Financial Analyst

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Permanent full-time, TemporaryContract

Salary Negotiable

Updated 2 days ago

Reference 1372820

 Job Description

Exciting opportunity to join Pearson as a Financial Analyst within our dynamic, growing Belfast office.

At Pearson, 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.

Main activities:
  • Prepare monthly management reporting packs (including but not limited to analysis of compensation, headcount, T&E, capital expenditure etc.)

  • Perform variance analysis against pre-determined budgets/forecasts

  • Provide support with preparing, uploading and reconciling budgets and financial forecasts

  • Prepare ad-hoc analysis as requested to support accurate reporting and business decisions

  • Contributing to team effort by sharing knowledge and experiences with other team members

  • Request accruals / other adjustments (including review of month end postings for quality, identifying necessary material adjustments required and requesting necessary journal entries)

  • Delivery of high quality, accurate and timely reporting in line with SLAs

  • Identifying opportunities and implementing changes for continuous improvement

  • Ensuring maintenance of stakeholder satisfaction on an ongoing basis

Main responsibilities:
  • Contribute to team effort and assist peers as needed to balance workloads;

  • Maintain stakeholder satisfaction by delivering agreed reporting in line with the month end schedule and promptly following up on any additional requests for information; and

  • Identify opportunities for continuous improvement and communicate these to the Team Lead.

  • Strong working relationship with the Finance Business Partnering team

  • Delivery of all work to agreed Service Level Agreements

  • Process improvement over time including simplification and standardization

  • Flexibility to meet tight and changing deadlines


  • Strong work ethic and ability to work with minimal supervision;

  • Team player with exceptional interpersonal skills and a solution-orientated attitude

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with both finance and non-finance professionals;

  • Ability to learn quickly and be adaptable to change management within processes and systems;

  • Highly organised with the ability to identify and prioritise value-added activities to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment;

  • Advanced user of Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel (v-lookups, sum-ifs, pivot tables, Index etc.).

  • Experience in working with an Accountancy ERP package – Oracle experience would be an advantage

  • Experience of Oracle Smart View excel add-on would be an advantage