31 Oct 2019

Finance Assistant (Maternity Cover) at British Government

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The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Operations and Corporate Services)


Main purpose of job:

The Finance Assistant will join the BHC Corporate Services in providing support to the wider High Commission and will support the Finance Manager in managing the cash book, providing cash payments for the mission, checking payment batches, preparing the monthly local staff payroll and maintaining accounts records. The Assistant will also play a co-ordination role between Nairobi and the Regional Hubs in Pretoria and Manila. The successful candidate will need to balance competing demands from a diverse range of customers within the High Commission. He/she will need to be a self-starter with the ability to provide a quality service and deliver at pace. S/he should also be an effective communicator and demonstrate skills in working well with others.

Roles and responsibilities

Payroll preparation and returns 40%

  • Timely payroll preparation and payment for over 200 staff liaising with the GTPC
  • Preparation of payslips and annual returns;
  • Preparation of reports to aid in the submission of statutory deduction and facilitating remission on time
  • Liaising with the HR department to obtain payroll inputs on time

Cash Office Management 30%

  • Maintaining overall responsibility for the management and control of cash payments;
  • Ensuring cash thresholds are in accordance to policy
  • Undertaking daily and monthly cash reconciliation and availing details to aid in surprise checks
  • Maintaining records of local USD & Kenya Shilling cash transactions on the Cash book (Network Post Account spreadsheet);

Other Finance Administrative Support 20%

  • Weeding/Clean-up of aging accounts records;
  • Report on monthly Key Performance Indicator (KPI’s) on behalf of the Finance team,
  • Lead correspondent between BHC and bank;
  • Raising invoices for staff debts and forwarding to the Global Transaction Processing Centre (GTPC), based in the Philippines to raise debit memos and make staff payment;
  • Supporting the Finance Analyst to ensure that accounts filing system is up to date at all times;

Co-ordination with Hubs 10%

  • Liaison with the GTPC on invoice, charging and other payment queries.
  • Provide cover for Finance Manager and Finance Analyst where possible.

Resources managed (staff and expenditure):

Post cash box

  • Minimum CPA Section 4 (Part II) or ACCA Part II completed
  • Minimum 3 Years Finance or Accounting experience
  • Experience in managing large payroll processes
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance will be an added advantage

  • Excellent IT skills (a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and of payroll software is essential)
  • Good communication skills, attention to detail and initiative.
  • A flexible approach and good team working skills

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