Finance Manager Eastern Europe and Central Asia, BBC Media Action

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Job Introduction

The Finance Manager, Eastern Europe and Central Asia is the focal point for financial management, accounting processes, financial controls and donor and statutory compliance for BBC Media Action's work in Europe and several other programmes run from BBC Media Action’s UK office. He/she will work closely with other members of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia team, as well as the wider finance team.  The Finance Manager provides timely financial reporting and analysis to project budget holders, the Country Director and the Regional Director and ensures that all BBC Media Action financial transactions are in line with the principle of value for money.

Role Responsibility

Financial Management and Analysis

  • Works closely with the Country Director and project budget holders to ensure effective budget development, financial planning and financial management.
  • Monitors and provides timely financial information and analysis on expenditure against forecasts and targets; reports material variances and suggests proposed actions to the Country Director and budget holders.

Financial Control and Assurance

  • Maintains the financial integrity of BBC Media Action Eastern Europe and Central Asia operations, and ensures full compliance with policies & procedures, particularly around partner expenditure.
  • Primary source of expertise for the Eastern Europe and Central Asia team on financial best practice and control and compliance issues.

Financial Risk Assessment

  • Keeps up to date the financial risk assessments of all projects in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, ensuring that key financial risks are identified, clear recommendations are given on how to deal with areas of weaknesses identified and to ensure that the recommendations are implemented in collaboration with the Country Director and senior team;

Line Management, Training and Capacity Building

  • Working closely with relevant colleagues, designs, develops and delivers financial training to partners as required;

  • Guides project partners through setting up appropriate financial reporting systems and audit as necessary


  • Understands and complies with the Safeguarding policy and the staff Code of Conduct;
  • Participates in relevant mandatory training on Safeguarding and Respect at Work.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Fully or partly qualified accountant with minimum of 2 years’ experience in the international development sector;
  • Experience of working with international donors and a working knowledge of donor compliance for major donors (preferably FCO and EU);
  • Excellent financial management and analysis skills, with experience of providing clear financial information and analysis to management;
  • Experience and proven track record of developing and managing budgets and the commitment to achieving the most efficient and cost-effective use of resources;
  • Experience of operating computer-based financial management systems.  Advanced Microsoft Excel skills;
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to work independently and within a team environment.
  • An eye for detail and a concern for accuracy, together with the ability to keep sight of the broad picture. The ability to present detailed and complex financial information in a clear, concise and readily understandable way;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

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