Finance Controller, English and Exams
Country / Territory
English & Exams
Job Category
Pay Band
Pay Band 8
Vacancy Description
Pay: Band 8 + Benefits Location: London Contract Type: IDC / Permanent Closing date: Wednesday 4th September 2019 Requirements: Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

Please note that in December 2020, the British Council will relocate its new global headquarters to: International Quarter, Stratford, London 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 the 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 opportunity:


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.

This role supports the English and Exams SBU whose mission is to help people around the world access the life-changing education and work opportunities that are created by learning English or gaining other valuable world-recognised UK qualifications and skills.


The successful applicant will manage the end-to-end accounting process across the E&E strategic business unit including month and year end close, and ensures consistent, accurate and robust financial accounting processes in line with accounting practices and corporate policies.

It will also support other areas of the UK Finance Controller team as required


What we require of the successful candidate: 

  • Qualified accountant with post qualification experience
  • Experience in Financial Control and meeting deadlines
  • Experience of managing a diverse group of stakeholders in multiple locations
  • Experience of an ERP system
  • Experience of Microsoft tools including MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Sharepoint
  • Excellent communication skills – experience of conveying complex financial information in an easy to understand way
  • Working in international and multi-cultural organisations
  • Experience of working with senior managers and stakeholder engagement
  • Flexibility, independence and initiative to perform successfully in a rapidly changing environment



In addition to a competitive salary and generous pension scheme, the British Council offers:

  • 32 days annual leave
  • £3,300 London Market Allowance for London based staff
  • Interest free travel season ticket loan
  • Employee Assistance Programme 

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

Role Profile.doc
BC Behaviours.pdf
BC Core Skills.pdf


Closing date:


If you are interested in applying and feel that you are suitable for the role, please apply before Wednesday 4th September 2019 (23:59 UK Time).


Interviews will be taking place week commencing 16th September 2019.


Equality Statement:


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 try and 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.