British Council in Zambia
Posted Job
8 months ago

Finance Internship Programme

Stipend: Approximately £166.67 per month (£2,000 per annum) to cover stipend, meals and transport allowance. Above is paid in local currency using prevailing British Council book keeping rate. Location:Lusaka / Duration:12 months / Eligibility: Existing rights to live & work in Zambia

Closing date and time: 15 March 2020 (23:59 UK Time)

British Council – Finance Internship Programme Phase 2

Programme Overview

Would you like to be part of an all-star cast charged with embedding financial control, risk assurance and integrity of the financial function across the great work we do at the British Council?

Through a hands-on learning programme, we offer you the opportunity to get exciting insights into the financial function of a global organisation creating people impact across 110 countries. The Finance function offers a unique and independent outlook from which to drive decision making and strategy across our operations. We pride ourselves on delivering excellence, being trusted business partners and driving continuous improvement and innovation.

You will work within the Financial Control function and your role with us will see you supporting the end-to-end accounting process – including month and year end close, ensuring consistent, accurate and robust financial accounting processes and being a solid part of our “three lines of defence”. You will also have the opportunity to understand other areas of work within the finance function – Commercial Finance, Risk & Compliance and Financial planning & Analysis. During your placement, you may be required to support finance change programme, process improvement initiatives and engaging stakeholders across business teams. These will give you the big-picture understanding of our work and how it supports the delivery of our vision and strategies.

What are we looking for?

  • Recent graduate with a degree in a finance-related field
  • Interest in finance
  • Self-motivated, proactive and a good team player
  • Drive to succeed, with the ability to think both creatively and strategically
  • Questioning, analytical mind
  • Good interpersonal & communication skills: verbal and written
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Packages, especially Excel and adaptable to learning ERP software
  • Ability to work with tight deadlines and maintain quality of output
  • Ability to build strong relationships with stakeholders
  • Work experience in a Finance capacity would be beneficial (but not essential)
  • NB: Candidates with disability or marginalised groups are encouraged to apply.

What is the duration of the internship?

  • 12 months in Zambia
  • What is the stipend for the internship?
  • Stipend: Approximately £166.67 per month (£2,000 per annum) to cover stipend, meals and transport allowance (paid in local currency using prevailing British Council book keeping rate).

What will you do?

  • Review and scan invoices for payment post due diligence by Accountants/Senior Accountants
  • Provide support as required with manual journals, accounting adjustments and off-system payments requests ensuring accuracy and compliance with relevant policies.
  • Support the income recognition process by extracting relevant reports and working with Customer service and exams dept.
  • Support reconciliation of all relevant accounts and ensure that this is completed to corporate standards.
  • Maintain and file financial records as per corporate policy
  • Complete Travel & Expenses audits as per policy
  • Complete monthly cash journal reconciliations
  • Submit relevant documents to local bank as requested
  • Support the preparation of local Tax submissions and other statutory returns.
  • Assist with provision of information to internal / external auditors.

What Learning & Development opportunities are there for you?

  • You will get deeper understanding of the British Council and the work that will do impacting lives across the globe.
  • You will become familiar with working in an International Organization and in a multicultural environment.
  • Throughout your programme, you will gain insight and hands-on experience on day-to-day accounting systems and procedures, get specialist knowledge and experience of finance based on our business needs.
  • Your placement will give you the opportunity to learn and embed the core technical finance and systems knowledge you need to move forward.
  • You will be exposed to the commercial finance, risk & compliance and financial planning & analysis work within the finance team.
  • This opportunity will help you build on the technical skills gained and build your knowledge on our commercial business, risk management and how we interpret numbers, trends, strategies into financial plans, forecasts and business decisions.
  • Your line manager will support and nurture your development and ensure you are given the chance to learn and practice the skills you will require as a leader in future roles.

What teams will I work with? Key interfaces include:

  • Financial control team
  • Country operations teams
  • Shared Service Centre

What locations is the Finance Internship Programme available?

Southern Africa Cluster: Zambia, Malawi, Mauritius and Mozambique

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