BBC Media Action Vacancy for Production Accountant, Media Action

BBC Media Action uses media and communications to help people improve their lives and support them to understand their rights. We do this through partnering with civil society, media and others to produce creative programmes and other outputs which inform and engage audiences on key development issues. We also strengthen the media sector through building professional capacity and infrastructure. We focus on health, governance and rights, and resilience and humanitarian response.

Role Responsibility

  • To assist Project Managers in the project budgeting process, identifying project start-up issues and financial reporting requirements for new projects, and building these into the Finance and Project implementation timetable.
  • To support on a regular basis with finance and management staff in the UK.
  • To be the focal point for the gathering of monthly financial returns and the production of monthly project reconciliations.
  • To ensure all financial data is correctly recorded on the Finance system, and be the first point of contact for support on dimensions, and both internal and external audit queries.
  • To identify and resolve any financial issues with the Regional/Country Directors, Project Managers and/or Project Directors.  To pro-actively suggest new ways of working and solutions to problems where appropriate, including providing any relevant finance training for Country office staff including compliance areas.
  • To act as the first point of contact for project finance issues for all of the projects in a particular region/team.
  • To assist the project managers with the preparation of donor reports.
  • To prepare regular and ad hoc financial reports, analyses and forecasts for the Head of Project Finance, Regional/Country Director or Finance Director.
  • To support with quarterly project expenditure forecasts in conjunction with budget holders including Regional Directors and review these with senior staff as appropriate.
  • To oversee adherence to BBC Media Action policies and procedures in each region, including field trips to country offices to review and provide finance training as required.
  • To liaise with key donors on operational matters and BBC finance services supplier on a regular basis.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Qualified Accountant (ACCA/ACA/CIMA) with experience of management accounting in an international context.
  • Experience of working in international development on donor grant accounting
  • Some knowledge of the Charity Sector, relevant regulatory framework and an appreciation of International Development.
  • Experience of accounting for development projects in an international context.
  • Experience of working with UK and international donors and an appreciation of donor compliance issues
  • Good interpersonal skills to establish effective working relationships with financial and non-financial managers and staff both internally and across the BBC.  Able to communicate effectively at all levels within the organisation
  • Excellent IT skills with experience of operating computer-based financial management systems.  Competent to advanced level in Microsoft Excel.
  • The ability to present detailed and complex financial information in a clear, concise and readily understandable way, using IT applications as appropriate.

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Continuing
Location: London

  • 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 holiday 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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