Director of Finance Business Partnering

Title: Director Finance Business Partnering

  • Location: Salt Lake City UT USA or Remote
  • Categories: Media / Publishing Education/Higher Education

Job Description:

We are the world’s learning company with more than 24,000 employees operating in 70 countries. 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.

Finance, Director – OBL Product Development

Responsible for leading all financial activities related to Product Development Investments for the Online Blended Learning business. This role is responsible for acting as a Business Partner and advisor to the OBL Product Development Senior Leadership team, taking a lead on financial matters and ensuring delivery of business and operational objectives.

  • Lead planning and forecasting processes providing accurate and timely future facing data on which to base decisions
  • Oversight of actual monthly results and KPIs and informed and insightful commentary thereon
  • Provide financial insight and analysis to support strategic decision making.
  • Challenge the business to drive sustainable value proactively through informed and insightful decision making
  • Support decisions on project and portfolio, ensuring they are measured against financial targets
  • Drive implementation of global Finance process, policies, controls and procedures within the team
  • Effectively collaborate with other areas of finance and drive implementation of the target finance operating model. Work collaboratively with the Pearson Finance Services (PFS) team to manage reporting and planning
  • Ensure the business always remains in line with control standards


Qualifications and experience required:

  • 5 years in a finance management role.
  • Experience working in a multi-national matrix organization
  • Strong understanding of materiality and ability to prioritize across competing agendas
  • Deep accounting knowledge qualification as an accountant or MBA degree
  • Ability to identify business risks and implementation of tactics to mitigate
  • Understanding of financial control, business performance management and process optimization and experience of working in more than one of these areas
  • An understanding of putting internal financial results into an external market context
  • Awareness of multiple business models and experience of working with more than one
  • Understanding of finance specialist areas: financial control, tax, M&A, compliance, corporate governance and ability to utilize proper judgement to involve them as necessary
  • Understand the principles of change management and demonstrated ability to champion and drive change.

Required Skills:

  • Strategic Thinking: working beyond the current role to look at the big picture and shape the future.
  • Communication: strong verbal and written skills within finance, across the organization and with external parties.
  • Influence: presence and confidence to interact with senior management. Ability to leverage influence across teams and cultures.
  • Emotional Intelligence (self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, social skill) and the ability to apply it to work successfully in a matrix environment.
  • Collaboration: with other internal teams and third party providers.
  • Decision Making: understanding materiality, complex and uncertain situation, prioritization
  • Performance focused: self & others

Expected Results:

  • Effective partnering and strong communication between Product leadership team and BPM Finance teams
  • Strong performance against KPIs and targets
  • Accurate and timely delivery of business cases
  • Effective involvement of PFS in all relevant processes
  • Improved forecasting and planning efficiency and accuracy

Primary Location: US-Remote

  • Job: Finance
  • Organization: North America
  • Employee Status: Regular Employee
  • Job Type: Standard
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Schedule: Full-time Regular
  • Req ID: 2005865


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