Accountant – Exams at British Council Nigeria

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:To ensure and provide assurance to the Country Exams Manager and Senior Accountant that transactions have been completely, accurately and appropriately recognised on SAP. To ensure claims due to or due from British Council are processed timely and accurately.Ensure operational efficiency in cost and revenue recognition.To assist product managers and owners to meet finance deadlines and transaction processing efficiency.Partner product managers on operational transaction finance providing guidance, direction and educationOpportunities/Challenges: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.  The exams business is critical in delivering the corporate cum country’s business plan. An assurance that the first line of defence is optimal is critical both from the country and functional perspectives.The post holder will have to balance expectations and demand from two functions ensuring that both are happy and excited about the delivery. Efficiency, personal confidence and resourcefulness are important traits that will ensure the post holder is in good stead to deliver on this role. Main Accountabilities:    Income RecognitionTo ensure Customer Service Officers (CSO) capture revenue with the correct WBS on SAP.Review daily Virtual Accounts (VA) reports received from CSOs and treat same on SAP.Ensure corrective journals are initiated to correct wrong posting of revenues by CSOs.Ensure that due obligations from exam boards to British Council are processed completely, timely and accurately.Closely monitor Aged Debt Report and ensure corporate policies and guidelines are adhered to.Procurement & PayablesTo carry due diligence on all non-permanent  staff claim prior to engaging Global Service Desk (GSD)Completely, timely and accurately process British Council obligations to offshore exam boards.Income ReconciliationProvide information and clarification to operations team during income reconciliation  Provide first level assurance on income reconciliation after conclusion by operations teamTreat adjusting entries arising from income reconciliationEscalate any issue impacting timely income reconciliation.Financial Management Contribute to accurate financial information by ensuring that all Exams journals including corrective/adjustment journals are parked and posted before month end.Participate in the preparation for internal audit and tax audit exercises; ensuring that all relevant files and documents are in place for smooth running of these audits.Maintain financial records in agreed areas of responsibility and update relevant financial documents on a monthly basis.Support Exams product managers in the preparation of monthly and annual cash flow forecast before submission.Provide Monthly Volumes of all exams products for posting before month-endActively participate in monthly and annual period closuresCustomer Service Timely provision of financial advice and support to Exams colleagues to enable them manage their delegated finances and comply with BC audit standards.Facilitating Finance workshops for new and existing Exams colleagues on the best practices on SAP and finance processes.Key Relationships:InternalExams teamsAll Finance/resources team membersAll British Council Nigeria staffExternalBritish Council Exams Vendors and Customers

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