Projects Control Officer Job in Kenya

Job Title: Projects Control Officer

Hiring Organization: BURN
Location – Locality: Nairobi
Location – Region: Kenya
Industry: Manufacturing
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: KES Competitive
Date Posted: 03/13/2024

About the Role:

BURN is seeking a versatile and skilled professional to take on the combined role of Finance and Projects Analyst. In this dual capacity, the successful candidate will play a pivotal role in both the Finance Team and the Project Management Office (PMO), collaborating with the Commercial, Manufacturing, and Project Management teams. The role involves analyzing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) related to financial metrics, overseeing various aspects of project planning, execution, and closure, and ensuring cost efficiency and adherence to budget.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Financial Analysis:

  • Act as a “Business Partner” between Corporate Finance, Product Creation teams, Corporate Manufacturing groups, and sales teams.
  • Analyse trends in KPIs, especially those related to financial metrics like sales, expenditures, profit margin, delinquency, collections, and inventory days.
  • Preparation and monitoring of unit economics, including calculating cost variances.
  • Monitor commercial team KPIs and identify the causes of unexpected variances.
  • Determine standard costs and investigate variances with actual costs.
  • Estimate product costs for existing and new products.
  • Prepare cost of goods sold and production reports.
  • Provide detailed reports periodically and ad-hoc for the full life cycle of the products.
  • Suggest cost-reducing or profitable solutions.
  • Divisional Profitability Reporting – Provide visibility to divisional contribution to overall company profitability.
  • Product Line Profitability, Reporting & Analysis – Create accessible profitability reporting.
  • Prepare monthly operations variance analysis reports for all relevant cost lines.

Projects Control:

  • Develop and maintain project budgets, ensuring alignment with overall company financial goals.
  • Audit items to be delivered under projects.
  • Review weekly and monthly time tracking reports for irregularities.
  • Ensure proper approval of invoices before payment.
  • Record drawdowns accurately.
  • Maintain ongoing cost-to-complete forecasts.
  • Regularly compare actual expenses with the budgeted amounts.
  • Look for discrepancies, inconsistencies, or unexpected variations.
  • Investigate any deviations promptly to understand their root causes.
  • Track project expenditures against the budget.
  • Identify potential cost overruns or savings opportunities.
  • Analyse financial data and prepare regular cost performance reports.
  • Mitigate cost risks and recommend process improvements.
  • Ensure compliance with cost terms in project contracts.

Skills and Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or Certified Public Accountant (CPA)/MBA.
  • 3+ years’ experience as a Sales & Cost analyst.
  • Proven experience as a cost analyst or similar role.
  • Strong analytical skills and familiarity with business and financial principles.
  • Excellent communication and outstanding organizational skills.
  • Experience in data, operational, and financial analysis.
  • Strong technology expertise, including proficiency with Microsoft Excel and experience with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.
  • Strong understanding of project management principles and methodologies (e.g., Agile, Hybrid & predictive Framework).
  • Proficient in financial modelling and analysis tools (e.g., Excel, Power BI).
  • Strong understanding of accounting with Business/Finance acumen.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • ACCA/CPA and CAPM/PRINCE2 certifications are highly desirable.
  • Experience with an ERP or Accounting systems.
  • Strong understanding of the EVM in project management.

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