The Controller will be responsible for delivering financial transparency and analysis and the full range of controlling matters, operational and strategic. You must be able to operate independently, pro-actively and effectively with a clear service orientation.
  • Reporting to: Senior Director - Finance & Operations
  • Closing date: June 30, 2019
  • Location: Berlin


  • Prepare monthly management reports and financial analyses
  • Lead the preparation of the annual budget and forecasts
  • Support effective management of individual budgets (projects, departments)
  • Develop further and maintain effective Controlling structures, tools and processes
  • Work closely with the Senior Accountant and support monthly closing of books
  • Become financial systems expert and support maintaining up-to-date financial systems
  • Undertake ad-hoc analysis and projects

Person specification

  • Relevant hands-on controlling experience, preferably with an international, small to medium sized or not-for-profit background; practical accountancy know-how being an additional plus
  • Business degree or similar professional/educational standard
  • Good knowledge and understanding of budgetary controls, financial management and processes, and project controlling
  • Proficient in the use of modern accounting systems and controlling tools, as well as in MS Office
  • Self-reliant with high degree of ownership and customer focus; very reliable and quality driven
  • Excellent numeracy and analytical skills
  • Very good written and oral communication skills in German and English

Our Offer

  • Broad, diverse and interesting area of responsibility
  • Opportunity to make a difference
  • Exciting environment in an innovative and reputable international think-tank
  • Open and appreciative corporate culture with low hierarchy
  • Highly motivated and engaged international colleagues
  • Modern workplace in the heart of Berlin

To apply:

This position is a full time employment.
If you are interested in this exciting and challenging role we are looking forward to receiving your application (Cover Letter and CV) (with ref: CONTROLLER19 in the subject line) via the apply link.


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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