Finance Officer - Edinburgh

Finance & Compliance Edinburgh, United Kingdom


Location: Edinburgh
Position Status: Full-time, permanent  
Reporting to: Finance Manager
Salary: circa 24K
Travel: Occasional
Closing Date: apply with CV and Cover Letter 

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK at the time of appointment. 


About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organisation powered by the belief that a better world is possible.
In conflict, in disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future.


Mercy Corps Europe (MCE) has grown rapidly in terms of volume of activity and complexity. With offices in Edinburgh, London and Geneva, we now attract over £130m in income, and employ around 100 domestic and expatriate field team members. The breadth and impact of our programmes makes Mercy Corps a unique and truly rewarding place to work. Our teams are proud of what we achieve in the field and we are always looking for talented individuals who share our passion and commitment. 


The Role

The Finance team plays a critical role in sustaining and enabling MCE's growth through the support it provides to Field Teams and HQ departments.  All management accounting for European grants is managed by the team, in addition to the financial accounting functions, payables, receivables, fixed asset reporting, uploading field ledgers, fundraising reconciliations and cash management.

Reporting to the Financial Controller, and working with Finance colleagues in Europe, US and Field Offices, the Finance Officer's primary responsibility is to enable prompt and accurate financial reporting, management accounting and donor reporting.


The Finance Officer will assume overall responsibility for tasks including reviewing and verifying field ledgers on a monthly basis, interagency reconciliation and interagency partner payments, fundraising reconciliations, and fixed asset accounting while contributing to the success of the Corporate Finance function.

This is an opportunity to be involved in finance work that is fast-paced, and to be part of a diverse, dedicated team of people who are genuinely motivated by making a difference. You will be someone with a positive, can-do approach, who enjoys the pressure of working together as a team to tight deadlines. Strong communication skills are vital, as you will be operating in a truly international environment. Experience of accountancy packages software and strong Excel skills are key.



Essential Job Responsibilities

Core responsibilities:

  • Reviewing and verifying field ledgers on a monthly basis, working closely with International Finance Officers for reviews and comments;
  • Interagency reconciliation and interagency payments;
  • Monthly reconciliation of local partners’ expenditure
  • Processing partner payments, consultant payments, service contracts and any other project related payments 
  • Completion of the restricted funds balances report and processing of required fund transfers
  • Completion of donor instalments allocations and debtor report
  • Fundraising income posting and reconciliations
  • Monthly clearing of intercompany transactions
  • Monthly depreciation posting
  • Keeping the asset register updated and performing annual inventory audits
  • Administrator of the and platforms


  • Support the audit process by collating information as required.
  • Conduct internal research to assist other finance team members as required.
  • As part of the department’s commitment to continuous improvement, the Finance Officer should be proactive and lead on ad hoc HQ projects aimed at streamlining processes or increasing efficiency.
  • As part of the Finance team, the Finance Officer works with the HQ Finance Systems Manager on developing streamlining, and documenting policies, processes and procedures
  • Ensure IT systems, databases and matrices containing financial information are updated on time.


Supervisory Responsibility



Reports Directly To: Finance Manager



Accountability to Participants and Stakeholders

Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our program participants, community partners, other stakeholders, and to international standards guiding international relief and development work. We are committed to actively engaging communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.



Knowledge and Experience

Ideally part-qualified in accounting or with a degree in a related field, with around 3+ yrs of experience in a busy finance department.

Experience of accountancy packages and windows software.

Proficiency with MS Office software (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) - strong Excel skills key.

Experience in SUN systems an advantage, though not a necessity.

Excellent spoken and written English.

Some experience of working in or with an NGO would be preferable.


Success Factors

  • Excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • Systematic, with a strong eye for detail.
  • Can work quickly, accurately and to deadlines.
  • Able to build and maintain effective internal and external relationships.
  • Strong team worker and communicator. 
  • Able to cope with changing priorities, often at short notice, and work well under pressure.
  • Proactive and solutions-based attitude.
  • High levels of motivation, professionalism and resilience.
  • An exposure to and interest in international development issues is important, along with an empathy for MC's mission.


Environmental Conditions

The position is based in central Edinburgh


Although we do not expect this position to travel, MCE team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a short term assignment or trip to country offices. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all Mercy Corps locations.


Candidates must have the right to work in the UK at the time of appointment.


Ongoing Learning

In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives. 

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact. 


We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.


Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC and have signed on to the Interagency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.