Finance and Operations Manager

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Mission

Own the core financial accounting and administrative operations of the South African and US entities (the company), with limited oversight, and substantial freedom to improve on existing processes and design new processes to help the company scale. Act as custodian of the company’s financial reporting and financial metrics tracking, providing insights to the CFO into areas for improvement. Provide excellent administrative support to the non-finance teams.

Outcomes

The main outcomes of the FinOps Manager are:

  1. Run the end-to-end operational finances of the company, ensuring the company applies best practices to its routine financial accounting and reporting. This includes, but is not limited to, payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, tax, vendor payments and financial controls, up to and including monthly financial consolidation used for board reporting.
  2. Manage customer billing, customer collections and vendor relationships.
  3. Assist the CFO in strategic analysis of the company’s financial metrics by tracking and reporting key metrics, based on accurately maintained data.
  4. Identify areas for optimization and improvement, and design new accounting and operational processes to allow the company to scale while remaining lean and limiting administrative overhead for team members.
  5. Provide operational support to non-finance team leaders in areas including recruitment, employee onboarding and office administration.
  6. Manage customer and vendor contract lifecycles using industry-leading software tools, and ensure team visibility on key contractual deliverables.
  7. Work with different teams to assist them with budget planning and management, including providing advice and coaching. Support the CFO in annual financial planning and modelling.
  8. Own the company’s performance management, leadership and skills development training programs and help foster a culture of continuous feedback and learning.
  9. Design and maintain frameworks to support the company with international data privacy (e.g. EU GDPR, POPI), SOC2 compliance and other data security standards.
Experience and Qualifications

Required:

  • CA(SA), CIMA or ACCA
  • Minimum 2 year’s post-qualification experience

Preferred:

  • Knowledge of software-as-a-service or software licensing industries
  • Startup and/or venture capital experience
  • International experience
Financial Skills Requirements

Required:

  • MS Excel / Google Sheets
  • Experience with accounting processing using accounting software
  • VAT and Company Tax
  • IFRS / IFRS for SMEs
  • External audit management

Preferred:

  • US GAAP
  • Group consolidation and foreign currency reporting
  • Financial modeling and forecasting
  • Contract drafting (commercial and/or employment-based)
  • SOC2 (service organization controls)
  • POPI & EU GDPR (data privacy legislation)
Competencies
  1. Independent-minded with the ability to work on their own on complex tasks with limited oversight and guidance.
  2. A constant focus on areas for improvement with a bias towards action.
  3. Interest in the use of the latest software tools to reduce manual and repetitive work and improve the quality of reporting and financial analysis.
  4. A desire to learn about complex topics, including topics outside of their domain or prior experience, with the assistance of the CFO and external advisors.
  5. Ability to handle high-stress, constant change and uncertain environment of a high-growth company.
  6. Good people skills with an interest in team development and learning.
  7. Self-starter with desire for a high-level of autonomy, a flat reporting structure within finance function and ability to affect change.
Compensation and Perks
  1. Competitive salary (reviewed at least annually)
  2. Stock options in US parent company
  3. Company-sponsored daily in-house catered lunch and snacks
  4. Flexible working hours (including ad hoc remote working) in an informal, dynamic and fun environment
  5. Direct exposure to company strategy and ability to contribute to the direction of FinOps function
  6. Working with highly skilled and intelligent coworkers in a challenging small company environment
  7. 25 days annual leave, 2-weeks paid paternity and one month paid maternity leave (3 months unpaid); statutory sick-leave and family responsibility leave
  8. Dog-friendly office
  9. Company laptop and access to industry-leading technology to enable your productivity
Hiring Process
  • Step 1: Submit your CV and be sure to include your desired gross salary.
  • Step 2: Complete a written assessment to help us evaluate your skills and get to know you better.
  • Step 3: Attend an informal in-person interview with the CFO and another executive/team leader.
  • Step 4: Complete an in-house psychometric test to help us understand your strengths.
  • Step 5: Attend a video interview with the CEO, so you understand our vision and mission.
  • Step 6: Electronic offer letter.
  • Step 7: Join our team!

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