Chief Financial Officer
The CFO at Pula is far from the typical manager of the finance function. You must fulfill the role of a modern CFO and perform as a key partner on strategy, growth and finance as well as driving product and operational synergies within an innovative insurtech environment. The CFO will be expected to uphold technical excellence at Pula and derive value from financial and risk insights to drive and inform strategy.
The role of the Pula CFO will include:
Strategy, Planning and Management
Mentor and develop the finance function by setting a strategic department vision as well as building a cost efficient finance organizational model that will scale across boundaries.
Serve as a strategic business partner to our Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors, and executive leadership team.
Assess and evaluate financial performance of our organization with regard to long-term operational goals, budgets, and forecasts..
Identify, acquire, and implement systems and software to provide critical financial and operational information and reporting. Evaluate departments and make suggestions for automating processes and increasing working efficiency.
Communicate, engage, and interact with the Board of Directors, CEO, and senior executive leadership team to ensure full transparency over the financial performance of the company.
Create and establish yearly and quarterly financial objectives that align with the company’s plan for growth and expansion.
Serve as a key member of our executive leadership team.
Participate in pivotal decisions as they relate to strategic initiatives, and operational models.
Interact with and align departments with the Company plans, initiatives, and recommendations.
Financial Analysis, Budgeting and Forecasting
Prepare and present monthly financial budgeting reports including monthly profit and loss by division, forecast vs. budget by division, and weekly cash flow by division.
Review and analyze monthly financial results and provide recommendations.
Identify, develop, and execute analysis of business initiatives, product launches, and/or new service offerings.
Develop, maintain and enforce monthly operating budget and annual company operating budget.
Manage financial planning and analysis department. Supervise creation of reports, software implementation, and tools for budgeting and forecasting.
Accounting, General Ledger, Administration and Operations
Ensure the proper functioning of all systems, improve automation, databases, and financial software.
Review and ensure application of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures.
Ensure timeliness and accuracy of financial and management reporting data.
Oversee the preparation and communication of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements.
Oversee the preparation and timely filing of all local, state, and federal tax returns.
Partner with People Operations to ensure appropriate legal compliance.
Oversee the month-end close process, constantly reviewing procedures while eliminating inefficiencies.
Review all month-end closing activities including general ledger accounts, balance sheet accounts, and overhead cost allocation.
Enhance and implement financial and accounting systems, processes, tools, and control systems.
Serve as a key point of contact for external auditors; Manage preparation and support of all external audits.
Ensure timely and error free bi-weekly payroll processing, systems, automations, and payroll GL accounting.
Manage cash flow planning process and ensure funds availability.
Explore new investment opportunities and provide recommendations on potential returns and risks.
Maintain outstanding banking relationships and strategic alliances with vendors and business partners.
Build and utilize forward-looking models and activity-based analyses to provide financial insight into the organization’s plans and operating budgets.
Represent the company to banks, financial partners, institutions, public auditors, and officials.
Remain current on audit best practices as well as state, federal, and local laws regarding company operations.
Oversee weekly cash management and Accounts Payables Department, approve large payables, sign checks, authorize large wires etc.
Supervise Accounts Receivable management and provide guidance relating to the collection process.
What you need to have to be successful:
At least 10 years of experience leading a finance department.
Experience in Big 4 firm – PWC, EY, KPMG or Deloitte
Experience with building finance systems, controls and processes from scratch.
Experience with budgeting controls.
Qualified Chartered Accountant (CA or CPA) or any similar Accounting qualification.
Experience building and maintaining an ERP system for complex business operations.
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, or another relevant field.
Experience working in social enterprises is an added advantage.
Startup experience is an added advantage.
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At Pula, we are radically restructuring agricultural insurance, using technology to insure the previously unbanked, uninsured, untapped market of 1.5 billion smallholders worldwide. We work in eight countries across Africa and Asia, and in 2017 alone, we facilitated crop and livestock insurance cover to 611,000 farmers in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Malawi. Our Founders work in agriculture insurance has been recognized by several international awards including the Financial Times/IFC Award for Sustainable Finance. We work with Fortune 500 Companies, Global NGO’s, Microfinance Instructions, Research Institutions, and Governments to help provide smallholders the protection they need in an increasingly unpredictable climate.