Pearson Manager -Financial Control in Belfast, United Kingdom

Manager -Financial Control


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.

The role includes supporting one half of Pearson wide process areas from a risk and control perspective include Risk and Control matrices updates and including gap resolutions. It also involves testing controls as needed. The role will also ensure the Risk and Control Matrices for areas outside of the US including Brazil and the UK are complete and accurate. A main focus will be managing deficiencies across Pearson on a weekly basis and partnering with all owners for clear and sustainable action plans. The role will also be responsible for building internal control documentation across Pearson Core and Growth markets.

This role will serve as a UK/PFS subject matter expert and will be a main point of contact for UK control improvements and initiatives. The role will support wider initiatives such as overall deficiency tracking across the Pearson globe and support other areas such as Brazil and wider UK control initiatives. A large function of the role will be a key contact for the UK and will coordinate testing amongst individuals outside of the COE who are supporting UK testing (the Manager will perform a high amount of testing as well). The role will require a large amount of subject matter expertise, organization, be deadline oriented, and will not be a people leader but will require thought leadership.

Main Activities

The main activities will include supporting the maintenance of a deficiency tracker across Pearson and ensuring all control deficiencies across Pearson are closed timely with sustainable controls. This will include holding regular meetings and meeting deadlines. The role will manage one half of the Pearson wide process controls and supporting other controls as needed. The role will also support one half of all the process areas including all the process flows, the risks, controls, and the resolutions for any issues within the process areas as well as directly managing all the process areas outside of the US. This role will serve as a UK/PFS subject matter expert and will be a main point of contact for UK control improvements and initiatives. The role will also require extensive time with Core and Growth markets to build out internal control documentation.



The role requires being located in Belfast and a Bachelor degree in Finance, Accounting, or Business Administration. It requires strong organization, time management, and multi-tasking skills.

  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, accounting/finance or related field.

  • Experience working in controls, audit/accounting/finance role and/or general experience with internal controls.

  • Understanding of materiality and risks.

  • Exceptional organization, time management skills
and ability to multi-task.

  • Experience identifying risks, controls, control gap analysis, and evaluating testing effectiveness.

  • Excellent team-player and interpersonal skills: strong written communication skills, ability to communicate clearly and effectively across various levels in the organization.

  • Strong and strategic thought leadership to identify business needs and how to solve for them in efficient and innovative ways.

  • Ability to effectively perform detailed analysis and big picture assessments of company processes and their related internal controls

  • Proven ability to meet stringent reporting deadlines.

  • Excellent influencing skills, including the ability to communicate complex financial and process issues to non-technical people

  • Flexible, analytical, focused on results and efficiency and able to work independently

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: Jul 3, 2018

Job Unposting: Jul 27, 2018

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1809793

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