Programme Finance Officer, BBC Media Action

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Job Introduction

BBC Media Action uses media and communications to help people take control of their lives and make informed decisions.  We do this through our focus on health, governance and rights, resilience and humanitarian response, partnering with civil society, local media and governments to produce creative programmes in multi-media formats which inform and engage audiences strengthen the media sector through building professional capacity and infrastructure.

Role Responsibility

  • Under instruction from Finance Business Partners and supervision from the Financial Assurance Manager (FAM), the Programme Finance Officer will provide ongoing financial accounting and transactional support to specific country offices.
  • There will be 4 main strands to the main work tasks:
    • Supporting Finance Managers in 15 Country Offices: Doing the routines that Country Office Finance Managers (and in-country finance teams) are unable do due to in-country capacity constraints.
    • Providing technical support and training to finance teams in 15 Country Offices: Answering technical queries from how an EXCEL formula works to up-loading budget forecasts to Access Dimensions.
    • Providing secretarial support to UK-based regional desks and 15 Country Offices: Tracking down documentation in response to local project auditor requests.
    • Managing the UK dimension of in-country project finances: Setting up and processing projects, customers, sales invoices and credit notes on BBCMA SAP
  • Run standard processes and reports (designed by the FAM) facilitating month-end financial accounting checks such as key account reconciliations (bank accounts, intercompany, debtor and creditors).  In particular:
  • Carry out various balance sheet reconciliations on a monthly basis and ensure any issues are investigated and resolved in timely manner.  The definition and implementation of regular balance sheet reconciliations is a key deliverable for the FAM; this role will monitor that organisation-wide standards are adhered to, and help train country finance colleagues as needed.
  • Review and post monthly prepayments and accruals as required.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Part-Qualified accountant (ACA / CIMA / ACCA), ideally with charity accounting / SORP experience.
  • Tangible practical experience of providing financial accounting support, or resolving financial accounting queries, ideally with for remote clients.
  • Able to communicate effectively with finance stakeholders, with track record of proactive engagement (e.g. problem identification and resolution).
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and experience of using financial accounting systems such as Access Dimensions, SunSystems or similar systems.
  • Ability to make suggestions for continuous improvements of core financial processes.
  • Problem Solving: able to solve problems by analyzing situations and apply critical thinking to resolve problems and decide on courses of action and implement the solutions developed to overcome problems and constraints.
  • Experience of working with international donors and a working knowledge of donor compliance for major donors such as FCDO, US government (USAID) etc.

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: 1x permanent, 1x 12 month FTC (Please specify in your application what you would like to be considered for)
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.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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