This is a client relationship role, managing a large volume of tasks where we will need candidates to be confident in prioritising and making decisions, have strong customer service and communication skills to ensure Grants are processed in line with our contractual obligations.
The main areas of focus for the role are:
- Applications administration - completion of eligibility and financial checks of grant applications, maintaining database and informing grant applicants of progress
- Project monitoring and reporting - monitoring compliance of projects against European Commission (EC) and British Council guidelines to grant holders as well as reviewing quality and supporting evidence of grant holder reports
- Financial administration - reconciling grant awards, including assessing invoice and receipt standards, raising payments through SAP and data entry and record keeping
- Compliance - ensuring that programme beneficiaries adhere to the Erasmus+ regulations
- Time Management - Working to deadlines to meet contractual obligations
- Problem Solving - being able to solve problems and think critically are key sills of the role
The Cardiff office is the main hub for Erasmus + and is centrally located in Cardiff city Centre, close to all transport links. The office promotes a friendly culture where staff can also join the civil service sports social council which offers great discounts on many local attractions and restaurants. We also offer flexible working hours to support your work life balance.
What we require of the successful candidate:
- Managed relationships effectively with a variety of stakeholders, including senior managers.
- Proficient IT Skills
- Strong communication skills
If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you. Please apply by 28 May 2018 (23:59 UK Time)
In addition to a starting salary of GBP19,564 and eligibility to join the civil service pension scheme, the British Council offers an attractive holiday entitlement of 32 days per calendar year in addition to statutory holidays plus an additional half day on Christmas Eve.
Other benefits include:
- Interest free season ticket loan
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Cycle salary sacrifice
The British Council is the UK's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to UK and the countries we work with changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.
We work in over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face to face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.
About Education & Society:
Through our work in Education and Society we provide opportunities for people to broaden their horizons and build sustainable futures. Our work in Education aims to raise the quality of education globally and connect people across the globe to share perspectives, best practice and ultimately improve learning outcomes. Our work contributes to global education policy, supports international mobility and collaboration and promotes the UK as a world leader in education and research.
Our Society programmes enable individuals, communities and governments to work together to make positive transformation where it matters - from strengthening civil society, to widening access to justice and promoting the rule of law.
Our work also includes social enterprise, girls' and women's inclusion, youth and sport. The aim is to help build stronger, safer and more inclusive societies.
Erasmus+ is a large EU education programme providing funding opportunities for international exchange and linking for all sectors of education, training and youth across Europe and beyond. The programme is worth ???940m to the UK over 7 years (2). The British Council is the UK National Agency for Erasmus+, working in partnership with Ecorys UK. The National Agency and programme activities sit within the Education and Society Strategic Business Unit (SBU), and directly support both our cultural relations objectives and our financial targets.
The National Agency delivers the programme according to an annual Work Programme agreed with the EC, to strict contractual and compliance frameworks, and in the context of annual Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) agreed with BIS. The Erasmus+ National Agency team delivers grants to beneficiaries in all education and training sectors in the UK, across 3 Key Actions or types of activity, plus the e-Twinning online platform for schools and a number of smaller EC contracts. The British Council Erasmus+ team has its delivery hub in Cardiff, with smaller numbers of posts located in all other UK offices.
Our Equality Commitment:
Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council's work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.
The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.