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Pearson Senior Financial Analyst: Oracle Projects Centre of Expertise in Belfast, United Kingdom

Working within the Oracle 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 Finance team 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.

Role overview & Purpose

Working within the Oracle 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 Finance team 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:

Financial Analysis

Month-end consolidation of YTD investment general ledger transactional data prior to reconciliation with and entry into group reporting application

Biannual and year-end statutory group reporting input, provision of evidential analysis and resolution of external audit requests

Prepare monthly fixed asset movement schedules detailing investment spend, transfers to asset register etc

Prepare and book Projects JEs related to timing issues in the Intercompany processing schedule, Cash Flow reporting reclasses,

Accruals/Adjustments needed for Known Issues

Consolidation and reconciliation of project subledger (Beta reports) to general ledger actuals and provision of reconciliations including budgetary variations as essential daily month-end MI packs to Finance stakeholders

Assisting business and finance users with financial investigations, nominal workflow mapping, national tax authority queries and statement of financial position open item resolution

Monthly deep-dive analysis of development project construction-in-progress (CIP) spend, reconciliation and resolution of global model exceptions

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 coordination and support

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

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

Operational and Directional support to Oracle Projects end users (800+) 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.

System configuration and maintenance

Creation of new expenditure types Configure new organization combinations based on Chart of Accounts requests

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 of 5 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 VBA Experience in SQL

ACA/CIMA/ACCA Part-qualified

Consideration will be given to candidates who are qualified by experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field

Experience with Oracle project accounting software

CIMA/ ACCA / ACA Fully Qualified

Experience with Oracle project accounting software

Multinational company environment experience

SQL experience

Job: FINANCE

Organization: Corporate Finance

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 1426

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