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Global Process Owner, Financial Planning & Analysis
Work from home in UK with occasional travel to office meetings
Interim role expected for 6-8 months
Full-time working 37.5 hours per week
Reporting to Global Process Owner, Record to Report
Excellent salary range
Over the last 5 years Pearson has invested in a significant transformation of our systems and operating models. We’ve implemented single core platforms (ERP, CRM etc.) across our largest markets (North America & the UK) while also moving to a Global Business Services model across our Enabling Functions (Operations, Finance, HR, IT etc.)
In mid-2019 we setup Global Process Owners to ensure that the standard processes being deployed are owned and governed by process owners who are fully empowered to improve and evolve the process they are responsible for. Our initial focus was to fully support the embedding of all the systems and operational changes we had recently implemented.
We are now embarking on the next stage of our transformation focusing on process harmonisation and optimisation to deliver significant improvements in the productivity, efficiency and effectiveness of our processes by leveraging leading-edge process design and technology.
The Interim Financial Planning & Analysis GPO (Global Process Owner) will cover maternity absence and take day to day responsibility for developing and delivering ‘High Performance’ budgeting, forecasting and management information processes that are agile, business enabling and reflective of where commonality is viable rather than just driving a top-down standardisation agenda.
The role holder will be required drive existing in progress changes as well as identifying new opportunities in Pearson’s FP&A processes across a wide range of business models and markets. As a large multinational Pearson operates across multiple territories and across a range of business models including content publishing, large scale assessment service contracts & test centres (both private and governmental), online programme management, virtual schooling etc. Several of our businesses are undergoing significant transitions with new and emerging business models being continuously developed. The role will report to the Record to Report GPO and form the part of a small but highly effective record to report process team.
Your Key Responsibilities
The Interim GPO will create new FP&A solutions, optimise current practices, and automate our process cycles and financial data needs to deliver a set of FP&A processes which benchmark externally in the upper to middle quartile for efficiency, effectiveness, and cost.
Drives the strategic transformation of Pearson’s financial planning and analysis processes.
Develop and review process performance, benchmarking internal processes against best practices to determine gaps, opportunities for improvement.
Drives and owns the delivery of multiple, often parallel improvement projects across a number of complex, varied and evolving business models.
Influence, collaborate, convince, and act as advocate of the strategic process agenda across a wide network of stakeholders both at a junior, peer, senior and business wide level.
Takes accountability for the successful delivery of the transformation undeterred by key dependencies lying within other global teams e.g. Finance Operations, Divisional business partners, Technology etc. Seen as a strong enabler and integrator that has influence, credibility, and the impact to change the current direction of travel.
Supports the creation of business policies/guidelines, KPIs and process standards and has ideas, experience and proven methods in other sectors/industries that can help provide comparable and new ways of working.
Ensures that operational teams are meeting expected outcomes and creates process performance uplift, adheres to the standards, and understands any significant process variations with relevant controls installed to ensure effective, robust, and measurable shareholder outcomes can be seen.
Spends a portion of their time acting as a finance process subject matter expert supporting wider company strategic initiatives e.g., M&A, corporate restructuring, major system implementations/upgrades etc.
Our Successful Candidate
Deep experience of business financial planning and performance reporting, covering the full planning cycle, forecasting and re-forecasting, capital planning, management of financial risks and opportunities and an understanding of the levers available to improve the speed, quality and efficiency of these processes/outcomes.
Extensive experience of operating within a finance shared service environment as a global process owner in financial planning & analysis or have extensive experience in a transformation consultancy role in a well-respected global consultancy practice.
Experience of structuring and leading transformation programmes in budgeting, forecasting and management reporting.
An understanding of the key upstream and downstream dependencies and implications for strong FP&A processes.
Experience working in a multi-national matrix organisation.
Experience using generic/industry models and architectures e.g., ACCORD, APQC, IAA, IFW, SCOR)
Proven project, programme and change management experience and demonstrated ability to champion and drive change.
Lean Six Sigma experience/qualification preferred.
Qualified accountant (ACA, CPA, ACCA, CIMA, etc.) preferred.
Knowledge of Oracle Hyperion Planning and Business Intelligence and value management applications preferred, but not essential if there is demonstrated experience in large scale EPM and BI, VM applications.
Fluent English verbal and written with experience of working globally across varying cultures, languages, and markets.
Transform your expertise to a new level – we have many interesting and dynamic projects to look forward to in 2022, therefore now is the ideal time to join our Pearson family. Apply now for a highly rewarding and truly global career!
Our Recruitment Process
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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!
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Primary Location : GB-GB-London
Other Locations : GB-Greater London, GB-GB-London, GB-GB-Harlow, GB-GB-Manchester, GB-GB-Oxford, GB-Greater Manchester, GB-Oxfordshire
Work Locations :
GB-London-190 High Holborn
190 High Holborn
Job : Finance
Organization : Finance
Employee Status : Fixed Term
Job Type : Temporary Work
Job Level : Manager without Direct Reports
Shift : Day Job
Travel : No
Job Posting : Sep 13, 2021
Job Unposting : Sep 23, 2021
Schedule: : Full-time Temporary
Req ID: 2113077
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