RFE/RL operates on a fixed budget appropriated annually by the U.S. Congress. Consequently, the allocation of finite financial resources is particularly challenging, and thus budgeting is an important and complex function for RFE/RL. The Finance Business Partner’s (FBP) principal role is to provide decision-quality, data-driven support to RFE/RL’s Budget Owners. The FBP and the FBP unit as a whole are critical to ensuring that the allocation of financial resources is aligned with the organization’s mission, goals, and strategies.
Reporting to the Manager of the Finance Business Partners department, the FBP acts as a close, collaborative partner with assigned Budget Owners and supports them in building, managing, and adhering to their departmental budgets, including initiating or responding to issues relating to the budget process, cost trends, financial impact of different strategic scenarios, approval requirements, etc. While the FBP will primarily interface with and support the Budget Owners, he or she will also be a key source of information and support for middle managers.
The FBP is expected to develop strong relationships with their assigned Budget Owners and middle managers and fully understand their respective strategic drivers, financial dynamics, and personnel, including personnel based in both Prague and RFE/RL’s other locations.
- Develops a strong understanding of the assigned Budget Owners’ operational needs, goals, and strategies and works with Budget Owners to ensure the annual budget build aligns and supports those goals and strategies;
- Builds trust with key stakeholders, including their primary customer, the assigned Budget Owners, by remaining open, available, and collaborative;
- Communicates in a clear and inclusive manner, exemplifying good customer service;
- Acts as a sounding-board for any budgetary issues or concerns that the Budget Owners or middle managers might have;
- Performs trend analysis to identify issues early as well as statistical modeling to assist in forecasting future expenditures;
- Monitors and tracks budget spending and partners with Budget Owners to reassign and track budget categories as needed throughout the year, ensuring total departmental budget is not exceeded;
- Works with middle managers to reassign and reallocate budget categories within their purview, ensuring total budget under their authority is not exceeded, and that any necessary approvals are secured;
- Meets regularly with assigned Budget Owners and relevant middle managers to analyze and discuss financial performance against the budget;
- Enlists assistance from and collaborates with News Coordinators and members of the Regional Finance & Operations unit (RFO) as necessary and relies on and further develops the tools used by the News Coordinators and the RFO;
- Accumulates baseline data for Language Services’ core operational costs to inform future budgets;
- Assists with flagging and working with colleagues within the Finance Division to correct accounting errors;
- Troubleshoots budget matters in coordination with RFO and the Budget Owner
- Contributes to broader cost structure improvement discussions with other members of Finance;
- Collaborates with Human Resources staff on personnel-related budget issues;
- Escalates issues as necessary to the Finance Business Partner Manager and, as necessary and appropriate, the FP&A Director;
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- The FBP is largely a facilitative and consultative role; Authorities are limited
- The Budget Owner must authorize and agree to any budget changes or actions to eliminate negative variances before the FBP can proceed
- To the Budget Director and relevant middle manager for the successful fulfillment of all support responsibilities listed above.
- To the FBP Manager for escalating any budgetary issue that would:
- Exceed the overall Language Service budget allocation
- Require USAGM approval (e.g., expat hires, contract/lease notifications exceeding thresholds, etc.)
- Require Division Head, Senior Management, or other approval above the Budget Owner’s authority
- To the FBP-Manager for raising any concerns that could negatively impact financial performance
- To the Accounting Manager(s) to raise and follow-up on any potential accounting errors
Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, economics, or math highly preferred; Master’s degree in one of those fields is desirable
Five years of experience in an accounting, finance, or budgeting role with progressive responsibilities required
- Financial Analysis, including
a. critical thinking,
b. financial visualization (e.g., charts and graphs), and
c. recognition of patterns and trends
- Effective written and spoken communication, including with individuals of different cultural and linguistic backgrounds (Mandatory)
- Ability to solve problems, including those involving professional relationships (Mandatory)
- Ability to develop and maintain professional relationships with a track record of acting as a collaborative partner (Mandatory)
- Accuracy and detail orientation (Mandatory)
- Dependability & reliability (Mandatory)
- Experience handling confidential, sensitive data and issues with a high degree of discretion (Mandatory)
- End-user knowledge of MS Office applications; advanced Excel skills (Mandatory)
- End-user knowledge of PeopleSoft (Desirable)
- End-user knowledge of NetSuite (Desirable)
- Knowledge of or experience in RFE/RL’s broadcast area (Desirable)
- Understanding of developing country contexts (Desirable)
- Understanding of the U.S. federal budget process (Desirable)
- Fluency in English required
- Russian, Czech or any language in RFE/RL’s broadcast region desirable
Should you be interested in this position please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter in English.
Appointment against this post is on a local basis only. Please note that for the locally advertised positions preference will be given to those with a work permit and/or a valid residence status in the Czech Republic. Locally recruited employees should reside within commuting distance of Prague, Czech Republic, or be willing to move to take up work. They are not eligible for allowances applicable to candidates who are internationally recruited. Rather, they receive statutory benefits as per Czech labor law. Salary scales for locally recruited employees are based on the best prevailing local conditions. RFE/RL does, however, cover the costs of interview travel and, upon appointment, some relocation costs.
Note: In response to changing operational requirements, RFE/RL retains the discretion not to make an appointment, or to modify the job specifications for a particular vacancy.
By replying to this advertisement or sending your CV and/or other personal data to RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, you are agreeing to having your data saved and managed by employees of the HR department of the company for possible future reference in full accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation) GDPR and Act No 110/2019 Coll., on personal data processing. This agreement may only be withdrawn by a written revocation and remains valid until that date. However no longer than 5 years.
Odpovědí na tento inzerát či zasláním Vašeho životopisu a případných dalších osobních materiálů do společnosti RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty dáváte souhlas ke zpracování a uchování Vašich osobních údajů dle Nařízení Evropského parlamentu a Rady (EU) 2016/679 ze dne 27. dubna 2016 o ochraně fyzických osob v souvislosti se zpracováním osobních údajů a o volném pohybu těchto údajů a o zrušení směrnice 95/46/ES (obecné nařízení o ochraně osobních údajů), dále jen GDPR a zákona č. 110/2019 Sb., o zpracování osobních údajů. Tento souhlas platí až do jeho odvolání písemnou formou, maximálně však po dobu 5 let.
Privacy Notice for RFE/RL Job Applicants
RFE/RL, Inc. is a private, nonprofit corporation funded by a grant from the U.S. Congress through the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM). Due to RFE/RL’s special character, the countries in which RFE/RL operates, and the type of work RFE/RL performs, it is RFE/RL's obligation to verify the accuracy of information provided by each applicant in order to ensure the safety and security of our employees and workplace. RFE/RL must ensure that everybody who advances to the final stage of the selection process for a position at RFE/RL and who wishes to enter into an employment relationship with RFE/RL must undergo pre-employment background check.
With respect to the above, RFE/RL informs you, as an applicant, that your employment at RFE/RL is contingent on the successful completion of pre-employment check.
Therefore after your acceptance of RFE/RL‘s offer letter, you will be subject of pre-employment check (performed by external Czech entity). Detailed information about collection and processing of your personal data in this matter will be provided to you together with the offer letter.
Privacy Notice for RFE/RL Internship or Fellowship Applicants
The process described above largely applies to applicants for internships and fellowships as well – simply replace the word “employment” with “internship” or “fellowship” as applicable.