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British Council Jobs in Abu Dhabi - Payroll Accountant - KSA, Kuwait & Oman

British Council Jobs in Abu Dhabi - Payroll Accountant - KSA, Kuwait & Oman

Date: 31-Oct-2021
Location: Abu Dhabi, Middle East and North Africa, AE
Company: British Council

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.

Role Purpose

The Payroll Accountant will be responsible for payroll, TG and general accounting each month for each country within the cluster.

This post will be part of the Financial Accounting Team supporting one of the 3 clusters, with each cluster supporting various countries across MENA


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Main Accountabilities:

The post-holder will:
  • Prepare monthly local staff salaries calculation; report month to month reconciliation.
  • Check overtime and TOIL claims in line with TACOS (local terms and conditions) and policy
  • Control staff loans and advances on SAP, and report offline month to month reconciliation.
  • Calculate monthly terminal gratuity (TG) provision and quarterly record on SAP; keep TG GLs up to date on SAP and matching offline sheets.
  • Ensure proper coding of the staff salaries to the correct WBS
  • Prepare final payments for leaving staff, and ensure no unsettled commitments or eligibilities between the employee and the council or between the council and the bank.
  • Control Reimbursement of Operational Entitlements for UKA staff
  • Reconcile SAP payroll charges with HR on a monthly basis
  • Complete all financial tasks required for the financial month-end pre-closing steps and provide support as required for the financial month-end closing steps.
  • Complete all financial tasks required for the financial year-end pre-closing steps and provide support as required for the financial year-end closing steps.
  • Maintain financial records as per corporate policy and internal audit.
  • Provide support as required on accounting transactions and adjustments (accruals, deferrals and provisions), including Intercompany accounting.
  • Assist with reconciliation of all relevant accounts and ensure that this is completed to corporate standards.
  • Assist Senior Accountant / Financial Controller with provision of information to internal / external auditors.
  • Assist in the implementation of audit recommendations.
  • Support the income reconciliation process by extracting relevant reports.

Regional and Functional Team Working:

  • Contribute to ensuring the policies, procedures and systems are delivered with integrity.
  • Work closely and effectively as part of the regional and global finance teams.
  • Actively support equality and diversity and work to the British Council’s EDI policy at all times.

About You (essential requirements for the role):

  • English level proficiency - (B2 level)
  • Degree level Education (Finance or Accounting)
  • Experience in accounting over 3 years
  • Experience in payroll accounting over 1 year
  • Experience in working with diverse teams

Desirable requirements:

Qualified accountant
Further Information

Position: Payroll Accountant – Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait.
Pay Band: H/4
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE

Salary offered for the position along with allowances: 8962.78 AED
This position is open to candidates who have the right to work in UAE
Closing date and time: 10 November 2021(23:59 GST)

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Equality , Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement

The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do. We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment. We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability. All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status. We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.

The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.

We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.

Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.


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