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Finance Manager

Headquarters | Nairobi, Kenya | Full Time

Job Description

Company Description
Sanergy is a social venture that aims to build a sustainable sanitation network throughout Nairobi's slums, by creating a network of local entrepreneurs who run small-scale sanitation centers. It is our goal to provide affordable, accessible and hygienic sanitation services to individuals, thereby making a valuable contribution to their communities. We have launched our first toilets in Nairobi and plan to expand rapidly during the upcoming months.

Role & Responsibilities:
This position is accountable for leading the organization in developing financial and accounting policies, systems and processes, tax and regulatory requirements, payroll systems and processes and financial controls, ongoing financial modeling and annual business plan. The Finance Manager will also provide leadership and coaching to all finance and accounting staff.

Key Accountabilities:
Accounting, Payroll, Financial Systems and Financial Controls

  • Responsible for the delivery of cost effective and efficient accounting and financial systems, policies and processes that meet the current and future business requirements of the organization.
  • Oversee the External Audit, review and analyze results and recommend for approval the Audited Financial Statements.
  • Prepare the financial section of the annual report. 
  • Oversee the Cash Management function, including banking relationships. 
  • Ensure the Foundation is in compliance with all internal policies and relevant regulations and ensure filings are completed in a timely manner. 
  • Develop and oversee the Internal Review function to ensure that finance and operations controls and policies are complied with in the HQ and field offices. Ensure effective follow up processes are in place. 
  • Manage the payroll function ensuring efficient systems, process and controls. 
  • Manage the financial system, ensuing maximum productivity and that it meets the needs of the business today and the future. 
  • Oversee the continuous improvement of Accounting and Financial Processes and the development of the team with the goal to achieve best practices and optimal output.
  • Develop and oversee accounting policies and procedures to meet both current and future business models.

Cash and Risk Management

  • Responsible for the management of the organization‘s Insurance and Risk Management program.
  • Oversee the annual insurance renewal process and ensure appropriate coverage is maintained at all times.
  • Ensure appropriate legal review of contracts and solicit external legal advice as required. Review financials of preferred vendors. 
  • Manage ongoing banking relationships for maximum efficiency.
  • Develop cash flow forecasting and maintain a long-term cash forecast.


  • Develop Finance and Accounting team goals that are fully aligned with the organization’s goals.
  • Hire, lead and coach a finace team and recruit and retain high caliber staff.
  • Ensure the team delivers the highest standard of departmental, cross departmental and cross foundation teamwork and customer service.
  • Ensure optimal deployment of resources to achieve business goals.

Management Reporting 

  • Perform all financial management reporting for the organization.
  • Ensure financial management reporting tools and processes are in place to support the ongoing and future needs of the business.
  • Develop and prepare a monthly Management Reporting Package. 
  • Present monthly and year-to-date financials with accompanying analysis of results.
  • Develop regular reporting and analysis, including key metrics reports, and conduct ad hoc financial analysis as required.

Budgeting and Financial Modeling

  • Develop and Lead the annual business plan development and budgeting process. 
  • Lead the quarterly outlook process. 
  • Provide ongoing financial modeling and analysis expertise to business partners. 
  • Lead the financial modeling and analysis to support the development of long-term strategic initiatives and business plans.
  • Special Projects as assigned by Directors.

Key Requirements:
Strategic Thinking and Planning Skills

  • Experience with strategy development and implementation
  • Understanding and experience with re-engineering processes and large scale systems change
  • Strong business acumen
  • Ability to lead complex projects through to an end point 

Managing and Leading

  • Able to communicate effectively and lead others through change and new strategic initiatives
  • Able to build effective teams, coach and develop others
  • An individual who seizes opportunities and takes initiative as appropriate

Influence and Interpersonal Effectiveness

  • Relationship building and rapport skills
  • Influencing and networking skills
  • Able to work with and through volunteer/expert relationships and associations and alliances
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels

Operational Effectiveness

  • Ability to grasp organization’s short- and long-term priorities and develop systems, processes and policies to support the achievement of them in a cost effective manner 
  • On an ongoing basis, evaluated and prioritizes activities, focuses people resources against key business priorities

Other Requirements

  • Degree or significant experience in finance, accounting, or corporate finance required
  • Exceptional Interpersonal skills, a collaborative style and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Demonstrated initiative and the ability to work effectively within time constraints
  • Knowledge of Financial software and tools
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software