Senior Financial Controller

Reporting to the Senior Director of Finance and Operations and working closely with the Senior Accountant and staff in our pan european offices, the successful candidate will primarily be responsible for the delivery of business-focused and meaningful financial data and analysis. You will be operating and maintaining efficient financial systems and processes to support managers across the group to fulfil their financial management responsibilities. The Senior Financial Controller will demonstrate relevant and proven experience in a busy, small to medium sized, multinational environment. 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 financial controlling matters
  • Support closing of books on a monthly basis and prepare timely and reliable monthly management reports
  • Prepare, develop further and provide financial information and analysis and KPI calculations to support decision-making
  • Control budgets and provide assistance to all budget holders to effectively manage their budgets
  • Become a financial systems expert and support maintaining up-to-date financial systems
  • Assist with the preparation of annual budgets and forecasts, including cash-flow
  • Provide efficient tools and easy-to-understand written guidance for budget holders
  • Deliver financial training to staff to support the development of an experience group of budget holders and administrators
  • Undertake any other ad-hoc work reasonable required

Person specification

  • ​Adequate and relevant hands-on financial controlling experience in an international, small to medium sized environment, preferably in a not-for-profit organisation
  • Business degree or similar professional/educational standard, an accountancy background being an advantage
  • Proficient to a high level in the use and maintenance 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 with a good knowledge and understanding of budget processes, budgetary controls and financial management
  • Effective analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent numeracy skills
  • Good organisational skills, flexibility and ability to multi-task
  • Highly reliable and quality driven
  • Trustworthy with the ability to maintain confidentiality

To apply:

Please submit a one page covering letter (with ref: FINCONT17 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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