Pearson Finance Director- Business Partnering in London, United Kingdom

Finance Director- Business Partnering


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Summary of the role:

Provide financial support to Global Operations driving strategy, planning and overall financial performance. The Global Operations organisation remit includes Supply Chain, Procurement, Customer Service and Corporate Real Estate.

Total budget 2018: Opex £233m and Capex £22m

Main activities and responsibilities:

  • Act as a key commercial business partner and advisor to the Operations Senior Leadership team as a member of their teams, taking a lead on financial matters and ensuring delivery of business and operational objectives

  • Challenge the business to drive sustainable value proactively through informed and insightful decision making

  • Provide financial insight and analysis to support strategic decision making:

  • Business analysis (eg Zero Inventory business case creation and tracking) including external benchmarking

  • Support realistic and structured decisions on investments and capital allocation, including acquisitions and disposals, ensuring they are measured against financial targets. This includes investment priorities and development of investment / disposal cases.

  • Identify, address and implement solutions for operational improvement and cost opportunities.

  • Lead planning and forecasting processes providing accurate and timely future facing data on which to base decisions

  • Oversight of actual monthly results and KPIs and informed and insightful commentary thereon

  • Drive implementation of global Finance process, policies, controls and procedures within the team

  • Drive efficiencies and service levels within the embedded Finance team

  • Ensure the business always remains in line with control standards

Expected results:

  • Effective partnering and strong communication between Global Operations leadership teams and Finance teams

  • Strong performance against KPIs and targets

  • Accurate and timely delivery of investment and business cases

  • Delivery of realigned organisational design across Finance

  • Effective involvement of PFS in all relevant processes

  • Successful execution of the Enabling Programme

  • Operating model and new ways of working implemented across Finance

  • Operational improvements and cost opportunities identified and realised in particular across Oak program

  • Strong collaboration with Technology, Product groups, Geographies, Enabling Functions, Group Control, Finance Centres of Excellence and with embedded Finance teams across Pearson

  • Improved forecasting and planning efficiency and accuracy

  • Leverage of analytics tools to focus organisation on value-added activities


  • Experience in a senior finance management role.

  • Fluent English speaker

  • 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

  • Deep accounting knowledge – qualification as an accountant or MBA degree

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

  • Understanding of financial control, business performance management and process optimization and experience of working in more than one of these areas

  • An understanding of putting internal financial results into an external market context

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

  • Proven capability to develop and lead high performance diverse teams

  • Understanding of finance specialist areas: tax, treasury, M&A, compliance, corporate governance and ability to utilise proper judgement to involve them as necessary

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

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

  • Participation in international projects, may be short or long term (preferred but not required)

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Primary Location: GB-GB-London

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: Jul 10, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1807089

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