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Pearson Deal Transition Director, M&A Operations in Leeds, United Kingdom

Deal Transition Director, M&A Operations - ( 2109834 )


Our Organisation

We are the world’s learning company with more than 20,000 employees, supporting learners in nearly 200 countries worldwide. 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. 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.

At Pearson, we believe in the power of difference. Harnessing the unique skills, perspectives, and backgrounds of every employee helps us foster innovation and create the most effective solutions for learners around the world. That’s why we’re committed to ensuring that diversity and inclusion are embedded into everything we do. We foster a work environment that’s inclusive and diverse — and where our people can be themselves — so we can reflect the customers and learners we serve. You can learn more about our commitment to a diverse and inclusive culture here:

At Pearson, we are delighted to be awarded Gold against the Investors in People standard in the UK; we are confirmed by Stonewall in the Top 100 Employers LGBTQ UK employers; we are a Disability Confident committed employer, and committed to the Race Charter; we were recognised in the Best Employers for Diversity 2019 awards; we were featured on The Forbes List of Best D&I Employers; we are a Working Mums Top Employer and Age Positive employer. Pearson is a truly global family, and listed on both the London and New York Stock Exchanges. We are proud to offer an exceptional and supportive environment to develop your professional career!

Your Opportunity

  • Deal Transition Director, M&A Operations

  • Based in Central London with some work from home flexibility (WFH through Covid restrictions)

  • Permanent & full-time working 37.5 hours per week

We have an exciting opportunity to lead Deal Delivery Management for the Corporate Development pipeline, responsible for oversight, management and coordination of pre- and post-deal planning, separation and integration activities. The Deal Transition Lead will lead and coordinate the Business Deal Response Team and in partnership with the Program Manager, has overall oversight of any given transaction which includes all business workstreams, covering, HR, Sales, Operations, Customer Service, Supply chain, Product, Rights & Royalties, GCAM and Technology.

The Deal Transition Lead's duties encompass the entire deal lifecycle with a strong mix of operational and strategic aspects. The role will involve working across operational strategies, workforce strategies, people strategies, organizational change, deal onboarding, engagement, and deal value realisation. This individual will act as central integrator of various business and corporate functions responsible for enabling the strategic value drivers and protecting deal obligations to ensure operational execution.

Your Key Responsibilities

Strategy and Execution: Drives the creation of as-is assessments, separation or integration strategies and plans, including TSA schedules, services and negotiations, through due diligence and transaction processes, across all the functional areas in any transaction. Working alongside functional leads and deal operations team.

Collaboration: Act as liaison and assurance on data collation for data room, with significant interaction, coordination and connecting between stakeholders and business teams. Work with appointed representatives across specialist and technical areas.

Analytics and research: Gather financial estimates and identify key costs associated with integration or separation, including one time, stranded, and TSA costs, which could inform valuation and execution, as well as managing budget and spend for deal execution costs.

Communication: Ensure transaction governance and managing of buyer/business relationships, risk & issue management to ensure successful execution of post deal close activities.

Collaboration: Contribute to pre- deal due diligence and valuation processes and deliverables, supporting the Corporate Development Strategy Deal Team.

Using program management disciplines, establish governance and deal milestones that are adequately tracked, monitored and escalated as necessary. Collaborate with dedicated deal Program Manager as required.

Knowledge Management: Maintain playbooks, department and business knowledge, keeping up with industry best practices, and maintaining a high-performance level and success rate of all identified post deal activities for the business.

Build up a center of expertise for deal professionals.

Establish and manage a business deal response team.

Build a network of partnerships internally and externally that help drive team’s performance improvement.

Our Successful Candidate

We welcome applicants with experience working in an M&A, Divestment and Deal delivery capacity within a fast-paced, highly competitive, and dynamic environment, at a Director level. The candidate will demonstrate an in-depth operational and valuation financial estimating experience, making effective decisions through the analysis of information and proficient deal analysis, negotiation, consulting and execution.

The candidate will have knowledge of accounting concepts, corporate finance, and will also have experience managing a deal operations team through the entire lifecycle of a transaction. This includes in depth knowledge of the company operating model and business strategic drivers and models. Ability to build strong networks and business relationships with influence across a highly complex, globally matrixed organization with competing priorities. A suitable candidate will also have had a successful track record of managing transactions, transaction valuation, and strategic transaction analyses.

The candidate will have ability to design and deliver holistic operational strategies across multiple dimensions in complex matrix environments across a range of industries and sectors. Strong project management experience with proven delivery expertise at a strategic and tactical level. Transform your expertise to a new level - we have many interesting and dynamic projects to look forward to in 2021, therefore now is the ideal time to join our Pearson family. Apply now for a highly rewarding and truly global career!

Your Reward & Benefits

We’ll expect a lot and we know you’ll do great work, so we give a lot back with some of the best benefits in the business! We know that one size doesn’t fit all, so our workplace programmes meet the different needs of our diverse teams and their families too. Our most exciting options are featured below and when you join our Pearson family you can look forward to:

  • Work from home through COVID-19 restrictions.

  • A starting holiday of 25 days plus UK public holidays and you’ll earn 1 additional day’s holiday per year you work with us.

  • Generous pension scheme where we match and double what you contribute.

  • Maternity, paternity, and family care leave as well as flexible work policies.

  • Stock/share purchase options.

  • Healthcare and dental plans, and an employee wellbeing assistance programme for you and your family to help balance work, family and personal life.

  • Cycle to work program, gym membership concessions in selected office locations, along with retail and leisure discounts.

Our Recruitment Process

Please complete and submit your application as soon as possible and ensure that you apply directly on our Pearson Careers website only.

We are reviewing applications regularly and interviews are being scheduled now, therefore we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Wishing you success with your application!

#LI-POST 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.



Primary Location : GB-GB-London

Other Locations : GB-GB-Harlow, GB-Greater Manchester, GB-Oxfordshire, GB-GB-Glasgow, GB-GB-Edinburgh, GB-GB-London, GB-Greater London, GB-GB-Oxford, GB-GB-Birmingham, GB-GB-Leeds, GB-GB-Manchester, GB-GB-Liverpool, GB-Cambridgeshire, GB-GB-Cambridge

Work Locations :

GB-London-80 Strand

80 Strand

LondonWC2R 0RL

Job : Finance

Organization : Finance

Employee Status : Regular Employee

Job Type : Standard

Job Level : Director

Shift : Day Job

Travel : Yes, 25 % of the Time

Job Posting : Jul 9, 2021

Job Unposting : Ongoing

Schedule: : Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2109834