Senior Accountant

Reporting to the Senior Director of Finance and Operations and working closely with the Senior Financial Controller and staff in our pan European offices, the successful candidate will primarily be responsible for all day to day accounting requirements including financial record keeping, reconciliations, closing the books and reporting support. Operating and maintaining efficient financial systems and processes you shall also oversee day-to-day cash management and ensure statutory compliance. The Senior Accountant will demonstrate relevant and proven experience in a busy office environment, working within a small to medium sized, multinational culture. The successful candidate must be able to operate independently, pro-actively and effectively with the ability to work with colleagues at all levels.
  • Reporting to: Senior Director for Finance & Operations
  • Closing date: January 8, 2018
  • Location: Berlin


  • Manage all day-to-day accounting matters and ledgers and ensure accuracy and completeness of financial record-keeping in line with both German and international requirements 
  • Close the books on a monthly basis, including all reconciliations, and support monthly reporting
  • Operate and maintain up-to-date financial systems, processes and policies, making best use of availble technology to support a networked organisation
  • Prepare single and consolidated statutory accounts in line with German and international requirements, assisting the auditors with their statutory duties
  • Day-to-day management of cash flow, ensuring that cash is available in the right places/currencies to pay liabilities
  • Day-to-day management of banking arrangements, ensuring adequate oversight of payments and banking security/access arrangements
  • Develop good working relationships with the charity’s auditors, banks, pension provider
  • Ensure suitable systems for internal control, protecting assets from fraud and abuse
  • Oversee payroll processing, compliance and proper accounting
  • Ensure company records are properly kept and maintained and support regulatory compliance

Person specification

Adiquate and relevant hands-on accounting experience in an international, small to medium sized environment, preferably in a not-for-profit organisation

  • Business or accountancy qualification or equivalent professional/educational standard with strong technical bookkeeping knowledge (German GAAP, UK GAAP, IFRS)
  • Proficient to a high level in the use of up-to-date financial systems in support of a networked organisation as well as in MS Office
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with a high standard of written and spoken German and English
  • Able to demonstrate a customer-focused, pro-active approach
  • Effective analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent numeracy skills
  • Good organisational skills, flexibility and ability to multi-task
  • Highly reliable and quality driven with an eye for detail
  • Trustworthy with the ability to maintain confidentiality

To apply:

Please submit a one page covering letter (with ref: SNRACCT17 in the subject line) and your CV via the ‘Apply Link’ on our website

Please restrict your CV to no more than two pages of A4.

Closing date for applications is : Monday 8th January 2017


ECFR (The European Council on Foreign Relations) is a pan-European initiative which seeks to conduct research and promote informed debate across Europe on the development of coherent, effective and values-based European foreign policy. It has offices in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Sofia and Warsaw.

ECFR strives to be an equal opportunities employer. Registered Company and Charity in England and Wales. Company Reg. Number 07154609 Charity Number 1143536.

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