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Senior Financial Associate Job in Kenya

Job Title: Senior Financial Associate
 
Description: Our client designs, manufactures and sells highly durable, highly affordable vehicles for Africa’s mass market. 

Our vehicles create a transport platform that empowers local entrepreneurs to run profitable transportation services to end-users in their communities.

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

Reporting to the Finance Director, the successful candidate will be responsible for providing support in financial systems development and customer financing partnerships as defined but not limited to the following responsibilities:

Responsibilities

Financial Systems
  • Support financial planning activities, including development of annual financial forecasts, quarterly budget reforecasts and monthly budget versus actuals.
  • Assist in creating and maintaining 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.
  • Prepare supporting financial materials for future Board of Directors meetings.
  • Provide financial analysis and support as required for investor communications.
  • Provide day-to-day analytical support for critical operating decisions and efficiency studies.
  • Assess and manage financial risks that may affect the business.
  • Support the management of both overhead budgets and production costs to maximise product profitability.
  • Analyse business cases and provide financial support for all future product changes.
  • Monitor and interpret cash flows and predict future trends.
  • Develop external relationships with appropriate finance contacts, e.g. auditors, lawyers, bankers and statutory organisations such as Kenya Revenue Authority.
  • Keep abreast of changes in financial reporting standards and ensure full compliance with general financial reporting requirements, including financial audits in both Kenya and UK.
  • Conduct reviews and evaluations for cost reduction opportunities in all areas of the company.
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 our clients 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 the client’s 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.
Qualifications
 
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 focussed – not overly academic.

Required
  • Bachelors Degree (minimum) in Finance, Business, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or similar quantitative subject
  • 3.4 GPA or higher from a top university worldwide
  • 2-3 years experience in financial planning and analysis for top tier companies
  • Professional training and qualification as a CPA, ACCA or CISA
  • 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, organisational and strategic agility
  • Exceptional attention to detail and high quality deliverable outputs
  • Ability to analyse 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 take ownership and accountability of project timeline and results
  • Proficiency in Excel, Project, Power Point and Word
  • 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
  • Masters degree (or higher) in Business Administration (MBA), Finance, Business, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or similar quantitative subject
  • 4+ 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)
If you are a motivated and energetic individual who takes initiative, kindly send in your application to kazini.kenya@gmail.com and indicate “SENIOR FINANCIAL ASSOCIATE” in the subject line by Sunday 22nd February 2015.


Kindly note: Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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