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We work directly with individuals to help them gain the skills, confidence and connections to transform their lives and shape a better world in partnership with the UK. We support them to build networks and explore creative ideas, to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications.
Working with people in over 200 countries and territories, we are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 202122 we reached 650 million people.
The Finance function is structured along functional lines with the aim of embedding the three lines of defence model at its heart, clearly separating the financial control (first line) and risk and assurance (second line) functions, ensuring the integrity of our results and the strength of our controls.
This will allow the organisation to focus more easily on business decision making, strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting on the basis of accurate monthly results.
Spain is one of the largest British Council operations overseas, which includes a total of 11 teaching centres, a large exams operation, the only primary and secondary school in the British Council network and a Project team that leads on various cultural relations activities, focused on Arts, Education and English
This role is responsible for supporting 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.
Challenges & Accountabilities:
Complete all financial tasks required for the financial month-end pre-closing steps and provide support as required for the financial month-end closing steps.
Complete all financial tasks required for the financial year-end pre-closing steps and provide support as required for the financial year-end closing steps.
Maintain financial records as per corporate policy and internal audit.
Provide support as required on accounting transactions and adjustments (accruals, deferrals and provisions), including Intercompany accounting.
Provide support as required 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.
To support the senior accountants in the tasks for the preparation of the quarterly FCCF return. To provide feedback and support on financial compliance to operational colleagues on a monthly basis to help achieve future financial compliance.
Assist Senior Accountant with preparation of local Tax submissions and other statutory returns.
To support SII and assist with the preparation of the information and submission to the tax authorities on a timely basis.
Assist Senior Accountant in the review of all DPC/TEX card envelopes for intra-community VAT purchases and invoices that need to be included in SII submissions
Assist Senior Accountant / Financial Controller with provision of information to internal / external auditors.
Assist in the implementation of audit recommendations.
Complete daily cash reconciliations.
Be responsible for ensuring integrity of cash collection process.
Be responsible for ensuring integrity of customers refund process.
Support the income reconciliation process by extracting relevant reports.
Ensure compliance with treasury policy.
Submit relevant documents to local bank as requested including bank mandates updates.
Monthly Extraction of WBS reports for Pan Spain budget holders
Support the Head of Procurement in analysing expenditure for procurement exercises
Monthly Analysis and reporting of travel expenditure per staff member to the payroll team for statutory reporting requirements
Consolidation of the additions and disposals in the local FAR for the Delegation
Maintain the depreciation schedules for the FAR in SAP
Prepare invoices to governmental agencies through FACE (local mandatory system).
To provide adhoc reports as requested by the Director Finance and Resources, Financial Controller or Senior Accountant.
Regional and Functional Team Working:
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 Councils EDI policy at all times.
Role specific knowledge and experience
Fluency in written and spoken English
Shortlisted candidates will either demonstrate they have met the required standard through presentation of an agreed English language certificate, or will be required to take the APTIS test and demonstrate a B1 level of English proficiency.
Proven accounting experience.
Experience working with SAP
Number of roles: 1
Pay band: Grade H / 4
Contract type: Fixed Term Maternity Cover / Part Time (30 hours per week)
Start date: 6 of November
Closing Date: applications will close on 1 November 2023 at 23:59hs
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