Financial Controller, West Africa

Full Time Greater Accra, West Africa British Council
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State: Accra, Ghana
Country: Ghana
Deadline: 28/02/2021
Qualification: ACA, ACCA or CFA
Work Experience: 4 Years
Career Level: Mid-Level
Industry: NGO

Financial Controller Job Description

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. These connections lead to an understanding of each other’s strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.

Financial Controller West Africa

Pay band: 7

Remuneration: GHS 93,012 per annum

Post Location: Accra, Ghana

Department: Finance

Contract type: Locally Engaged

Duration: Indefinite

Role Purpose:

The post holder supports the Regional Financial Controller with the end to end accounting process across the operation; including month and year end close, and ensures consistent, accurate and robust financial accounting processes in line with accounting practices and corporate policies.

The role holder will act as the finance lead for the financial control function in West Africa cluster, working closely with the accounting teams, and acting as the key finance business partner to senior management teams across Ghana, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, and Senegal.

The role will manage a team of accountants based in multiple locations.



Fluency in written and spoken English
Qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA or CFA) with at least 3 years of experience post-qualification
Minimum of 3 years post qualified experience in a managerial post
Experience of managing a diverse team or group of stakeholders in multiple locations
Excellent leadership and communication skills
Able to relay complex financial information in an easy-to-understand way
Highly organised and deadline oriented
Experience of an ERP system

Working experience and knowledge in SAP

Additional Information: All applicants should have a pre-existing legal status to live and work in Ghana.

Closing Date: 2 March 2021 applications will close 23:59 South Africa time

A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.

Equality Statement

The British Council is committed to a policy of equality and to valuing diversity and is keen to reflect the diversity of the societies in which we work at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. 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 has Disability Confident Employer Status. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.

The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.

We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.

Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.

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