NAFASI ZA KAZI- ZOLA Electric, Head of Finance – EAST AFRICA

Head of Finance – EAST AFRICA

Company DescriptionUncover hidden opportunities to make a global impact. Off Grid Electric, through its consumer brand Zola, is a growth-stage startup that’s on track to light a million homes in Africa over the next couple of years with clean, affordable solar energy. At the heart of our business is innovative solutions that delight our customers. We are looking for a Head of Finance to join our team in Arusha, Tanzania, to support our growth strategy in Africa, changing the lives of millions with our innovative products.
This may be your dream job if you’re someone who dreams of combining your knowledge and skills enabling Off Grid Electric to change the renewable energy landscape. You’ll also need to be passionate about bringing solar energy to off-grid and other underserved markets (billions of people around the world) with the unique social, technical, and business challenges that come along with it. You are inspired by the opportunity to unleash whole continents of human potential, and motivated to help build a truly epic business.

OffGrid Electric combines Silicon Valley technology with local expertise to offer African homes and businesses a long-term solar solution to an unreliable grid. Adaptable to both energy needs and income, Zola Electric’s solution can be bought over time through a leasing structure. The first few watts starts a chain reaction that enables people to achieve commonly held aspirations: security, education, access to information, and a longer and more efficient day.

Today, OffGrid Electric powers more than 100,000 homes and businesses across Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire. Zola Electric’s investors include: SolarCity, Vulcan Capital, DBL Partners, The Packard Foundation, Helios Investment Partners, and responsibility. Zola Electric is the recipient of the 2016 UN Momentum for Change Award, Zayed Future Energy Prize, and the 2015 Global Cleantech 100. For more information, visit

Position :The Head of Finance is responsible for all financial activities in country and for ensuring financial targets of the company are met. The main responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Strategic Collaboration

Participate in strategic meetings to contribute to the development of the annual Financial Strategy and Business Plan in collaboration with Group Finance based in Amsterdam.
Source and generate new ideas to input into the Strategy and provide for strategic adjustments
Develop implementation plan of Financial Strategy in collaboration with the team and monitor implementation therein
Provide the Managing Director and operating management with timely and accurate information with which to jointly determine strategy and proactively identify issues.

Budget Management and Cash Flow Management

Manage proper budget control and compliance by the business as per the approved budget
Monitor country expenditure and review monthly, providing actionable improvement plans for country business units
Provide guidance to management to reduce expenditure
Implement and oversee financial remedial plans and measures as required
Monitor the execution of proper reporting on budget and cash flow matters

Ownership of Country Financial statement

Accountable for all postings to the country financial ledgers
Collaborate with accounting and reporting team, review and approve entries
Monitor the timeous payment of creditors and attend to those outstanding payments that have been escalated
Sign-off on monthly reconciliations
Periodically review and approve expenditure reports
Review and approve the annual financial statements

Inventory and Fixed Asset Management

Align and work together with the ZOLA Electric Supply Chain team to ensure
physical stock counts are properly carried out
that any stock losses are promptly written off
Monitor the maintenance of the asset register
Review asset register to check depreciation calculated and validate additions against support documentation
Review the insurance policy to ensure it is up to date and that assets are appropriately secured

Risk Assessment and Credit

Devise and implement periodic financial and operational risk assessments in collaboration with the MD and Heads of Departments and the local Head of Credit
Carry out internal audits as necessary to assure MD and OGE Executive / Board that financial risks are properly managed
In cooperation with the Group Director of Credit, ensure that the customer-facing credit strategy that addresses both upfront, point-of-sale credit operations as well as after-sales education and payment follow-up is implemented and appropriately followed up

Stakeholder Management

Participate in weekly Core Team Meetings and monthly Performance Review Meetings
Communicate regularly with the Country MD to provide the necessary updates on departmental operations
Liaise with the central accounting team on accounting and financial reporting matters
Provide financial advice and counsel to the Country MD and Heads of Departments
Maintain sound working relationships with financial institutions and relevant authorities
Support the collaboration across functions to understand and resolve problems on the ground

Administration Matters

Ensure that an effective document management system is in place for country operations (in collaboration with Legal Counsel)
Ensure that a system exists to ensure that all business operating permits are in place


Post-graduate qualification in financial management, management control, accounting, finance or in an equivalent experience
Minimum 10 years financial management experience.
Experience in Banking and in the financial department of a subsidiary of a multinational group are considered advantages
Expertise in accounting and in financial analysis/reporting
Leadership experience
Experience with living and working in Africa is an advantage
Flexible, assertive, client-oriented and result-focused
Proper mastery of computer systems and tools (ERP software, Excel)
Good communicator with a relational ease
excellent communications skills, and fluent in English
Knowledge of the relevant financial legislation pertaining to the country
Analytical and planning & organizing skills
Detail-oriented and deadline driven
Ethical team player who can work under pressure
Understanding of the local business environment
OtherThis role is based in the ZOLA Electric Arusha office in Tanzania. As this role is also overseeing operations in Rwanda, travel between Arusha and Kigal will be required on a regular basis.

Are you interested?

Please send your updated resume to:

Martijn Bouwmeester

Director Financial Planning & Analysis

Phone: +31 6 2260 1867


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