Pearson Financial Analyst in Belfast, United Kingdom

Financial Analyst


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Summary of role:

  • Month end activities including journal entries (17.5%)

  • Forecasting and budgeting (17.5%)

  • Financial reporting and analysis (35%)

  • Ad hoc queries and cost accounting analysis (30%)

Role activities/ responsibilities:

  • Prepare journals based upon analytical review

  • Gather supporting documentation for month end

  • Prepare and send accruals data & supporting documentation to FC /BPO for any journals within PFS responsibility

  • Review payroll journals as required

  • Prepare any payroll meta data uploads and validate any actuals included

  • Prepare excel base files used for revenue calculations & cost of sales in budget

  • Input revenue, cost of sales, opex and capex spend into Hyperion

  • Work with cost centre managers as appropriate to finalise cost centre plans for cost centres for which PFS are responsible

  • Prepare overhead summaries and bridges for the PFS managed cost centres to be used by the local BMs

  • Prepare a templates for revenue and opex forecasting that can be used by the local BPM team

  • Ensure that YTD is actualised (& correct) in all excel templates being prepared and in hyperion planning

  • Support compensation plans by providing detailed workings on sales bonus agreed/ proposed by the business

  • Prepare analysis as required by the local team or business stakeholder

  • Extract data on an ad hoc basis as requested by the local BPM team

  • Resolve ad hoc queries relating to month end

  • Provide supporting information as requested by external auditors

  • Raise PRs, if appropriate for PFS BPM team related costs

  • Review & Approve POs, if appropriate for PFS BPM team related costs


  • Qualified accountant or qualified by experience

  • 2-3 years of relevant experience

  • Highly proficient at excel.

  • Experience of using Oracle, Hyperion and Prime desirable but not essential

Background in the following areas and the ability to leverage these

skills in support of the UK BPM team:

  • Finance function and accounting operations, financial management, management

  • accounting and overhead cost accounting experience

  • Budgeting, planning, forecasting and management reporting (including variance

  • analysis)

  • Detailed knowledge around finance function processes (RTR, PTP, OTC)

  • Experience in building relationships with key stakeholders

  • Preferably experience in the publishing or education industry

  • Identifying opportunities for continuous improvement including simplification

  • and standardisation.

  • Ensuring maintenance of customer satisfaction on an ongoing basis.

  • Strong working relationship with the Finance Business Partnering team

  • Delivery of all work to agreed Service Level Agreements

  • Commercially aware

  • Digitally focused

  • Driven by consumer andlearner requirements


Primary Location: GB-GB-Belfast

Work Locations: GB-Belfast-Millennium House Millennium House, 1st Floor Great Victoria Street Belfast BT2 7AQ

Job: Finance

Organization: Finance

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Oct 4, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1813580

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.