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FP&A - Reporting Analyst

Date: 01-Apr-2021

Location: London, UKM, GB

Company: British Council

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.

Role Purpose


Reporting to Group Planning Manager, the Finance Reporting Analyst will be responsible for all aspects of management information and will have a key role in planning and forecasting cycles.


Combining and aligning the different aspects of reporting and analysis requires a person who has experience of management reporting within a Group/ Head Office environment and in particular its delivery to tight reporting timetables. You will need a good understanding of how to operate in a complex international structure and across different disciplines and time zones.


You will make an important contribution to the provision of finance services to their customers and bringing innovation.  The support needs of the British Council are changing continually as its business model and distribution channels (overseas branch / company structure e.g.) becomes more complicated and onerous in terms of compliance. You require people who embrace change and seek continual service improvements and personal career development aspirations.


This role sits within FP&A, which aims to provide strong financial business partnering to Strategic Business Units (“SBU’s”), corporate services teams and investment projects and is responsible for corporate FP&A, management reporting, planning, forecasting and budgeting and commercial finance support for SBUs and regions.


Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:


  • Support the provision of a comprehensive financial and management reporting service to identified recipients of all financial information in the UK, Regions, SBUs and externally.


  • Production of monthly management packs to be submitted to the Senior Leadership team, the CEO and the FCDO on a monthly basis communicating the performance.  


  • Provide key support and input into the planning and forecasting processes, including analysis, scrutiny and reporting of submissions.


  • Working with the Shared Service Centre, support and improve the monthly close processes adopting fast close principles and ensuring improvements to quality of commentary and analysis


  • Undertake financial analysis and investigations in support of regular and ad-hoc business demand, identifying trends and supporting decision making.


  • Manage the Global reporting timetable in conjunction with global planning departments, and Regional/SBU Colleagues as applicable.


  • Working with the rest of the Planning and Reporting ensure management information provides a clear understanding of the financial performance of all products, services, contracts and other activities The British Council delivers and reflects current best practice.


  • Develop and improve monthly/quarterly reporting of balance sheet, cash flow and FX in line with best practice.


  • Contribute to the culture of continual performance improvement through teamwork, customer and colleague communications and seek opportunities to acquire and apply relevant benchmarking data.



Role specific knowledge and experience:

  • Financial Planning & Analysis, including management information reporting
  • Delivery of results within a complex international structure and reporting to tight deadlines.
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Flexibility, independence and initiative to perform successfully in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Building relationships at all levels of the organisation
  • Continually look at ways of improving ways of working and being innovative


You will have Recognised accountancy qualification within a registered body (CCAB/ACA/CIMA or equivalent) and proven experience of successfully delivering similar roles.


Further Information

Pay Band – 8

Contract Type – IDC

Location – UK – London only

Requirements - Must have current right to work in the UK

Closing Date – Sunday 18  April (23:59 UK 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.


  If you have any problems with your application please email askhr@britishcouncil.org