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Pearson Finance Business Partner in London, United Kingdom

Finance Business Partner


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Role Summary

Responsible for leading all activities related to Customer services and Legal providing financial support to the General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer as well as the SVP, Customer services and their leadership teams.

The Finance business partner for customer services and legal is responsible for acting as Business Partners driving strategy, planning and overall financial performance. This position will partner with both the customer services and Legal leadership to understand the current dynamics in relevant parts of the cost structure, compare to market trends / benchmarks and optimise investment opportunities. Within Finance this role plays an active role in designing and implementing finance strategy.

Directly responsible for a cost base of approx. £70M representing the operational costs for Customer services and Legal

Collaboration, partnership and active stakeholder management are foundational to success in this role. Thriving in an evolving environment, working to drive innovation, and embed industry best practice to drive sustainable growth is key.

Financial Analysis

  • Provides analysis to support decision-making, including presenting economic outcomes, identifying the key value drivers, benefits, sensitivities and risks, accounting and fiscal implications.

  • Communicates financial results to PEM and/or SLG members and their leadership teams.

  • Assesses cutting-edge developments in quantitative analysis and incorporate relevant developments into the organization’s methodologies. Sets standards for business analysis to support strategic direction and comparison.

  • Has experience working with multiple business models.

Investment Analysis & Allocation

  • Understands the strategic nature of particular assets in the creation of long-term value and assures the optimal individual and team contributions for business value.

  • Valuation of investment proposals for a business unit or functional area.

  • Communicates investment analysis criteria to non-finance professionals in a clear and concise manner to support decision making in resource that drives revenue growth.

Cost Management

  • Applies various techniques such as target costing, value analysis, life cycle and discuss implications.

  • Prepares analysis and reports that enable the business management to effectively challenge costs and inform decision-making.

  • Participates in waste elimination efforts with the business to understand key drivers and cost reduction opportunities.

Leadership Capabilities:

  • Ability to Influence Others –Identifies the agendas, concerns, and motivations of interested others, and is persuasive when positioning ideas and arguments to address them. Proactively cultivates networks with key individuals across functions to gain support for ideas, creating a foundation for future influence. Ensures that all proposals or arguments are fully supported by strong logic and a compelling business case, addressing all relevant factors.

  • Communication –Communicates financial information and concepts in a clear, precise, thorough manner to meet the needs of both finance and non-finance audiences.Ensures that own positions effectively address others' needs and priorities, and that concerns are openly discussed and addressed. Projects self-assurance and unshakable confidence to influence outcomes with persuasiveness and candor. Appreciates the diversity of stakeholder interactions and adapts personal style as well as approach accordingly.

  • Strategic Decision Making –Critically and logically evaluates potential short- and long-term costs, risks, and benefits of alternatives before making key decisions.Critically and logically evaluates the costs, risks, and benefits of alternatives before making decisions.

  • Accountability and Ownershi p –Prioritizes and balances, organizes, and allocates time, actions, and resources to generate significant positive results and achieve critical goals, even in fast-moving or uncertain situations. Anticipates and decisively intervenes, addressing and removing obstacles, and redirects efforts to accelerate work, improves quality, moves the work forward, and/or gets efforts back on track.

  • Collaboration and Partnering – Partners with other Finance managers and leaders in Finance on the creation and delivery of company-wide financial strategic themes, development of internal subject matter experts, thought leadership and communication to ensure consistency across the whole Finance group. Identifies opportunities and takes actions to build relationships between own area and other teams, departments and external organizations to help achieve business goals.

  • Change Management Capability – Understands the change management process. Able to influence and lead others to embrace change positively in support of organizational objectives.

  • Prioritization – Juggles many priorities and competing demands for one's time. Understands the importance of materiality when prioritizing work.

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.

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Personal Qualities

  • Brave – Resilient operating under pressure and to tight deadlines

  • Accountable – Demonstrates integrity & delivers what is promised

  • Decent – Represents Pearson’s values and believes in the company mission, is a trusted confidant to colleagues and external sources

  • Imaginative – Thinks creatively, using insights to improve work

Qualifications and Experience

  • 5 years in a finance manager role.

  • Fluent English speaker

  • Deep accounting knowledge

  • Experience working in a multi-national matrix organization

  • Strong understanding of materiality and ability to prioritize across competing agendas

  • Ability to conduct investment analysis and capital asset evaluation

  • Ability to identify business risks and implementation of tactics to mitigate

  • Awareness of multiple business models and experience of working with more than one

  • Proven capability to develop and lead high performance diverse teams

  • Understand the principles of change management and demonstrated ability to champion and drive change.

  • Experience of supporting Operations teams (preferred but not required)

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.

Primary Location: GB-GB-London

Other Locations US-NJ-Hoboken

Work Locations: GB-London-80 Strand 80 Strand London WC2R 0RL

Job: Finance

Organization: Finance

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jan 13, 2020

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1916520

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.