Financial Reporting & Control Manager
Pearson is a global education company that helps people around the world to make progress in their lives through learning. With a rich heritage that combines 50 years of experience in publishing with the latest learning technology and digital services, we help people to learn whatever, wherever and however they choose.
We are now transforming Pearson to accelerate our activity in digital learning, education services and emerging markets. This will enable us to make a lasting impact in helping to solve some of the most important challenges in global education. We’re here to help people make progress in their lives through access to better learning. By helping them along their journey of discovery and inspiration, we aim to cultivate a lifelong love of learning that enables them to enjoy a robust and fulfilling life - whether that’s through employment or simply the ongoing joy of learning.
Pearson Finance Services:
Pearson Finance Services (PFS) is a dedicated captive finance shared service centre established in 2016 as part of a major efficiency programme across Pearson’s global finance function. PFS is a central part of the ‘FInance Operations’ organisation within Pearson which is accountable for the delivery of all finance services, including financial control to the business. The services provided by PFS to its internal customers are Financial Reporting & Control; Financial Planning & Analysis; Project Accounting & Fixed Assets and Operational Finance. PFS receives transactional finance services (P2P, O2C, R2R) from Pearson’s Business Process Outsourcing centre in Bangalore, with PFS being responsible for reviewing the quality, completeness and timeliness of these services.Both the Reporting Centre of Expertise and Intelligent Automation functions are also located at the Belfast site.
There are currently over 120 employees in PFS servicing four Senior Vice Presidents (SVPs) across Pearson finance who are accountable for finance services in the UK, North America and a number of Pearson businesses.
Job Title:PFS Financial Reporting & Control Manager - Reporting to PFS Delivery Director.
An experienced qualified chartered or certified accountant, with a background in audit, the Financial Reporting & Control Manager is responsible for leading a team of qualified and part qualified accountants to deliver monthly ‘close the books’ processes; annual statutory reports and support the SOX and internal controls framework processes across Pearson.
Responsible for financial control for North America and the UK, the Financial Reporting & Control Manager will work closely with their peers in the wider Pearson Finance Community and PFS tomaintain the integrity of the financial accounting processes and controls.
Ensure efficient & effective management and delivery to customers of all financial reporting & control activities within the Pearson Finance Services and BPO organisations
Undertake effective demand management processes to manage, prioritise, delegate and deliver an optimum service to the customer that aligns to their strategic requirements
Liaise closely with the Relationship Manager group who act as the single points of contact for the Finance Business Partnering Teams;
Liaise closely with the PFS Governance Manager in order to maintain effective service delivery to PFS from the BPO centre in Bangalore;
Be a fully integrated member of the PFS leadership team to assist the continuing and effective operations of the organisation
As a member of the PFS leadership team, work to develop & continuously improve the services performed by PFS, constantly seeking further efficiency & effectiveness through standardisation, simplification & elimination as appropriate.
Support the Finance Business Partnering Team in educating the business on the Finance Operating Model as required.
Lead a team of financial reporting analysts and senior analysts to deliver:
Manage the activities in the running of the Financial Reporting & Control team. This includes establishing and managing operating plans and goals for the team, developing work schedules, back-up procedures and managing staffing requirements to ensure maximum and minimum coverage levels at all times;
Ensure that teams function effectively and efficiently.
Continuously control of processes to ensure that the Financial Reporting & Control area operates in an efficient and cost effective manner and identify upcoming opportunities for improvement
Develop and manage short and long term operational goals and tactical objectives ensuring customer goals are incorporated
Negotiate and ensure key performance metrics are met and service is delivered to customers as expected
Develop, build and maintain relationships with all finance areas serviced by PFS
Develop, maintain, and update personal knowledge and expertise through appropriate means to ensure understanding of relevant knowledge areas and to identify possible future developments
Monitor, control & identify improvements required to systems, processes and databases to ensure system and data security and ensure they are up to date and comply with current legislation
Outstanding communication skills, comfortable across a variety of media and channels. Ability to communicate effectively across all levels and with multiple interested parties in parallel
The manager of the Financial Reporting & Control team will display a deep knowledge of statutory reporting requirements, and the financial control processes required to deliver to necessary accounting standards in the UK (and preferably the US). This includes a deep knowledge of all financial transactions, the integration points, key internal controls and how they impact on the financial statements of the organisation. The manager will lead the team to deliver a service and:
Ensures the team and self:
Leadership, people management and development
Recruit, retain and motivate staff and build a high performing team
Work collaboratively with the wider senior management team to promote and support the vision of the future PFS organisation.
Lead, inspire and motivate your team to achieve collective and individual success.
Empower people to take ownership and responsibility.
Encourage people to share their ideas for making improvements to their own and others performance and development.
Manage / own all operational people processes and activities.
Provide ongoing pastoral care and support for teams - including work-life balance and well-being.
Qualified Chartered or Certified accountant from an audit background with a minimum of 5years
Strong commercial acumen and business specific experience
Primary Location: GB-GB-Belfast
Work Locations: GB-Belfast-Millennium House Millennium House, 1st Floor Great Victoria Street Belfast BT2 7AQ
Employee Status: Regular Employee
Job Type: Standard
Shift: Day Job
Job Posting: Mar 6, 2018
Job Unposting: Mar 30, 2018
Schedule: Full-time Regular
Req ID: 1803857