Pearson Senior Financial Analyst - Statutory Accounts in Belfast, United Kingdom

Senior Financial Analyst - Statutory Accounts


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Summary of role:

The UK Financial Control team is responsible for all UK month-end close activities, Group and Statutory reporting, Balance Sheet control, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Payroll. The team is also responsible for end-to-end process control and, where necessary, process redesign and improvement across the UK FC, PFS and BPO teams.

The main responsibilities of the UK Finance Manager Statutory Accounts will be:

  • The management and completion of the annual statutory accounts for a range of Pearson UK trading businesses;

  • Management of the annual audits for Pearson UK and a number of other UK statutory entities;

  • Oversight and co-ordination of the submission of the Bi-annual Statutory Reporting pack to Group finance on behalf of UKM Trading entities;

  • Overseeing the submission of Corporation Tax information to the internal Tax team; and

  • Acting as the key contact for internal and external auditors and Pearson PLC tax team.


  • Prepare and submit Statutory Accounts for all UK Trading entities – including, but not limited, to Pearson Education Ltd., Pearson Shared Services Ltd., Pearson Management Services Ltd., Pearson College Ltd., Escape Studios Ltd, and others.

  • Own the process for completion, review and submission of the bi-annual statutory information packs to Pearson Group Finance, working with the local and PFS UKFC team and the BPO Team in Bangalore, India.

  • Manage the engagement and work plan with external auditors, including agreeing the audit requirements for UK Statutory Accounts

  • Represent UK Finance on changes to UK GAAP/IFRS reporting changes, working closely with Group Finance.

  • Prepare or review tax submissions and answer any follow up questions from internal Tax team

  • Investigate the use of Statutory Account software and run project to implement if appropriate

  • Complete and review SOX controls

  • Setting and agreeing the timetable each year for preparation of statutory accounts, and audits, and agreeing audit timing with our external audit firm

  • Assisting in the wind-up and liquidation of any dormant UK companies

  • Oversight of accounts preparation and audit for some companies in other jurisdictions e.g. Cyprus

  • Perform the role of BTEC Plas Pension Scheme Treasurer


Qualifications and experience required:

  • Qualified with demonstrable experience in financial accounting essential

  • Fluent English speaker

  • Experience of using some, or all, of our core finance systems: Oracle R12, Prime, Delphi and Smartview

  • Experience of working in a multi-national matrix organization

  • Strong understanding of materiality and ability to prioritize across competing agendas

  • Ability to identify business risks and implementation of tactics to mitigate

  • Understanding of financial control, business performance management and process optimization and experience of working in more than one of these areas.

  • An understanding of putting internal financial results into an external market context.

  • Awareness of multiple business models and experience of working with more than one.

  • Understanding of finance specialist areas: tax, treasury, M&A, compliance, corporate governance and ability to utilize proper judgement to involve them as necessary.

Expected Results:

  • Strong performance against KPIs and targets

  • Effective involvement of PFS and BPO in all relevant processes

  • Operating model and new ways of working implemented across finance

  • Strong collaboration with Product groups, Geographies, Enabling Functions, Group Control, Finance Centres of Excellence and with embedded Finance teams across Pearson

  • Leverage of analytics tools to focus organisation on value-added activities

Required Skills:

  • Communication: strong verbal and written skills within finance, across the organisation and with external parties.

  • Influence: presence and confidence to interact with senior management. Ability to leverage influence across teams and cultures.

  • Emotional Intelligence (self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, social skill) and the ability to apply it to work successfully in a matrix environment.

  • Collaboration: with other internal teams and third party providers.

  • Decision Making: understanding materiality, complex and uncertain situations and prioritisation

  • Performance focused for both self & others

  • Time Management: ability to work under pressure and to tight timelines, producing a high standard of work with attention to detail

  • Analytics focused: organising information and manipulating data to identify/explain trends, problems and mitigating actions

  • Driving change: identifying opportunities for continuous improvement and innovation

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: Mar 23, 2017