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Chief Accountant Job in Kenya

We are a transportation specialist company that handles all forms of overland transportation requirements and we are looking to add to our team an energetic, proactive, results-oriented driven leader to take up the mantle as Chief Accountant.
Job Summary: The job holder shall play a central role of ensuring compliance with corporate, finance and accounting policies, business controls, procedures and reporting, providing sound business decision-making support to other senior members of the organization through the accurate monitoring, reporting and analysing of financial results and projections, and providing timely proactive financial evaluation, information and advice that enable the operations to develop and execute effective plans and take informed decisions
Main Duties

The following duties and responsibilities are attributed to this position:
  • Providing timely proactive financial evaluation, information and advice that enables the Company operations to develop and facilitates the execution of effective plans and the taking of informed decisions
  • Interacting with and providing support to personnel in other departments so as to ensure seamless resolution of issues
  • Preparing annual financial accounts, in compliance with local Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
  • Preparing monthly management accounts and reviewing support schedules
  • Monitoring and analyzing financial reports and records and pro-actively identifying issues and initiating corrective actions where needed
  • Reconciling company assets and analysis of utilization
  • Preparation of debtor’s reports
  • Trucking income Variance analysis and explanations
  • Preparation of creditor’s reports
  • Maintaining adequate systems of internal controls needed to safeguard assets, ensuring accurate financial reporting and compliance with policies and procedures
  • Negotiating exchange rates with various banks
  • Preparation of supplier payments and reconciliations
  • Ensuring accurate calculation, payment and submission of company statutory deductions in a timely manner and as per the relevant legislation
  • Ensuring withholding tax is properly calculated and remitted on behalf of third parties
  • Coordinating, preparing and submitting statutory returns and payments
  • Managing and reviewing audits of VAT returns and subsequent refund claims from URA as per the VAT Act
  • Exercising sound management and leadership skills and principles
  • Ensuring a strong focus on people development and continuously developing potential of staff through training and mentoring
  • Monitoring the productivity and effectiveness of direct reports
  • Keeping staff informed and assisting them when required
  • Developing and maintaining liaison with tax advisors and government officials
  • Providing internal and external auditors with all assistance as required
  • Any other duties as may be allocated from time to time
Academic & Professional Qualifications 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Finance/Business or equivalent
  • Full ACCA/CIMA/CPA (K) CA/ACA/equivalent qualification
  • Membership to recognized professional accounting body
Skills & Work Experience 
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience in the Clearing and Forwarding industrty
  • Working knowledge of information systems / accounting software (ideally ERP)
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite of Packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)
  • Knowledge of financial control and cost accounting practices, including preparation of management accounts, budgets, reconciliations
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and team working skills
  • Ability to set up systems and internal controls
  • Flexibility to travel to subsidiary/other locations on assignment
Personal Qualities & Behavioral Traits 
  • Integrity
  • Strong ethical values
  • High initiative
  • Excellent communication skills (written and spoken English)
  • Attentive to detail
  • Informed
  • Proactive
  • Trustworthy
  • Flexible
  • Resilient
  • Fluent written and spoken English and Kiswahili
  • Stress tolerance, adaptability and able to work additional hours during peak periods in order to meet deadlines and commitments
  • Meticulous planning and organizing skills
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and analysis skills
  • Strong interpersonal, problem-solving, negotiation, planning and administration skills
  • No-nonsense approach to work, common sense and logical thinking
  • Excellent presentation, organizational and multi-tasking skills
  • High levels of discretion when handling confidential information
How to Apply

Interested qualified candidates are encouraged to send their updated CVs to the following email address: 

Please note that CVs shall be shortlisted on a first-come-first-served basis. 

While we appreciate all applications we regret that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

Please note that CVs shall be shortlisted on a first-come-first-served basis.

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