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Pearson Manager Oracle Projects COE in Belfast, United Kingdom

Manager Oracle Projects COE - ( 2105190 )


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Role overview & Purpose

As the Manager of the Oracle Projects Centre of Expertise in Pearson Finance Services (PFS), this position offers a chance to do more than just month-end close and general ledger work. This is a new role leading a new team within PFS that will provide the successful candidate with an opportunity to make a real impact on the day-to-day operations of Oracle Project accounting system and to drive positive change across the Project accounting and reporting process within Pearson.

The successful candidate will lead a newly created team that will be responsible for providing technical support to the 800 PMs/FMs that use the Oracle Project Accounting system across all Pearson divisions. The team will have responsibility for coordinating key Oracle Project accounting events and the routine execution of configuration/maintenance processes for the Oracle Project accounting system and will act as SME’s and trusted advisors to all OPA business users

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Month-End coordination and support

    • During the close process, oversee the daily monitoring/analysis of BETA report tables; submit ticket if needed and communicate any Known Issues to end users
    • 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 (Business Process Outsourcing), MSS, and communication with GL team
    • Delivery of Oracle Projects financial reporting to Finance stakeholders.
  • 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
  • Perform key data reconciliations and monitor/report on KPIs to ensure complete, accurate, and timely financial reporting.

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

  • Deliver ongoing training on new and existing OPA processes to assist end user to maximise the OPA system functionality.

  • Responsible for Managing Key and Non-Key Controls as they pertain to Oracle Project Accounting:

    • Act as Key and Non-Key Control Owner, responsible for the performance of all OPA 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 Oracle Project Accounting
  • Manage relationships with key stakeholders such as Divisional Finance leads and their teams, Global Process Owners, the Technical Solutions team, the BPO teams, and Internal/External Audit.

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echnical, Managerial and People Skills Required:

  • Team management experience (5 years )

  • Demonstrable experience of driving process changes as part of a transformation program, preferably in a multinational organization / environment.

  • Good relationship building skills with an ability to influence at a senior level.

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

  • 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.

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Motivated to take initiative to tackle challenges and lead projects.


Required Qualifications/Experience:

  • Subject matter expert in Oracle project accounting - Minimum of 5 years of related experience with a deep knowledge of the OPA system and accounting/finance processes.

  • Proficiency utilizing accounting software

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

  • Experience in SQL

  • ACA/CIMA/ACCA qualified accountant, consideration will be given to non-qualified accountants who can demonstrate they have the required experience and skills to perform the role.

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field

  • Experience of working in a multinational company environment

Primary Location : GB-GB-Belfast

Work Locations :

GB-Belfast-Millennium House

Millennium House, 1st FloorGreat Victoria Street

BelfastBT2 7AQ

Job : Finance

Organization : Technology & Operations

Employee Status : Regular Employee

Job Type : Standard

Job Level : Manager

Shift : Day Job

Travel : No

Job Posting : Apr 13, 2021

Job Unposting : May 13, 2021

Schedule: : Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2105190