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Grants Accountant

Date: 19-Jun-2019

Location: Woking, UKM, GB

Company: Plan International

The Organisation

 

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

 

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And its girls who are most affected.

 

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

 

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

 

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

The Opportunity

 

The Global Grants portfolio of around €300 million (of the total €800 million operation) comprise grants from governmental and international multilateral bodies, Foundation, corporates or private donors. The Grants Finance team maintains the global grants system, delivers monthly, quarterly and year end grants reports and provides advice to all parts of Plan International regarding financial grants management through the financial systems, enabling effective financial management of Plan International’s global grant portfolio.

 

You will co-ordinate a network of grants finance specialists in country and regional offices and work together to ensure appropriate - and donor compliant - financial management of the grants.

 

  • Provide guidance, training and interpretation on our financial policies and processes regarding grants finance throughout our offices to enable effective use of financial systems for accounting, budgeting and forecasting.
  • Work with a network of Grants Finance Specialists throughout our offices to ensure knowledge and expertise is cascaded down.
  • Support Grants Finance Controller in maintaining finance procedures related to grants accounting and the Finance System Specialist in maintaining guidance and training tools; providing the Specialists with testing of grants finance related functionality in the finance system.
  • Respond appropriately to queries identified during monitoring meetings and originating from the Global Helpdesk (grants accounting functional calls).
  • Support the quarter and year end processes for grants financial management.

 

The Person

 

Ideally, we would like you to have:  

  • Previous, relevant accounting experience that includes exposure to financial systems, with demonstrable experience of advising and training others to enable their effective use for accounting, budgeting and forecasting.
  • Advanced fluency with complex financial systems / ERP, Excel and multi-currency accounting packages. Knowledge and experience in using SAP is highly desirable
  • Recognized Accounting qualification or equivalent (part qualified / full would be beneficial)
  • Superior analytical and problem solving skills; able to assess complex problems effectively and provide attractive and workable solutions in differing environments.
  • Outstanding communication skills; able to deliver insightful, engaging and compelling ideas and technical information to non-technical audiences.
  •  Spanish and French language skills would be advantageous

For a full job description, please click here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ahrhise2kptmdx4/Grants%20Accountant%20JD.docx?dl=0 


Location: Global Hub, Woking.

Type of Role: 12 month fixed term contract
Reports to: Head of Grants Finance
Salary: up to £36,000 depending on experience
Grade: 3
Closing Date: 28th June
Please note we may start shortlisting and interviewing candidates prior to the closing date.


 

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.

As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children's rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. 

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for. Our organisation is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organisational culture that embraces and exemplifies our commitment to gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion while supporting staff to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusion.