Financial Controller

Location: Lusaka, Lusaka, Zambia

Department: Finance

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Manager/Supervisor

Job Description: Financial Controller

Location:  Lusaka, Zambia
Application Deadline: Rolling

Position: Full-time

Team: General & Administration: Finance

Compensation: Competitive salary & benefits commensurate with education and experience. One year renewable contract with 3 months probation.
 

We are building a diverse and inclusive team and  this opportunity is open to any qualified internal and external applicants. Women as well as candidates from Africa and those with experience working on the continent are particularly encouraged to apply for this role.

 

About Fenix

 

Fenix International is a next-generation energy and technology company. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of our customers through inclusive energy and financial services. Our flagship product, Fenix Power, is a modular, lease-to-own solar home system financed through affordable installments from just $0.11 per day. We use real-time transaction data to create a next-generation credit score to finance power upgrades and other life-changing loans, unlocking modern financial services for our customers. To date, Fenix has sold over 500,000 Solar Home Systems in Uganda, Zambia, Cote d'Ivoire, Benin, Nigeria and Mozambique, bringing clean, reliable power for lights, phones, radios, TV and much more to over 2,500,000 people.

In early 2018, Fenix joined forces with ENGIE, one of the world's largest energy companies and a leader in the move to renewable, decentralised and digital energy. This has allowed Fenix to Ensuring strategic alignment of the Fenix Zambia Learning and Development Goals  with business goals and make significant commercial investments to accelerate the path to our mission, via new markets and innovative products. Together, Fenix and ENGIE are making universal access to modern energy a reality.

 

Job Description

The Controller will be responsible for overseeing the accounting department and ensuring timely financial reporting to Fenix Zambia and Fenix Global management teams. The Controller will report directly to the Director of Operations & Finance and work closely with Global Operations Finance Team. The Controller’s main responsibilities include managing and coaching of the team, building a culture of professionalism and integrity, and ensuring proper and timely reporting of financial statements to Zambia and Global management. The Controller will also have great impact on the overall strategy of Fenix Zambia by working closely with all other Department Heads on monthly budget to actual reporting and with the Managing Director and Global team on cash flow management and budgeting strategies.

 

Due to the sensitive nature of this role and financial information, we expect the highest levels of professionalism, dependability, and integrity.

 

We are looking for a highly motivated, experienced professional who is excited by the Fenix mission and aligned with our values.

 

Key Responsibilities

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage, train and coach a team of 4-10 employees;
  • Live by and set a team culture in line with our values around integrity and professionalism;
  • Ensure month-end close and submission of monthly reporting package to Zambia and Global management within 5 business days;
  • Ensure completion of month-end reconciliations within 10 business days;
  • Coordinate with Global team to ensure proper recording and reconciliation of complex revenue accounting, intercompany transactions, and debt facilities;
  • Ensure annual financial statements are complete and accurate and proper reporting to internal and external parties;
  • Create and manage Zambia financial and budget reporting - provide clear monthly reports to the management team on performance to budget, cash flow projections, and risks, and monthly MD&A reporting;
  • Manage relationships with external auditor and completion of financial statement audits;
  • Own the preparation of annual income tax return with 3rd party consultants;
  • Assess & implement operational accounting processes and policies, best operational accounting practices, purchasing guidelines, and financial reporting processes; and
  • Perform other tasks as required by the Director of Operations & Finance or other members of the Fenix Zambia or Global management teams.

 

Qualifications & Experience 

  • Degree in Finance or Accounting
  • 7 years experience in Accounts and strong experience managing teams and ownership over financial statement close process and preparation / review of financial statements
  • ZICA or ACCA qualified
  • Member of ZICA

Required Skills

  • Strong integrity, professionalism and responsibility
  • Team management and coaching
  • Ability to work independently, take ownership of and manage ongoing responsibilities;
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills (English)
  • Experience working in accounting systems, ideally SAP
  • Shared values for a triple bottom line and a passion for Fenix and our customers!

To Apply

 

Please submit your resume and cover letter through the job posting at www.fenixintl.com/careers/.

 

In your cover letter, please be sure to highlight the following:

  1. Why you are interested in Fenix International, and
  2. What excites you about this particular role.

Fenix offers a competitive salary and a fun, fast-paced and high-growth work environment. We recognize the value of diversity in our workforce, and encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We thank all candidates who choose to apply, however, only those selected for a further interview will be contacted.

 

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