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Regional Finance Manager – Asia

Job Reference tbigc/TP/53731/730 #LI-MS1

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Permanent/Full Time
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35 per week
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Mid-Senior level
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Job Introduction

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Finance team at TBI as a Regional Finance Manager – Asia.

TBI is rapidly expanding internationally so this is a great time to join and support our teams in working with political leaders and governments to build open, inclusive and prosperous societies in a globalised world.

Recognising the need for local support to our Asia programmes, you will be the first member of the Finance team to be based locally and must be fluent in English. The Finance team currently consists of 17 finance professionals, the majority of which are based in London but also in Africa.

Please note, it is essential you have an existing right to work in Singapore to apply for this role.

Key Responsibilities

The duties of this post-holder are to:

  • Providing dedicated financial support to the management and budget holders within the regions
  • Prepare accurate, timely and user friendly monthly financial information
  • Provide financial analysis with insightful narrative for regional budget holders
  • Undertake variance and performance analysis and assist with budgeting & forecasting
  • Running month end process for respective regional business units – including accruals, prepayments, balance sheet and cash reconciliations
  • Day to day oversight of project cash requirements, including being key point of contact with external stakeholders and managing approval of payments for your regions
  • Support on providing regionally informed cost advice to proposal teams in line with TBI cost needs and Donor client requirements for all restricted funded projects for respective business units
  • Support on regional procurement with negotations by providing financial analysis and insight
  • Assist in enhancing the internal financial controls and procedures within the Finance team
  • Internal audit of regional project finances and procedures against Institute policies and financial framework
  • Financial training and onboarding for new projects / employees within your regions


The above list of job duties is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks as may be expected within the scope of the post. Job descriptions should be regularly reviewed to ensure they are an accurate representation of the post.



  • Ensuring detailed knowledge of current strategy for respective regional business units, providing financial support where relevant
  • Ensuring clear communication is provided to regional budget holders during the budgeting and reforecasting process in line with the overall TBI messaging
  • Ensuring up-to-date with advanced understanding of Finance policies & processes
  • Strong communicator, confident and clear in presenting financial information to Institute stakeholders
  • Ensuring all procurement and contracts are compliant with TBI & donor regulations



  • Ensuring that the monthly management information for respective business areas is accurate, coding is aligned to budget and the supporting narrative is highlighting key issues. Actively participate in the problem-solving issues that are discussed and need addressing
  • Actively engaging and communicating with the management teams of business units under remit



  • Building rapport with all stakeholders but especially budget holders so that information is shared effectively and collaboratively
  • Effective partnerships with all respective business units within your regions
  • Preparation of monthly management information for all areas including supporting narrative
  • Supporting the budgeting/reforecasting process for business areas within your regions
  • Focusing on finance requirements of business areas and supporting their OKR goals
  • Adhoc pieces of work or projects as required by Finance Leadership team



  • Anticipate and mitigate any concerns or risks appropriately and escalate where necessary
  • Use technical experience to make day-to-day decisions
  • Ability to challenge others if you perceive a decision to be incorrect or damaging to TBI


Ambition / Ownership:

  • Proactively contributes to the implementation of best practice guidelines and methodology for Finance policies and processes especially in the donor proposals & reporting areas
  • Contributing to overall Finance OKR delivery
  • Be an ambassador for work that the Institute undertakes
  • Take active interest in the work that the Institute undertakes
  • Model & maintain TBI Core Values - Courageous, Collaborative & Compassionate

Person Specification

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change aims to equip political leaders and governments to build open, inclusive and prosperous societies in an interconnected world. We do this through developing policy and advising governments.

This is a role in a fast paced team, working within complex divisions that are highly scrutinised. Therefore the successful candidate for the role should be able to display the majority of the following:

  • Open and Progressive – you will believe in the value of teamwork
  • Bold and Pragmatic – you will approach everything you do with integrity and authenticity
  • Optimistic Changemakers – you will be focused on results
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues and perform other duties as reasonably required to achieve the goals of your team and the Institute
  • Part/Qualified accountant
  • Experience working within an NFP – preferable
  • Working knowledge of accounting for donor funds – preferable
  • Dynamic, confident candidate who can articulate verbally and by written presentation; ability to express complex ideas in a clear and straightforward manner to a variety of stakeholders
  • Must be able to take ownership and manage their own workflow with minimal input from management, set their own goals and plan how to achieve them – translate into actions and follow through to completion, prioritise against tight deadlines
  • A motivational, collaborative and team-player, with demonstrable experience in working as part of a team
  • Great interpersonal skills - able to establish good cross departmental working relationships
  • Enthusiastic, self-driven, ambitious and always seeking continuous improvement
  • Positively embraces change, maintaining an open curious mindset
  • A keen interest in our work as an Institute, expansion and sharing of knowledge and personal development


About The Institute

The Tony Blair Institute (TBI) is a mission-driven not for profit organisation. We exist to equip political leaders and governments to build open, inclusive and prosperous societies. We work hard, every day, to make a difference. When governments work well they are able to create economic and social change in a way that promotes fairness, social justice and opportunity. We work relentlessly to support leader and governments with the challenges they face. Giving them practical solutions and actionable insights, that once implemented, can be transformative for their people  

We do this within two connected divisions: 

 Government Advisory 

Our Government Advisory teams work directly with political leaders and governments around the world to implement reforms that improve the lives of their citizens. It works with a variety of partners and its outputs cover a range of disciplines and projects across countries in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South Asia.

 Policy Futures 

Our Policy Futures work encompasses three broad areas: 

  • Renewing the Centre: developing a bold and innovative domestic policy programme to help renew the centre ground of British politics; 
  • Tech and Public Policy: exploring the policy challenges and opportunities presented by the technological revolution; and 
  • Extremism Policy Unit: creating solutions designed to tackle the threat of extremist ideologies in the UK and around the world. 

As an organisation, the core beliefs we all embrace are: 

  • Open and Progressive: you’ll believe in the value of teamwork 
  • Bold and Pragmatic: you’ll approach everything you do with integrity and authenticity 
  • Optimistic Changemaker: you’ll be focused on results 

TBI believes embracing diversity and inclusion make us a better place to work.  It’s our goal to reflect everyone in society and we actively welcome applications from individuals and groups who are under-represented in the workplace. We celebrate difference be it ethnicity, religion, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. We will only ever assess you on your abilities and fit for a role. We’re happy to discuss any adjustments you need to ensure a level playing field during recruitment and, if you\'re successful, discuss any adjustments you might need to thrive in your role.