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Officer, Finance at Bridge International Academies
Nairobi, KE

The Officer, Finance plays a critical part of the daily financial life of all Support office functions by ensuring that there is a constant link between the Kenya office and the Finance Service Centre in India. The role ensures the smooth running of financial aspects of the business from recording pupil receipts to receipt of payment, managing payments, compliance to preparation of management reports.

What You Will Do

  • Think strategically and proactively about Bridge International Academies’ financial direction.
  • Review and approve journals entries and adjustments prepared by Finance Shared Service team before they are posted into the accounting system.
  • Uploading fees payment in pupils accounts and reconciling back to bank statements daily.
  • Resolution of pupils’ accounts issues on a timely basis and recommending improvements to the process to avoid recurrence.
  • Work with Revenue Assurance team and ensure revenue reconciliation between systems and its completeness.
  • Ensure that academy leases are renewed on time.
  • Reviewing payments requests from Finance shared Service team before approval by Director, Finance.
  • Responsible for maintaining and reporting on all academy repairs, actual spend and budget.
  • Management of general ledger accounts and ensuring that all postings are correctly captured department wise.
  • Drive financial period closing, preparation of monthly financial statements, reconciliations, reports and management notes with the Finance Shared Service.
  • Preparation of Finance weekly dashboard.
  • Coordinate stock taking on a quarterly basis and reconciliation between actual inventory held and the Inventory ledger, investigating any variances and recommending action.
  • Compiling Fixed assets listing for Insurance purposes, ensuring that additions and deletions are done on time in the accounting system and communicated to insurance company for adjustment.
  • Coordinating the raising of insurance claims and following up to ensure timely closure.
  • Filing of VAT & WHT returns on monthly basis and ensure payments are made on time when due.
  • Ensure timely payment of payroll statutory and other deductions, for example PAYE, NSSF NHIF, Sacco etc. and filing of returns where required by Finance Shared Service.
  • Assist the Director, Finance in managing statutory audit by ensuring that schedules are prepared on time, audit queries resolved timely in order to mitigate audit overruns.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What You Should Have

  • A degree in Accounts, Finance, Economics or a related field
  • CPA K with excellent academic record
  • At least 4 years’ relevant work experience in investment banking or corporate finance/accounting; should be used to highly rigorous, complex financial analysis
  • Understanding and use of a well-run purchasing and Accounts payable process
  • Understanding of the tax requirements for payments made
  • Excellent excel skills and proficiency with Microsoft Dynamics (Navision)
  • Experience working closely with a company to build financial and operating models at a deep level, particularly on a multi-country level.
  • Extraordinary attention to detail and highly driven, ambitious attitude towards work.
  • Strategic financial thinker with an eye for identifying metrics that matter for a business.
  • Ability to relate well with both internal and external customers and work in teams.
  • Have a positive approach to ensuring complete customer satisfaction.
  • Highly innovative, with excellent analytical skills and ability to meet strict deadlines.
  • High integrity, IT literacy and excellent attention to details
  • Ability to plan, manage own workload in order to meet tight deadlines.
  • 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. 

You’re also

  • A detailed doer - You have a track record of getting things done. You’re organized and responsive. You take ownership of every idea you touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. You can multi-task dozens of such projects at once and never lose sight of the details. Likely, you have some experience in a startup or other rapid-growth company.
  • A creative problem-solver - Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, Bridge works in often fragile, sometimes volatile low-resource communities and with complex government systems. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand.
  • A relentless advocate - The children we serve and teachers we empower never leave your mind. You know them, get them, have shared a meal with them (or would be happy to in the future). You would never shrink back from shaking a parent’s hand or picking up a crying child, no matter what the person was wearing or looked like. Every decision you make considers their benefit, experience, and value.
  • A malleable learner - You believe you can always do better. You welcome constructive criticism and provide it freely to others. You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where you’ve missed things or failed today.
  • A data-driven decision-maker - When making decisions, you don’t rely your intuition alone. You collect data, you analyze it and make decisions with clear justifications.
  • A curious investigator - You ask why a lot. You don’t just take what you see and accept it. You wonder why it is that way, and are aware that the world we see is created by human choices and actions - and it could be different. You wonder, and see the world as wonderful even when you want to change a part of it that is unjust.