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Financial Analyst

Nova Academies is looking for a superstar Financial Analyst to provide a high quality support services and prepare, develop and analyze reports for the and internal management team.

Imagine a world in which every young person in Africa attends a school that truly sets them up for success in the 21st century. A school that demands excellence, helps students learn by doing and exploring rather than by memorizing, equips students with globally competitive science and technology skills, and builds the character and growth mindset that will shape the rest of their lives.

Now imagine that this school is not in one town, in one country, but in every town, in every country. This is what we imagine, and we want you to help make it happen.

ABOUT NOVA ACADEMIES

In 2014 we launched a new venture to build the first pan-African network of high-quality, affordable primary and secondary schools. This year we will be operating six schools—two in Nairobi and four in Johannesburg—and gearing up for rapid growth, initially across East and Southern Africa and eventually across West Africa as well. Our venture is structured as a social enterprise to enable us to attract the investment that will be needed to launch 100 schools and reach tens of thousands of students in the next decade.

We have a unique, entrepreneurial work environment with a strong team culture that is designed to reinforce our vision. The core elements of our culture include:

We model the growth mindset we want our students to embody: you are challenged every day and, as a result, you grow more than at any other point in your life
We pursue excellence in every detail and do whatever it takes to produce great work quickly
We are radically open: we share tough messages and our own vulnerabilities because doing so helps us grow
We put our students before our team, and our team before ourselves
We bring infectious energy, enthusiasm and fun to everything we do because joy fuels the hardest work and learning

ABOUT THE ROLE

  • Collection & reconciliation of school fees
  • Scholarship students’ revenue and expense management
  • Extra-curricular activity fee management
  • Debt management and developing alternative payment plans with banks for parents
  • Developing systems and reporting for school fees collection
  • Communication to parents on any finance changes e.g. bank details
  • Assist with the new business process and working with Finance and Business Managers.
  • Cash reconciliations, payment date accounting, monthly reporting and report production, daily modeling, analysis and reporting and financial Analysis.
  • Responsible for the day- to-day general ledger accounting and reconciliation, financial reporting and analysis for assigned functional areas.
  • Perform monthly balance sheet, income statement and changes in financial position/budget variance analysis
  • Analyze data to ensure proper accounting procedures have been followed
  • Investigate and report to the Manager any inconsistencies or improprieties.
  • Prepare financial reports, charts, tables and other exhibits as requested
  • Responsible for performing special projects to improve process efficiency and performance projects as assigned by Manager
  • Provide timely, relevant and accurate reporting & analysis of the results of the organization’s performance against historical, budgeted, forecasted and strategic planning results to facilitate decision-making toward the achievement of the budget and strategic plan.
  • Maintain and develop various financial models and standard templates distributed for use by all of Finance during the planning processes, ensuring quality, accuracy and focused analytic review.
  • Demonstrate appropriate understanding / working knowledge of accounting principles and internal controls, and apply them.
  • Describe an insightful use of financial analysis techniques, tools, and concepts, to provide practical counsel to management to drive business results.
  • Understand and facilitate the integration of business processes, people, and relevant technology, in order to identify, configure, and communicate useful information, and to provide practical business leadership to drive business decision making across the company.
  • Support the Manager by being the first point of contact for issues and questions.
  • Identify non-value added processes within the department and seek solutions.

ABOUT YOU

  • Should have Bachelor’s Degree and professional qualifications in CPA, CFA, ACCA or equivalent
  • Minimum 3-5 years of progressive experience in a large audit, insurance or accounting environment
  • Experience in leading implementation of highly effective controls and processes.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines as well as work with minimal supervision
  • Knowledge of financial and accounting procedures including an understanding of IFRS and their application in the preparation of financial statements
  • Ability to effectively interpret financial information
  • Good presentation and communication skills including the ability to write proper reports
  • Proficiency in common computer applications
  • Great Interpersonal, cross-cultural skills and a demonstrated good attitude towards work and willingness to continuously learn
  • Ability to maintain high standards of integrity and work well in a team
  • Strong organization and analytical skills as well as keenness to details

Does working at Nova Academies excite you? If you’re a great fit, we will drop everything and call you immediately. 

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Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the right candidate is identified. Only qualified candidates will be invited for interviews. 

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