Group Planning Manager
Country / Territory
Job Category
Pay Band
Senior Leadership Band
Vacancy Description
Pay band: Smps Location: London Contract type: Indefinite Requirements: Candidates must have the right to work in the UK Closing date and time: Sunday 17th of Feb, 2019

Please note – For London Location, our headquarters will relocate to Westfield, Stratford – 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.


Changes to finance processes, systems and people capabilities are key to delivery of the Corporate Plan. A major finance transformation programme has been launched. This programme will significantly improve SAP based business processes and provide the accounting and reporting capabilities needed to meet the British Council’s ambitions. The programme will also develop finance expertise in the organisation to support commercial growth, an emerging group structure and new business operation models.



The opportunity:


The Group Planning Manager is a key role within the finance department Reporting to the Head of Financial planning and Reporting and is responsible for collating, reviewing and managing our 3 years plans, budgets and forecast.  The role plays a critical part in delivering an affordable and sustainable plan and operating model and will contribute substantially to the Finance Transparency Project – ensuring alignment between planning and the project.


The role requires a person who has deep knowledge of financial planning, monitoring, forecasting, and variance analysis and problem resolution. You will make an important contribution to the synchronising of planning activity and data across the Finance community and in linking in with the Regional Finance Directors to ensure consistency and accuracy of all planning and forecasting.


Key Responsibilities and Main duties:


Please refer to the role profile for the full details but to summarise some of the key points:

- Provide a comprehensive financial planning and forecasting service to identified recipients of  financial information in the UK, Regions, SBUs and externally. This role will deliver the annual budgets and forecasts and support multi-year planning.

- Lead the design, agreement and implementation of continual improvements to planning service with internal customers, aligning business needs and introducing innovations to the process taken from external best-practice.

- Support and ensure alignment to the production of management information that sets out a clear understanding of the financial performance of all products, services, contracts and other activities The British Council delivers.

- Set planning and forecasting timetables for the organisation to ensure the processes meet the needs and timelines of stakeholders and fit with other finance/planning deliverables.

- Provide a direct link to the
 Head of Strategic Planning and co-ordinate with the UK and Regional finance teams to ensure consistency and alignment of all financial planning activity

- Support strategy in the collation and consolidation of an affordable 5 year plan for publication as the Corporate Plan. This role will play a critical part in the development and rollout of multi-year planning workbooks and processes.

- Develop strong working relationship with the Shared Service Centre in Noida, supporting development of the team and identifying additional aspects of work that could be supported from there.


What we require of the successful candidate:

-          Financial Planning and Analysis including management information reporting

-          Financial Control and Compliance

-          Excellent Analytical skills

-          Operating in an International and multi-cultural organisations

-          Building relationship at all levels of an organisation

-          Significant finance leadership, including managing large teams

-          Flexibility, independence and initiative to perform successfully in a rapidly changing environment

-          Qualified accountant



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 Sunday 17th of Feb, 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.