Accounting Assistant 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 support the delivery of the financial and business processes and systems in line with corporate standards.  The post holder will undertake specific work within Finance and contribute to improving functional efficiency.Opportunities/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.  This role is pivotal to the finance team keeping to key metrics captured in the corporate financial control and compliance framework which is a key tool to access controls and give stakeholders the assurance that the first line of defence is in check and functioning as intended.Success in this role will positively impact finance and country and otherwise will be detrimental the country’s control environment performance rating. Main Accountabilities:    Cash Accounting/Banking & TreasuryTo ensure all over the counter cash is banked in line with relevant policy and parked on SAP Cash Journals.To ensure appropriate procedures are adhered to when cash is received and to bank all cash and other instrument within ‎2 ‎days of receipt or immediately threshold of ‎cash holding‎ is attained.Ensure all relevant Cash Journals are balanced within 48 hours of banking being completed.Ensure all delegated banking activities are diligently carried out.Procurement & PayablesEnsure all invoices are checked within 24 hours of receipt and scanned within 48 hours; thus contributing to significant reduction of Open Purchase Orders and late payment to vendors.Ensure that scanned invoices are backed up on the Finance shared drive.Vendor & Customer CreationEnsure documents and files for newly created vendors are properly filed and alphabetically for easy referencingUpdate the Vendor and Customer Master Database with every new creation/amendment of vendor and customer respectively.Financial Management Ensure that all FI journal documents are filed according to their numbers and the month of posting.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.Ensure that Trip envelopes are properly logged in the Trip Register, backed up on the G-Drive and properly filed in the assigned shelf.Customer Service Timely provision of assistance and support to other colleagues to enable them to manage their delegated finances and comply with British Council’s audit standards.

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