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Finance Assistant

Job Reference tbigc/TP/86115/986

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Permanent/Full Time
Abu Dhabi
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Seniority level:
Mid-Senior level
Company Industry:
Government Relations, International Affairs
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Focus of the Role

Job Description

As TBI scales up our work, we’re looking for an additional Finance Assistant for the MEENA region (Abu Dhabi/Dubai based). You’ll take ownership of ensuring accurate transactional data in our accounting ledgers and filing records for TBI and its subsidiaries. You’ll be part of our busy and friendly global Finance team, that supports interesting (and sometimes complex) not-for-profit operations across multiple countries.

Come and work for a growing, dynamic organisation alongside a group of smart, supportive and committed people. Due to the international growth of the organisation, there will be continuous development and future promotional opportunities.

Job Introduction

TBI’s Institute Resources Team supports and helps pave the way for the Institute to deliver its mission. We are comprised of the Legal and Risk, Finance, IT, Ops & Security and People Teams.

We develop and deliver policies and processes that drive our working practices, mirror our values, and that are aligned with our strategic objectives. Ensuring that our organisational capabilities equip us to meet current and future challenges.

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure timely reconciliations of all TBI bank accounts both UK and overseas including petty cash/foreign currencies/in country trackers/credit cards/prepaid cards (e.g., Caxton)
  • Liaise with bankers for queries, e.g. payment queries
  • Process supplier invoices in the accounting systems accurately and efficiently, check authorisations and prepare payments to suppliers, in accordance with relevant TBI policies & KYC process, payment allocation. Reconcile all supplier accounts regularly
  • Process required payments ensuring correct authorisation
  • Ensure all entries are posted with the correct VAT coding
  • Manage your own workload to meet team deadlines for month end and offer support to other team members
  • Check receipts and accurate recording of staff expenses reimbursement in accordance with TBI expenses policy
  • Other duties including filing of Financial records/data accurately, and any reasonable duties required by the Management Accountant and/or senior management team

Person Specification

  • Fundamental knowledge and experience of general accounting – e.g. Debit vs Credit entries, Purchase Ledger, Reconciliations
  • Intermediate Microsoft Excel skills.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • A finance-related qualification is advantageous (study support available if required)
  • Strong organisational skills, and proven ability to prioritise and deliver against tight deadlines
  • A collaborative and supportive team-player, with demonstrable experience in working as part of a team
  • Great interpersonal skills and clear communicator - able to establish good cross departmental working relationships and great customer service
  • Enthusiastic, self-driven, ambitious and always seeking continuous improvement. Comfortable taking on unfamiliar tasks
  • A background working with international currencies or have worked for an international organisation would be advantageous
  • Demonstrate discretion working with sensitive information
  • A keen interest in our work and supporting the Institute reach its vision


Due to the focus of the role, there will be potential for some international travel.

About The Institute

We don’t just talk, we do. Lead the change with us.

At the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, we work with political leaders around the world to drive change. We help governments turn bold ideas into reality so they can deliver for their people. We do it by advising on strategy, policy and delivery, unlocking the power of technology across all three. And by sharing what we learn on the ground, so everyone can benefit. We do it to build more open, inclusive and prosperous countries for people everywhere.

We are a global team of nearly 800 changemakers, operating in more than 30 countries, across five continents. We are political strategists, policy experts, delivery practitioners, technology specialists and more. We speak more than 45 languages. We are working on over 100 projects, tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. We’re all here at TBI to make a difference.

In a world of ever more complex challenges, we believe diversity of background and perspective is a strength. We pride ourselves on a culture that values and nurtures difference. We are dedicated to unlocking potential, not only for the countries we work in but also for each of our team members. No matter where you’re from or who you are, if you’re passionate about the transformative power of progressive politics, we invite you to build a better future with us.