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Bureau Financial Officer, Vilnius
Bureau Financial Officer, Vilnius
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Bureau Financial Officer, Vilnius

Bureau Financial Officer, VilniusRadio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Requirements for candidates

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND ACCOUNTING

  • Responsible for all aspects of bureau financial management, including accounting and payroll
    - Engages and supervises the work of outside payroll service.

    - Where applicable, engages and supervises work of outside accounting agency.
  • Accountable for the cash management function of the bureau and for maintaining bank accounts according to RFE/RL standards.
    - Communicates with the Regional Finance Officer at HQ about funding requirements, ensuring that the bureau has adequate cash on hand to maintain operations.
  • Ensures timely payments for vendor payables, payroll, payroll taxes and any other payments required of the bureau and its employees by law.
  • Maintains all financial records including collection and retention of all receipts and payment orders.
  • Ensures accurate, timely reporting of bureau accounts and all financial transactions to the appropriate local government and/or other legislative authorities, as well as to the relevant departments of RFE/RL.
  • Works with the Regional Finance Officer to provide clear, accurate and timely financial information regularly with appropriate support documentation.
  • Maintains the inventory of company property, as well as recording and processing the disposal of used or replaced property as instructed by Office Services Department at HQ.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality with regards to HR and Finance issues of bureau office operations and its staff, particularly salaries and vendor payments.
  • Supports the bureau and Service leadership on issues relating to purchasing, payroll, government reporting and travel.
  • Arranges for the local purchase of equipment and liaises with suppliers and supports procurement processes where needed.
  • If applicable, may supervise the work of administrative bureau staff coordinating closely with Manager, RFO.

HUMAN RESOURCES SUPPORT

  • Assists in recruitment and performs various HR activities, such as new hire orientation, contract administration, and other employment support processes, as administered and supervised by the Service and bureau leadership, RFO, and HR.
  • Maintains and submits to the Service Director, Bureau Chief, BFO, and HR employee attendance and other personnel records.
  • Coordinates the training of bureau staff in all areas in cooperation with HQ training departments.

LEGAL/COMPLIANCE

  • Stays abreast of relevant local legislation (finance, labor, and other bureau related), and informs the Bureau and HQ management of relevant changes in a timely manner.
  • As directed by RFE/RL’s management, RFO and Legal Dept., liaises with local authorities, legal consultants, and other professional bodies to ensure compliance with the statutory requirements of the law.
  • As instructed by the Manager, RFO, negotiates leases and liaises with the landlord(s) and coordinates closely with RFO, Procurement and Legal Dept. in regards to contracts and services.
  • Negotiates local service contracts as instructed by the Manager, RFO, coordinating closely with RFO, Procurement, Legal as needed.
  • Ensures all spending is in accordance with RFE/RL policies, including adherence to the requirements of US government grantees.
  • Participates in the development of RFE/RL Bureau policies and procedures and implements them in the bureau.
  • Ensures that bureau documents conform to internal guidelines and other relevant provisions.

OTHER BUREAU SUPPORT

  • Arranges business travel for personnel working in the bureau in cooperation with HQ Travel Office.
  • Ensures appropriate level of inventory of office supplies; monitors and controls their use.
  • Works on security and safety issues in co-operation with Corporate Security.
  • Coordinates with the HQ Mailroom, as needed, to arrange for mailing and shipping.
  • Assists with arranging for various bureau office maintenance, and related purchases and refurbishments.
  • Maintains operational liaison with other RFE/RL personnel (RFO, Human Resources, Office Services, Security, etc.).
  • Is familiar with RFE/RL’s language service operation in Prague and is capable to respond to enquiries about it.
  • In day-to-day contact with the public, represents the bureau and the service in a helpful, polite manner, enhancing its reputation.
  • Actively contributes to a positive, supportive working environment.
  • Fosters open communication between the broadcasting and the administrative sides of the bureau’s operation.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education:

  • Post-secondary education.

Work Experience:

  • Experience in office management/business administration,
  • Experience in accounting/payroll,

Competencies:

Special skills:

  • Understands and meets customers’ (internal/external) needs in a helpful way,
  • Knowledge of the bureau country legislation,
  • End-user knowledge of MS Office Suite,
  • Ability to learn new systems and applications,
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and prioritize multiple tasks,
  • Dependability, accuracy, attention to detail & ability to work under pressure,
  • Interpersonal and communication skills, incl. discretion,
  • Ability to work in a team.

Languages:

  • Working knowledge of English language; ideally fluent, at minimum intermediate
  • Broadcast region language - native level
  • Russian language - mandatory

Job description

The Bureau Finance Officer reports to the Manager, Regional Finance & Operations (RFO) as well as maintains a dotted line to the head of the bureau organization (Bureau Chief, Head of Office, or Managing Editor). This position is responsible for the financial administration and office management of the bureau. As such the incumbent ensures the best possible financial and operational support to the bureau leadership and the bureau staff in their efforts to carry out the RFE/RL mission. The Bureau Finance Officer is responsible for the efficient and reliable financial management of the office, for helping to ensure compliance with local legislation and RFE/RL policies and procedures, and for reporting and responding to requests from other departments as well as from statutory bodies.

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