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(Jobs in Kenya) Director, Finance at Bridge International

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Bridge International Academies is the world’s largest education innovation company serving the 700 million families who live on less than $2 USD per day. We strive to provide the highest quality education product to the more than 100,000 students who attend Bridge’s more than 400 nursery and primary schools across emerging markets in Africa and (soon to open) in Asia The first Bridge International Academy opened in the Mukuru slum in Nairobi, Kenya in 2009. Today there are hundreds and Bridge continues to expand across Africa and Asia. With a mission of Knowledge for all, Bridge plans to educate 10,000,000 children across a dozen countries by 2025.

About the Role

The Finance Director holds a critically important role at Bride Kenya as the executive leading all Finance activities for the programme. The role holder will provide financial leadership to build world-class financial infrastructure for the business. This includes the design and development of financial systems, policies, procedures, taking into account current and fast-growing high-volume transactions, headcount, numbers of geographically distributed business units, and the operations of a multi-country global brand.

The Finance Director is also able to dive deep into details and think at the ground level. He/she should be able to play offense as a business and systems thinker – scalability of the platform, improvements to unit economic and scaling model, global shared services – as well as defense – dealing with leakage, fraud prevention, and air-tight controls in challenging operating environments. The Director, Finance will report directly to the Managing director and is a core member of the leadership team.

What You Will Do

  • Build and develop systems – set up highly efficient financial systems that take into account the highly technical payment, cash management, payroll and financial operating systems of  a geographically distributed multi-unit operation. These systems need to be highly efficient or automated, data-driven, transparent and appropriate for emerging market conditions.
  • Develop financial and non-financial key performance indicators and the appropriate reporting to assess financial and operational performance across the Company.
  • Ensure that systems and controls are in place to minimize and mitigate risk of fraud/leakage, as well as proactively audit key functions and accounts.
  • Support business growth strategies by forecasting and assessing the financial impact of key decisions.
  • Maintain budgetary oversight at country-level of all departments within Kenya; work closely with managers and senior executives on budgeting and forecast processes.
  • Management reporting, ensure monthly management reports for group reporting and local reporting  are submitted on time with variance analysis reports and notes.
  • Risk Management, ensure the company complies with all local statutory requirements, and insurance policies are in place to safeguard company assets.
  • Management of accounts receivables locally, ensure accuracy of pupils accounts.
  • Manage the external audit process for financial statements; ensure that the Company is in compliance with internal policies and relevant regulations.
  • Support investor reporting in provision of relevant financial information for the programme.
  • Lead the department in recruiting and retaining top staff; manage the development of staff through performance management processes.
  • Other duties as assigned by the managing director or Chief Finance Officer.

What You Should Have

  • At least 10 years of experience within finance/ corporate finance, including experience as Finance Director
  • Deep experience leading and managing the financial operations and strategy for a Company with hyper-growth and complex challenges across a broad scope of work
  • Degree in a business/finance-related field – e.g. accounting, MBA with a record of top academic performance from a top-tier elite institution.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or equivalent and a member of a professional body in good standing
  • Strong background in financial management (systems) with a thorough understanding of financial regulations.
  • Experience leading Finance for fast-growth, rapidly-scaling companies is strongly preferred
  • Experience working with remote finance operations – shared services is an added advantage.
  • Confident and flexible team player with great ability to work closely with non-finance team members within a multicultural environment
  • Success operating in environments with a high risk of fraud and leakage, particularly in emerging markets.
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