Commercial Finance Manager MENA – flexible location in MENA

Organization: British Council
Closing date: 31 Jan 2018

About us

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation 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 with 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. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

Role Purpose

The Commercial Finance Manager, MENA will have responsibility for all aspects of strategic and operational finance for donor funded activity in MENA, acting as the principal finance partner to the regional management team. S/he will be responsible for ensuring the finance strategy enables delivery of growth through new business operating models and the broader corporate objectives.

The post-holder is responsible for all finance activity relating to donor funded work (in part or in whole) in within MENA, the finance approval and sign off of all commercial proposals submitted, partnership agreements and profit share arrangements. The post-holder is also the owner of the Contract Pricing Model (CPM) across the region.


Location: Any MENA country.

Candidates must already have the working rights in any of the MENA region countries. We are not able to provide visas or cover relocation cost.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English; Shortlisted candidates will either demonstrate they have met the required standard through presentation of an agreed English language certificate, or will be required to take the APTIS test and demonstrate a C level of English
  • Internationally recognized accounting qualification with at least 5 years post qualification experience.
  • University Degree
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in the financial management of large contracts
  • Proficiency in financial modelling and analysis, especially costing and pricing


  • SAP experience
    British Council Equal Opportunity and Diversity Statement
    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 organisation. 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. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include
    criminal records checks

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