Finance Officer: The British Council
The British Council is the world's leading cultural relations organization and creates opportunities for people in the UK and worldwide to understand each other, to work together and learn from one another. They see this as crucial to building secure, more prosperous and sustainable futures for us all.
Purpose of job
To support the delivery of the financial and business processes and systems in line with corporate standards
The post holder will undertake specific work within Finance to contribute to the development of British Council Nigeria as an innovative and high performing country operation, modelling the values and principles of a collaborative, integrated and mutually supportive team
Context and Environment:
The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international non-profit organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities. For over 75 years, they have created international opportunities and trust between people of the UK and other countries worldwide through our work in the Arts, English, Education and Society. They call this Cultural Relations. They have offices in over 100 countries, and 250 cities. In Nigeria, we have 4 offices in 4 locations with over 150 members of staff. Nigeria is one of the largest economies in Africa.
- To ensure all over the counter income is banked in line with relevant policy and parked and posted on SAP Cash Journals immediately after being banked.
- To ensure appropriate procedures are adhered to when income is received and to bank all income within 2 days of receipt or immediately threshold of cash holding is attained.
- Ensure all relevant Cash Journals are balanced within 48 hours of banking being completed.
- Ensure all delegated banking activities are diligently carried out.
- Procurement & Payables:
- To carry due diligence on all vendor invoices prior to scanning to Global Service Desk (GSD)
- Ensure all invoices are checked within 24 hours of receipt and scanned within 48 hours; thus contributing to significant reduction of Open Purchase Orders and late payment to vendors.
- To escalate promptly any issues around invoice processing to relevant teams and follow up with GSD as appropriate for delayed payments.
- Ensure that scanned invoices are backed up on the Finance shared drive.
- Assist in processing off-system (non-P2P) payments after being authorised by Country Director or someone with delegated authority and ensure all off-system payments are recorded on SAP in the month of payment.
- Vendor & Customer Creation:
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- Financial Management and Analytical Skills (with high levels of personal effectiveness and the ability to focus on achieving deadlines).
- Computer skills - A good knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, particularly advanced MS Excel knowledge.
- A minimum of 2 years’ experience in an accounting environment with proven and demonstrable technical accounting skills, including understanding and interpretation of financial data.
- Graduate in any numerate course of study.
- Other important features or requirements of the job:
- Occasional travel and unsocial hours may be required.