Job Summary

Our client is looking for a Finance Manager who will manage internal finance system finance systems and support portfolio companies’ finance functions. Internally he/she will oversee Senior Accountant, manage relationships with auditors and fund administrators, as well as support on investor reporting. As portfolio companies grow rapidly, they need to constantly upgrade their finance functions; the responsible person will proactively support them with these challenges, and where needed, provide advice on finance systems and best practices. She/He will build a network of proven and trusted finance service providers available to companies when the needs arise.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 8 years

Job Description

Responsibilities
Manage Financial Systems (50%)

•    Manage and oversee the finance team, which includes a Senior Accountant
•    Ensure the smooth running of the finance function in both  Nairobi offices
•    Proactively liaise with auditors and manage the relationship to ensure timely completion of entity audits
•    Oversee the performance of our service providers in Kenya (eg fund administrators, accountants)
•    Supervise creation of annual budgets
•    Support on quarterly, annual and ad-hoc investor reporting
•    Lead key fund operations such as (but not limited to) the valuing investments, allocating  remaining reserves to portfolio companies and monitoring the long-term performance of the fund

Portfolio Company support (40%)
•    Develop an understanding of the finance challenges that individual portfolio companies face
•    Provide project-based finance support to portfolio companies as and when needed
•    Support portfolio companies with recruitment in their finance function, (including but not limited to mapping out technical role requirements and involvement in the interview process)
•    Identify patterns of frequent finance challenges and design and then lead portfolio wide scalable solutions.
•    Identify best practices within the portfolio and facilitate the sharing of these across the portfolio
•    Continuously keep abreast of market trends, proactively gather learning’s and share insights with the team and portfolio companies

Build a dynamic pool of finance providers (10%)
•    Develop a deep understanding of finance service providers across the markets we operate in order to understand: their expertise, value, differentiating factor, quality of delivery, and understanding of fast-growing businesses
•    Dynamically adjust the list of providers as they leave and enter the market and as we gain experience working with them
•    Act as the matchmaker that efficiently connects our portfolio companies with the right finance support
•    Advice the companies in selecting the best and most relevant provider based on their needs.
•    Closely oversee delivery and assess quality of outputs.

Qualifications
•    You have at least 8-9 years of work experience in a finance function and are a qualified accountant. You have experience preparing management and annual accounts, managing ongoing accounting and finance activities (e.g., payroll, filing taxes)
•    You have built financial systems in a fast growing organization and understand the challenges faced
•    You have experience in managing people and teams, including an accounting team
•    You love the culture and dynamics of fast-growing organizations. Preferably you have been an entrepreneur in the past, have worked in a fast-growing organization, or are in constant contact with entrepreneurs
•    You have a proven track record in building impactful and efficient accounting and finance functions
•    You easily build rapport and relationships with ambitious entrepreneurs
•    You are a keen listener with great ability to “hear beyond the words”. You are naturally able to sense issues in a team and what individuals need
•    You have proven track record, creating, building and influencing diverse stakeholder relationships to achieve a common goal
•    You are conversant with using excel skills to build financial
•    Your written communication is strong, and have the ability to write proposals
•    Are conversant with local business practices, and have a good understanding of how businesses run
•    You have worked in multicultural and diverse environments
•    You have a proven ability to quickly connect dots, see patterns, identify causes and propose impactful solutions
•    You have the proven ability to create and execute result-oriented projects in a highly demanding environment, and manage multiple projects at a time
•    You are able to monitor ongoing projects and produce regular reports to various stakeholders
•    You are a fast learner, who is comfortable with ambiguity and able to adapt and thrive in frequently changing environments
•    You are known for your strong ability to make things happen

Let’s Hear From you if
•    You believe in the potential of ambitious entrepreneurs to transform millions of lives and are committed and eager to help shape this dream.
•    You love and value working and growing your career in a culturally rich and diverse work setting
•    You enjoy working in small teams where openness, flat structure and meritocracy are key drivers for collaboration
•    You listen carefully and respectfully to differing views and embrace constructive criticism
•    You are results oriented go-getter with an entrepreneurial approach to everyday challenges
•    You are not surprised or deterred when things go wrong.

How to Apply
•    Tailor your CV to this opportunity, showcasing your relevant past roles clearly.

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