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Financial Planning & Analysis Manager

Posted 7 March by Pearson UK Featured Ended

Financial Planning & Analysis 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 Planning & Analysis Manager - Reporting to PFS Delivery Director.Summary of role:The Financial Planning & Analysis Manager is responsible for the delivery of planning, budgeting & forecasting and management reporting & analysis services to internal PFS customers. Supporting the business partners globally to provide high quality information for strategic decision making.Working closely with the newly established Reporting Centre of Expertise (RCOE) to drive the development of a set of high quality, reliable and robust standard reports to deliver timely and insightful information to the business customer.

Ensure efficient & effective management and delivery to customers of all F,P&A 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, coach and mentor staff across the organisation
Main activities/responsibilities:

Lead a team of FP&A analysts and senior analysts to deliver:

  • Input into the annual strategic planning process as required through preparation of analyses, sales & margin plans, and other requested supporting information to enable collation of the plan;

  • Support divisions with collation of their strategic plan submissions;

  • Assist in preparation of documentation and presentations relating to the strategic plan;

  • Load of strategic plan onto Oracle Hyperion Planning system, managing governance and control of load process, and reconciliation of inputs;

  • Annual operating plan process, collation of budgets, review with business partners and loading onto Oracle Hyperion Planning system.

  • Quarterly forecasting processes, collation of forecasts, review with business partners and update on Oracle Hyperion Planning system.

  • Production of month end management information packs, including supporting variance analysis and commentary;

  • Monthly consolidation of management information packs across geographies and enabling functions and roll up to group level showing performance against budget and forecast;

  • Provision of insightful commentary and analytical analysis in management information packs to facilitate senior leadership discussion and decision making.

  • Provision of ad-hoc analyses and reporting as required outside of the normal month, quarter and year end processes to support decision making

  • for example, product profitability; cost of sales analysis; customer and product mix

  • Make recommendations as to management information requirements, and format of standardised outputs across all areas of the business.

  • Work closely with the RCOE to design, test and implement a suite of standard reports

Service Delivery

Manage the activities in the running of the Financial Planning & Analysis 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 PLanning & Analysis 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 r

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