Finance Officer / Accountant - Baku, Azerbaijan
Wider Europe
Country / Territory
Job Category
Pay Band
Locally appointed Grade H
Vacancy Description
Pay Band - H / PB4 Duration - Fixed-term contract for 06 January – 30 September Reports to - Finance Manager / Senior Accountant Deadline - 20 November 2019
Role purpose  
To support the end to end accounting process in the country, including month and year end close, to ensure consistent, accurate and robust financial accounting processes in line with local and corporate accounting practices and policies

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. British Council Azerbaijan is an important country operation with a broad and varied programme with different projects in English, Education and Arts and delivering IELTS exams, professional qualifications, distance learning university and Cambridge ESOL exams.      

Geopolitical/SBU/Function overview:
Our 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), risk and assurance (second line) functions, ensuring the integrity of our results and the strength of our controls. 

Main opportunities/challenges for this role:
Working in an international organisation with flexible working practices, and matrix environment
Learning and development  

Being responsible for direct support of the end to end accounting process in the country including month and year end close
Actively supporting maintenance of consistent, accurate and robust financial accounting processes in line with corporate and statutory accounting practices and policies;
Assisting in review and update of internal processes and analysis

Main Accountabilities:    
In accordance with British Council equal opportunities, diversity and other corporate policies:  

  1. 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.
  2. Maintain financial records as per corporate policy and internal audit.
  3. Provide support as required on accounting transactions and adjustments (accruals, deferrals and provisions), including Intercompany accounting.
  4. Provide support as required with manual journals and off-system payments requests ensuring accuracy and compliance with relevant policies.
  5. Assist with reconciliation of all relevant accounts and ensure that this is completed to corporate standards.
  6. Assist Finance Manager and accounting & taxation services provider with preparation of local Tax reports, submissions and other statutory returns.  
  7. Complete Travel & Expenses audits as per policy addressing issues in a promptly manner.
  8. Assist / Finance Manager, WE Financial Controller and accounting & taxation services provider with provision of information to internal / external auditors.
  9. Assist in the implementation of internal and external audit recommendations.
  10. Assist accounting & taxation services provider in monthly VAT accounts reconciliations.
  11. Responsible for ensuring integrity of cash collection process – material responsibility
  12. Responsible for ensuring integrity of customers refund process.
  13. Support the income reconciliation process by extracting relevant reports.
  14. Ensure compliance with treasury policy.
  15. Consolidate and submit cash flow for the country
  16. Assist to review and maintain GL accounts
  17. Submit relevant documents to local bank as requested including bank mandates updates.
  18. Process online payment orders and cash withdrawals through the bank Payroll taxation and accounting in line with local legislation
  19. Processing of payroll related online payment orders for the bank
  20. Prepare and submit all relevant information to accounting & taxation services provider for local accounting and tax reporting
  21. Sense check the accuracy of monthly VAT reports prepared by outsourced company
  22. Maintain the local e-tax portal
  23. Maintain the finance documents and archive
  24. Perform inventory management; provide inventory check on quarterly and annual basis in line with local and internal policies.       
Key Relationships:
Internal   Country
Finance Manager
Regional Financial Accounting team
Shared Services Centre
Corporate Finance
Country Director
Country Operational team
Country Resources team
HR team  

Outsourcing company providing local and tax accounting services
Local Bank
Service Suppliers
Ministry of Taxes      

Role Requirements:
Passport requirements/ Right to work in country: Eligible to live and work in Azerbaijan   

 Notes:  Police check required.

Person Specification:

Language requirements

Minimum / essential:  Excellent spoken and written communications skills in English and Azerbaijani

Desirable: Knowledge of Russian

Minimum / essential: University Degree in Finance/Accounting

Desirable: Diploma/certificate in IFRS (ACCA, CIMA, DipIFR);  MPS – Azerbaijan Certified accountant  

Role Specific Knowledge & Experience

Minimum / essential
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a similar role / Proved accounting experience;
  • High experience in Excel;
  • Experience in local accounting, taxation and reporting.
  • Desirable:         
  • Experience in working with a diverse team; 
  • Experience in working with SAP& 1C.   
British Council Behaviours

Connecting with Others (ESSENTIAL): Making regular opportunities to understand others better.  
Making it Happen (ESSENTIAL): Delivering clear results for the British Council.  

Working Together (ESSENTIAL): Establishing a genuinely common goal with others.   
Creating Shared Purpose (ESSENTIAL): Communicating and engaging picture of how we can work together.

Shaping the Future (ESSENTIAL): Looking for ways in which we can do things better.  

- British Council Core Skills.pdf