necessary journal entries
  • Assist with financial compliance activities for the UK businesses
  • Ensure timing and classification of entries are correct and accounting treatment is consistent across Pearson in the UK
  • Ensure that corporate policies and procedures are consistently applied.


Qualifications and experience required:

Ideally Part-Qualified (continuing to pursue an accountancy qualification). Minimum of two (2) years relevant experience essential. All candidates must be able to actively demonstrate accounting skills and understanding of key accounting concepts.

Prior knowledge or experience in some or all of the following areas will be an advantage.

  • Finance function and accounting operations, financial management and management accounting
  • Detailed knowledge around finance function processes (RTR, PTP, OTC and Project Accounting)

Flexibility to meet tight and changing deadlines.

Required skills:

Demonstrated aptitude to develop the following skills.Prior knowledge or experience an advantage.

* The Business of Pearson: *

  • Commercially aware
  • Digitally focused
  • Driven by consumer and learner requirements

* Working in One Pearson: *

  • Organizationally agile
  • Influences without authority
  • Prioritizes and makes effective decisions
  • Builds relationships

* Efficacy: *

  • Outcomes oriented
  • Continuously improves
  • Evidence informed

* Functional Capabilities: *

  • Financial reporting
  • Business translation
  • Data analysis

* Technology: * \

  • Pearson-specific
  • Oracle: Business Suite, OBIA / database reporting
  • Hyperion: Essbase, Smartview, Fusion
  • Prime\
  • Excel
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills, e.g., Excel and Word

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: Fixed Term

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Mar 21, 2018

Job Unposting: Mar 30, 2018

Schedule: Full-time Temporary

Req ID: 1803787