Status and Tax Project Manager
British Council
Islamabad, South Asia, PK
2d ago

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

We work in two ways directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world.

We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities.

We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications.

Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK.

These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained.

We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.

Pay band : 8

Number of Position : 1

Location : Position can be based out of Karachi, Lahore or Islamabad, however, preference will be given to Islamabad.

Contract type : Fixed Term Contract of 2 Years

Closing date : 13 August 2022, Sunday at 23 : 59 PST

Role Purpose :

To provide professional project management leadership in exploring future working models for British Council Pakistan, including exploration of the viability of implementing status changes in Pakistan.

Subject to approval, the incumbent may have to implement the Pakistan Status project in line with British Council strategy and corporate requirements within the Status Programme.

Manage the project timeline and key milestones against the agreed project plan, in close collaboration with the relevant business teams in Pakistan, local advisors, SAP partners and the Status Project Coordinators in the UK.

Accountabilities :

The incumbent will be accountable for the effective planning, management and delivery of the agreed plans. The successful candidate will be able to support and work with a broad range of colleagues to provide the collaborative yet challenging professional partnership which is core to this type of position.

They need to build and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of key stakeholders and business leads, both within British Council Pakistan and beyond, to facilitate the effective, efficient and holistic delivery of the plan agreed on future ways of work.

The post holder should have experience of project management, change management and experience of how to embed people, process and system changes across the organization.

Responsibilities and main duties :

Identify opportunities for British Council Pakistan in terms of future of work.

Explore the possibility of status and related tax changes for the British Council in Pakistan and develop a detailed project plan identifying how to transition smoothly to the new operating model if the business decides to go ahead.

  • Identify key stakeholders for each strand / work stream of the project and ensure that detailed plans are developed ready for implementation;
  • strands will include Project Management (including identifying risks / challenges and developing mitigation plans to ensure a smooth and seamless transition), Premises (in close collaboration with outsourced consultants and relevant business teams), HR and Finance (in close consultation with HR and Finance colleagues), SAP, Tax, Governance and Legal, Branding, Communications

    Agree and clarify targets, metrics and milestones for the project, in line with the regional strategy, and be accountable for overall adherence to qualitative standards in the pursuit of these goals.

    Clarify and communicate the activities necessary to deliver specified project outputs with all the stakeholders and partners, ensuring deliverables fit the local context.

    Control allocated resources (both financial and staff) to deliver agreed results.

    Resolve immediate operational, commercial or technical problems and contribute to the incremental improvement of procedures in these areas

    Lead effective day-to-day communication with identified internal and / or external partners to communicate delivery progress and to ensure smooth project delivery

    Ensure there are plans to support the entity’s operations and processes are identified to train staff. This may involve :

    Exploring local legal and tax requirements and internal British Council processes that may be applicable if Status changes are implemented in Pakistan.

    Liaise with tax and legal advisors to understand the requirements of setting up the most efficient capital structure of the new entity.

    Identifying any changes required to banking requirements that may be required to comply with the new status if changes are implemented and liaise with British Council London Treasury team to understand what changes will be required for new entity.

    Working with local SAP partners to deliver a gap analysis, an agreed blueprint and statement of requirements to meet the statutory requirements of Pakistan in case of a new entity being set-up.

    Understand the cut-over and go-live (such as transfer of assets to subsidiary) plus stabilisation requirements for the project.

    Explore appropriate premises, resources and facilities requirement for any new entity with the relevant stakeholders and departments.

    Develop an accurate financial modelling for the project.

    Liaise with the country EDI (Equality Diversity and Inclusion) team for impact assessments where appropriate

    Role Requirements

    Must have the right to work in Pakistan

    7 Years demonstrated Project Management experience.

    At least 2 years experience in an organisational consultancy role.

    Track record in managing projects with multiple stakeholders and drawing on external advice

    Essential Core Skills for the Role :

    Managing projects (level 5).

    Analysing Data (level 4).

    Managing Finance and Resources (Level 4)

    Managing Risk (Level 3)

    Our Values and Behaviours

    British council values and behaviours are applicable across our organisation, in all roles and at all levels. They are important because they say what we stand for at the British Council and help us to deliver our strategy.

    We use them to guide our decision making, as well as guiding how we treat one another and the people we work with. These will be assessed in the selection process.

    Our values are :

    Open and Committed; Expert and Inclusive; Optimistic and Bold.

    The behaviours for each values pair can be found on our Intranet SharePoint site for internal staff and at our Careers portal for external applicants.

    A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.

    Equality , Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement

    The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do.

    We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment. We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability.

    All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status.

    We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.

    The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.

    We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.

  • Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed;
  • these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.

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