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Head of Finance at British Council – Lagos, Nigeria

The British Council of Nigeria has a special opportunity for a Head of Finance based in our Lagos office.

The Role:
Head of Finance Nigeria

The Role Purpose:

The Head of Finance will have responsibility for all aspects of strategic and operational finance in Nigeria, acting as the finance partner to the Country Director and Nigeria Executive Team. S/he will be responsible for ensuring the finance strategy delivers growth through new business operating models and conforms to the Council’s financial control standards and the broader corporate and regional objectives while ensuring compliance with local tax and regulatory requirements.

The post holder will be a key member of the Nigeria Executive Team, working collaboratively with the Regional SSA Finance Teams, and will actively contribute to the design and implementation of regional financial strategy in the country.

Role Requirements:

  • Qualified accountant or equivalent with proven experience of successfully managing and delivering in similar roles
  • Minimum of ten years of relevant experience in commercial and/or ‘not for profit‘ organization
  • Commercial experience, including analysis of business operations, investment appraisal feasibility analysis
  • Leading a team of professionals and working across functions/locations
  • Operating in international and multi-cultural organizations
  • Knowledge of Nigerian Tax and reporting regulatory requirements
  • Strong evidence of managing the performance and development of finance teams
  • Evidence of being a key decision-maker i.e. a member of a board or senior management team advantageous
  • Experience in managing government-funded projects advantageous
  • Extensive project management with regards to change with evidence of leading and delivering advantageous


Please refer to the role profile for a full list of the role responsibilities/accountabilities and person specification.

Please follow the links for the relevant documentation to support your application:

Head of Finance Nigeria – Role Profile.pdf
British Council Behaviours.pdf
British Council Core Skills.pdf

Closing date for applications is 30 June 2019 (23:59 UK time)

In your application form, please clearly explain how you meet the essential and desirable skills, qualification and experience criteria mentioned in the person specification section of the role profile. This will help us determine your fit for the role and increase your application’s chances of success.

About us:

The British Council is the UK’s international organization 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 in 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.

Our Equality Commitment:

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognizing discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behavior is consistent with our policies.

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organization. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council’s Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks.