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Payroll Accountant, Nairobi, Kenya Job Vacancy

Position Title: Payroll Accountant

Nairobi, Kenya

1 Position

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. The vision of the department is to always be a valued business supporter providing high quality and timely financial services.

Reporting to the Payroll Manager, the job holder will play a major role in strengthening payroll services in the company.

Working closely with school operations, HR and Microsoft Dynamics Navision) ERP Manager, the position holder will create a systematic approach to payroll data gathering, analysis of bi-monthly payroll changes, input of payroll data into Microsoft Dynamics (Navision) payroll module and submission of payroll outputs to the department heads, finance and HR for authorization.

Key Areas of Responsibilities:
  • Understand the business and specific operations that generate payroll data, tracking and reporting payroll inputs and outputs into the Navision system
  • Review existing payroll systems, documentation and procedures and build improved systems to cope with increasing staff levels across the country.
  • Set up clear and well developed payroll data, control and process cycles that will guarantee accuracy, confidentiality, timeliness and audit trails of payroll functions and reports
  • Serving as key control review point for all items entering the payroll system and ensure appropriate allocation of payroll costs to departments for analysis and reporting purposes
  • Development of tailor made reports and analysis within the Navision payroll module and account schedules and dimensions in line with standard and non routine demands of the finance and non finance team leaders
  • Observe and monitor compliance to weekly and monthly payroll cycles and strict deadlines
  • Preparation of monthly payroll related statutory returns assuring compliance to all monthly, quarterly and annual reporting, payments and submission deadlines
  • Lead the preparation of payroll audit files for compliance, internal and external audits
  • Reconcile payroll control accounts on a timely basis
  • Attend to staff queries and reporting needs of payroll services within standard confidentiality limits
  • Build appropriate tools to ensure smooth payroll operations even with high growth of staff and consequent transactions payroll service demand from the business
About you
  • Foundation to Intermediate levels of ACCA/ CIMA or CPA with excellent academic record and a minimum of 2-3 years work experience in a busy payroll environment with at least 300 full time employees
  • Experience in building robust payroll systems in a large organization with proven skills in handling payroll activities and consistently meeting tight payroll deadlines. Experience in a busy HR environment will be preferred.
  • High integrity with natural ability to maintain confidentiality and presence of mind when handling payroll and staff matters
  • Good communication and presentation skills and high proficiency with multiple details
  • Excellent awareness of statutory compliance issues in Kenya and general awareness of labour law and practices
  • Ability to plan and manage own workload and coach/mentor team members in order to harmonize work flows and meet tight deadlines
  • Excellent hands on MS office suite skills and proficiency with Microsoft Dynamics (Navision) version 2009 will be advantageous
  • 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
  • Possession of a current certificate of good conduct will be required before the person is hired
  • 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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