Job Summary

We are seeking an experienced, highly analytical Finance Director to build and oversee the company’s cross-border finance and accounting operations. In this role, your primary objective will be to ensure that the company is developing a scalable approach to budgeting, long-term planning, financial operations, compliance, and risk. The successful candidate will join Our operations team in Lagos, Nigeria, and will report to the Chief Operating Officer. Remote candidates are encouraged to apply.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Management level
  • Experience Length: 14 years

Job Description/Requirements

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 

Hire and manage a team to execute the following: 

  • Establish financial operations and reporting units across Nigeria, Kenya, and Senegal.
  • Establish and oversee a company-wide financial planning and budgeting process.
  • Design and oversee company-wide financial and statutory reporting; Build financial reporting systems compliant with accounting and regulatory standards.
  • Prepare financial statements and reports to be shared externally (banks, tax authorities, partners, auditors, etc.). 
  • Design and oversee company-wide operational and management reporting; Build our financial analytics capabilities (reports, metrics, dashboards, scorecards) to aid executive decision-making, Prepare monthly executive and board package. 
  • Oversee day-to-day operational financial activities; Payroll, Treasury, Approvals, Procurement 
  •  Oversee intragroup and intra-country commercial relationships and transacting.
  • Coordinate and liaise with financial and statutory consulting partners across markets.
  • Liaise with other departments (IT, HR, Operations, etc.) to ensure alignment with best practices and the company’s financial objectives. 
  • Drive continuous improvement in the company’s financial efficiency. 
  • Support ad hoc fundraising. 

ABOUT YOU 

  • Highly organized and well-structured: both in the way you think and communicate.
  • A big picture guy/gal who’s not afraid to dig into the weeds. 
  •  A perfectionist at heart; you set a high bar for your work and lead others to do the same.
  • Numbers are your thing but “user experience” is a thing too. 
  • Cool. 

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • 14+ years in progressively responsible financial leadership roles, preferably in a fast-paced environment. 
  • A combination of big-four experience and operational financial experience (post-big-four), preferred, but significant experience in either will be considered. 
  • Proven experience working with US / EU clients on financial consulting or audit deliverables in, at least, the capacity of a manager. 
  • Advanced proficiency in financial modelling and analysis. 
  •  Advanced proficiency across a range of accounting software + ERP solutions (incl. QuickBooks).
  • Proven experience in building teams and processes from scratch. 
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills with the ability to establish relationships across a diverse set of stakeholders.
  • Ability to handle multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Deep understanding of West African business context (accounting standards, general legal and tax compliance, best business practices, local business culture/customs).
  • CPA or ACCA required. MBA/MSc a plus. 

WHAT WE OFFER 

  • A globally competitive compensation and benefits package.
  • A business model that makes sense for Africa. We provide clear value to both our clients and the people we employ; we are insulated from local currency fluctuations, and we are growing.
  • Opportunity to apply corporate finance experience in a fast-growing entrepreneurial environment.
  • A high-calibre, fun team committed to the continent. 
  •  Opportunity to have a large-scale impact.

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