Pearson Finance Manager - Financial Planning & Analysis in Melbourne, Australia

Finance Manager - Financial Planning & Analysis


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’s Finance department enjoys a strong partnership with our various business including assessments, services, digital, courseware, operations and enabling functions.

We are currently seeking a Finance Manager to take the lead on planning and forecasting processes in order to provide accurate value-added business analysis as well as define and report meaningful financial metrics that lead to insightful, accurate business decision-making. As the successful candidates, you will also publish monthly reporting packages including financial statements, KPI reporting, operational dashboard reporting and actual versus budget variances and executive level explanations of differences.


Your leadership style is collaborative and encourages sharing of ideas and team cohesion. You will have proven interpersonal skills and feel comfortable communicating across functions and departments at all levels. You are a problem solver and a creative thinker, able to apply imagination when developing solutions to problems.

Selection criteria:

  • Substantial experience in a senior finance role in a multi-national matrix organization

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

  • Ability to conduct investment analysis and capital asset evaluation

  • Deep accounting knowledge – qualification as an accountant or MBA degree

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

  • Understanding of business performance management and process optimization and experience of working in these areas

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

  • Understanding of product delivery / industrial business models

  • Proven capability to develop and lead high performance diverse teams

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

In exchange for your experience and knowledge, you will be rewarded with a positive team that want to succeed, a competitive compensation package, an outstanding CBD workspace, the flexibility to achieve work/life balance and career development opportunities. This is a permanent, full-time role based in the Docklands.

If you are interested in growing your career with the world’s leading learning organisation, please submit your application now.


Primary Location: AU-VIC-Melbourne

Work Locations: AU-Victoria-Melbourne-Goods Shed South 707 Collins Street Goods Shed South Melbourne 3008

Job: Finance

Organization: Core

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Nov 30, 2016