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Pearson Financial Control Analyst - Rights & Royalties in Belfast, United Kingdom

Financial Control Analyst - Rights & Royalties - ( 2106586 )


We are the world’s learning company with more than 24,000 employees operating in 70 countries. We combine world-class educational content and assessment,powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. We believe that wherever learning flourishes so do people.

The PFS Financial Reporting & Control team is responsible for the UK and North America month-end close activities, group reporting, audit, balance sheet and P&L control. The team is also responsible for end-to-end process control and, where necessary, process redesign and improvement across our UK and offshore teams.

We are currently seeking part qualified Chartered or Certified accountants to join Pearson Finance Services in Belfast. The activities of the role include, but is not limited to:

  • Ensure effective review, control and reporting of royalties to produce the monthly and annual results, working closely with key managers and finance teams;

  • Own the review of all daily, weekly and monthly royalty tasks;

  • Coordinate and review work delivered by the BPO team;

  • Preparation of and/or review/approve journals ensuring they maintain relevant and appropriate back up and are correctly coded;

  • Prepare ad-hoc analysis / production of royalty expense reports as requested to support accurate reporting and support business, group and tax decisions;

  • Provide assistance in the preparation of royalty rate budget preparation;

  • Have significant interaction with business units, enabling functions, and auditors;

  • Complete compliance reporting in accordance with local legislation;

  • Assist with SOX compliance, as required;

  • Assist with Annual Desktop Procedure (DTP) review and write up for any new processes created or transitioned to BPO;

  • Be involved in the delivery of ad-hoc projects and reporting requirements of the wider PFS team as required;

  • Recognise issues, highlight them to relevant colleagues / line manager and take initiative to solve;

  • Maintain customer satisfaction by promptly following up on requests for information;

  • Contribute to team effort and assist co-workers as needed to balance workloads;

  • Help to create a work atmosphere conducive to a high degree of integrity and teamwork;

  • Identify opportunities for continuous process improvement and innovative solutions and communicate these to the manager;

  • Maintenance of an effective system of internal controls including compliance with all internal and external requirements;

  • Ensure that corporate policies and procedures are consistently applied;

  • Take proactive involvement in determining and implementing best practices; and

  • Ensure all processes are kept well-documented.

Pearson is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate against employees or job applicants and select the best person for each job based on relevant skills and experience.We are also committed to building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce and encouraging equality and diversity.The information you provide will stay confidential, and be stored securely. It will not be seen by those involved in making decisions as part of the recruitment process.


Required skills and qualifications:

  • Part qualified Chartered or Certified accountant;

  • Knowledge of FRS101 and IFRS, US GAAP preferable;

  • Understanding of financial control processes and functions;

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with both finance and non-finance professionals;

  • A self-starter who is motivated to work under own initiative when required;

  • Ability to maintain a strong focus on results and outcomes and prioritise work effectively;

  • Detailed orientated with strong problem solving skills; and

  • Advanced user of Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel (v-lookups, sum-ifs, pivot tables, macros etc.).

Preferred skills and qualifications:

  • Experience of accounting for royalties and subrights; ability to interpret royalty statements;

  • Experience using Oracle and Hyperion systems tools viewed favourably; and

  • Experience in a service delivery environment and strong stakeholder management skills.

Primary Location : GB-GB-Belfast

Work Locations :

GB-Belfast-Millennium House

Millennium House, 1st FloorGreat Victoria Street

BelfastBT2 7AQ

Job : Finance

Organization : Finance

Employee Status : Regular Employee

Job Type : Standard

Shift : Day Job

Travel : No

Job Posting : Jun 10, 2021

Job Unposting : Jul 11, 2021

Schedule: : Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2106586