The ideal candidate should possess the following skills and knowledge
The ideal person should have a Master’s degree in Finance/Accounting (Fully Qualified Management Accountant (CMA), ACCA, ACA or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) will be preferred) with strong technical accounting skills. Skilled finance manager with knowledge of financial management of restricted donor funding, reporting, procurement procedure, grant management, grant equipment and donor rules and regulations for non-profit organisations .
Experience of working in multiple foreign currencies and understanding of foreign exchange hedging.
Strong leadership experience in budget management (including project budgets), financial planning and analysis. Strong knowledge of internal financial controls and year-end procedure. Knowledge of Internal, External and Project Audit. Strong attention to detail. Understanding of international accounting standards.
Line Management experience, with ability to develop, coach and motivate a high performing team.
Communication and Influencing Skills - Strong written and verbal communication skills - able to listen, analyse, present, consult, negotiate with confidence and obtain stakeholder engagement. Able to communicate complex financial information effectively to wide range of audiences. Experience of remote and cross-cultural communication, demonstrating sensitivity to cultural and language differences.
Financial Business Partnering - Service oriented, customer focused approach. Experience of working in and understanding a global organisation, using knowledge to analyse and interpret financial information to support management.
Risk Management - Experience of identifying and analysing financial risks.
Decision Making and planning – Capacity for inquiry, research, logical and analytical thinking, powers of reasoning and critical analysis. Able to demonstrate sound judgement and a solution-focused approach, solving unstructured issues in unfamiliar settings. Able to consider implications of professional value, ethics and attitudes to decision making. Able to plan, juggle complex multiple priorities within restricted resources. . Ability to manage competing deadlines.
Financial and Information Technology Systems – Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel particularly. Use of accounting software and reporting packages including SUN
Desirable - Commitment to VSO’s work