Pearson Senior Financial Analyst (School Assessments) in Iowa City, Iowa

Senior Financial Analyst (School Assessments)


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.

Pearson is seeking a Sr. Financial Analyst to work in our Iowa City location. This role will act as part of the Business Partnering team to provide financial support of School Assessments to drive planning and overall performance of revenue generating contracts.

Main activities/responsibilities:

  • Support Director, Finance as a business partner and advisor to the School Assessment Client Services teams, advising on financial matters and ensuring delivery of business and operational objectives.

  • Support Director, Finance and School Assessment Client Services teams in providing insight and analysis to the business to aid forward looking decision making.

  • Oversight of actual monthly results and KPIs and informed and insightful commentary thereon

  • Highlight key risks and opportunities within contracts and providing insights.

  • Support bid pricing activities, providing insight into market factors, opportunities and risks.

  • Identify and address operational improvement and cost opportunities.

  • Contribute and support transformation initiatives as required.

  • Work collaboratively with PFS to deliver key reporting, planning and forecasting processes providing accurate and timely future facing data on which to base decisions.

  • Consistent and extensive collaboration within Finance and across Pearson, including colleagues in Geographies, Product groups, Enabling Functions, Country hub operations and Centers of excellence organized at the Pearson level.

Expected Results:

  • Effective partnering and strong communication between School Assessment leadership teams and Finance teams.

  • Strong performance against KPIs and targets.

  • Accurate and timely delivery of forecast and pricing analysis.

  • Effective involvement of PFS in all relevant processes.

  • Operating model and new ways of working implemented across Finance.

  • Operational improvements and cost opportunities identified and realized.

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

  • Improved forecasting and planning efficiency and accuracy.

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


  • Qualified with demonstrable experience in financial analysis role.

  • Fluent English speaker.

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

  • Ability to model financial outcomes to test risk and sensitivity.

  • 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.

Required Skills:

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

Influence: presence and confidence to interact with business partners. 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 situation, prioritization.

Performance focused: 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: organizing information and manipulates data to identify/explain trends, problems and mitigating actions.

Driving change: identifying opportunities for continuous improvement and innovation.


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-IA-Iowa City

Work Locations: US-IA-Iowa City-2510 North Dodge 2510 North Dodge Street Iowa City 52245

Job: Finance

Organization: Finance

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jul 28, 2017

Req ID: 1712782