Commercial Finance Business Partner
Country / Territory
Education & Society
Job Category
Pay Band
Senior Leadership Band
Vacancy Description
Pay band: SMP (Senior Managers & Professionals) Location: London Contract type: Indefinite contract Requirements: Open to candidates with the right to work in the UK. Closing date and time: December 10th 2017 (23.59 UK TIME)

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 a nd 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.

Function Overview:

Our work in Education and Society stands with Arts and English is fundamental to the British Council's mission to build trust and understanding internationally and create opportunities for people in the UK and other countries.

We work in the following eight areas to engage people across the world with the UK and develop new and deeper relationships that deliver impact overseas and in the UK:

·        Education - Higher Education, Schools, Science and Research, Skills,

·         Society - Access to Justice, Civil Society (including Sport), Social Enterprise, Gender and Inclusion.

The opportunity:

The Finance Business Partner will  lead on financial aspects of the global contracts and partnerships bid work. To maintain finance systems and controls in place for the Commercial Directorate and to ensure the implementation of good practice in commercial proposal development throughout the organisation and support and use of the contract pricing model and associated tools.

What we require of the successful candidate: 


  • CCAB qualified accountant with proven experience of successfully managing and delivering similar roles
  • Proven experience in international contract management, contract pricing and modelling
  • Strong commercial awareness
  •  Demonstrable understanding of financial planning, monitoring and reporting process
  • Interpersonal, communication and influencing skills
  • Identification and delivery of performance improvements
  • Operating in international and multi-cultural organisations
  • Building relationships at all levels of the organisation
  • Significant finance leadership, including managing large teams
  • Flexibility, independence and initiative to perform successfully in a rapidly changing environment  

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


Role profile.docx 
BC Behaviours.pdf

BC Core Skills.pdf

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 10th December 2017 (23:59 UK Time)

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.

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.