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Pearson Financial Analyst in Belfast, United Kingdom

Role overview & Purpose

Working within a Projects Finance team in Pearson Finance Services, this position offers a chance to do more than just month-end close and general ledger work. The Projects Center of Expertise will have a deep understanding of end-to-end processes and the inter-connectedness of Projects within the Oracle ERP.

This position provides a chance to make an impact on the day-to-day operations of Oracle Project accounting users in a Global company.

Those with a desire to drive positive change across the Project accounting and reporting process will thrive in this role. This position interacts with all internal users involved in the Project Accounting space, as well as Global Process Owners and the technical solutions team, the BPO teams, and Internal/External Audit.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Cross-functional partnering

  • with Business to facilitate broader understanding of Project Accounting Ways of Working and provide operational and directional support as needed

  • with BPO and Technology teams to ensure understanding of end-to-end issues and work towards resolution

  • with Global Process Owners to ensure opportunities for process improvements are raised and solutioned to ensure operational excellence

  • Month-End support

  • During the close process, perform daily monitoring/analysis of BETA report tables; submit ticket if needed and communicate with end users any Known Issues

  • Process data uploads on an as-needed basis specifically related to month-end budget adjustments, and do the necessary trouble shooting when there are issues

  • Prepare and book Projects JEs related to timing issues in the Intercompany processing schedule, Cash Flow reporting reclasses, Accruals/Adjustments needed for Known Issues

  • Manage month-end process with BPO, MSS, and communication with GL team

  • Operational support to end users providing individual or group assistance with standard process and procedures to end user

  • Perform key data reconciliations and monitor/report on KPIs to ensure complete, accurate, and timely financial reporting.

  • Support the management Key and Non-Key Controls:

  • Perform all Key and Non-Key controls on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis as agreed between Global Process Owner and Controls Center of Expertise

  • Ensure compliance with contracts, policies, processes and control procedures

  • Assist internal and external auditors, as needed, to support audit across all entities using TEP Project Accounting

  • System configuration and maintenance

  • Creation of new expenditure types

  • Configure new organization combinations based on Chart of Accounts requests

  • Configure, manage, maintain, analyze and update standard labor Rate Tables (annually

  • Additional tasks as needed

Technical, Managerial and People Skills Required:

  • Ability to prioritize daily, weekly and monthly tasks in order to meet deadlines

  • Ability to draw concise, well supported recommendations based on detailed analysis of the given issue

  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail

  • Strong customer service skills

  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written

  • Motivated to take initiative to tackle challenges and projects


Required Qualifications:

Minimum 2 to 3 years of related experience with good knowledge of both systems and accounting/finance processes.

Proficiency utilizing accounting software

Proficiency utilizing Microsoft Office products, including advanced knowledge of Excel and preferably VBA

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field

Professional Accountancy Qualification (CIMA/ ACCA/ACA) part-qualified

Experience with Oracle project accounting software

Multinational company environment

Experience in SQL


Organization: Finance

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 689