VP of Finance

  • TalentintheCloud
  • Remote
  • 04 Sep, 2020
Full time FinTech

Job Description

A hyper-growth, ambitious group of companies has successfully built numerous strategic business units across different sectors in multiple Pan African locations. With a mission to become the number one in their space and to push their expansion further across Africa, they are looking to appoint a dynamic VP of Finance to drive excellence across the company and its various entities.

Their VP of Finance will be part of our clients C-suite and would be responsible for scaling revenue lines up from tens of millions of dollars to hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue. Serving as the right hand to the CEO, the VP of Finance will come with a vision for flawless execution, discipline and consistent repeatability across the cross-functional teams. The role is split into 2 verticals, the VP of Finance can expect to spend 50% of their time in a more traditional 360’ finance role and the other 50% will be spent working with the General Managers (CEOs) of Strategic Business Units, using world-class finance and operational models to drive maturity across project management, business operations, customer services, sales and product implementation.

The ideal candidate would be innovative, with a good tolerance for ambiguity, a passion for mentorship and the ability to cut through complex issues and hit the problem areas with lightning speed. In what can be described as an extremely ‘data-driven’ environment their Vp of Finance will come from a strong technical background with experience leading teams within technology companies.


Main Responsibilities:

  • Working with the Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director, overseeing execution of all aspects of the business, by defining the processes, measuring it and driving the spirit of continuous improvement. Driving the implementation of the company’s strategy, company-wide – turning the strategy into reality through world-class excellence in execution
  • Directing all aspects of accounting operations, overseeing all transactions related to general ledger, receivables, payables, payroll and financial reporting
  • Implementing finance and operating systems, establishing and implementing policies, directives, procedures and OKRs to support the overall corporate strategy. Including designing scorecards and leading a culture of a data-driven organisation, obsessed with measuring key aspects in order to continuously improve with an aim to be the global ‘best’ in class
  • Leading the Central Finance/Operations Team and Group Finance/Operations
  • Supporting the businesses in executing the requirements and obligations of the company in the context of all customer agreements and SLAs
  • Working with the Financial Controller to drive the implementation of the company budget through the SBUs, using the shared services operations
  • Setting up continuous improvements to the company organogram, and instituting the appropriate performance  management models that reinforce the company’s culture and values whilst driving productivity to create a performance-driven culture
  • Executive in charge of the Delivery Ops, Customer Service, and Value Services Team
  • Analyzing business’’s financial results with respect to profits, trends, costs and compliance with budgets. Issue regular status and ad hoc reports to senior management
  • Providing strategic guidance around capital financing options to support business growth needs
  • Developing and coordinating all relationships with lending/financial institutions
  • Developing and maintaining all necessary accounting policies and systems, including general ledger and financial reporting. Ensuring that records are maintained in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Oversee contract bookkeeper
  • Assisting senior management in financial planning and results management. Work with other team members to understand revenue and cost drivers and define appropriate reports for tracking
  • Managing all tax planning and compliance with all required federal, state, local, payroll, property and other applicable taxes
  • Interacting with venture capital partners and board of directors


Mandatory Requirements / Qualifications:

  • MBA from a globally recognised institution would be an added advantage
  • Understanding of key geographics (Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania) and macro-economic issues
  • Must be commercially minded with excellent people skills, but very firm
  • Obsessed about repeatability, punctuality, organisation, predictability and controls
  • Deep insight into industry and key geographical markets including customer trends and competition
  • Exposure to global tech companies and experience working in a growing start up environment strongly preferred
  • Knowledge and experience in conflict resolution and recent experience scaling a finance operation
  • Has a good understanding of financial, analytical and cost models for decision making
  • Good understanding of operational maturity models and processes especially Agile
  • Analytical and a strong advocate for making data-driven decisions
  • Detailed understanding and experience in organisational design, especially flat, holacratic or matrix design
  • Minimum 10 years of progressive execution, finance, operations and people management experience; including managing day-to-day operations and clients’ relationships (executive level), heavy involvement in strategic planning and implementation
  • Deep knowledge and experience of project management methodologies including Agile and lean principles
  • Experience delivering complex software products and projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Exposure to Fintech is a plus
  • Experience leading a sales team with targets is a plus