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Pearson Financial Planning & Analysis Analyst in Belfast, United Kingdom

Financial Planning & Analysis Analyst


Summary of role:

Provide a consolidated view of financial business performance and planning to Core & Growth leadership teams

Technical activities/responsibilities :

  • Preparation of budgets, forecasts, strategic plans and management reporting to include but not limited to; development of reporting packs for population by Geographies (Geo’s) and support to Finance SVP’s in the provision of additional data or analysis where required, consolidation of Geo results providing first line review and challenge of said results, and other ad-hoc support as required

  • Maintenance of budget policies and procedures and communication of said procedures to Geo’s

  • Cost centre management to include month end preparation (Posting journals, invoice coding, results analysis) and budgeting/ forecasting responsibilities

  • Completion of monthly reporting into leadership team following completion by Geo’s to include appropriate commentary and analysis

  • Provide support to the leadership team through ad-hoc tasking when required

  • Provide support to the wider FP&A Core & Growth team when required

Expected results:

  • Review all data inputs for reasonableness and accuracy and provide challenge to local teams where required

  • Deliver insightful business analysis to SVP leadership teams and key Stakeholders

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

  • Consistently deliver accurate and timely results to customers in line with divisional and Group policies and procedures

  • Ensure performance targets are met and service is delivered to end users as expected

  • Identify potential for process improvement for review by F&PA Lead Analyst

  • Take proactive involvement in determining and implementing best practices

  • Contribute to team effort and assist co-workers across Core & Growth divisions as needed to balance workloads

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  • Qualified or part qualified accountant, with relevant experience in:

  • Budgeting, planning, forecasting and management reporting (including variance analysis)

  • Stakeholder management

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

  • Experience of working within a large matrix organisation

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

  • Experience of finance ERP systems (Oracle preferred but not essential)

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

  • Ability to work as part of a team, identifying and providing support to colleagues

Primary Location: GB-GB-Belfast

Work Locations: GB-Belfast-Millennium House Millennium House, 1st Floor Great Victoria Street Belfast BT2 7AQ

Job: Finance

Organization: Finance

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Dec 27, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1916900

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.