Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Finance · Freetown, Western Urban
Department Finance
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Executive
Compensation TBD

a) About Easy Solar


Easy Solar is a leading solar company in West Africa, distributing and financing high-quality solar products and appliances for those with limited or no access to the conventional grid. Customers can finance their purchase over time by paying in weekly or monthly installments, with the option to pay via cash or mobile money. To date, Easy Solar has reached more than 450,000 beneficiaries, distributed through its extensive network of agents and outlets throughout Sierra Leone and Liberia.


b) About The Role

 

After close to four years of operations and extremely rapid growth, Easy Solar is entering a new phase of its development and seeking to recruit a highly qualified and motivated CFO. Based in Freetown, Sierra Leone, the ideal candidate will wbe responsible for financial strategy, financial planning and analysis, financial reports, company audits, compliance, and bank relationships. The CFO should have a very strong financial background, a genuine interest in working for a social enterprise that combines social impact and financial performance, and an exceptional ability to lead, train and motivate a multi-country Finance team. The CFO will be working closely with the CEO, executive team and board of directors to ensure the financial sustainability of the company. The candidate will possess a strong background in finance and management.


c) Key Responsibilities:


  •  Team management - Providing leadership, direction and management of the finance and accounting teams in Sierra Leone and Liberia
  •  Financial Planning & Analysis - Managing the processes for financial forecasting and budgets, and overseeing the preparation and the timely delivery of all financial reporting
  •  Cash & Working Capital Management - oversee cash flow, cash management and working capital forecasting
  •  Compliance & Controls - Ensuring effective processes & internal controls are in place, as well as compliance with GAAP & applicable regulatory laws and rules for financial and tax reporting
  •  Strategic advice - Providing strategic recommendations to the CEO, executive team and the board of Directors on enhancing the financial performance of the company. Researching   economic trends, analyzing internal operations, identifying areas of cost reduction and process enhancement
  •  Corporate Finance & Fundraising - Advising on long-term financial planning and optimal capital structure. Establishing and developing relations with potential investors and stakeholders, managing debt fundraising, and working in tandem with CEO on Equity fundraising.
  •  International expansion - Set-up finance systems, team and processes in new countries, and structure intercompany reporting and accountability


d)  Required Skills

 

  • Post-graduate qualification in financial management, management control, accounting, finance or in an equivalent experience
  • A qualified member of an accountancy body or holder of an equivalent qualification
  • Minimum 10 years of management experience in financial strategy and operations
  • Ability to develop and implement policies related to financial reporting, working capital and treasury management, and compliance
  • Proficient in accounting software (preferably including Xero)
  • Experience either living or working in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Experience managing a country level budget
  • Advanced quantitative analysis skills and proficiency in excel
  • A solid understanding of financial accounting principles (IFRS)
  • Knowledge of the relevant financial legislation pertaining to the country
  • Excellent communications skills, and fluent in English. French proficiency is a plus
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and collaborative nature
  • Ability to multitask and work under pressure
  • Attention to detail, strategic thinker


 e)  Highly Desired Skills


  • Experience with inventory management and logistics
  • Experience in Banking and in the financial department of a subsidiary of a multinational group, preferably with operations in sub-Saharan Africa in rural locations
  • Advanced proficiency in accounting software and/or enterprise resource planning tools
  • Experience with risk assessment and loan portfolio health evaluation methodologies
  • Understanding of rural BOP markets, impact investing, microfinance, mobile telecom and/or renewable energy industries in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Women are encouraged to apply


 f)  What We Offer

 

  • Competitive salary and regional/international medical insurance
  • A unique opportunity to expand energy access & financial inclusion at scale in West Africa
  • A secure position in a rapidly growing company with a young, dynamic and motivated team
  • The opportunity to develop new solutions and concepts to support a growing retail and asset financing business


g) How to Apply 

Apply online at https://easysolar.bamboohr.com/jobs/ 

 


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  • Location
    Freetown, Western Urban
  • Department
    Finance
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Executive
  • Compensation
    TBD