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Pearson Senior Financial Analyst, Business Partner in Olympia, Washington

Senior Financial Analyst, Business Partner - ( 2102304 )


We are the world’s learning company with more than 24,000 employees operating in 70 countries. 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.

Position Overview:

Responsible for financial business partnering activities in support of the school operations and services organizations in the Online & Blended Learning business. This role is responsible for acting as a Business Partner driving strategy, planning and overall financial performance. This position will partner with school business leaders to optimize performance, support planning processes and understand the current dynamics in relevant parts of the cost portfolio.

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.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with business owners to identify bottlenecks to progress, potential solutions, provide advice and escalate as needed to ensure goals are achieved.

  • Support planning processes, including setting targets, communicating assumptions, coordinating budget preparation, challenging submissions and seeking synergies upon consolidation.

  • Monitor the financial progress against strategic goals for the Partner School and School Service organization.

  • Establish relationships and meet with business partners on their financial results. Provide training and guidance to help them better understand and take ownership of their financial results.

  • Provide reasoned advice on modelling, planning and forecasting with reference to cost, time and quality which incorporate the organization strategic direction.

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

  • Prepare and analyze problems using sensitivity analysis and other techniques; reviews variance analyses and account reconciliations, and identifies significant items requiring the attention of higher-level management.

  • Work with operational team members to understand variances, identify financial risks and opportunities, and escalate them to management as appropriate.

  • Oversee process for reporting monthly financial data to internal stakeholders

  • Support the development and maintenance of school staffing model to support school staffing decisions

  • Partner with internal school support resources to support them with understanding school financial results, highlighting risks/opportunities, and strategizing for best financial outcomes.

Expected Results:

  • Effective partnering and strong communication between school operations and services team and BPM Finance teams

  • Strong performance against KPIs and targets

  • Improved forecasting and planning efficiency and accuracy

#LI-POSTPearson 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.



Experience with Predictive Modeling

Experience with Financial Modeling

Experience with Data Visualization

Experience Using Tableau

Experience working in a multi-national matrix organization

Strong understanding of materiality and ability to prioritize across competing agendas

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

Key Capabilities:

Communication – Communicates financial information and concepts in a clear, precise, thorough manner to meet the needs of both finance and non-finance audiences. Effectively address others' needs and priorities, and ensures 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 Ownership – 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 – Identifies opportunities and takes action to build relationships between own area and other teams/departments 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.

The anticipated starting salary range for Colorado-based individuals expressing interest in this position is $85K – $90K. This position is eligible to participate in an annual incentive program.

Benefits available to eligible employees can be seen at:


Primary Location : US-RE-Remote

Other Locations : US-New Jersey, US-New York, US-MA-Boston

Work Locations :



Job : Finance

Organization : North America Connections

Employee Status : Regular Employee

Job Type : Standard

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Shift : Day Job

Job Posting : Mar 31, 2021

Job Unposting : Ongoing

Schedule: : Full-time Regular

Req ID: 2102304