Director Corporate and Cost Accounting

Pearson - Chandler, AZ3.8

Full-timeEstimated: $100,000 - $140,000 a year

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Purpose / Role:
Management and oversight of the North America balance sheets as well as activities of the cost accounting and product development functions for all Pearson NA businesses.

The Director will liaise with their counterparts in PFS Belfast, Global Capability Lead (GCL) and IBM (BPO) and monitor BPO and PFS work that supports other departments (i.e. finance) from an accounting standpoint. This role is critical to ensure that financial activities are posted and reported on a timely and accurate basis, and that all corporate accounting policies are followed.

Act as the point of contact for the NA FC Corporate and Cost Accounting teams and be an integrated part of NAFC leadership team. Will provide subject matter expertise as needed by various groups performing the work, including acquisitions, dispositions and process improvements. Responsible for the department adhering to financial controls.

Responsibilities and Core Tasks:
+ Responsible for ensuring the corporate balance sheet, including lease accounting and accounting over insurance benefits and retirement plans are appropriately controlled.

+ Management and oversight of monthly processes around account reconciliations and journal entries.

+ Alongside the GCL identify opportunities for continuous process improvement and simplification. Innovate solutions so the teams can operate in an efficient, consistent, repeatable and cost effective manner.

+ Guidance of formal Balance Sheet Review processes for Corporate and Business unit reviews. oversight of significant activities (i.e. .large and unusual)

+ Monitor team deliverables ensuring high quality and timeliness.

+ Ensure all submissions into corporate systems align to stakeholder (FD) expectations.

+ Provide guidance to the impact of changes to Pearson systems (eg TEP) on processes and team.

+ The Director will ensure that cost accounting processes are appropriate and that the control environment is functioning properly.

+ Monitoring the cost accounting and product development processes executed by BPO and PFS.

+ Working with GCL and provide oversight on the execution of reports and analysis to ensure quality.

+ Resolving the escalation of key issues from GCL, GBS or PFS in a timely manner to support the teams to ensure quality reporting and work products

+ Provide guidance on compliance related issues, oversight of significant activities (le.large and unusual) and expertise in SOX related issues

+ Assist new teams with sound and timely decision making

+ Working with the GCLdesigns and develops procedures and policies for the cost accounting and product development structures and systems. Ensure the efficient operation of the function.

+ Request accrual or other accounting adjustments (judgement)

+ Gather supporting documentation

+ Review postings to the ledger to ensure correct and reasonable

+ Manage tax inquiries / audit queries.

+ Perform testing

+ Review Reconciliation for Accuracy

+ Prepare & Review Management Reports

+ Perform fixed asset impairment review

Other processes that the Director will be involved in:
+ Statutory reporting for Inventory and Product Development.

+ Month and year end close processes are completed as required.

+ Account analysis, reconciliations, journal entries, and product set up requests.

+ Annual NRV review process related to product development.

+ SOX compliance testing.

+ Internal and external audit requests.


+ Qualified accountant/CPA

+ Strong knowledge of IFRS and other reporting standards

+ Ability to clearly and effectively communicate financial information and influence people throughout the business.

Background in the following areas and the ability to leverage these skills in support of the finance and business area:

+ Finance function and accounting operations, financial management and management accounting

+ Budgeting, planning, forecasting and management reporting (including variance analysis)

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

+ Flexibility to meet tight deadlines and adapt to changing priorities

+ Technical expertise in complex accounting areas such as post-retirement benefits and lease accounting.

  • Ability to travel as needed

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.

**Primary Location: ** US-NJ-Hoboken

**Other Locations** US-MN-Bloomington, US-IA-Iowa City, US-AZ-Chandler

**Work Locations: ** US-NJ-Hoboken-221 River 221 River Street Hoboken 07030

**Job: ** Finance

**Organization: ** Finance

**Employee Status: ** Regular Employee

**Job Type: ** Experienced

**Shift: ** Day Job

**Job Posting: ** Feb 14, 2019

**Job Unposting: ** Ongoing

**Schedule: ** Full-time Regular

**Req ID: ** 1902036

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.