Financial Accountant

Application deadline: 
Thursday, 1. April 2021 - 23:45

Financial Accountant

Location: Cambridge, UK
Full time: 35 hours per week
Contract: 12-month Fixed Term Contract
Salary: up to £40,000 (depending on experience) plus competitive 12% pension benefit
Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata in year 1, increasing by 1 day pa to 28 days
 
BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership. Through our unique local-to-global approach, we deliver high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.
 
We are now seeking to recruit a self-motivated individual, with knowledge of UK company, taxation, charity and employment legislation for the position of Financial Accountant. 
 
Managing a small team of Finance Officers, you will help support our financial operations around the world to enable us to optimise our resources and safeguard our assets. You will also provide support for financial planning, fundraising, systems development and training. 
 
Your main responsibilities will include:
 
• Supporting the Financial Controller in the consolidation and preparation of monthly management accounts and monitoring of the annual budget
• Working with senior finance staff to ensure our global financial and budgetary information meets requirements for BirdLife as a UK registered charity and company, and for our international branches (including different legal entities).
• Working with senior finance staff to ensure overall financial information systems retain their integrity and are developed to meet the needs of the organisation.  
• Supporting the management of operational funds, to ensure sufficient liquidity and optimising usage across all locations. Supporting the preparation of rolling cashflow and fx forecasts.
• Assisting with the preparation of papers for Committees.
• Ensuring financial reporting and audit requirements are met
• Helping to ensure global financial and budgetary information meet requirements 
• Overseeing the UK payroll and UK tax returns
 
The ideal candidate will be a qualified accountant (ACA, CIMA, ACCA) and have:
• A significant track record of business, financial and other relevant administrative experience.  
• The ability to guide, influence and challenge in a consistent and constructive way, and act as a “critical friend” to budget holders and other stakeholders.
• Good organisational skills, including prioritisation and working to deadlines.  
• Strong communication skills, including an aptitude for dealing with staff diplomatically on all levels and of different cultures.
• A proven track record in building and maintaining effective relationships.
• The ability to proactively seek solutions and opportunities for continuous improvement.  
• A creative, innovative and methodical approach to problem solving.
• An outward looking focus, with an ability to see the big picture.
• Good computer literacy including word processing, email, databases with higher expertise in spreadsheets
 
See the full job description.
 
Closing date: 01 April 2021
 
Application: Applications should include a covering letter summarising your suitability for the position, a detailed CV and contact details of two referees known to you in a professional capacity. Applications should be sent by email, stating where the advert was seen, to: recruitment@birdlife.org   
Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.