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  • Head of Finance and Accounting (HFA)
    Kenya, Eastern Africa

    The HFA rolls our operational engine through efficient financial management and accounting, and will be responsible for all areas relating to financial accounting, modelling, and reporting. The HFA will be responsible for developing and maintaining accounting principles, practices and procedures to ensure accurate and timely financial statements. The HFA is responsible for managing the accounting team to ensure that work is properly allocated and completed in a timely and accurate manner. This position addresses tight deadlines and a multitude of accounting activities including general ledger preparation, financial reporting, year-end audit preparation and the support of budget and forecast activities. The HFA will have contact with senior-level Attorneys and the firm’s management which requires strong interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal. The HRC will oversee a team of about 1 report.

    What you will do

    • Obtain and maintain a thorough understanding of the financial reporting and general ledger structure
    • Ensure an accurate and timely monthly, quarterly and year end close
    • Ensure the timely reporting of all monthly financial information
    • Support in the periodic banking requirements
    • Ensure the accurate and timely processing of positive pay transactions
    • Ensure the monthly and quarterly bank compliance activities are performed in a timely and accurate manner
    • Support budget and forecasting activities
    • Collaborate with the finance department to support overall department goals and objectives
    • Monitor and analyze department work to develop more efficient procedures and use of resources while maintaining a high level of accuracy
    • Advise staff regarding the handling of non-routine reporting transactions
    • Respond to inquiries from the Head of Finance, and firm-wide managers regarding financial results, special reporting requests and similar needs
    • Work with the Head of Finance to ensure a clean and timely year-end audit
    • Supervise the general ledger to ensure all financial reporting deadlines are met
    • Assist in development and implementation of new procedures and features to enhance the workflow of the department
    • Provide training to new and existing staff as needed
    • Handle personnel issues relating to staff conflicts, absenteeism, performance issues, etc.
    • Work with each direct report to establish goals and objectives for each year and monitor and advise on the progress to enhance the professional development of staff
    • Support Controller with special projects and workflow process improvements
    • Finance and Accounts: Provide an accurate and timely financial services including setting and monitoring of budgets, forecasts, cash flow analysis, management and financial accounts, and advice and support to inform decision making at all levels
      • Ensure that the Managing Director is appraised of key financial issues that need to be discussed with the management and board to enable them to fully understand the financial position of the company
      • Review and ensure appropriate overall performance reporting to the MD and the board and management
      • Support the MD and senior team to develop a medium-term financial plan
      • Undertake all statutory reporting, compliance, annual accounts and VAT, including SORP, SOFA and fintech financial regulations
      • Work with the management team to develop finance policies and procedures and ensure that these are consistently followed, including customer and supplier contracts, purchase orders, credit control, and ensuring timely invoicing by suppliers
      • Manage the annual audit process in conjunction with the appointed auditors to ensure statutory accounts are produced within the required deadlines
      • Ensure that budgets and management accounts accurately reflect the business activity, that accruals and other adjustments are being made correctly, that variances from budget and other issues are investigated and resolved
    • Risk Assessment: Be responsible for and report on the overall business risk assessment and management process of the organisation, ensuring with the MD, that the management adequately assesses and documents risks faced by the company in line with the business objectives

    What we are looking for in you

    • Education: BA/BS in Business with an emphasis in Accounting and Finance, CPA required
    • Technical skills and prior experience: 5+ years prior supervisory experience in the financial reporting/general ledger area. Experience working in a fintech or financial services firm is preferred
    • Experience with QuickBook, J.D. Edwards or other large automated accounting system a plus. Must have strong experience with Microsoft Excel, Access and Word
    • Ten key by touch required
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Strong interpersonal, supervisory and customer service skills required
    • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and meet deadlines required

    Your perks

    • Basic monthly salary: Competitive
    • Benefits: Chipper employee stock option program, comprehensive health insurance cover, work permit for foreign staff, monthly airtime allowance, 26-day annual leave, a stocked kitchen, and plenty of ping-pong and foosball
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