Wednesday, June 1, 2016

BongoHive Job Opportunity: Accounting & Finance Lead

If the terms game-changer, thought-leader and startup-guru ring true of you then this is the ultimate job for you.  We are searching for someone with strong accounting and finance knowledge who’s experienced in scaling startups.
BongoHive is Zambia’s first technology and innovation hub. Since 2011, we’ve been organising issue-specific workshops and seminars, running developer groups on a variety of topics such as gaming and robotics, provided strategic and practical business advice, incubated startups and hosted a wide range of industry networking events.
We run a suite of programmes all focused on identifying Zambia’s best and brightest entrepreneurs, bringing them into our space and turning their ideas and projects into scalable businesses.  Here is a list of the projects our accounting and finance extraordinaire will be working on:
  • Discover – a three-week bootcamp to give those with great ideas the tools to refine their ideas and launch their businesses
  • Launch – a three month programme where Zambia’s most promising startups work from BongoHive and are taken through a structured yet tailored process surrounded by professional assistance, mentors and investors
  • Masterclasses – a series of issue specific in-depth workshops geared at equipping participant startups with tangible skills and outcomes that will immediately impact their business
  • In-House Accounting – manage our books to help us steer the ship
Your Responsibilities
Essentially, in this full-time role, you will be responsible for all things accounting and finance.  We aren’t accountants and will be relying on you to inform us on what needs to happen and how to get it done.  You NEED to love what you do and passionately believe in BongoHive’s goal of driving the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Zambia.
  • Create the framework and process for startups to be taught accounting fundamentals required to launch and run a startup
  • Work with Discover participants to ensure that they understand and are correctly using the accounting information taught
  • Provide on-going feedback on how to improve the accounting section of the Discover through observing both Discover participants and startups in Launch
  • Ensure startups are understanding and applying their accounting knowledge to their business properly on an on-going basis for recording keeping and strategic purposes
  • Work with each startup to develop their ability to analyse their management accounts in a way that influences decision making
  • Create and deliver an in-depth replicable workshop that equips each participant with the skills to go beyond record keeping and use their numbers to drive decision-making and growth.  Suggested workshop topics include:
    • Operating Model – understanding the dynamics of your business
    • Financial Accounts – profit and loss, cash-flow, balance sheet
    • Management Accounts – product mix and sales forecast, key ratios, forecasting
In-House Accounting
  • We need someone to keep our books in order and ready to be easily audited
    • Establish and enforce proper accounting methods, policies and principles
    • Improve systems and procedures and initiate corrective actions
  • Able to track expenses by project and report against budgets
Suggested Experience & Qualifications
  • Proven leadership experience with a quickly growing startup or small business
  • You are an Excel geek and have thought about legally adding .xlsx after your last name   =)
    • Seriously though, you need to be a whiz with MS Office and accounting software
  • Qualified accountant (Bachelors degree in accounting or finance) with strong understanding of Zambian regulation (ZICA or equivalent qualification with local experience)
  • Experience of business registration and local Zambian business law
  • Believes in the power of business to drive positive social and environmental change
  • A track record in understanding the needs of SME’s
  • Teaching experience or a track record of mentorship is desirable
Job Details
This is a full-time role from our office.  Although we are flexible, this role requires quite a bit of face-time with our startups.  The salary is in line with the industry and the title is Accounting & Finance Lead which reports to the Executive Director.
Personal Traits
  • Strong voice and a leader
  • Confident
  • Collaborative
  • Results-oriented
  • Visionary yet pragmatic
  • Creative
Are you a Woman?
Although this position is open to men and women alike, we are strongly encouraging women to apply.   Women are 49.59% of the world’s population so women need 49.59% of the awesome jobs, like this one.
Want to Apply?
Email your resume to along with a concise introductory email telling us why you’re awesome and the perfect fit for this role.  Applications will be accepted until June 6th.
Want to Get our Attention?
  • Visit our website and understand our programmes and workshops
  • Not only do you need to understand what we do, tell us how you can add value to everything we do
  • Don’t send us a generic cover letter; put together a short introductory email and get our attention
  • Do something different, be creative and show us why you stand out from the pack


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