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Financial Associate Job in Kenya

Job Title: Financial Associate

Job Code: FA/MM/140327

Number of Positions Open:1

Location: Kenya

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Summary: Our client designs, manufactures and sells highly functional, highly affordable vehicles as a transportation platform empowering local entrepreneurs to mobilize the developing world.

They recognize that appropriate transport is a key enabler to socio-economic development in deprived communities across the developing world and aim to unlock this vast potential by designing, manufacturing and selling a new vehicle for Africa, starting in Kenya.

They are looking for exceptional individuals who share their vision and possess the skills and attitude necessary to make a valuable contribution to our work in Africa.

Primary Responsibilities:

They are seeking to hire an exceptional mid-career professional interested in a truly unique entrepreneurial opportunity to create impact on a global scale.

The successful candidate will be responsible for financial systems development and customer financing partnerships.

Financial Systems
  • Support financial planning activities, including development of annual financial forecasts, quarterly budget reforecasts and monthly budget versus actuals.
  • Create and maintain business planning tools including the corporate financial model.
  • Determine and evaluate financial and operating metrics of the company and provide strategic insights, hypotheses, and supported conclusions based on robust analysis.
  • Support preparation of financial materials for future Board of Directors meetings.
  • Provide financial analysis and support as required for funder communications.
  • Provide day-to-day analytical support for critical operating decisions and efficiency studies.
  • Manage both overhead budgets and production costs to maximize product profitability.
  • Analyze business cases and provide financial support for all future product changes.
  • Support Financial Officer to ensure full compliance with general financial reporting requirements, including financial audits in both Kenya and UK.
  • Support Financial Officer to ensure all monies (including cash) are fully accounted and stored securely.

Customer Financing
  • Liaise with local banks, international MFIs and internal sales team to develop a deep understanding of loan/credit products available to customers in Kenya and East Africa.
  • Identify key partner lending institutions that may offer financing to our customers to purchase Mobius vehicles and determine the financial and non-financial terms of such an engagement.
  • Facilitate the negotiation of attractive end-to-end partnership agreements with select finance institutions and Mobius leadership.
  • Maintain strong relationship with partner financing institutions and work with sales team to ensure potential and current customers have ready access to the appropriate finance channels.

Skills and Certification:

An ideal candidate should be empathetic, passionate, curious, articulate and entrepreneurial with a natural skill to engage with people at a deep level.

They should be rigorous, pragmatic and on-the-ground solution focused – not overly academic.

Required:
  • Bachelor’s Degree (minimum) in Finance, Business, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or similar quantitative subject
  • 3.4 GPA or higher from a top university worldwide
  • 1-2 years’ experience in financial planning and analysis for top tier companies
  • The highest level of integrity and accountability
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and think creatively with a proven track record of execution
  • Exceptional leadership and clear sense of direction
  • Extreme patience and a good sense of humour
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to build strong rapport with others
  • Excellent business acumen, organizational and strategic agility
  • Ability to lead cross-functionally; coordinating, leading and communicating information clearly
  • Exceptional attention to detail and high quality deliverable outputs
  • Ability to analyze and solve complex problems
  • Ability to grasp complex concepts and systems quickly, and express them in simple ways
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment and to remain graceful under pressure
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity and make sense of multiple data sources
  • Ability to take ownership and accountability of project timeline and results
  • Proficiency in Excel, Project, Power Point and Word
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical ability in cross-functional multi-cultural environment; able to define problems, collect relevant data, extract meaning and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to effectively communicate timelines and project progress with both internal and external management teams
  • High sense of drive and urgency in achieving our vision
  • Ability to adapt to a dynamic working environment and work within a diverse team
  • A start-up personality; entrepreneurial, ambitious, independent, systematic attention to detail, structured thinker, goal-oriented, flexible and able to deal well with setbacks

Desired:
  • Master’s degree (or higher) in Business Administration (MBA), Finance, Business, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or similar quantitative subject
  • 3-5 years’ experience in financial planning and analysis for top tier companies
  • Passion for the automotive industry and social enterprise in Africa
  • Fluency in Kiswahili (the national language of Kenya)

How to Apply:

Interested candidates holding the necessary requirements, good performance and / or references are encouraged to apply with detailed CV’s, inclusive of names and contacts of 3 referees, current telephone number and email address by scrolling down and clicking on: Financial Associate


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