Chief Financial Officer (CFO), FINCA Zambia
The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is directly responsible for managing all finance and accounting activities of FINCA Zambia, and supervises all its finance staff. S/he will ensure that the finance activities of FINCA Zambia will support FINCA Zambia in pursuing its mission with a minimum of risk and a maximum of efficiency. As a member of the Management Team/Board, s/he shares responsibility for the overall performance and activities of FINCA Zambia, and participates in making decisions on material issues.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Manage generation of financial statements according to local accounting standards
Manage timely reporting to relevant local authorities (central bank, tax office, etc.)
Manage timely reporting to F/I and hub
Analyze financial data and develop financial analysis as a key management tool with the aim of optimizing FINCA Zambia’s activities: identify risks, inefficiencies, negative tendencies, and propose measures that reduce risks, improving efficiency, and reverse negative tendencies
Create/modify procedures such that they are low-risk and efficient
Ensure compliance of FINCA Zambia with financial covenants in agreements with creditors and donors
Create cash flow forecasts
Ensure availability of sufficient resources for lending in the required currency
Manage all financial transactions with creditors, banks, donors
Manage the planning and budgeting process of FINCA Zambia
Act as the coordinator and main contact person with external auditors
Keep all Management Team/Board members informed about relevant issues/developments in FINCA Zambia's finance activities and department
Participate/vote in decision-making (with Management Team/Board Members) on relevant “Finance” and “Non-Finance” issues
Manages relationships with all Lenders, both local and external, in concert with the CMG Team in HQ.
Manage the ALCO Process as the principal representative of the local subsidiary.
Supervise all finance staff of FINCA Zambia. For finance staff located in branches, the CFO retains the “professional responsibility”, whereas the “administrative responsibility” is transferred to the branch manager
Responsible for hiring/evaluating all finance staff (for branch employees: professional responsibility only; administrative responsibility is with branch manager), and their dismissal, if necessary
Assess the training requirements for the Finance Department as a whole and for its individual employees, and develop a capacity building plan for the Department and its individual employees
Preparation of staff to assume management positions
Conduct performance evaluations of the staff reporting to him/her and verify that the supervisory personnel also perform evaluations of their staff in a timely manner according to established procedures
Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.
Managing People - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self-available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services.; Continually works to improve supervisory skills.
Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Contributes to profits and revenue; Conserves organizational resources.
Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
Extensive experience in best-practice financial management of a company, desirably a financial institution.
Outstanding interpersonal, communication and training skills.
Strong business management and negotiating skills.
Excellent technical report writing skills and computer literacy.
Strong analytical and organizational skills.
Good understanding of IT issues and the role and possibilities of IT in financial management.
Education & Experience
Master’s Degree in Business, Finance, Economics, Management or Marketing (or equivalent work experience)
CPA, or Chartered Accountancy qualification (desirable)
Banking experience, or experience working in a regulated financial instution (required)
Experience working in Zambia (required)
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