Global Financial Operations Associate (French Speaker)

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Department: Finance

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Entry Level

About Fenix

Fenix International is a next-generation energy company. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of our customers through inclusive energy and financial services. To date, Fenix has sold over 400,000 Solar Home Systems across Africa, bringing clean, reliable power for lights, phones, radios, TV and much more to over 2 million people.

Our flagship product is the ReadyPay Solar Power System - one of the world’s most affordable and accessible sources of power to those living off-grid. Providing phone charging, lights, radios, and even TVs, ReadyPay is available from just $0.40 per-day and financed over 18-months via Mobile Money platforms. We pride ourselves on generating financing plans that are flexible, inclusive and affordable to ensure the greatest reach and impact.

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 make significant commercial investments to accelerate the path to our mission, via new markets - Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria - and innovative products. Together, Fenix and ENGIE are making universal access to modern energy a reality.


Job Description

Fenix is looking for an experienced, highly motivated and disciplined Global Financial Operations Associate with a passion for entrepreneurship, renewable energy, and financial inclusion as well as relevant experience in financial operations & accounting. This position is a unique leadership role in a fast-paced start up at the front lines of renewable energy and mobile payment technology.

The Global Financial Operations Associate will report directly to the Global Financial Operations Manager as well as collaborate with other directors to manage the Accounting Team and ensure timely and accurate reporting as well as implement processes and controls to ensure best practices and adherence to global accounting standards and tax laws.

Key Responsibilities

Support existing expansion markets

  • Help to oversee and assist countries with all monthly reporting and analysis
  • Review completion of financial reconciliations and inventory management

Contribute to setting up financial operations in new markets

  • Help in hiring talent
  • Set up finance systems &  processes
  • Put in place monthly reporting & tools to provide insights
  • Mentor & train Country professionals

Support country operation teams

  • Assist & monitor inventory deliveries
  • Provide support to country operations teams with production & inventory tracking
  • Examine opportunities to increase efficiency, communication & systems between teams

Assist Director of Finance to improve SAP ERP system post roll out by rolling out new modules, reporting and dashboards

  • Roll out API, ensuring correct data capture between Fenix DB and SAP on a daily basis and creating Tableau reporting to test and validate API
  • Roll out Materials Planning module in SAP, coordinating closely with the operations team to better forecast and execute inventory ordering
  • Roll out Budgeting and Forecasting module in SAP, coordinating closely with country leads and department heads to enable annual team budgeting and forecasting within SAP
  • Develop and roll out Hana dashboard reporting to take the place of EBITDA reporting via an interactive daily sales/COGS report along with weekly expense estimates
  • Develop additional custom reporting both in SAP and Tableau to support global and country teams

Participate in global financial reporting activities, including:

  • Oversee monthly financial reporting including financial reporting for war room, steering committee and ad hoc financial reporting.
  • Oversee budget and forecast vs. actual reporting, coordinating with global department heads and country teams to assess and respond to differences
  • Oversee compilation weekly EBITDA tracking tools across all specific new markets
  • Maintain and improve Fenix Chart of Accounts across all operations
  • Assist in conducting at least 3 strategic analysis initiatives to help improve Fenix operations, cash flow management, tax & accounting


Required Skills & Experience

  • B.A or B.S in Accounting or Business
  • Significant leadership and management experience in operational finance, preferably as a Controller or in Budgeting and Forecasting
  • Advanced proficiency in accounting software tools
  • Experience with enterprise resource planning systems
  • Advanced quantitative analysis skills and proficiency in excel
  • Ability to manage a multicultural team of financial operations staff
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills (English), French required
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and collaborative nature
  • Attention to detail, strategic thinker
  • A passion for Fenix and our customers!


Highly Desired Skills

  • Higher level certifications in accounting or finance
  • Work experience in a multinational company or financial institution, preferably with operations in Africa
  • Experience with risk assessment and loan portfolio health evaluation methodologies
  • Understanding of rural BOP markets, microfinance, mobile telecom and/or renewable energy industries in East Africa


To Apply

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

Fenix offers a competitive salary, equity and a fun 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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