Company : British Council
Location : Almaty, Kazakhstan
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 the UK and the countries we work with changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.
We work with 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.
Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.
Role Purpose :
This role is responsible for the end-to-end accounting process in the country, including month and year end close, and ensures consistent, accurate and robust financial accounting processes in line with accounting practices and corporate policies.
This is a supporting role in the Financial Controlling and Accounting process which is a key function in the new organisational structure emerging from the Financial Transparency recommendations.
Main Accountabilities :
Complete all financial tasks required for the financial month end process, being accountable to the Regional Financial Controller for the pre-closing and month end closing steps, including maintenance of accounting records.
As part of this the role will also be responsible for carrying out all accounting transactions and adjustments (accruals, deferrals and provisions), including Intercompany accounting, ensuring appropriate use of these in line with accounting rules.
Assist with manual journals and off-system payments requests ensuring accuracy and compliance with relevant policies.
Assist with reconciliation of all relevant bank and trial balance accounts, and Fixed Assets Register (FAR) and ensure that this is completed to corporate standards.
Ensure that local external accounting requirements are adhered to for the LLP.
Preparation of local Tax submissions and other statutory returns to Regional Financial Controller / Financial Controller for approval (if any).
Responsible for provision of information to internal / external auditors and assist in the implementation of audit recommendations.
Complete Travel & Expenses audits as per policy addressing issues in a promptly manner.
Produce periodic reports relating to financial accounting for the operation as requested by the Financial Controller.
Manage Kazakhstan platform costs, staff costs and operational shared running costs according to corporate standards, as well as to oversee Kazakhstan financial figures, in co-operation with Financial Controller.
Responsible for ensuring integrity of cash collection process.
Responsible for ensuring integrity of customers’ refund process.
Ensure compliance with treasury policy.
Managing the relationship with the local tax authorities.
Country Focal Point for Counter-Fraud.
Financial Reporting :
Provide monthly finance reports to the Management team to support strong budget management and control.
Financial Planning :
Support the Annual financial planning process to ensure the Kazakhstan Financial plan is accurate and meets Country targets.
Support Operational colleagues to provide accurate quarterly forecasts.
Regional and Functional Team Working :
Ensure Performance Management process in undertaken to meet corporate requirements.
Contribute to ensuring the policies, procedures and systems are delivered with integrity.
Work closely and effectively as part of the regional and global finance teams.
Actively support equality and diversity and work to the British Council’s EDI policy at all times.
Role Requirements : Essential :
Qualified accountant or relevant local qualification.
Fluent written and spoken English (level C1)
Native Speaker in Russian and / or Kazakh
Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a similar role.
Experience in working with a diverse team in dispersed locations.
Highly organised and deadline orientated.
High level of accuracy & attention to detail.
Experience of an ERP system
Experience working with SAP
Other Requirements :
Right to work in Kazakhstan
Some work during unsocial / evening hours may be required, as well as travel around the Kazakhstan and Regional meetings.
The monthly Gross salary for this post is KZT 666,000Gross.
Other benefits : Indefinite contract.
Employees are entitled to the annual paid leave allowance of 24 (twenty-four) working days. Annual paid leave is earned pro rata from the date of appointment.
Medical Insurance after three months’ probation period.
Deadline for applications :
If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really glad to hear from you.
Please apply by 16 May 2021 (23 : 59 Almaty Time)