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Business Support Manager, Nairobi, Kenya Job Vacancy

Position Title: Business Support Manager

Nairobi, Kenya

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, 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 and working very closely with all heads of department.

The finance department vision is to always be a valued business partner providing high quality and timely financial services. Reporting to the Head of Finance and Administration, the job holder will play a major role in building effective and value adding budgeting, business planning and models, analytical and reporting systems and tools that provide scheduled and on demand information, trends and business reports and ratios that help to plan and interpret business results and decision impacts on a continuous basis. 

Working closely with finance and business team leaders, the individual should be a hands on and strategic player who is able to identify and deal with issues at the micro and macro business unit levels.

Key Areas of Responsibilities:

  • Development of tailor made reports and analysis within the Navision account schedules and dimensions in line with standard and non routine demands of the finance and non finance team leaders
  • Constant monitoring of profitability and balance sheet ratios and trends and offer insights that assist decisions to help achieve anticipated results and returns on investment.
  • Build appropriate tools to ensure quick feedback to operations department even with high growth of business projects and activities
  • Initiate, train staff and implement ABC budgeting systems and budgetary control and reporting across the business
  • Develop short to long term business planning and synchronize this within the business reporting and activity cycles with high engagement of operations team leaders. User friendly planning and reporting will be a key requirement
  • Analyse costs and revenue drivers and support business leaders in their day to day decisions
  • Train managers on financial aspects
  • Enhance technology based systems within Microsoft Dynamics ERP to anchor business information and decision support
  • Champion continuous improvement projects in a structured way and seek opportunities to increase efficiency of the finance and administrative operations
  • Provide leadership to a small team in the business support function to ensure best in class systems and value adding outputs form the team.
About you
  • Qualified accountant with ACCA/ CIMA or CPA, business degree from a reputable university and excellent academic and professional record
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in a manufacturing, supply chain or other environments that has provided excellent skills in building and managing enduring and value adding business support functions with ability to supervise and develop a small team of professional staff
  • Experience of financial reporting and consolidation in a complex multinational organization, or of the internal or statutory audit of such organizations
  • 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 detail
  • People skills and superior presentation abilities is a major requirement
  • Excellent awareness of current technical accounting and reporting requirements and the ability to apply these requirements in a pragmatic and commercial manner
  • Ability to plan and manage own workload and coach/mentor team members 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 closing date to submit applications will is Thursday 20th October 2011.

CVs and applications must be uploaded via the Careers page at
 where detailed profiles are available.

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