Corporate Financial Controller
Country / Territory
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Job Category
Pay Band
Pay Band 8
Vacancy Description
Pay band: Pay Band 8 Location: London or Manchester Contract type: Indefinite Requirements: Candidates must have the right to work in the UK Closing date and time: Sunday, 20th January, 23:59 2019

This role can be based in either London or Manchester.  For London location, please note that our Headquarters will relocate to Stratford, Westfield E20.


About us:

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.  We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


We work in over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society.  Each year we reach over 20 million people face to face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.


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.


The opportunity:


This role manages the end to end accounting process across the corporate teams including month and year end close, and ensures consistent, accurate and robust financial accountant processes in line with accounting practices and corporate policies.  The Corporate area encompasses, Finance, HR, IT, Global Estates, Strategy and Corporate Affairs and Partnership and Digital teams.


-          You will be managing the financial month end process. Accountable to the UK Finance Controller for the pre-closing and month end closing steps, including maintenance of accounting records.

-          Managing the one time vendor process

-          Payroll monitoring and direct cost assignment journal postings

-          Providing an advisory function to operations on technical accounting issues, and liaise with other specialist finance functions such as Tax and Treasury as needed

-          Coaching and supporting individuals and the team


What we require of the successful candidate:


-          You will have post qualification experience in a relevant managerial post

-          You will have experience of managing a diverse team or group of stakeholders in multiple locations

-          You will have experience of an ERP system

-          It is highly desirable if you have experience working in SAP


If you would like to understand more about this post then please see the documents below:


British Council Behaviours.pdf
British Council Core Skills.pdf



32 days paid annual leave (excluding bank holidays)

Generous Defined Benefit Civil Service Pension Scheme

Interest Free Travel Season Ticket Loan


Further details:

If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you. Please apply by 20th January, 2019 (23:59)


Our Equality Commitment:

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies. 


The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.