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Associate Financial Analyst

Posted 6 April by Pearson UK Featured Ended

Associate 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.

Enabling Functions Role:

  • Complete the processing of all technical responsibilities (see below) in a timely, efficient and accurate manner

  • Assist in the preparation of ad-hoc analysis / production of reports as requested to support accurate reporting and business decisions

  • Assist in performing variance analysis against performance targets

  • Assist in preparing monthly management reporting packs (including but not limited to analysis of payroll and FTE)

  • Assist in providing Finance Business Partners with insightful pre-close P&L reports on WD1, WD3 & WD4. Actual deadlines may be subject to change. Monthly calendar of activities to be maintained as agreed current view of deadlines and communicated to FD/VP stakeholders.

  • Assist in preparation of accruals / other adjustment journal entries as required)

  • Assisting in Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting and Reporting – Opex Bau

  • Contribute to team effort and assist co-workers as needed to balance workloads

  • Help to create a work atmosphere conducive to a high degree of integrity and teamwork

  • Maintain customer satisfaction by promptly following up on customers’ requests for information.

  • Ensure performance targets are met and service is delivered to end users as expected.

  • Identify opportunities for continuous process improvement and innovative solutions and communicate these to the Team Leader.

  • Take proactive involvement in determining and implementing best practices

Consolidation Role:

  • Assist in Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting and Reporting – Consolidated Views

  • Support development of strategic plan/op plan.

  • Assist in preparation of periodic budgets, primarily Q1/Q2/Q3 forecasts.

  • Assist in preparing GL entries relating to restructuring (redundancy/severance), bonus and cost reclassification.

  • Assist in preparation of monthly reporting in areas including -

  • Cost trackers

  • Headwinds, savings & restructuring

  • Flash & Final financials

  • Executive-level reporting packs for Technology, Operations & Enabling Functions.

  • Assist in the reconciliation of data between source ERPs and consolidated reporting tools (SAP/Oracle/Hyperion/Delphi/Prime) and seeking explanations for significant variances

  • Adhoc reportingand analysis as required.

  • Provide wider support to the Technology, Operations and Enabling Functions team as required



  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in a Finance/Accounting or related discipline


  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

  • A self-starter who is motivated to work under own initiative when required

  • Ability to work as part of a team, identifying and providing support to colleagues.

  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with both finance and non-finance professionals

  • Strong working relationship with the Finance Business Partnering team(s) supported

  • Delivery of all work to agreed Service Level Agreements

  • Process improvement over time including simplification and standardization

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: Apr 6, 2018

Job Unposting: Apr 20, 2018

Schedule: Full-time Temporary

Req ID: 1805364

Reference: 34850307

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