Finance Manager, China

3 months ago
Full time role


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of ...

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Job Description


NRDC is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our people helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our team of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and the globe from our offices in Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing.


NRDC is seeking a Finance Manager to work with the Accounting and Finance team in our Beijing office.

Position Summary

  • Reporting to the Controller, the Finance Manager will be responsible for the oversight of all accounting and associated external and internal reporting activities of the NRDC Beijing Representative Office (BRO).
  • The Finance Manager will lead all day-to-day accounting operations, including functional responsibility over accounts payable, accounts receivable/funding, payroll, tax, and the accounting aspects of inventory management, fixed-assets and grants administration.
  • The Finance Manager will take ownership and accountability of current and future BRO accounting systems, ensuring that BRO has appropriate systems, processes, and procedures in place to support an effective internal control framework and facilitate the annual audit.
  • The Finance Manager will work closely with Finance, program and/or functional unit leaders and their staff, not only to educate them regarding accounting procedures, but also to explore how the Accounting and Finance Department, as a unit, can support their priorities and operations through effective collaboration and financial program reporting.


Accounting Leadership (80%)

  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems for the BRO; ensure compliance with Chinese GAAP and applicable regulatory requirements, including tax compliance and reporting.
  • Implement consistent accounting policies, practices, and procedures across all programs. Ensure work is accurate and processed in a timely manner and in accordance with NRDC’s policies and procedures.
  • Maintain current knowledge base about existing, new, and forthcoming legislation and updates to accounting guidance relevant to NRDC.
  • Maintain and enforce internal controls and safeguards pertaining to funding, costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures, and timely manage the month-end and two different year-end accounting close processes (for head office and BRO) with reconciliations, including all internal and external financial reporting requirements.
  • Manage monthly, quarterly, and two year-end reconciliations using annual audit requirements and budget versus actual expenditure considerations.
  • Coordinate all external audit activities (e.g., financial statement and compliance audits), as applicable, and oversee the preparation of all required tax forms and such other regulatory reports/audits that might be required to ensure all reporting deadlines are met.
  • Provide inputs for financial planning processes such as budgeting and financial forecasting, cash flow projections and grant management. Coordinate with US Accounting and Finance to support US GAAP compliance.

Team Leadership (20%)

  • Serve as an integral member of the leadership of the Accounting & Finance team and a key manager of BRO, and contribute to the culture and effectiveness of the larger Accounting & Finance function and Operations.
  • Act as A&F resource to Operations to disseminate policies, explain standard operating procedure, and encourage alignment with NRDC deliverables to stakeholders.
  • Help to clarify Accounting and Finance policy, develop and implement training programs, and promote NRDC initiatives to support DEI.
  • Present BRO financial reports and performance to senior leadership.



  • Five to ten years of accounting and finance experience, including working within an accounting firm.
  • Minimum of a bachelor degree in accounting or finance; CPA preferred.
  • Experience coordinating audit activities and managing reporting, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, fixed assets, and nonprofit accounting components.
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with accounting and reporting software platforms.
  • Chinese and English language proficiency.


Knowledge and skill requirements:

  • Understanding of and commitment to NRDC’s mission as well as a demonstrated desire to contribute meaningfully to organizational culture.
  • Exhibits a strategic mindset and a strong institutional orientation; ability to develop a strategic plan and execute effectively
  • Ability to connect and build strong relationships with others, demonstrating strong collaborating skills and the ability to work across cultures and communicate clearly and persuasively.
  • Personal qualities of integrity and credibility; a proactive, hands-on strategic thinker who will own, as appropriate, the responsibility for BRO accounting operations and leadership.
  • Strong knowledge of internal controls and compliance coupled with good risk judgment.
  • Strong stakeholder engagement, interpersonal and communication skills; experience in effectively communicating key data, including presentations to senior accounting management or other outside partners; ability to collaborate and partner with other functional leaders.
  • Ability to build and maintain a strong function.
  • Commitment to diversity and an appreciation for different perspectives, experiences, and traditions; passionate about creating an organizational culture that reflects equity, diversity, and inclusion in action.


Management responsibilities:

  • People Management: Directly manage the Admin & Finance Coordinator.
  • External Management: Manage BRO’s external banking relationships, accountants, and auditors.
  • Department Management: As a member of the Accounting & Finance management team, contribute to the overall setting of strategic priorities and the management of the department.

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement.


We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and is commensurate with skills and experience. Internal equity considerations will be reviewed before making a final offer.


Since March 2020, NRDC’s offices have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be associated with one of our offices, but until circumstances allow us to re-open, we will continue to support NRDCers with remote working arrangements.


As a science-based organization, NRDC aims to do our part to help contain the COVID-19 public health crisis. For the sake of health, safety, and equity, we ask that people be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation or other exemption in accordance with state and local law. We consider a person to be vaccinated two weeks after receiving one full course of a CDC-approved vaccine. In accordance with state or local law, new hires will be asked to attest to vaccination, those wishing to do so may request medical or religious accommodations or other exemptions via NRDC Employee Relations. NRDC treats all vaccine-related data confidentially, in keeping with local, state, and federal laws.


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