• Full Time
  • Anywhere

Our Organisation

We are the world’s learning company with more than 22,000 employees, supporting learners in nearly 200 countries worldwide, and on the FTSE 100. 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

  • 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

    Please complete and submit your application as soon as possible 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, GB-GB-Harlow, GB-GB-Manchester, GB-GB-Oxford, GB-Greater Manchester, GB-Oxfordshire

    Work Locations :

    GB-London-190 High Holborn

    190 High Holborn

    LondonWC1V 7BH

    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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