The British Council in East Asia is recruiting for the post of :Finance Manager, East Asia

The British Council in East
Asia is recruiting for the post of :
Manager, East Asia

1 (one)
position, 1 year contract – 2 years (subject to

if work is won)

Purpose of

The job holder will
manage the East Asia contracts business planning, financial management and
management accounting processes. He/She will provide financial advice to the
Regional Contract Business teams to inform decision-making.
and environment:
(e.g. dept description,
region description, organogram)

The British Council is
committed to building engagement and trust through the exchange of knowledge and
ideas between people worldwide.  East
Asia is a diverse region with newly emerging countries and middle income
status countries with a variety of development needs. The British Council’s
significant network of offices and expert staff in all our key markets enable
us to support change and implement sustainable solutions.
have been operating in the region for over 70 years. This has enabled us to
develop a solid
of the key issues and challenges facing East Asia, and to build strong
relationships and
with national governments and their agencies, civil society organisations,
schools, colleges,
and private sector partners.
have a mixed portfolio of contracts funded by DFID, EU and DFAT (formerly
AusAID) across several
priority areas including Education, Justice, Civil Society and Gender in
several countries – Burma,
Indonesia, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Vietnam with a strong pipeline
and ambitions for
responsibilities and main duties:

The British Council is
seeking a Finance Manager who will be based in our East Asia region.  We are welcoming applications from
residents from the following countries who meet the essential criteria
contained in the role profile – Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Japan,
Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia Vietnam, Taiwan or Burma. 
The job holder will
manage business planning, financial management and management accounting
processes. You will also provide financial advice to regional teams to assist
job holder will support:
–       Planning and reporting across
countries and projects
–       Compliance to the British Council and
clients financial and reporting requirements
–       Financial risk management
–       Building capacity of the country
finance teams in contracts financial management
–       Optimization of the contracts business
bottom line 
Duties will include but
are not limited to:
Responsible for coordinating the production of
financial budgets and forecasts with country finance teams, with a focus on
consistency across countries and contracts and accuracy.
Ensure that financial plans are accurately
represented on SAP according to required deadlines
Support the planning and reporting structure
so that financial reports meaningfully reflect the income and expenditure of
the EA contracts business and inform strategy and decision-making.
Build and maintain a multi-year financial

model to inform the contracts strategy
Ensure that financial data is reported
correctly, assist the business to correct errors in postings and ensure that
purchase orders are using correct WBS and GL codes by advising project
managers. Issue accruals reminders and advice.

Guide country teams in setting up WBS
structures and managing staffing and overhead allocations to improve the
accuracy and efficiency of reporting and planning.
Responsible for the administration,
dissemination and guardianship of key financial management information
systems and knowledge management products and tools (templates, policy
documents, guidance)
Hands on financial management support to field
teams related to specific problem solving, troubleshooting and peak activity
management (e.g. set up, start up, closure, internal and external audits)
Support country teams in developing contract
finance monitoring tools and solutions to support their clients requirements
and accurate reconciliation between SAP and client budgets.
The ideal candidate
will also possess the following skill:-
A demonstrable track record of planning and
tracking performance and business modelling through the analysis and
reporting of complex financial data as well as experience of supporting
non-financial managers to drive up financial performance
Experience of designing and managing financial
management information and reporting systems is also essential
Extensive experience of identifying
opportunities and potential problems and the formulation of strategies to
mitigate and manage risks
Proven ability to work effectively with a
diverse range of demanding stakeholders
You must have a Minimum of 5 years’ experience
in a comparable role(s) as well as a good understanding of the client funded
business context and challenges.  A
professional accounting qualification is also essential. 

External audit
External clients as necessary
Regional contracts team
Regional Finance team
Country finance and project teams
Corporate finance / other regional
E&S Finance team in Headquarters
Shared Service Centre
Other Important Features Or Requirements Of The Job
travel between countries within East Asia and the UK will be required.

Applicants who do not
meet these requirements will not be short-listed for interview
To apply, please visit :       

Closing date for receipt of applications is by 23:59 UK time on Sunday 10 January
It is essential that candidates use the application
form provided on our website. The British Council does not accept CVs in
place of the completed application form and it is unable to respond to
telephone enquiries.
The British Council is committed to a
policy of equal opportunity and welcomes applicants from all sections of the
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