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Financial Controller ESA

Job Category:Finance
Location: Kenya, Nairobi
Job ID: 814043
Division: Finance

Job Profile:

Workgroup's Purpose:

SMSG Finance provides business insight and analysis to better enable short and long-term decision making along with driving predictable and reliable business rhythm controls and processes. SMSG Finance is a place where people are empowered, enabled and inspired to become leaders and top performers.

Job’s Purpose:

This position is responsible for the looking after the revenue performance for the ESA region (Angola, Kenya, and Rest of ESA). The position is responsible for financial leadership in variance analysis, benchmarking, planning and forecasting of the ESA region as well as reporting requirements. 

Further, this position supports 3 Country Managers and their respective sales Excellence Teams by providing value add analysis and support in decision making process around topics such as revenue, marketing campaign and other resources deployments etc.

Core Job Responsibilities:

1. Business Execution - Drive high quality execution in the core processes of Financial Planning & Analysis, Statutory Accounting & Tax, Controls & Compliance and Sarbanes Oxley. Direct ownership of Controls & Compliance within the subsidiary - working closely with the WECA C&C Manager. These core processes are fundamental platforms that support the rhythms of the business and financial controls across the subsidiary.

2. Operational Excellence: Deliver timely and accurate information to leadership teams. Provide meaningful analysis to linkage operational metrics and Revenue performance.
Ensure Data Quality targets are achieved, or data anomalies flagged for resolution. Ensure Microsoft ESA financial reporting around revenue delivers information at the right level of depth and in a timely manner.

Forecasting: perform with the business, on a quarterly basis, a forecast to improve the forward looking view of the business focusing on the sales process from pipeline to revenue recognition. Drive and support a robust forecasting process, with risks and sensitivities and underlying assumptions identified - coordinate input, flag anomalies & ensure data is consistent. Understand the systems, policies & processes that create the numbers and drive best practice to ensure that forecasting is as accurate as possible.

Budget Planning and MYR: Be a key contributor to the business leads during Mid-Year Review around the story telling of the region and the investment needed to maximize the ROI.
  • Budget Planning: Drive the Fiscal year Billed through Net Revenue Planning process (process, analysis, target setting, modeling, and planning execution). Own business management with data analysis and reports to ensure efficient and effective review of subsidiary planned and actual revenue for executive decision making and adherence to the targets.
  • MYR: Drive the Billed/Net Revenue MYR analysis as well as the Long range planning revenue process/framework in partnership with segments leads.
Growth: Lead the segment discussion in delivering a solid growth framework built on key business drivers - in conjunction with the segment leads.

3. Outsourced Partner Relationship Management - Establish and develop close working relationships with the outsourced transactional accounting service provider, Accenture, based in Chennai (India). The ESA subsidiary is directly supported by an Assistant Financial Controller and his team in the areas of Record to Report and Procure to Pay. This is a key service provider for the business and the FC is responsible for ensuring the stability and service levels of this relationship, in conjunction with the Microsoft Finance Operations (FinOps).

4. Business Insight - Manage the monthly management accounting close process and provide a timely, end to end view of Revenue and Management P&L performance against forecast and budget, and deliver insights to support resource deployment and ROI decisions across all businesses and segments within the subsidiary.

5. Employee Development & Organizational Health -Responsible for leading a team and managing the team’s professional development objectives. Partnering with key stakeholders to ensure training and development opportunities are available. Develop & implement management frameworks for addressing Work Health Index and driving consistent gains year over year. Develop coaching plans, implement formal mentoring partnerships, and develop performance enhancement plans where needed. Responsible for building succession plans and contributing to the career development of the broader Finance team.

6. Microsoft Climate & Culture: Partner and contribute to global Finance initiatives to foster management excellence and an environment of business impact, continuous learning and career development.

7. Team work: Effectively lead the finance discussion with the business by providing the necessary education and insight on the business performance and contributing to the efficiency of the Finance team by proposing out of the box thinking.


This position has frequent interaction with the Country Manager, Sr Controllers, HR and MEA HQ Finance team.

Qualifications/ Requirements:
  • Chartered Accountant or equivalent
  • Minimum 5/10 years of demonstrated work experience in finance and business management
  • A demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively (oral and written), establish trust quickly, and create win-win situations.
  • Experience in working in multiple organizations with emphasis on communicating and decision making with demonstrated ability to work under pressure
  • Experience with business processes and systems should include systems development, planning, forecasting, order processing, invoicing, credit, collection and sales credit tracking.
  • Experience in the design, implementation and monitoring of internal controls and compliance.
  • Strong understanding and experience in multinational financial operations with good understanding of US GAAP and local statutory requirements.
  • Strong management skills and demonstrated ability to drive the effective implementation of procedures and policies to support operational business requirements across regional and organizational boundaries.
  • Team player with ability to manage cross group and cross country boundaries.
  • Highly developed analytical and organizational skills
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office
  • Past demonstration on results achievements and drive change characteristicsPast demonstration on results achievements and drive change characteristics

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