Financial Controller, West Africa at British Council

Jobs in Ghana
Accra, Ghana
Competitive salary
17 Feb 2021
17 Mar 2021
Experience level
Qualified accountant
The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. We work in two ways - directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.

Financial Controller West Africa

Pay band: 7

Remuneration: GHS 93,012 per annum

Post Location: Accra, Ghana

Department: Finance

Contract type: Locally Engaged

Duration: Indefinite

Role Purpose:

The post holder supports the Regional Financial Controller with the end to end accounting process across the operation; including month and year end close, and ensures consistent, accurate and robust financial accounting processes in line with accounting practices and corporate policies.

The role holder will act as the finance lead for the financial control function in West Africa cluster, working closely with the accounting teams, and acting as the key finance business partner to senior management teams across Ghana, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, and Senegal.

The role will manage a team of accountants based in multiple locations.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA or CFA) with at least 3 years of experience post-qualification
  • Minimum of 3 years post qualified experience in a managerial post
  • Experience of managing a diverse team or group of stakeholders in multiple locations
  • Excellent leadership and communication skills
  • Able to relay complex financial information in an easy-to-understand way
  • Highly organised and deadline oriented
  • Experience of an ERP system

  • Desirable:
  • Working experience and knowledge in SAP