Financial Advisory Services Global Lead
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We are seeking an exceptional and results-oriented professional to lead our Finance Advisory Services (FAS) team – akin the FP&A team – across nine countries. Your team will lead our strategic finance strategy and provides an analytical perspective on all major decisions (enrollment, pricing, incentives, org-structure, etc). Your consulting team should provide concise, actionable advice around how to best achieve the countries’ scale and impact goals in the most financially efficient way. The FAS goal is constantly improving impact by channeling investment into the best internal projects.
The position, All-Country Lead, owns the financial performance for our 9+ countries by managing a team of several staff – one in each bigger country and a couple regional leads. Th location of this position is flexible, but Nairobi and Kigali are preferred. (Click here to better understand the roles and responsibilities of in-Country FAS associates/managers)
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Lead a Team of Associates Based in Each Country. Most countries’ have an in-country FAS manager who handle the day-to-day work in countries and advices their country director on all key decisions. This is your team, and you are responsible for continuously improving this team through leadership and hiring so that they are providing actionable advice that increases each countries SROI.
Lead the Long-Term Financial Strategy for Each Country. We use long-term planning to chart a path to sustainable growth for our nine countries. You will represent finance in the strategic planning process and push for the right balance between impact ($ that a farmer earns), scale (# of farm families we serve), and sustainability ($ it costs us to serve a farmer). You will focus One Acre Fund on the right financial metrics, propose better structures for growth, pro-actively mitigate risks, and promote a culture that maximize $ impact / $ spent (SROI) by looking across all countries
Own Each Countries’ Financial Decisions. You will own ‘finances’ perspective for every major operational decision (pricing, expansion, target setting, management structure, R&D trials, etc). You will work through FAS associates, general partners, and our CFO to improve operational decisions.
Own In-Country Budgets: You will recommend how much each country can spend each year, and then your team will work across 160 department heads to balance competing priorities across countries to hit these targets. You will be responsible for merging org-wide limits (deficit targets) with on-the-ground realities (needed increase in investment with X,Y,Z). Budgets determine our next year operational targets and spending limits.
Own the monthly/quarterly Reporting Process. Each month, your team will be responsible for keeping our teams on budget (where necessary), doing a monthly ‘Budget vs. Actuals’ analysis, identifying key upcoming risks, analyzing margin, and projecting out each country financial results. The team will then share these reports across the executive team of the firm to inform org-wide decisions. Your team is expected to execute the process to a high standard of professionalism (timely, well-written, error-free)
Own Continuous Improvement across Finance. Our tools and process should be consistently improving an adapting to the different needs of the organization. Your team would be responsible for major improvements to standardized models (like our pricing models) and theories (ex. Site Economics). These models and theories will drive increased impact and decrease cost / farmer.
Own an Analytical Powerhouse. Your team will be key in providing on-demand analysis and recommendations to financial questions. The team will be key in delivering the right data at the right time to the right people. Your team will produce easy-to-read reports and simple models to guide key decisions. This encompasses a broad array of issues from (logistics spend / $ kg, to $ per employee, to SROI of centralized innovation pipelines) that maxes SROI.
Own Country Director and Executive Relationships. You will be the key lead to some of our highest-level team members. You will own and develop these into great working relationships as the finance point of contact. Through these working relationships, you will own the ability for finance to push forward key initiatives.
Note: This role does not manage the payment, accounting, or treasury functions which operate independently. This role uses the advice and data from these teams to influence executive decisions.
CAREER GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
We have a strong culture of constant learning and we invest in developing our people. You’ll have weekly check-ins with your manager, access to mentorship and training programs, and regular feedback on your performance. We hold career reviews every six months and set aside time to discuss your aspirations and career goals. You’ll have the opportunity to shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.
We are looking for truly extraordinary candidates with 6-15+ years of experience that will help take our organization to the next levels of impact and scale. Successful candidates will likely have progressively increasing responsibilities in management consulting or finance, e.g. as an engagement manager or project leader. Candidates who fit the following criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:
Demonstrated ability in strategic and consulting contexts, e.g. working with C-suite leaders, change management, or long-term planning
Proven ability to manage team performance and develop leaders; experience in remote management a plus
Strong financial modeling abilities and a decent knowledge of accounting
Strong eye for talent and hiring
Extremely strong written and oral communication, with an emphasis on clearly explaining financials to an audience with widely varying levels of expertise and interests.
Ability and drive to work independently, while effectively prioritizing potentially conflicting demands from various executives.
Strong educational background.
A willingness to commit to living in rural areas of East Africa for at least two years – this is a long-term, career-track position with potential to grow into a management role.
Language: English required. Swahili a plus. French a plus.
PREFERRED START DATE
As soon as possible.
Flexible. Nairobi or Kigali preferred.
Commensurate with experience.
Health insurance, housing stipend, and other quality of life benefits.
SPONSOR INTERNATIONAL CANDIDATES
No; must have existing rights to work in our countries of operation. East Africans are strongly encouraged to apply.