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Finance Associate

Nova Pioneer is looking for a superstar Finance Associate to support our financial processes and systems at our Paulshof and North Riding schools in Johannesburg. We are looking for a meticulous and self-driven individuals to be a part of our finance team. This is an opportunity to create a transformative brand with the future of Africa’s youth at stake.



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. 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



The Finance Associate will support aspects of financial management processes and systems at Nova Pioneer. The Associate will have exposure to key finance operations across the network of schools. He/She will report to the Finance Leader at Nova Pioneer.

This person will:

  • Manage daily reconciliation of bank transactions
  • Oversee frequent loading of payments to creditors to ensure smooth financial operations across multiple campuses
  • Manage allocation of fee payments received from parents across campuses
  • Coordinate with accountants to ensure monthly management accounts and reports are compiled on time
  • Capture and document employee data that affects attendance, payroll, and compensation, partnering with HR in ensuring payroll is completed in a timely manner each month
  • Support the Finance Leader as needed
  • Other duties and responsibilities at the behest of the direct manager



  • You have 2-3 years working in a finance department
  • You have a relevant higher education qualification
  • You enjoy working with and collaborating with others
  • You pay attention to detail and work with high accuracy
  • You have strong time and project management skills and you are able to take ownership of your work
  • You are a strong communicator and can confidently and professionally engage with parents and other stakeholders both verbally and in written form
  • You are flexible and open to change - you handle uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity well
  • You are a problem solver - you are proactive in identifying issues and address these thoroughly by making effort to find appropriate solutions.
  • You are able to work in basic systems (e.g. online business banking account, etc.)
  • You have excellent excel skills (including Google Sheets)



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.



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 at most schools but as a result, the growth they experience is extraordinary. We offer consistent and ongoing professional 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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