Pearson VP Financial Controls COE in Hoboken, New Jersey

VP Financial Controls COE


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.

The lead of the Financial Controls COE is accountable for building and leading an organization comprising of controls experts who will be responsible for ensuring appropriate levels of risk management over financial and operational environments and transactions within those environments.

The VP will be responsible for defining, designing and assessing the Control framework that mitigates financial risks, financial misstatement and fraud across the key financially relevant processes (Fixed Assets, Hire to Retire, Order to Cash, Purchase to Pay, Project Accounting, Record to Report, Supply Chain Management, Treasury/Cash Management, Rights & Royalties, Tax) including SOX controls, in partnership with business/global process owners.

The VP will lead the global second line of defence model, directly supporting the finance function, business operations, and senior management. They will be responsible for providing an overall opinion on adequacy of controls supporting financial processes and essential guidance to senior management and key process owners. The VP will also support continuous improvement special projects and work efforts around financial risk and controls monitoring.

The role will report to the SVP of Finance Operations but will also be directly accountable to the Pearson Control Steering Committee, a group which will have direct oversight of all control environments supported by the Financial Controls COE as well as the ITGC COE.


  • Demonstrated experience of applying internal controls in a senior finance role.

  • Deep Understanding of financial control,

  • Fluent English speaker

  • Experience working in a multi-national matrix organization.

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

  • Deep accounting knowledge.

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

  • Understanding of process design and optimization and experience of working in this areas.

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

  • Proven capability to develop and lead high performance diverse teams.

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

  • Understand the principles of change management and demonstrated ability to champion and drive change.

  • Participation in international projects, may be short or long term (preferred but not required)


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Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: US-NJ-Hoboken

Work Locations: US-NJ-Hoboken-221 River 221 River Street Hoboken 07030

Job: Finance

Organization: Finance

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: May 18, 2017

Req ID: 1709316