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Job: Finance Manager

Job: Finance Manager




Deadline: 15 August, 2024
Based in: Friends of the Earth Europe, Brussels
, hybrid

Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE) campaigns at the heart of Europe for sustainable and just societies and for the protection of the environment. We are the largest grassroots environmental network in Europe, uniting 32 national organisations with thousands of local groups as part of Friends of the Earth International. Our vision is of a peaceful and sustainable world, founded on social, economic, racial, gender and environmental justice and free from all forms of domination and exploitation.

We are looking for a Finance Manager to design and implement appropriate processes and systems compliant with legal and donor requirements, that ensure timely budgeting and financial management, including monitoring and analysis of expenditure, reporting and income projections, and audits.

The postholder is part of the Finance and Resources team, together with the finance officer, grants manager and fundraising coordinator. The Finance and Resources coordinator manages the team.

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of an environmental justice NGO working at the European level and a vibrant European network.

Key responsibilities:

  • Timely and accurate budgeting
  • Sound transaction management and recording processes
  • Monitoring of financial expenditure and strategic forecasting
  • Reporting
  • Financial management compliant with legal and donor requirements
  • Clean audit reports


  • Design and implement effective budgeting models for teams and the entire organisation
  • Ensure the annual budget is developed in compliance with donor requirements
  • Support budgeting for grants and project applications

Transactions management and recording

  • Develop and implement a transactions management and recording process to ensure accurate book keeping
  • Develop and implement internal control mechanisms to ensure compliance with legal and audit requirements
  • Ensure allocation of costs to projects and grants
  • Liaise with the accountant

Monitoring and forecasting

  • Monitor income and expenditure and provide risk analysis
  • Produce quarterly expenditure reports
  • Produce forecasting reports, including strategic advice


  • Ensure timely reporting of the annual operating grant
  • Ensure the timely preparation and reporting of grants and project reports for FoEE and with partners together with the grant manager

Financial management

  • Keep track of and communicate regularly with the Finances and Resources coordinator and Director on budgeting, forecasting and risk analysis
  • Support the capacity building of members for participation in joint projects


  • Ensure the timely preparation of audits of grants and project for FoEE, and with partners, together with the grant manager
  • Ensure the statutory audit

Requirements for the role-holder:


  • Experience in accounting and budget management
  • Experience in financial planning and analysis
  • Understanding of Belgian legal and accounting requirements
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Oral and written communication skills in English
  • Organisational skills to set up and manage processes, work to deadlines and prioritise workload
  • Advanced excel skills
  • Negotiation and inter-personal communication skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Experience in managing institutional grants for restricted funding and funding from foundations
  • Experience in managing projects funded from European programmes
  • Committed to FoEE’s vision, mission and values


  • Oral and written communication skills in French or Dutch
  • Previous experience of working with an environmental or civil society NGO
  • Experience as a financial manager within an organisation of relevant scale and complexity

We offer:

This position is offered as a full-time position in Brussels, Belgium for a period of twelve months. It can be made permanent, subject to satisfactory performance and available funding.

We offer a salary between 3966 € and 4.523 € gross, depending on a competency assessment. This salary has been calculated with the projected inflation increase relevant for FoEE. It will be adjusted in January 2025 according to the final percentage published by the Belgian government.

FoEE offers an attractive benefits package, including a 13th month salary, lunch vouchers, an additional 5 days of holidays per year, pension scheme, hospitalisation and comprehensive travel insurance. We also offer full coverage of train travel in case of commuting within Belgium. FoEE offers a motivating working environment in an international office located in an environmentally-friendly NGO building.

To carry out the job, the team member must be based in Belgium. The job is subject to FoEE’s teleworking policy, which allows for hybrid working.

FoEE actively welcomes candidates of all descriptions, regardless of age, sexual orientation, marital status, wealth, religious, philosophical or political beliefs, language, present or future state of health, disability, physical or genetic characteristics, gender, pregnancy, parental status, change of sex, nationality, race, skin colour, ancestry, nationality, descent, national or ethnic or social origin. FoE Europe strives to make our office as diverse as possible.

To apply:

Send your cv and a motivation letter describing how you meet the above-mentioned requirements to: operations-recruitment@foeeurope.org

We review applications on a rolling basis, please apply as soon as possible.

The ideal starting date of the post is 1st October 2024.

Due to the volume of applications, we will contact only short-listed candidates – thank you for your understanding.


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Friends of the Earth Europe / FoEE

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