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Pearson Investor Relations, Director in London, United Kingdom

Investor Relations, Director


At Pearson, 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.

Summary of role:

To support Pearson financial communications globally with investors and other financial stakeholders on behalf of the Board and Executives reporting to the VP, Investor Relations.

The role is based in 80 Strand, London

Main activities/responsibilities:

  • Financial events – planning and execution

  • Be agile and flexible, willing to perform varying duties depending on the shifting needs of the SVP IR and their stakeholders

  • Modelling KPIs and financials of the business in a way that reflects analyst thinking

  • Proactive, engaged and real time communication with business and analysts.

  • Support the planning and execution of Financial events – results, trading statements, major transactions, investor presentations & roadshows

  • Data gathering, verification and communication of key stories in press releases and presentations

  • Work in partnership with the Head of Corporate Communications, regarding planning and development of our next investor day(s)

  • Write high quality Board reports and external communications that need little rewriting

  • Support the development of the Annual Report

  • Work closely with the company secretary on AGM and governance interaction

  • IR external communication

  • Proactive gathering of consensus data influencing and driving analyst behavior to ensure the business has what it needs at all times track and manage Investment Bank analyst estimates. Own the Consensus Dashboard spreadsheet.

  • Track shareholder register changes monthly

  • Maintain and improve the IR section of

  • Internal IR partners

  • Co-ordinate with employee and financial communications teams on set piece results and day to day news flow

  • Co-ordinate with finance department on the results packs and analysis

  • Track competitor news and industry data and provide insight (results summaries etc), in conjunction with Insight team to the rest of Pearson.

  • Help draft the IR & Media weekly and Board reports.

  • Help with roadshow targeting of financial institutions

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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Qualifications and experience required: Most likely with a finance background – though not necessarily a finance qualification you will be adept at analysis and drawing accurate data driven conclusions.

  • Experience working in a public FTSE 250 or above

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

  • Suitable accounting knowledge

  • 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.

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

  • Strong analytical skills and learning agility

  • Good interpersonal skills

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

  • Experience in managing different stakeholders

  • Good understanding of Pearson strategy

  • Excellent organisational skills

Personal Qualities:

  • Willingness to perform all necessary tasks to a tight deadline

  • Communication: excellent verbal and written skills with the ability to write high quality Board reports and external communications with little guidance.

  • Financially astute with enough accounting knowledge to answer analyst questions

  • Interest in and desire to learn about the business and investor relations

  • Open approach with ability to influence stakeholders both internally and externally

  • Unemotional, calm style that impacts and encourages the same behaviours across the team

  • People/culture magnet driving a positive team atmosphere

  • Influence: presence and confidence to interact with very senior management. Ability to influence across teams and cultures.

  • Emotional Intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, social skills

  • Project Leadership & Delivery: leading team resources to create, drive and deliver on a project plan even if they do not report directly.

  • Collaboration: with other internal teams and third party providers.

  • Decision Making: understanding materiality, complex and uncertain situations, prioritisation

  • Performance focused: self & others

Primary Location: GB-GB-London

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

Job: Communication

Organization: Global Corporate Affairs & Marketing

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Nov 8, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1912877

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.