Director, Cloud FinOps at Pearson

| Madison, WI
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In the Cloud FinOps Director role you will lead a foundational team producing consumable Cloud Financial Management solutions. Our team develops innovative solutions to promote effective management of Pearson's resources without impacting service quality. You will be a key contributor to our organizational brand as we deliver these services globally across Pearson's lines of business. We are a customer-focused team continuously improving our services to meet the needs of our customers and reduce toil on our teams.

In this role, you can expect to:

Be the subject matter expert in all Cloud FinOps aspects of public cloud services
  • Educate and enable engineering teams so that they can deliver cost-efficient features
  • Evangelize cost-related trends, themes, and best practices with engineering, architecture, product, and leadership teams
  • Understand and communicate billing, forecasting, and budgeting best practices
  • Analyze spend trends, identify opportunities for savings and provide advisory services for improvement recommendations
  • Work closely with the Finance team on reporting and spend forecasts
  • Establish and drive the multi-cloud FinOps strategy
  • Drive vendor negotiations around EDP, Private Pricing Agreements and other discount programs
  • Participate in the cloud governance counsel including creating FinOps standards and policies
  • Develop and deliver business cases that pull together the costs, expected savings, and benefits of making changes to optimize and establish goals and metrics which create the basis for action
  • Partner with the engineering teams to define, implement, and drive best practices in Infrastructure Economics, FinOps, and associated technologies
  • Provide weekly, monthly, and annual reports to support the business as needed and help with the team's continuous improvement
  • Provide executive-level summaries and details for the Cloud Financial Management Strategy
  • Communicate, establish, and measure KPIs to track progress and success of transformations and optimizations
  • Respond to ad hoc data query requests from business units with timely, accurate, and reliable data presented in an easy-to-understand fashion.
  • Configure, manage, and drive cloud cost optimization strategies, tools, financial reporting and analytics dashboards, and business intelligence tools.
  • Conduct regular audits to ensure data integrity.
  • Lead the team to automate manual data gathering, inputs, calculations, and general toil reduction for all reporting datasets and connectors.

Skills :
  • Strong leadership and management skills including experience building and leading high-performing teams
  • Experience managing executive stakeholders, building relationships, influencing others, and partnering cross-functionally
  • Experience extracting and analyzing complex datasets
  • Demonstrated public cloud knowledge and experience (AWS, Azure, GCP)
  • Experienced in account management and/or technical client-facing support (2+ years)
  • Analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Aptitude for synthesizing complex data into key components that drive informed decisions
  • Deep passion for cloud technology and ability to articulate the cloud value proposition in both technical and financial aspects
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills in both technical and non-technical contexts
  • Persistent, tenacious and able to navigate challenging customer situations constantly finding opportunities to drive customer value
  • Must be an exceptional collaborator, have strong attention to detail, and be a passionate voice for the experience of our customers (both internally and externally)
  • Able to work independently and respond rapidly in a fast-changing business environment

Qualifications :

You should have a minimum of 5 years of experience with information technology, experience with FinOps/Infrastructure/Cloud Economics/Optimization, and experience with some but not necessarily all the following:
  • 5+ years of experience in a technical or business background in cloud technologies/ IT infrastructure
  • 5+ years team management experience
  • Knowledge of and ideally experience with the emerging Cloud FinOps model
  • Experience with cloud services, especially as it pertains to cloud costs, value, and economics.
  • Strong experience applying cost management and rate reduction tactics at scale (e.g., Reserved Instances, Savings Plans, Spot, Right-Sizing, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to bridge finance and technology
  • Experience with AWS, Azure & GCP cloud technologies
  • FinOps certification is a plus
  • Attitude and aptitude for continually learning new things
  • Experience with Confluence, Jira, Sharepoint, Microsoft Teams

The anticipated starting salary range for Colorado-based individuals expressing interest in this position is $125 - 150K. This position is eligible to participate in an annual incentive program. Benefits available to eligible employees can be seen at:


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

Pearson believes that wherever learning flourishes, so do people. We are committed to being an anti-racistcompany 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:

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.


Organization: Corporate Strategy & Technology

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 3388
More Information on Pearson
Pearson operates in the Edtech industry. The company is located in Chandler, AZ, Iowa City, IA, Minneapolis, MN, Tupelo, MS, Concord, NH, Hoboken, NJ, Albuquerque, NM and San Antonio, TX. Pearson was founded in 1871. It has 29811 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 1647 open jobs at Pearson, click here.
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