British Council Regional Commercial Finance Manager Jobs in Kenya

British Council Regional Commercial Finance Manager Jobs in Kenya


About us

  • The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

  • We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries.

  • We do this by making a positive contribution to UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

  • We work in over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face to face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.

    Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) Regional context

  • The SSA Business Plan sets out ambitious growth targets for both the number of people we work with and the income we will generate.

  • Turnover by 2020 is expected to be over £100 million in SSA, driven predominately by growth in Contract income as well as Exams and Teaching Centres.

  • We also expect to be more profitable, reinforcing financial sustainability. At the same time, we continue to drive improvements in the quality and performance of the British Council’s Finance Function.

  • This will be achieved through consistent standard of financial reporting enabling more informed decision making and satisfy the standards demanded by external stakeholders.

    The opportunity

  • This senior leadership role is business critical and is expected to provide financial leadership focussed on delivering a sustainable and commercially successful contracts business.

  • The successful job holder will be required to work closely with the regional leadership team to provide commercial insights and management information to support decision-making.

    The Commercial Finance role supports the team in:

  • Drafting Commercial proposals

  • Preparing accurate costing models

  • Being the custodian for the financial resources of donor funding, ensuring that contracts are accounted for and reported accurately and that they pass internal and external scrutiny.

  • Contract management, commercial acumen, senior stakeholder management and demonstrable
    track record of success are required in this role.

    What we require of the successful candidate:

  • You’ll have experience in contract management

  • You will have proficiency in finance modelling and analysis, especially costing and pricing

  • You’ll hold a degree in finance related field and be a fully qualified accountant with minimum 5 years post qualification experience in a comparable senior finance role

  • You will have strong negotiation and persuasive skills

  • You will have excellent communication skills and be fluent in written and spoken English

  • The location for this role is Nairobi - Kenya; candidates are expected to have pre-existing rights to live and work in Kenya at the time of application. Some travel may be required but it is not expected to be significant.

  • Our preference is to have a successful candidate working in the region, close to the business and based in Nairobi.

    Further details

  • If you are interested in the role and possess demonstrable skills that make you suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you.

  • Please apply by 14 February 2020 (23:59 - UK-GMT)

    Our Equality Commitment

  • Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work.

  • 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.

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