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Cluster Finance Planning & Analysis Lead

Date: 04-May-2021

Location: Rabat, Middle East and North Africa, MA

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.

Contract Duration: Indefinite
Location: Rabat, Morocco
Pay Band F/7

Salary: 20,000 MAD/month + medical insurance
Closing date: 20 May 2021


Role Purpose


To support the Regional Head of Central Planning and Analysis in providing professional guidance on financial planning and analysis and providing assurance on the underlying business financial performance. 


The post holder will be responsible for planning, forecasting, analysing and interpreting long - and short - term financial and operational plans through management reporting, analysis and interpretation of financial trends, impact assessment in conjunction with the Regional Head of Central Planning in order to enable informed decisions.


This post will be part of the Central Financial Planning & Analysis team that may be dispersed across the region. The roles will be split into teams which support various countries within a Cluster. There are 3 clusters across the Region


Function Overview


The Finance function is structured along functional lines with the aim of embedding the ‘three lines of defence’ model at its heart, clearly separating the financial control (first line) and risk and assurance (second line) functions, ensuring the integrity of our results and the strength of our controls.  


This will allow the organisation to focus more easily on business decision making, strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting on the basis of accurate monthly results.

This is a critical advisory role where effectiveness is dependent on ability to influence.  Personal confidence and credibility is required to ensure advice is seriously consider by senior members of the Regional team.


Main Accountabilities 


Accountable for the analysis and interpretation of long-term financial and operational plans for the Cluster  through management reporting, analysis and interpretation of financial trends:


Planning, forecasting and budgeting:

  • Lead the planning process for the Cluster, challenging submissions and identifying synergies and ensuring delivery to deadlines.
  • Provide clear summaries of Cluster planning / forecasting.
  • Support planning and rolling re-forecasting processes as requested by Regional Head of Central Planning to ensure that information obtained from these processes is reliable.
  • Support the Regional Head of Central Planning  in developing reporting procedures and templates for regional and local use.
  • Reconciliation and review of SAP plans before system closure.


Financial analysis:

Analyses growth trends, product trends and KPIs and support the Regional Head of Central Planning in making recommendations to maximise opportunities and manage risks to ensure targets are met.


Management Reporting:

  • Manage Cluster management reporting for consolidation at Regional level 
  • Liaise with business leads and Regional Head of Central Planning for any variances between business planning and operational planning figures and provide explanations / commentary.


Business Performance Management:

  • Review financial performance with the business leads and make recommendations for action to address issues identified at Country or Regional level
  • Monitor cost allocation accuracy.
  • Deliver outputs within corporate and regional timelines as requested by Regional Head of Central Planning.
  • Support the business in relation to Master Data set up (WBS, PC, CC).


Team Leadership and Management: 

  • Demonstrate effective leadership of the Central Planning and Analysis Cluster team and ensure that line management of staff is to British Council standards. 
  • Coach and support individuals and teams.
  • Ensure that capability and capacity in the team is fit-for-purpose and able to respond flexibly to changes in the portfolio and operating context.
  • Ensure financial training for members of the team.
  • Actively support equality and diversity and work to the British Council’s EDI policy at all times.

Qualification & Experience

  • Bachelor Degree in Finance or relevant field
  • Professional Finance/Accounting qualification is desirable
  • Fluency in English is essential
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in Operational financial management and or management accounting.   
  • Delivery of results within a complex international structure and reporting to tight deadlines.  
  • Experience working remotely and with virtual teams.
  • Experience working with SAP.


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

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