Head of Finance at a Leading International Boarding School
Posted: 22/Jun/2022

A leading International Boarding School in Lagos state is recruiting suitable candidates to fill the position below:

Job Title: Head of Finance

Location: Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos
Employment Type: Full-time

Job Summary
The Head of Finance (HOF) will be a strategic and operational leader providing counsel to the Management. The HOF will ensure:

The efficient and effective stewardship of the school’s physical and financial resources.
Efficient operation of support services.
Oversight of risk management for the school, and
Project management for the campus master planning and future multi-building capital project initiatives.
Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic Financial Management:
Adopts a long-term perspective about the school’s finances while also cognizant of short-term needs; brings a sophisticated understanding of the financial levers and risks.
Provides accurate, comprehensive, and transparent financial information to the senior administrative team and Management to inform priority setting and helps guide multi-year decision-making and long-term implications of capital investments.
Seeks innovative approaches to support the school’s strategic objectives.

Operational Leadership:
Provides discipline and focus on efficiency, effectiveness, and continuous improvement of operational processes.
Supports major capital, technology, and deferred maintenance projects on campus, planning the scope and financing necessary for them and serving as project manager for facilities and projects.
Manages and builds good rapport with staff across all levels within the organization.

Collaborative Partner:
Demonstrates a consultative demeanour to build rapport and establish credibility with all stakeholders.
Possesses a deftness of style that solicits input, listens well and incorporates feedback, yet can make decisions.
Provides counsel and maintains close relationships within the institution and community.
Engages faculty and staff in discussion around the financial objectives and challenges of the school, conveying a strong appreciation of the School’s mission and the need to make informed decisions around competing priorities.
Appropriately delegates projects to his/her team members and with a clear set of agreed-upon objectives.
Detailed Duties and Responsibilities
These include but are not limited to:

Banking and Treasury Function:

Profitable investment of excess funds
Ensuring the school’s compliance with all banking requirements to facilitate smooth operation of its accounts
Monitoring the appropriateness of bank charges of all categories across all accounts
Preparing loan proposals when required.

Budget:
Preparation of the school’s annual budget for approval by the Management.
Responsible for effective implementation of the financial budget.
Carrying out periodic budget performance evaluation.
Escalating appropriately any adverse or unforeseen budget performance.

Financial Management:
Put in place strategies to ensure the proper management of working capital (including credit control by keeping receivables to a minimum), and ensure that the school maintains acceptable operating capital ratios.
Monitoring and advising on the school’s cash flow position and trend.
Advising on and instituting cost reduction strategies.
Reporting on the school’s business and financial performance.
Ensuring that the school has value for money in purchasing and procurement, and in concert with other relevant functions, ensure that physical assets are maintained in a state to serve the school effectively for their projected lifetimes.

Accounting:
The Head of Finance is responsible for all accounting functions including journal postings, maintaining the general ledger, preparation of management and final accounts, billing, and invoicing, among other sundry accounts functions.
Ensure that there is a proper structure in place to record and account for all tangible assets owned by the school.

Compliance:
Ensuring that the school complies with processes, controls and procedures specified in the Financial Manual and the Administration Operating Manual especially in key capital and operational expenditure areas such as Capital purchases, Projects and Procurement.
Providing training, support and guidance to staff as required to ensure the capacity is built that will enable adherence to prescribed compliance requirements.
Ensuring that both the Financial Manual and the Administration Operating Manual are updated as required and that they reflect the school’s current needs and operating realities.

External Relationships:
Maintaining relationships with appropriate external contacts including the school’s bankers, external auditors, and tax authorities.

Regulatory Matters:
Ensure that the school is compliant with all tax regulatory requirements at Federal and State levels including (Corporate, Staff PAYE, Withholding taxes, VAT and any other relevant taxes and levies), and any payments due are paid over
Ensure the school makes all required statutory deductions (including Pension) at the appropriate time and that such deductions are immediately paid over to the relevant authorities.

Qualifications and Work Experience
The HOF must satisfy the following minimum qualifications:

First Degree in Accounting / Banking & Finance / Statistics or its equivalent.
An MBA is also required.
Membership of a recognised professional body of Accountants e.g. ICAN.
10 - 17 years total experience in financial leadership roles with.

Skills and Competencies:
Strong analytical skills and a deep knowledge of Accounting and Finance, Cost
Control, Payroll, Risk Management and relevant Regulatory matters.
The HOF should also have demonstrable working knowledge of Administration and Facilities.
Excellent IT skills and knowledge of accounting software
Experience leading and managing a team including hiring, performance management, training and professional development
A strong business orientation; including setting short- and long-term priorities and charting an informed, sustainable and ambitious future, matched with the ability to effectively communicate the short- and long-term financial implications of decisions to stakeholders
Experience working in, or exposure to, a school setting and/or non-profit organization is desirable but not required
Strong technological capability, including expertise with enterprise-wide financial systems.

Application Closing Date
20th July, 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV to: schoolopenings50@gmail.com using the Job Title as the subject of the mail.

Note: The School is an equal opportunity organisation and is committed to safeguarding the welfare of young people and expects the same from its employees.

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