Are you ready to lead and inspire in the cutting-edge world of fintech in Africa and beyond? Mukuru is a visionary multi-national FinTech, and we are seeking a Group Financial Controller to elevate our finance operations to new heights. Reporting directly to the CFO, you'll ensure impeccable financial reporting, continuously refine our control environment, and foster a culture of empowerment and accountability. With your deep technical finance expertise, tax knowledge, and exceptional leadership skills, you'll guide a talented team of specialists and drive our global success. Join us and be a key player in shaping the future of fintech!

JOB SPECIFICATION

Reporting directly to the CFO, the Group Financial Controller will ensure high quality financial reporting and systems throughout all aspects of the Group’s finance operations, including: the development, continuous improvement and monitoring of an effective financial control environment. Mukuru is looking for a leader who will galvanise a culture of empowerment, accountability and proactiveness.

Responsibilities

  • Manage all aspects of accounting, financial & statutory reporting, tax, financial systems and controls
  • Responsible for the accurate consolidation and delivery of the group monthly financial results, ensuring timely and high-quality analysis and commentary of monthly P&L variances, balance sheet and cash flow
  • Act as an advisor to the CFO and the wider business on all technical accounting matters including the application of new financial reporting standards and in relation to the launch of new products and services
  • Driving the continuous improvement and streamlining (through automation where possible) of all finance systems, processes, and controls – especially month-end & year-end close process, treasury, balance sheet and partner reconciliations
  • Management of a range of key external relationships including auditors, banking partners, debt providers and tax advisors
  • Responsibility for all aspects of the Group’s tax affairs including tax compliance across its multiple jurisdictions, the evolution and implementation of the Group’s transfer pricing policy, and ensuring all tax issues are fully considered in relation to the launch of new products and territories
  • Developing, leading and motivating a team of 35 people including 4 initial reports and deputising for the CFO when unavailable.
  • Assist the CFO in preparing for board and committee meetings including preparation of board papers.

CANDIDATE SPECIFICATION

  • The successful candidate must have Group-level experience, working within a PE-backed or listed multi-product & multi-territory business. They will be able to demonstrate exceptional technical & operational finance capabilities across tax, treasury, technical accounting, finance operations, financial reporting and audit, systems & controls. It will be critical that the candidate has a demonstrable ability to drive transformational (and continuous) improvements across all aspects of the core finance function.
  • Exceptional educational credentials (Qualified Chartered Accountant [SA or equivalent], MBA is an advantage), combined with outstanding best practice operational capabilities.
  • Pedigree from a strong corporate training background with Big 4 (or another leading audit firm) and is able to combine this with an entrepreneurial mind-set
  • Proven leader with a minimum of 12-15 years’ professional experience in the Finance function and at least three years in a Group Financial Controller or similar scope role – with demonstrable experience of adding value to tax and treasury operations
  • Must have strong previous experience working in South Africa, within businesses with operations across the wider African continent.
  • The ideal candidate should have previous experience working for a sizeable Private Equity backed company or multinational corporation.
  • Experience of Financial Services is strongly preferred, but candidates with multi-site/jurisdiction experience in Retail, Consumer Services, Telecommunications and Technology in general, will also be considered.
  • Highly developed technical accounting skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrable expertise in managing and developing a team through mentoring, training, and communication.

Personal Characteristics

  • Open, transparent, and adaptable with previous mixed experience of blue-chip and high growth entrepreneurial organisations with the ability to implement best practice, drive change and thrive within less structured and fast-changing environments.
  • Exceptional leader: high energy, results oriented, and knows how to influence people in a constructive manner, being capable of building and developing a high performing team.
  • Shares a passion for Mukuru’s purpose and enjoys working in a fast-paced, informal but highly ambitious company.
  • Hands-on self-starter, who knows what to do without being told, with a no-nonsense ‘get it done attitude’, quickly diagnosing issues, proposing and executing solutions in a short timeframe.
  • Deep understanding of the African context, but at the same time, this must be a someone with a global mindset.
  • Ability to work under pressure, commercial acumen, and capable of linking the role to shareholder value creation / profitability.
  • Keen to be part of a multi-cultural organisation that is committed to excellence, inclusion, diversity, community development and the environment.
  • South African citizen; BEE candidates will be given preference


I am sure you are reading this job description and meet majority of the criteria BUT you may also still not be 100% comfortable in applying. We believe that there is a place for everyone under the Mukuru sun and we want YOU to contribute to our diverse tapestry of talent. So come on, take a leap of faith, and send your application if you meet majority of our requirements. Remember to include a snippet of how you will bring value and help us build a future of success that will help us determine where and how you may best be suited” Maybe you are just the future Mukurian we need!!


Should you be appointed in a remote/work from home role at Mukuru, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have uninterrupted internet connectivity and a ‘work-like’ environment at your home location, in order to deliver your best in terms of performance, productivity and service to our customers.

If you do not receive any response after two weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful.


NB: ALL STAFF APPOINTMENTS WILL BE MADE WITH DUE CONSIDERATION OF THE COMPANY’S DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION PLANS