BSR is a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and sustainable world. From its offices in Asia, Europe, and North America, BSR develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration. Visit www.bsr.org for more information about BSR’s 25 years of leadership in sustainability.
We are proud to say that we have a team of some of the most talented and motivated people in the industry working in our global offices in Copenhagen, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Tokyo.
BSR receives grant funding from governments, international organizations, and foundations to achieve its mission of creating a just and sustainable world by working with business on issues like climate change, women’s empowerment, inclusive growth, human rights, and global supply chain sustainability.
Reporting to the Operations team with an indirect relationship to the Government and Foundations (G&F) team, the Associate (Grant Operations) plays a critical role in ensuring:
- Effective understanding of and compliance with grant-funder contract terms, conditions, and policies.
- Timely and quality internal grant spend reporting and external financial reporting to funders.
- Compliant, efficient, and accurate monitoring of BSR grant projects.
- Compliance of grant management team members with organizational operations processes.
- Inform design, beta-testing, implementation, and training with regard to operational systems, processes, and tools to reinforce best-in-class grants management
- Support strategic analysis of grant performance to highlight revenue performance risks against targets.
- Regular and ongoing engagement with the G&F team members on operational policies, issues and tools as part of the global Operations team.
- Serve as the internal expert on operational practices, processes, and systems (e.g. Salesforce, SharePoint Online, Intacct) as it relates to grants management to reinforce best practices and adoption through targeted training in both informal and formal settings.
- Grant setup and process accountability: Supporting initial coordination and conversation with Finance team; providing advice to grant project managers on processes; explaining grant project manager responsibilities and sharing relevant support resources (kick-off calls).
- Quality assurance: Initial reviews of internal and external grant project budgets and contracts (e.g. contract type, budget limitations, reporting).
- Support Finance in collecting grant project budgets (e.g. working with managers to finalize monthly budgets and set yearly spend targets).
- Grant financial reporting: Monitoring grant report dashboard and tracking upcoming financial reports; holding grant project managers accountable to financial reporting requirements and timelines; partnering with finance to support unusual reporting requirements; engaging Finance in regular check-in meetings and Human Resources with grant team performance assessments.
- Undergraduate degree, preferably in accounting, finance, management, or business administration.
- Minimum of 5 years professional work experience, of which 3 years include work with government and/or foundation grant/cooperative agreements, financial analysis and/or operations, preferable in a nonprofit or foundation.
- Experience in financial reporting and analysis and nonprofit accounting (government grant accounting considered an asset).
- Experience with Microsoft Excel is required and knowledge of Salesforce, Intacct, SharePoint Online is a plus.
- Strong understanding of the variety of grant funders (e.g. governments, multilateral institutions, and foundations), different contract types, and complex reporting requirements associated with grant funding.
- Ability to tell stories with data and dashboards.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong administrative and organizational skills.
- Strong sense of team work and keen attention to detail and accuracy.
- Ability to determine work priorities and to juggle multiple tasks efficiently.
- Capacity to work and thrive in a growing, fast-paced entrepreneurial organization with a collaborative environment operating in multiple time zones.
- High ethical standards and commitment to BSR core values of leadership, respect, and integrity.
- Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation.
As part of our dedication to diversity, BSR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Individuals seeking employment at BSR are considered without regard to race, ethnicity, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, registered domestic partner status, caregiver status, marital status, veteran or military status, citizenship status, or any other legally protected category.