Finance Director (Africa) At Robert Walters

Robert Walters is a global, specialist professional recruitment consultancy.

“Our story begins in 1985, when our CEO, Robert Walters, opened the first office in Central London. Rob has led the company ever since and has the same passion and commitment today.

Over the last 30 years the business has grown and so has our ambition. We now operate across 25 countries and employ over 2,900 people. It’s a powerful success story built on the strength of our people.

Finance Director (Africa)

  • Job TypeFull Time
  • QualificationBA/BSc/HND   MBA/MSc/MA
  • Experience10 years
  • LocationLagos
  • Job FieldFinance / Accounting / Audit

Key Purpose:
The Finance Director (Africa) is responsible for leading the Africa Office Finance Team to ensure compliance with all finance requirements and financial risk management within the 6 country locations.
Additionally, the Director of Finance (Africa) provides active support to the Africa Office Managing Partner and also the Location (“country”) Managing Partners, as well as the broader Brand.

The role requires a technical understanding of the compliance requirements across these countries, a sound understanding of policies and processes, and the ability to engage across a broad range of stakeholders (both internally and externally). Given the geography, travel is required on a periodic basis.

Key Qualifications:

  • Minimum qualification required: University degree, BComm / BCompt (Hons)
  • CA (SA) and/or an MBA will be highly advantageous
  • Experience: Minimum 10+ years financial/administrative management experience, ideally in a
  • professional services firm, blue-chip corporate
  • Knowledge: Knowledge of core finance & accounting principles, including e.g. GAAP / IFRS, as well as working knowledge of Tax and Treasury
  • Skills: Senior presence and ability to develop strong, collaborative relationships with Office leaders; excellent problem solving, analytic, and project management skills; outstanding communication and negotiation skills; strong team leader and people developer; high tolerance for ambiguity and exceptional professional judgement.
  • Fluency in English is required, additional languages like French and / or Portuguese advantageous

KPI’s:

  • Oversee, manage, and direct the Office’s finance function
  • Work with the Office Manager and Partner Group to determine finance strategy (e.g., through economic analysis, modelling and projections)
  • Proactively lead the finance function to meet the Office’s strategic finance and accounting objectives
  • Oversee the overall performance of the accounting function, including leading the recruiting, development, and evaluation of financial support staff
  • Manage and provide budgeting and planning guidance for the local office
  • Develop and implement robust, transparent financial management reporting processes and systems
  • Improve processes for managing client engagement economics, client billing and collection to ensure responsible economics overall and to minimise working capital demands
  • Develop, propose, syndicate, and implement appropriate office cost and investment levels
  • Ensure that all interactions with government and regulatory bodies, tax, corporate registrations, etc., are handled appropriately
  • Integrate the office with the Firm’s financial and technical support structures, processes and policies
  • Help ensure relevant compensation and benefits programs (including mobility benefits) are structured and delivered as efficiently and tax effectively as possible
  • Lead/contribute to global/regional finance initiatives, as appropriate
  • Support client committee
  • Ensure compliance with internal audit requirements (all locations in Africa)

Method of Application

Interested and qualified? Go to Robert Walters career website on www.robertwaltersafrica.com to apply

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