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Country Office Accountant

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Panthera
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Published 26 days ago

The Organization

Panthera, founded in 2006, is devoted exclusively to the conservation of wild cats and their ecosystems. Utilizing the expertise of the world’s premier cat biologists, Panthera develops and implements global conservation strategies for the most imperiled large cats – tigers, lions, jaguars, snow leopards, cheetahs, pumas and leopards – as well as all species of small cat. Representing the most comprehensive effort of its kind, Panthera works in partnership with local and international NGOs, scientific institutions, local communities and governments around the globe to achieve its mission. For more on Panthera, visit www.panthera.org.

Position Overview

The Country Office Accountant (COA) supports the organization’s mission through the production of regular, detailed financial reports and analyses that inform management decisions and guide both short and long-term business strategy. The COA manages a wide range of financial and administrative projects, often working remotely with international teams. He/She supports all aspects of programmatic financial management as well as significant fundraising efforts. Primary responsibilities include the production of donor financial reports, annual budgets, cash flow forecasts, regular analyses of budget vs actuals plus the development, testing and dissemination of internal financial controls and procedures.

Principal Responsibilities 

Panthera seeks to recruit a COA (e.g., Panthera Wildlife Trust UK Ltd) to deliver the full range of accounting and booking services in accordance with the applicable local laws and regulations. The major responsibilities are as follows:

1. Payroll 

  • End-to-end payroll processing
  • Enter new employee data into payroll system
  • Monthly submission of statutory payments
  • Issue EA Forms for employees’ year-end tax filing
  • Liaise with payroll and pension providers and ensure payment of salaries and all contributions
  • Review and approve staff timesheets

2. Company Bank Account & Cash Book reconciliation 

  • Company bank account statement documentation
  • Carry-out bank and other balance sheet accounts reconciliations on a monthly basis
  • Report bank balances and donations to Panthera’s Finance division in NY

3. Project Accounts Management and Reporting

  • Assist with complete donor financial report compilation
  • Prepare and maintain monthly cashflow reporting, and request subsidiary advances from Panthera’s Finance division in NY
  • Monitor and record incoming funds and reconcile these accounts against expenditure in the accounting system
  • Prepare monthly reports on actual expenditure versus budget
  • Assist with financial management and reporting for sub-grants

4. Expenses & Reimbursement 

  • Set up payments and wires, including to sub-grantees and third parties
  • Reconcile individual staff accounts
  • Manage payment receipt documentation
  • Reimburse staff from corporate bank account via relevant banking software
  • Responsible for all bookings related to grants, including:
  • Review and approve specific contract expense reports
  • Enter data into NetSuite as soon as expense reports are approved and accruing, at the end of the quarter, expenses that are not yet fully reported but are incurred in the period
  • Reconcile and provide monthly cash advance reports to employees/contract staff, enabling transparency on reports processed and flagging any missing expense reports
  • Provide monthly financial reports to project leads

5. Tax Auditing and Compliance

  • Carry-out financial controls throughout the organization
  • Understand and adhere to financial regulations and legislation, including compliance requirements from non-UK government funders
  • Provide support for internal and external audits
  • Prepare and submit relevant forms to UK Tax Authorities

6. Other

  • Track the organisation's financial status and performance to identify areas for potential improvement
  • Support human resource and administrative functions
  • Virtually work with Panthera’s Finance Department and other Regional offices


Qualifications & Experience Required

  • Advanced degree in business, economics, finance, accounting or a related field
  • Over 5 years of experience in a finance role
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Deep understanding of business principles and practices
  • Strong multi-tasking abilities
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Strong analytical problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proven ability to plan and execute complex projects
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Excellent English, both spoken and written. Spanish and/or French language skills will be beneficial
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, and also NetSuite
  • Familiarity with expense reporting platforms
  • Integrity and honesty
  • Prior experience with conservation NGOs highly desirable


The Organization

Panthera, founded in 2006, is devoted exclusively to the conservation of wild cats and their ecosystems. Utilizing the expertise of the world’s premier cat biologists, Panthera develops and implements global…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    December 3, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required

Location

On-site
London, UK

How to Apply

Please submit a CV and cover letter through the Panthera Careers Page. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The closing date for applications is Friday, December 3rd. 

Please submit a CV and cover letter through the Panthera Careers Page. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The closing date for applications is Friday, December 3rd. 

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