Director, Finance Operations
Country / Territory
Job Category
Pay Band
Senior Leadership Band
Vacancy Description
Payband: 10 / LMFG + Benefits Location: London Contract type: 12 month Fixed Term Contract Closing date: Sunday 1st September 2019, 23:59 GMT Requirements: Applicants must have the right to work in the UK

Please note that for London location, In December 2020, the British Council will relocate its new global headquarters to: International Quarter, Stratford, and 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 with 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. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.


The opportunity:


The British Council has grown significantly in recent years as it has built up revenues from its exams and teaching businesses to supplement its Government funding. It needs to continue to build and secure those revenues while at the same time maintaining close financial control and compliance in a network which covers 110 countries in seven regions around the world as well as in the UK. Managing financial and operational risk in this environment as the Council seeks to maintain growth in an uncertain political environment and increasingly competitive global commercial markets.


Driving efficiency and transparency through changes and standardisation of finance processes, systems and people capabilities are key to delivery of the Corporate Plan. A finance transformation programme, led by the Director of Finance Transformation, is underway with the aim of significantly improving our business processes and provide the accounting and reporting capabilities needed to meet the British Council’s ambitions


The Director Finance Operations will lead on all aspects of financial accounting, statutory reporting, policy and treasury for the British Council. They will support the CFO in the leadership and management of Group financial activities, with responsibility for corporate statutory financial reporting, financial accounting, processes and systems.


The successful applicant will be a forward looking and strategic thinking finance professional, who will head a central finance team and lead the global financial accounting network comprising the Regional Finance Controllers and Compliance Managers and the Head Finance Delivery at the Shared Services Centre. This is a pivotal role that will be accountable for the effective operation of many aspects of finance across the global organisation, including:


  • Statutory accounting and reporting
  • Management consolidation and balance sheet reporting
  • Treasury operations
  • Finance matters relating to subsidiaries and other entities
  • SAP-based finance and business processes, including associated banking platforms
  • Financial Policy 

Direct reports include: Head of Financial Governance and Control, Treasury Operations Manager, the Global Financial Process leads, Group Reporting Manager and the UK Financial Controller. There is matrix management responsibility for Regional Finance Accounting and Compliance heads and the Head Finance Delivery at the Shared services Centre.


What we require of the successful candidate:

  • CCAB qualified accountant with proven experience of successfully managing and delivering similar roles
  • Statutory reporting (both local and group), UK GAAP, Group Consolidations and Financial control and compliance experience
  • ERP systems and processes knowledge
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Previous experience operating in international and multi cultural organisations
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills - building relationships at all levels across the organisation
  • Significant finance leadership, including managing large, regionally and internationally dispersed teams
  • Flexibility, independence and initiative to perform successfully in a rapidly changing environment 

For further information please see attached:


Role Profile.pdf

BC Core Skills.pdf
BC Behaviours.pdf 



Outstanding Civil Service Pension Scheme

32 Days Holiday

Annual Travel Season Ticket Loan

Annual Performance related bonus


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, and finance as a function is absolutely committed to this. 


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 1st September 2019, closing at 23:59 UK time.