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Department : Finance
Contract type : Fixed Term Contract
Duration : 1-year contract with possibility of renewal - 16 / 11 / 2020 to 15 / 11 / 2021
Purpose of job :
This role is responsible for the end to end accounting process in the country, including month and year end close, and ensures consistent, accurate and robust financial accounting processes in line with accounting practices and corporate policies.
This is a supporting role in the Financial Controlling and Accounting process which is a key function in the new organisational structure emerging from the Financial Transparency recommendations.
The role will manage two accountants based in Portugal.
Accountabilities, responsibilities and main duties :
The post-holder will :
Complete all financial tasks required for the financial month end process, being accountable to the Financial Controller for the pre-closing and month end closing steps, including maintenance of accounting records.
As part of this the role will also be responsible for carrying out all accounting transactions and adjustments (accruals, deferrals and provisions), including Intercompany accounting, ensuring appropriate use of these in line with accounting rules.
Complete all financial tasks required for year-end process, being accountable to the Finance Controller for all the year-end closing steps.
Preparation and submission of all year-end returns.
Assist with manual journals and off-system payments requests ensuring accuracy and compliance with relevant policies.
Assist with reconciliation of all relevant accounts and ensure that this is completed to corporate standards.
Complete all tasks required for Level 1 FCCF submission and approval for the country ensuring that it is completed as per corporate requirements.
Ensure that debts policy is followed, via sharing reports with operational teams and ensuring that bad debts provisions are provided for and / or write-off requests are submitted.
Prepare and submit cash flow returns for approval on portal and and ensure that this is completed to corporate standards.
Ensure that local external accounting requirements are adhered to.
Preparation of local Tax submissions and other statutory returns to Regional Financial Controller / Financial Controller for approval.
Support in identifying issues and resolution in relation to financial accounting matters.
Produce periodic reports relating to financial accounting for the operation as requested by Managers / Financial Controller.
Complete Travel & Expenses audits as per policy addressing issues in a promptly manner.
Supports Financial Controller with the creation of billing documents once the process has been initiated by the cluster / country operation.
Support the process of Income in kind submissions including maintenance of supporting documentation.
Responsible for provision of information to internal / external auditors.
Assist with preparation to internal / external audit visit and in the implementation of audit recommendations.
Responsible for ensuring integrity of cash collection process.
Responsible for ensuring integrity of customers refund process.
Ensure compliance with treasury policy, maintain banking relationship via lialising with banks on a regular basis, maintain bank mandates by updating, reviewing roles and responsabilities as per corporate standards.
Complete relevant tasks required for local insurances such as life / medical for the country employees.
Manage fixed assets register (FAR) and reconciliation.
Regional and Functional Team Working :
Ensure Performance Management process in undertaken to meet corporate requirements.
Contribute to ensuring the policies, procedures and systems are delivered with integrity.
Work closely and effectively as part of the regional and global finance teams.
Actively support equality and diversity and work to the British Council’s EDI policy at all times.
You must have the right to live and work in the country in which the role is based, ie Portugal.
Ability to work and travel in the region without restrictions.
Minimum of 1-year experience in a similar role.
Experience in working with a diverse team.
Experience of an ERP system.
Qualified Accountant Degree in Accounting.
B2 level of english
A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.