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Regional Commercial Finance Manager - Sub Saharan Africa (SSA)
Sub Saharan Africa
Country / Territory
Flexible Location
Flexible Location
Job Category
Pay Band
Senior Leadership Band
Vacancy Description
Contract Duration: Indefinite OR 3-year fixed term | Location: Kenya | Payband : PB9 | Closing Date: 14 February 2020 (23.59 UK time) | Reward package: Local contract terms (Indefinite duration) OR Local enhanced contract (3-year fixed term; where relocation applies) | Start Date: 1 April 2020

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.

Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) Regional context


The SSA Business Plan sets out ambitious growth targets for both the number of people we work with and the income we will generate. Turnover by 2020 is expected to be over £100 million in SSA, driven predominately by growth in Contract income as well as Exams and Teaching Centres.  We also expect to be more profitable, reinforcing financial sustainability. At the same time, we continue to drive improvements in the quality and performance of the British Council’s Finance Function.  This will be achieved through consistent standard of financial reporting enabling more informed decision making and satisfy the standards demanded by external stakeholders. 


The opportunity:


This senior leadership role is business critical and is expected to provide financial leadership focussed on delivering a sustainable and commercially successful contracts business. The successful job holder will be required to work closely with the regional leadership team to provide commercial insights and management information to support decision-making.  The Commercial Finance role supports the team in:

-  Drafting Commercial proposals

-  Preparing accurate costing models

Being the custodian for the financial resources of donor funding, ensuring that contracts are accounted for and reported accurately and that they pass internal and external scrutiny.


Contract management, commercial acumen, senior stakeholder management and demonstrable track record of success are required in this role.


What we require of the successful candidate:

-  You’ll have experience in contract management

- You will have proficiency in finance modelling and analysis, especially costing and pricing

- You’ll hold 
a degree in finance related field and be a fully qualified accountant with minimum 5 years post qualification experience in a comparable senior finance role

- You will have strong negotiation and persuasive skills

- You will have excellent communication skills and be fluent in written and spoken


The location for this role is Nairobi - Kenya; candidates are expected to have pre-existing rights to live and work in Kenya at the time of application. Please note that the reward package details; duration of contract will be indefinite if on a local contract OR will be on a 3-year fixed term contract if the package is a Local enhanced contract (only applicable where there is relocation.  Start Date is 01 April 2020; Some travel may be required but it is not expected to be significant.  Our preference is to have a successful candidate working in the region, close to the business and based in Nairobi.


For further details to the post please refer to the documents attached below:
Regional Commercial Finance Manager - SSA.pdf

Finance Skills Framework.pdf

British Council behaviours.pdf

BC Core Skills.pdf


 Further details:

If you are interested in the role and possess demonstrable skills that make you suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you. Please apply by 14 February 2020 (23:59 - UK-GMT)


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.