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Assistant Accountant, Nairobi, Kenya Job Vacancy

Position Title: Assistant Accountant

Nairobi, Kenya

2 Positions

About Bridge International Academies

Bridge International Academies is a for-profit startup company revolutionizing education across Africa with a unique business model. The company runs a large-scale network of low-cost primary schools in Kenya that significantly outperforms other primary schools in the same areas because of our “school in a box” systems.

Our schools profitably deliver this high-quality education for less than $4 per child per month, which enable the schools to cover all their costs and create a profitable central organization at scale. We have launched 37 schools in Kenya, we will double in size in the next 6 months, and plan to rapidly scale the company to serve more than 1 million students across the continent.

About this position

This is a key role within the finance department whose vision is always to be a valued business supporter providing high quality and timely financial services. Reporting to the Payables Accountant, the job holder will be part of young but professional finance team to achieve excellence within a few months. 

Working closely with finance and business team leaders, the main purpose of this role is to perform day to day processing of accounts payables transactions in the Navision system, undertaking timely reconciliations of payables and enhancing internal controls pertaining to purchase ledger and accounts payables process of the company, identify, review and record financial transactions into Microsoft Dynamics (Navision), measure, classify and verify the financial information and then summarize, interpret and communicate the Accounts Payable information to the Payables Accountant for review.

Key Areas of Responsibilities:

  • Assist to implement procedure in the business to ensure all supplier invoices received are delivered to Accounts Payable upon receipt in the company and maintain an updated register to track movement of all the invoices received in the business until paid and properly filed.
  • Receive and verify invoices and requisitions for goods and services
  • Prepare batches of invoices for data entry into the system.
  • Assist to streamline the purchase to pay process including scheduling of payments as per payment cycles.
  • Prepare all supplier reconciliations and ensuring that reconciling items are resolved within one month.
  • Prepare and maintain a register of all payments made outside the purchasing system.
  • Review, check all invoices and ensure receipt of goods/services is acknowledged by the user departments before invoice processing.
  • Maintain a log of all disputed invoices and report monthly on action taken to resolve them
  • Assist to spearhead automation of payment processes.
  • Assist manage supplier payments by among other things ensuring payments are done as per agreed terms, supplier relations are maintained and improved.
  • Participate in the monthly physical stock take as instructed by the Management.
  • Assist to prepare monthly accrual and prepayment schedules for the purpose of monthly reporting in line with IFRS.
  • Prepare Accounts Payables schedules and other balance sheet schedules for internal, interim and annual audits and timely resolution of any issues raised from internal review or audit.
  • Maintain filing system for all Accounts Payables transactions and ensure there is ease to retrieve them.
About You
  • Intermediate to advanced levels of ACCA/ CIMA or CPA with excellent academic record with a minimum of 2 years work experience in a busy environment.
  • Understanding and use of a well run purchasing and Accounts payable process.
  • Understanding of the International Financial Reporting Standards and their application;
  • Understanding of the tax requirements for payments made;
  • Ability to relate well with both internal and external customers and work in teams;
  • Have a positive approach to ensuring complete customer satisfaction;
  • Highly innovative, with excellent analytical skills and ability to meet strict deadlines
  • Experience of working with medium to high exposure of business analysis, communication and support for large and fast growing profit oriented organizations.
  • High integrity, IT literacy and excellent attention to details.
  • Ability to plan and manage own workload in order to harmonize work flows and meet tight deadlines.
  • Excellent spreadsheet skills and proficiency with Microsoft Dynamics (Navision) version 2009
  • Ability to use initiative and creative thinking to anticipate issues and develop common sense and practical solutions.
  • Proactive and self motivated with excellent communication skills
  • Confident and flexible team player with great ability to work closely with non finance team members within a multicultural environment.
  • A “finisher” with the genuine drive and commitment to produce the highest quality work and to deliver technical expertise at all times.
  • Passionate about children and education in Africa.
The deadline for submission of applications is Thursday 21 October 2011

CVs and applications must be uploaded via the Careers page at
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