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Group Head of Finance

About Open Capital Advisors

Open Capital Advisors is a management consulting and financial advisory firm that drives growth, enables investment, and builds markets across Africa. We help businesses, investors, and development partners identify opportunities and deliver unique, impactful solutions. By offering deep, operationally-focused management support and creative financial structuring, we help open markets and support sustainable businesses to transform industries.

Since we founded Open Capital in 2010, we have completed more than 250 engagements across industries spanning 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. We have helped our clients raise more than $250M and achieve sustainable growth and social impact. Our Africa based team of 50+ brings experience from the world's top consultancies, private equity firms, investment banks, and development organizations including The Boston Consulting Group, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, IFC, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and The World Bank. We have offices today in Nairobi, Kampala, and Lusaka under a Mauritian holding company. We expect significant expansion in the coming years, both in terms of the geographies where we work as well in terms of the types of engagements we structure with our clients.

The Role

We are looking for a Group Head of Finance to join our Nairobi headquarters to lead our Finance function across all entities and report directly to OCA’s Partners. In this role, areas of responsibility will include: leading financial planning, monitoring cash flows, preparing projected budgets and monthly management dashboards, advising on tax planning, overseeing annual audits, and managing external financial reporting for a variety of partners & clients. You will oversee two current staff in Finance, who require strong leadership. The right candidate will have extensive experience in strategic financial analysis, internal controls, donor reporting, and accounting & tax requirements across multiple African countries – most importantly, you will not hesitate to roll up your sleeves and pass journals, analyse data, identify errors, and be ready to correct them yourself.

You will join Open Capital at an exciting time – we are seeking to achieve broad, ambitious growth goals, and leverage our strong international brand. As we look to deepen our reach in the broader African market, you will lead financial forecasting & management needed for regional expansion, as well as reporting and building systems to scale. You should be excited and genuinely motivated by challenging strategic and financial questions.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Oversee OCA’s finance function in all countries
  • Design and implement broader financial strategy including projected fundraising requirements and tax optimization
  • Revise systems and processes to manage all aspects of our finances
  • Manage current finance team to ensure compliance in day-to-day financial management, including adherence to relevant statutory rules and regulations
  • Lead financial planning & budgeting on a monthly and annual basis; provide strategic insights on budgeting
  • Identify fundraising requirements for the group and lead all financial due diligences
  • Manage monthly & quarterly financial reporting for donor clients and current investors
  • Maintain & adhere to transfer pricing policies
  • Manage company investments to maximize returns, while not compromising cash flows
  • Lead client invoicing processes & collections, managing relationships with client finance departments
  • Oversee annual external audits, build efficient and effective internal controls to use through the year
  • Review financial data to make appropriate recommendations and identify key financial risks to management
  • Be willing put in the work required to ensure deadlines are met
  • Contribute to team efforts in every way possible and uphold OCA’s culture
  • Any other tasks that management may assign

Desired skills and experience

We are looking for an exceptional financial leader who shares our motivation and drive. In this role, you will assume a very high level of responsibility, perform detailed work and analysis, contribute fresh ideas, and take pleasure in the work we do. Our team is energetic and driven and we are quick to reward performance and initiative. We expect likely qualifications include:

  • 8+ years of financial planning & management experience, specifically in financial analysis, financial reporting, & prior management experience;
  • Demonstrated experience in financial decision-making & overseeing accounting processes;
  • Accounting qualifications, such as CPA or ACCA; CFA qualification an advantage;
  • Extensive experience and proficiency in Excel, Quickbooks and other accounting softwares, and demonstration of strong analytical skills;
  • Strong communication skills and ability to share insights and information in a structured and rational way;
  • Interest and prior experience in guiding teams and mentoring staff;
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic and high-pressure environment;
  • A demonstrated track record to work independently, own decisions, set priorities, and problem solve; and
  • Previous Africa experience in Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia useful but not required.

Compensation

Salary is commensurate with prior experience and recommendations. Pay will increase rapidly with excellent performance.

If you are interested please submit a resume and brief cover letter as part of your application, including your preferred start timing.

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