Finance Manager (Europe)
With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win–win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market–based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world's largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 630 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.
EDF Europe Overview
Environmental Defense Fund Europe is an affiliate organisation of Environmental Defense Fund, a leading international non–profit organisation that creates transformative solutions to the most serious environmental problems. Since 1967, Environmental Defense Fund has used science, economics, law and innovative private–sector partnerships to bring a new voice for practical solutions to environmental problems. Hallmarks of Environmental Defense Fund Europe's approach include:
- Working across the political spectrum
- Presenting a positive vision
- Investing in science and data analysis
- Using legal and economics expertise to design lasting solutions
- Working with strategic partners across all sectors.
Established in 2016, Environmental Defense Fund Europe is a registered charity in England and Wales and a Stichting in The Netherlands. Currently headquartered in London we report to a board of trustees who oversee the functions of the charity in Europe whilst maintaining close working relations with the board and staff of EDF, headquartered in the USA.
This is a new role for the organisation. We are seeking an experienced finance manager to oversee and deliver a range of tasks relating to the management of the organisation's financial position. This post holder will work closely with leadership in Europe and the US to manage and present financial information to fulfil reporting obligations and to inform and guide decision–making. , The post holder will work closely with our 3rd–party accountants and payroll providers. S/he will also work on developing budgets for projects and programmes and play a key role in the annual budget building process for the organisation.
The position reports to the Executive Director of Environmental Defense Fund Europe, and will work closely with EDF's Corporate Finance Department.
- Prepare and present financial information for the Environmental Defense Fund Europe board of trustees.
- Produce timely, accurate consolidated financial reports including: month–end reports of actual vs. budget results, investigate, analyse and explain variances from budget for income and expense line items, and advise managers and finance staff on trends, opportunities for improvement, and any issues of concern.
- Organise data and create clear and accurate presentations, including spreadsheets, graphics, and insightful summary material for internal and external audiences.
- Prepare entries of Europe monthly financials to Environmental Defense Fund's ledger ensuring proper coding and allocations. Maintain an overview of financial risks, feeding in to the organisation's risk register.
- Assist in the preparation of grant proposals and financial reports for funders; identify variances and issues in grant–level budget management, and advise program managers and project staff on solutions.
- Work with programme management and staff, finance staff and development staff to assist in the development of EDF's global annual budgets as they relate to European projects.
- Coordinate with Third Party accountants on matters related to payroll, financial reporting, expense processing, cash flow and annual and tax audits.
- Serve as Environmental Defense Fund Europe's primary financial contact within the organisation to ensure coordination of financial management efforts and timely resolution of any issues.
- Process and approve invoices, ensure the proper coding of expense items, and review and oversee other organisational, programme and project–specific financial and operational processes.
- Reconcile supplier statements and respond to supplier queries.
- Raise purchase orders and purchase requisitions to order materials, goods and supplies, with vendors.
- Assist in training staff on budgetary and financial policies and processes, including expenses software platform Concur. Perform ad–hoc financial analysis that will provide decision–making support on strategic initiatives.
- Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting or other relevant subject.
- Good grasp of progressive experience in a Finance and Accounting department within a charitable organisation. International non–profit experience is a plus.
- To be well–organised and motivated, detail–oriented, and be proficient in the set–up and use of automated accounting systems, including the importing and exporting of transactional data, spreadsheets, interfaced database programs, and online resources in a multi–user networked environment.
- Have a proven knowledge of budgeting, forecasting, and reporting: the ability to perform complex financial analysis and to create insight from a large–scale general ledger.
- Flexibility to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast–paced, dynamic, and entrepreneurial environment.