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Accountant


General information

Reference number

T-02/2022-231  

Job details

Allocation

Risk & Control Directorate / Accounting & Controlling Division / Accounting Unit

Grade

B2/B4

Closing date

9/7/2022

Description

The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), established in 1956, is a multilateral development bank with a unique social mandate. The CEB works to strengthen social cohesion and build thriving communities in Europe by financing projects that promote inclusive growth, support vulnerable groups and bolster environmental sustainability.

 

The Accounting and Controlling Division (R&C-AC) preserves the CEB’s creditworthiness and pristine external rating assessment to strengthen stakeholders’ trust by efficiently monitoring budgets and ensuring accounting services aligned with best practices.


R&C-AC performs five distinct but interconnected institutional tasks. First, and most importantly, it establishes the periodic financial statements, in compliance with IFRS standards and best practices of the banking industry. Second, it prepares, monitors and reports the CEB’s administrative budget and activity indicators. Third, it performs activity and profitability analysis including financial forecasts. Fourth, it is responsible for the relationship management with the Bank’s credit rating agencies and in particular of the annual credit rating cycle. Lastly, the Division administers the CEB’s shareholder capital.

 

The Accounting Unit is looking for a skilled and dynamic Accountant to ensure the efficient running of accounting activities, to carry out payment of invoices and to provide expense reports in compliance with the accounting standards, rules and regulations. Reporting to the Head of Accounting, the successful candidate will possess the ability to work to short deadlines regarding closings, to provide reliable and accurate financial information and show respect for diversity in a multicultural environment. S/he will in close collaboration with colleagues in the Risk & Control Directorate and across the Bank.

 

Main Responsibilities:

 

1. Process the accounting and verify payment of invoices to ensure accurate recoding of charges in compliance with accounting standards and strict deadlines:

  • Check, interpret and validate the correct application of procedures and adapt procedures in accordance with accounting rules.
  • Draft financial / technical memos.
  • Centralise and verify all data received and approved by other Divisions and ensure processing (approval of internal invoices to be paid, approval of settlements).
  • Prepare documents and establish VAT recovery statements.
  • Contribute to the optimisation of accounting information systems and participate in solving technical software problems associated with accounting operations.
  • Ensure the processing of budgetary items: allocation of expenses, wages and pensions and payroll.
  • Work in close collaboration with colleagues from other Directorates to ensure coordination of above activities.

 

Description (continued)

2. Contribute to the production of accounting statements and ensure accurate accounting records, statements and reports in compliance with accounting standards and strict deadlines:

  • Participate in preparing financial statements and reports (monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, annual).
  • Analyse the balance sheet and profit and loss accounts, revise accounting records, control financial data, check for errors and discrepancies and ensure their correction.
  • Process and monitor accounts, keep them updated and ensure their closings.
  • Analyse the coherence of statements according to the “double check” accounting principle.
  • Revise accounting records, control and validate financial data.

 

3. Report on work in progress, issues and problems to the supervisor, to optimise services rendered and to improve work processes.

 

4. Contribute to the implementation of the Accounting Unit’s policies and priorities:

  • Ensure the implementation of decisions set by the Head of Unit.
  • Advise the Head of Unit on matters related to accounting policies and procedures, on results achieved, on further requirements and on the risks and opportunities of developments of events.
  • Ensure the achievement of Accounting Unit operations.

Profile

Academic background:

  • General secondary education diploma in Accounting, preferably a higher education qualification.
     

 

Professional background:

  • Proven successful experience as an accountant, preferably in a banking environment, with a sound understanding of accounting standards, rules and regulations and banking operations.
  • Wide exposure to complex accounting practices.
  • Proficiency in the use of current IT office tools as well as specific accounting / financial tools;
  • Excellent planning, work organisation and multi-tasking skills to ensure effective and timely output in an independent way and with a focus on priorities and deadlines for closings.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and judgment skills to find appropriate solutions within short deadlines.
     

 

Language skills:

  • Excellent command of one of the two CEB official languages (English and French), both oral and written, and knowledge of the other, with a commitment to reach a good working level.

 

Core competencies:

  • Adaptability
  • Client Orientation
  • Communication
  • Innovation
  • Result Orientation
  • Team Work

 

Nationality:

Job location

Location

55, avenue Kléber - 75116 Paris

Applicant criteria

Employment Conditions

1) The CEB offers an initial temporary appointment starting as soon as possible until 31 March 2023 with, under certain conditions, the possibility of renewal up to a maximum of 24 months.

 

2) Grade and salary:

• Depending on level of experience, monthly salary range starts at € 3,416, plus allowances based on eligibility, exempt of French income tax.

• Career path B2-B4. Appointment may be made at a lower grade, based on the qualifications and professional experience of the selected applicant.

• Grades are established without any discrimination (including gender discrimination)

 

For more information, please consult the CEB Basic Salary Scale in section 5. Benefits of the CEB website

Recruitment Conditions

The CEB welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of CEB member countries.

 

The CEB is committed to workplace gender equality and strives to ensure the recruitment of suitably qualified and experienced staff without regard to their gender, as well as their age, racial or ethnic origin, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation/identity, or disability.

 

The CEB has obtained the EDGE gender equality certification. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

In order to minimise bias, our selection processes include steps such as digitally recorded interviews, written tests and interactive interviews. Please note that initial steps in the selection process will typically be conducted online (remotely).

 

Applications from CEB member countries candidates should be made in English or French using the Bank's online application system at https://ceb.profils.org before midnight Paris time on 7 September 2022.