Our Organisation

We are the world’s learning company with more than 20,000 employees, supporting learners in nearly 200 countries worldwide. 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. 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.

At Pearson, we believe in the power of difference. Harnessing the unique skills, perspectives, and backgrounds of every employee helps us foster innovation and create the most effective solutions for learners around the world. That’s why we’re committed to ensuring that diversity and inclusion are embedded into everything we do. We foster a work environment that’s inclusive and diverse — and where our people can be themselves — so we can reflect the customers and learners we serve. You can learn more about our commitment to a diverse and inclusive culture here:

At Pearson, we are delighted to be awarded Gold against the Investors in People standard in the UK; we are confirmed by Stonewall in the Top 100 Employers LGBTQ UK employers; we are a Disability Confident committed employer, and committed to the Race Charter; we were recognised in the Best Employers for Diversity 2019 awards; we were featured on The Forbes List of Best D&I Employers; we are a Working Mums Top Employer and Age Positive employer. Pearson is a truly global family, and listed on both the London and New York Stock Exchanges. We are proud to offer an exceptional and supportive environment to develop your professional career!

Your Opportunity

  • Finance Director, UK & International Qualifications

  • Based in Central London office (WFH through Covid restrictions)

  • Permanent & full-time working 37.5 hours per week

  • As a Finance Director, you will be responsible for leading the UK and International Assessments finance teams and providing financial, strategic and commercial support and advice to the SVP, UK and International Qualifications, and leadership team to drive high value commercial decisions and support strategic growth. This position will be a key player with the leadership team on how the organization will adapt and thrive in the changing market for qualifications. Your role plays a key role in understanding the company’s capabilities, portfolio, market and industry trends, and optimises investment opportunities and strategic advice on cost drivers within the organisation.

    You will envision new ways of working to enable and execute the financial and wider business plans, and build Finance distinctive capabilities that create market value. You will be the face of finance for your division and act as a conduit between the business and our Finance Centre’s of Expertise, ensuring relevant technical advice is proactively obtained to resolve any issues.

    Your Key Responsibilities

  • Assures a strategic thinking beyond managing the numbers, envisioning new ways of working to enable execution of the financial and wider business plans.

  • Contributes to an effective resource allocation connected with the best investment opportunities, financial performance in the context of long cycles and macro-trends, anticipating risk and reducing uncertainty.

  • Provides critical inputs to the business planning and expenditure forecasting processes; innovates to enhance the business impact of target setting, planning and budgeting.

  • Sets and defines the framework for organisational goals and objectives and leads organisation-wide strategy, planning, design and implementation work.

  • Delivering through Managers and Directors, leading cross functional teams to accomplish objectives’ maintaining ultimate accountability for managing and risk and ensuring business control for your Business Segment(s).

  • Communicating financial results to PEM and/or SLG members and their leadership teams in a clear, precise, thorough manner. Interprets and translates financial statements to drive strategic and successful business decisions and growth. Provides guidance to the business using best practice in cash flow analysis.

  • Reviewing and approving investment proposals for the Business Segment.

  • Assessing cutting-edge developments in quantitative analysis and incorporating relevant developments into the organisation’s methodologies.

  • Reinforcing Pearson values and creating a collaborative culture by recognizing colleagues; driving change and transformation by removing barriers.

  • Our Successful Candidate

    We welcome applicants with a Finance/Accountancy qualification and significant experience gained in a commercial finance role. You will be comfortable in prioritising, balancing, organising and allocating time, actions and resources to generate significant results and achieve critical goals, even in fast-moving or uncertain situations. You will demonstrate excellent communication skills, along with strong analytical, problem solving and digital analysis skills. Key to success in this role is partnering with/influencing senior leaders along with networking with key stakeholders across functions/geographies to support ideas and create foundation for influence.

    Building internal and external stakeholder relationships is key, as you’ll be expected to negotiate with government bodies and other organisations. This role requires a strategic and curious mindset, and the capability to develop and lead high performance diverse teams to accomplish objectives. Knowledge of multiple business models is an advantage. Transform your expertise to a new level – we have many interesting and dynamic projects to look forward to in 2021, therefore now is the ideal time to join our Pearson family. Apply now for a highly rewarding and truly global career!

    Your Reward & Benefits

    We’ll expect a lot and 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 programmes meet the different needs of our diverse teams and their families too. Our most exciting options are featured below and when you join our Pearson family you can look forward to:

  • Work from home / hybrid office working options.

  • A starting holiday of 25 days plus UK public holidays and you’ll earn 1 additional day’s holiday per year you work with us.

  • Generous pension scheme where we match and double what you contribute.

  • Maternity, paternity, and family care leave as well as flexible work policies.

  • Stock/share purchase options.

  • Healthcare and dental plans, and an employee wellbeing assistance programme for you and your family to help balance work, family and personal life.

  • Cycle to work program, gym membership concessions in selected office locations, along with retail and leisure discounts.

  • Our Recruitment Process

    Please complete and submit your application before 16 June 2021 and ensure that you apply directly on our Pearson Careers website only.

    We are reviewing applications regularly and interviews are being scheduled now, therefore we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Wishing you success with your application!


    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.



    Primary Location : GB-GB-London

    Other Locations : GB-Greater London, 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 : Director

    Shift : Day Job

    Travel : No

    Job Posting : Jun 5, 2021

    Job Unposting : Jun 16, 2021

    Schedule: : Full-time Regular

    Req ID: 2107525

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