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Finance Leader

Nova Pioneer is looking for superstar Finance Leader to drive a high performing finance department. The Finance Leader position is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial and innovative individual to help build robust financial management and reporting systems and processes and provide strategic direction for the finance department of Nova Pioneer in South Africa. The position is initially based at the Nova Pioneer Midrand campus but will require travel between schools from time to time. Some travel to our Kenya schools may be required. This is an opportunity to be a part of an innovative network of schools that is developing generations of innovators and leaders who will shape the African Century. Learn more about Nova Pioneer below.

 

About the Role

Key responsibilities for the role include:

  • Design and develop improved robust financial management and reporting systems and processes that will lead the finance function to becoming a high performing and highly effective department
  • Drive financial planning and cashflow management for the organisation. Conduct monthly financial reporting and provide analysis to executive team and relevant budget owners
  • Manage a team of junior and mid-level finance people across schools in South Africa
  • Oversee the collections process and ensure all targets are reached through collection of fees
  • Oversee all audit and internal control operations
  • Oversee robust budget setting and management system and engage  with managers around this process
  • Liaise and coordinate with the Finance Leader for Kenya  to ensure best practice and transfer of knowledge, processes and systems across all Nova Pioneer geographies
  • Ensure adherence to financial laws and guidelines

 

About You

Skills and Qualifications required:

  • You have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or relevant field; MSc/MA or CPA is a plus
  • You have at least 5 years of experience in a financial management position with significant responsibility
  • You have very strong finance capability and you have an interest in a long term pathway to CFO. This role could grow into a Finance Director role for South Africa or into a CFO role overseeing both South Africa and Kenya
  • You are relatively entrepreneurial and enjoy a challenge. You get excited about designing and building effective financial systems and processes. This is a demanding role where you'll be required to create order from chaos. You must be ready to put in the time it takes to build your vision
  • You have led teams and coached individuals to achieve results. People love working with you and for you
  • You have excellent communication skills. You are able to communicate effectively with your finance team, school leadership as well as shareholders and investors. You are able to provide a clear and persuasive pitch to anyone and have excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • You are results driven. You set clear, attainable and measurable targets for your team and are able to motivate them to achieve their personal and the departmental goals
  • You have a vision for your department which aligns with the organisation’s long term vision
  • You are a stickler for detail and ensure that you and your team are accurate and thorough in all that you do

 

How to Apply:

Does working at Nova Pioneer excite you? If so, then apply now!

To apply, please complete the form on the right hand side of this page. We cannot process applications that are emailed to us.

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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. 

 

About Nova Pioneer

Imagine a world in which every young person across Africa attends a school that truly sets them up for success in the 21st century. A school that cares about individual students and allows them to explore the world around them. A school that focuses more on developing skills than on memorizing content. At Nova Pioneer, we have done more than just imagine this future, we are bringing it to life. Nova Pioneer is a pan-African, independent network of schools offering high quality, accessible education from pre-primary through secondary school. Nova Pioneer uses a unique, enquiry-based learning approach that encourages students to ask “why” instead of telling them the “what”. It allows them to form their own thinking through exploration, investigation and collaboration. Learn more about our learning approach here. Nova Pioneer currently has 6 schools in South Africa and Kenya with a vision to launch 100 schools and reach tens of thousands of students across the African continent in the next decade. To learn more visit www.novapioneer.com.

 

Working at Nova Pioneer

Nova Pioneer is a place where our people experience tremendous growth, fast! We invest heavily in the growth of our people because it leads to greater mastery in both us and our students. “Novaneers” work harder and work longer hours than most schools but as a result, the growth they experience is extraordinary. We offer consistent and ongoing personal development and provide clear career pathways that ensure that our people are always achieving their personal and professional best. Nova Pioneer has a highly energetic, entrepreneurial environment where our people get to bring their creative and innovative ideas to life. We look for people who are flexible and who are able to adapt and respond quickly to adversity with a positive, can-do attitude (there are no problems, only solutions!). We welcome challenges and roll with the punches because it makes us, and our students, better. There is no problem too big for us! We work hard but we also have a lot of fun together. We bring infectious energy and enthusiasm to everything we do because joy fuels the hardest work and learning. Read more about our culture principles here.

 

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