Monday, July 31, 2017

Financial Controller Job at SolarNow Services - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
Financial Controller

Jobs at:
SolarNow Services (U) Ltd

Deadline of this Job:

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

Job details:
SolarNow is hiring a Financial Controller, a seasoned professional to lead our finance team, manage our accounts and reporting, implement our financial strategy manage external relations relating to finance.

About the company
These are the very problems that East African company, SolarNow, was founded to solve. It sells high-quality solar systems to fit the needs of rural households and small entrepreneurs — from 50Wp home set-ups capable of powering a radio, phone and small number of lights to 10KWp systems that can power a small office or machine – plus a range of consumer electronics, including LED lights, televisions, fridges, flat irons and water pumps.

Crucially, SolarNow also provides credit and service that allows customers to spread payments over 24 months and receive service for 5 years. The company has an extensive network of 45 branches in Uganda, is currently expanding operations to Western Kenya, and considering further expansion for the future. SolarNow has all the pieces in place to take optimal advantage of this unique market opportunity.

About you
You are someone who cares deeply about improving livelihoods in Africa. You bring more than passion to the role: you have the grit and resilience to do this work. You have deep financial and management expertise, and are excited about being hands-on, without getting lost in the weeds. You are a problem-solver, a direct and candid communicator, and a thoughtful change agent who understands that there are tensions to balance in this kind of diverse organization.

You are a natural manager able to guide our finance strategy and management while working in a complex, constantly changing and resource-constrained environment. You are eager for the challenge of shaping the future of this organization. You have the skills to provide clear, consistent financial leadership for a fast growing social enterprise, and the nimbleness to respond to continual innovation and increased demands for performance. You inspire excellence with your team, building a sense of shared values and goals.

About the position
Position title: Financial Controller
Reports to: CFO
Suggested start date: June/ July 2017

The Financial Controller will be responsible for implementing SolarNow’s finance strategy, policies and processes. S/he will lead the finance team, support fundraising, conduct financial analysis, manage external relations and provide accurate, timely financial reports to all stakeholders. The Financial Controller will manage the company budget and ensure that our financial risk management policy is upheld. S/he will be a key player in driving growth for SolarNow.

Specific Responsibilities
  • Develop financial and tax strategies
  • Maintain the 5-year business plan and annual budget
  • Develop performance measures that support the company's strategic direction

  • Maintain in-depth relations with all members of the management team
  • Manage and motivate the Finance team
  • Oversee the financial operations of subsidiary companies and foreign operations
  • Oversee the company's transaction processing systems
  • Implement operational best practices
Financial Reporting:

  • Produce timely and accurate financial reports
  • Oversee the issuance of financial information
  • Report financial results to the executive management team and the supervisory board
Treasury Management:

  • Monitor cash balances and cash forecasts
  • Support debt and equity financing
Partnerships & External Relationships:
  • Participate in conference calls with the investment community
  • Maintain relationships with local and international lenders
  • Represent the company with investment advisers and investors
Qualifications and competencies
  • Bachelor degree specializing in Finance or Accounting CPA
  • At least 8+ years of progressively responsible financial experience for a fast growing consumer retail or financial institution, preferably in East Africa
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Proven financial and treasury management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work well in a team
  • Demonstrable experience in leading organizations to profitability
  • High command in operating and implementing functionality for enterprise-level accounting systems
  • High level of oral and written communication skills
  • Fluency in English
Compensation and benefits
Salary and benefits are competitive, commensurate with experience.
Job application procedure
Interested candidates can send their motivation letter and CV to and copy