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Pearson Vice President Finance Business Partnering in Hoboken, New Jersey

Learning is the most powerful force for change in the world. More than 20,000 Pearson employees deliver our products and services in nearly 200 countries, all working towards a common purpose – to help everyone achieve their potential through learning. We do that by providing high quality, digital content and learning experiences, as well as assessments and qualifications that help people build their skills and grow with the world around them. We are the world’s leading learning company. Learn more at pearsonplc.com.

The shift to digital learning is undergoing a historic acceleration, creating new opportunities for people to advance their education and careers. As the world’s learning company, Pearson is playing a leading role in providing millions of learners around the world with the content and innovative services to achieve their goals.

Reporting the Higher Education Finance SVP, the VP Finance will oversee all US Higher Education costs & investment and partner to drive divisional profitability. This individual will lead a team of 5 who provides strategic and commercial finance support for higher education content development, digital platforms, managing the operational costs of the business, and emerging business models. The successful candidate will be an innovative and analytical thinker with strong communication, influencing and interpersonal, and a demonstrated track record of successful team leadership.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Drive an integrated investment prioritization and decision-making process across content development, platform capabilities, and new business models. Inclusive of modeling for aggregate portfolio and specific business case initiatives and trade-off scenario planning. Combined with seeking new ways to manage & analyze the business and identifying new areas of growth.

  • Work with senior management to develop 3 year strategic plans to capture market share, expand service & product offerings, and drive revenue & divisional profitability.

  • Delivering through a team of Finance Managers and Directors US HE profitability goals and maintain ultimate accountability for managing risk and ensuring appropriate controls in place.

  • Effectively articulate findings and outcomes high quality communications and facilitate executive decision making across engineering, sales & marketing, other executive leaders.

  • Create a positive inclusive work environment that maximizes individual and team performance by setting expectations, holding individual accountability, providing coaching/guidance to develop team members capabilities.

Professional Experience & Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree (preferably in finance) is required. An MBA, CPA or other advanced degree/accounting qualification is highly desirable.

  • The successful candidate will be a seasoned and experienced financial professional.

  • This individual must be an agile thinker who can quickly grasp the differentiators of success and have her/his hands on the “levers of the business.” It is essential that candidates combine best-in-class financial expertise with a “roll-up-your-sleeves” mindset with a bias for action. While able to manage through a team, the VP Finance must be front and center in driving results.

  • Intelligent and highly analytical, the ideal candidate must be comfortable in a dynamic and transforming environment.

  • The successful candidate will be an astute financial strategist with a strong understanding of customer pricing, product costing, budgeting, capital spending, asset utilization and working capital management.

  • S/he will also have experience leading or coordinating significant elements of a strategic business plan.

Key Behaviors and Leadership Characteristics

  • Speed and Innovation – proactive self-starter possessing a collaborative, yet relentless approach to process improvement and team management in order to achieve best-in-class results.

  • Communication Skills - able to distill complex ideas and deliver them to a wide variety of audiences and stakeholder groups; highly collaborative, able to effectively communicate and partner across functions, and customers.

  • Talent Management – a “player-coach” and proven manager/developer of people; capable of recruiting, retaining and motivating teams; empowers his/her employers, but holds them accountable to the highest standards of performance and integrity.

  • Proven Change Management Skills – the ability to influence and drive initiatives across functions, levels, and regions; tough-minded with courage of conviction, yet collaborative and professional; approachable and non-hierarchical.

  • Business Acumen and Detail Orientation – able to contribute strategically to the broader needs and goals of the business, as well as drive superior performance through hands-on, day-to-day management.

  • Analytical Horsepower – a fast learner and decisive leader with a quick mind, sound judgment, and excellent problem solving / critical thinking skills.

  • Accountable – embraces and takes responsibility for goals and objectives; avoids blaming stakeholders, commodity trends, and/or a lack of talent, systems, or resources for failing to meet targets.

Learning is the most powerful force for change in the world. More than 20,000 Pearson employees deliver our products and services in nearly 200 countries, all working towards a common purpose – to help everyone achieve their potential through learning. We do that by providing high quality, digital content and learning experiences, as well as assessments and qualifications that help people build their skills and grow with the world around them. We are the world’s leading learning company. Learn more at pearsonplc.com.

Pearson believes that wherever learning flourishes, so do people. We are committed to being an anti-racist company in everything we do. We value the power of an inclusive culture and a strong sense of belonging. We promote a culture where differences are embraced, opportunities are accessible, consideration and respect are the norm, and all individuals are supported in reaching their full potential. Through our talent, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant place to work. People are at the center, and we are committed to a sustainable environment and workplace where talent can learn, grow, and thrive.  

To learn more about Pearson’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, please click here:  http://www.pearson.com/careers/diversity-and-inclusion.html 

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other group protected by law.

Job: FINANCE

Organization: Higher Education

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 5119

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