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Pearson VP Deal Operations in London, United Kingdom

VP Deal Operations - ( 2102929 )


Position Title: VP Deal Operations

Department: Deal Operations

Reports To: SVP, Global Transformation Office

Direct Reports: 4

We are the world’s learning company with more than 22,500 employees operating in 70 countries. We combine world-class educational content and assessment, powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalised 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.

We are seeking an exceptional candidate to lead Deal Delivery Management for our Corporate Development M&A pipeline. The VP Deal Operations provides leadership to the Deal Operations team, overseeing the M&A Deal Operations transaction portfolio, responsible for end – to end oversight, management and delivery of pre- and post-deal planning, separation and integration activities. The position has overall oversight of enabling functions and business workstreams through each Deal Transaction.

The VP Deal Operation's remit encompasses the entire deal life-cycle with responsibility for operational and strategic aspects across business operational strategies, workforce strategies, people strategies, organizational change, deal on boarding, engagement, and deal value realisation. This role acts as central integrator of various business and corporate functions responsible for enabling the strategic value drivers and protecting deal obligations to ensure operational execution. The role has significant senior leadership engagement and interaction, responsible for building strong relationships and partnerships across a complex matrixed organisation.

Key Responsibilities

  • Strategy and Execution: Directs and delivers the M&A Acquisition and Divestiture transaction portfolio, from early assessment and planning, through to operational handover.

  • Lead and Manage: Leads a team of direct reports, to build up a center of expertise for deal professionals. Directs and manages a portfolio of Deal Management Offices consisting of a mix of internal teams, business secondees and external agencies.

  • Governance and Compliance: Ensure pre- deal due diligence, risk management and valuation processes and deliverables, are robust and adhere to all legal and regulatory requirements

  • Communication and Collaboration: Ensure transaction governance and managing of buyer/business relationships, risk & issue management to ensure successful execution of pre and post deal close activities. Build a network of partnerships internally and externally that help drive Deal Operations performance improvement

  • Analytics and research: Directs a matrix team of professionals in gathering financial estimates and identifying key costs associated with integration or separation, preparing detailed and accurate financial estimations and budget management, as well as tracking of deal KPI’s to ensure realization of value drivers


  • Building strategic relationships internally and externally

  • Exceptional deal life-cycle knowledge and deal transition execution capabilities

  • Continuously strive for team efficiency and improvement.

  • Effective People and Team management

  • Exceptional organisational skills

  • Leadership skills

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.



  • Experience working in an M&A, Divestment and Deal delivery capacity within a fast-paced, highly competitive, and dynamic environment, at a Senior Leadership/VP level.

  • Experience managing a deal operations team through the entire life-cycle of a transaction.

  • Experience of managing people and teams, with ability to build strong networks and business relationships with influence across a highly complex, globally matrixed organization with competing priorities

  • Highly proficient in the use of Ms Word, Ms Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Strong project management experience with proven delivery expertise at a strategic and tactical level

  • Degree in Business, Accounting, Finance, Economics or any other related field. An equivalent of the same in working experience is also acceptable.

Additional Information: -

This role is located at our offices at 80 Strand London near to the Tube and Covent Garden.

Please apply directly on our website including your CV and a covering letter outlining your reasons for applying for the role.

Your Rewards & Benefits:

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 programs meet the different needs of our diverse teams, and their families too. There is a range of options, but when you join our Pearson family these are some of the benefits that we offer that you can look forward to:-

25 Days annual leave, this increases by 1 day each year up to 30 days with the option to buy and sell up to 5 days per year on top of this. A fantastic Pension plan, where Pearson double what you contribute. Pearsons other benefits also include private dental care, private medical insurance, digital GP service, season ticket loan, eye tests, cycle to work scheme, volunteering days, employee wellbeing assistance discounted retail and leisure products and services from leading companies and much more.

Pearson is delighted to be committed to the Race Charter, and a signatory to Change the Race Ratio, and to be confirmed by Stonewall to be in the Top 100 Employers LGBTQ employers in the UK

We are a Disability Confident committed employer and were recognised in the Best Employers for Diversity2019 awards, and featured on The Forbes list of Best D&I Employers, and are a Working Mums Top Employer

Primary Location: GB-GB-London

Organization: Finance

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Schedule: Full-time Regular

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.

  • Industry

  • Education Management

  • E-learning

  • Employment Type

  • Full-time

Primary Location : GB-GB-London

Work Locations :

GB-London-80 Strand

80 Strand

LondonWC2R 0RL

Job : Finance

Organization : Finance

Employee Status : Regular Employee

Job Type : Standard

Job Level : Executive

Shift : Day Job

Job Posting : Feb 22, 2021

Job Unposting : Mar 8, 2021

Schedule: : Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2102929