Accountant Job in Kenya

Accountant

About the Role

You will lead the accounting department at WeTu, driving full
visibility and accuracy of all our financial information to help inform key
decisions in our fast-growing, ambitious and innovative business. You will
manage and build a small but strong accounting team to ensure that all
financial procedures are adhered to in all our hubs and that we are fully
compliant at all times.

Success in this role will mean smooth and efficient internal
financial, stock, reporting and accounting processes to enable each team member
to excel in their work towards business growth. Our ideal candidates has a
track record of providing accurate and effective work in a busy sales-driven
organization and a passion for improving rural lives.

Location of employment is Kisumu with regular travel across the
lake region.

Responsibilities

  • Overall management of
    the accounting department by ensuring timely reporting and
    efficient delivery of service.

  • Strengthen the department
    overall by contributing to review of policies and procedures and making
    and implementing suggestions for improvements.

  • Manage, train and develop the
    accounts assistant and interns as the team grows over time.

  • Prepare, review and report on
    budgets for business expansion projections, new initiatives or donor
    projects.

  • Ensure documentation of all
    financial transactions in the company by handling and later supervising
    the posting and entering of transactions into the accounting system.

  • Oversee tracking and reporting
    of all sales revenues

    • Liaise with hub teams daily
      and ensure revenues are correctly tracked and posted.

    • Ensure sales and VAT are
      recorded correctly is in each hub and ETRs are issued as required to
      prepare for correct and smooth VAT filing each month.

    • Carry out bank reconciliations
      to ensure sales reports tally moneys received.

  • Conduct physical checks on
    accounting and stock keeping at all hubs (regular & spot checks).

  • Inventory management: Liaise
    with the hub operators and field agents regularly to monitor lanterns
    inventory. Handle any insurance claims for breakages, faults or losses.

  • Ensure integrity of all
    accounting ledgers by regular analysis of the trial balance. Monitor and
    review accounting and related system reports for accuracy and
    completeness regularly.

  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and
    annual financial reports for donor funded projects.

  • Prepare and process payroll,
    ensuring accuracy and correct statutory remittances.

  • Petty cash management: Review
    petty cash payments as per the finance policy and ensure all petty cash is
    accounted for, liaising with the various petty cash folders ensuring a
    smooth process for everyone.

  • Manage supplier payments in
    line with policy and ensuring tax compliance and correct documentation.

  • Ensure that manual filing
    systems are maintained.

  • Lead the annual audit by
    preparing the final accounts and audit schedules and responding to audit
    queries. Lead other external audits such as statutory audits.

Qualifications

  • You share our vision and drive
    to provide solutions in the areas of water, power and mobility with the
    aim of improving living standards in rural Kenya through business
    approaches.

  • You have at least 3-5 years of
    experience as an accountant in a reputable organization.

  • You have worked in a
    high-volume sales driven branch-based environment and navigate sales
    reconciliations, ETRs, VAT and inventory with ease. Experience in a
    social-impact driven business environment, such as a social enterprise is
    welcome.

  • You have successfully handled a
    wide range of responsibilities within accounting, including payroll, bank
    reconciliations, posting supplier invoices and managing accounts payable,
    reconciling and auditing petty cash, statutory requirements etc.

  • Deep knowledge of accounting software
    applications is required, past experience with Xero is an added
    advantage.

  • Strong understanding of filing
    statutory requirements (NHIF, NSSF, PAYE) and experience navigating iTax
    and related arising matters.

  • Ability to analyze financial
    data, examine and explain variances and prepare financial reports,
    statements and projections.

  • Previous experience managing
    donor grants is welcome but not required.

  • You are organized with
    impeccable attention to detail. You are energized by ensuring that numbers,
    data and documents are handled to perfection.

  • Strong interest to understand
    rural realities and gel with our hub teams. You are ready to travel across
    rural locations, with overnight stays in often simpler accommodation
    options.

  • You are a strong communicator
    with interpersonal skills: You are outgoing and friendly and know how to
    engage with non-finance colleagues, training them to follow finance
    procedures.

  • You don’t mind long hours on
    the computer, have strong IT skill and interest learning and using new
    softwares.

  • You have been involved in the
    external audit process.

  • You have high integrity,
    honesty and are proactively talk about arising challenges and mistakes
    made.

  • You have a Bachelor’s degree
    in Accounting/Finance or related field from a recognized institution.

  • Holder of CPA-K and member of
    ICPAK in good standing.

You fit with our culture at WeTu if:

  • You learn fast and adapt
    quickly to new demands.

  • You are a self-motivated person
    who solves arising problems efficiently.

  • You are excited about moving a social
    enterprise forward and to implement state of the art technology and
    business models.

  • You excel in an intercultural
    and international team.

Why work with us?

  • Steep learning curve: We are a
    small team so you are involved and exposed to all business, finance and
    admin matters across the board. You will also engage with the Directors in
    Germany directly.

  • Exposure to innovation: Working
    on new technologies and cutting-edge projects is exciting.

  • You are part of driving
    socio-economic development in Homa Bay, Migori and Siaya County.

  • Work in a value-led
    organization where we care for each other, our team and provide what you
    need to excel in your work.

Other information

The role is based in Kisumu. Our Hubs are spread around the lake
region and local travel is required at times. Ideal start date is August 2020
or earlier. At time, working hours might extend if time-sensitive projects
arise. We are looking for candidates who want to grow with us and are ready to
commit to at least two to three years. There is a six month probation period
and we will agree on performance and learning objectives.

Interested female candidates are encouraged to apply.

How To Apply

  • Read this candidate guide with
    tips on our selection process: http://bit.ly/CandidatesGuide

  • Any questions? Email [email protected]

  • Apply through the application
    form under this link: http://bit.ly/WeTuAccounting

  • You will be asked to upload
    your CV as part of the application form. Make sure it is in PDF format, no
    longer than 3 pages and relevant to this role.

  • The selection process will
    include interviews, written case study exercises and a visit to one of the
    hubs for finalists.

Recruitment process in partnership with edge.
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