Financial Planning & Analysis Manager-Africa

The role holder will be reporting to the Head of Finance –  Africa, but will also provide business partnering to the Africa MD and wider Africa Senior Leadership team.

  • The FP&A Manager is responsible for the leadership of the management reporting, forecasting and budgeting processes for the region 
  • They will also provide decision support through financial analysis/modelling and the coordination of business improvement and operational turn-around programmes
  •   The FP&A Manager also plays a key role in supporting the Head of Finance and deputising for them when necessary.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage the monthly financial reporting and forecasting process for the region, including analysis of results
  • Lead the annual budget and 5 year planning processes for the region
  • Support the Head of Finance in undertaking financial analysis and modelling – including evaluating new commercial opportunities
  • Provide challenge to the regional AGMs on business performance matters
  • Coordinate business improvement and operational turn-around programmes
  • Support regional and in-country finance managers in training, systems and best practice
  • Act as the key point of contact with the central team for questions and coordination

Financial Reporting

  • Manage the monthly reporting and forecasting process across the region
  • Work closely with the regional accounting teams 
  • Support the  MD and Head of Finance in understanding in detail the performance of the regional business
  • Be the key contact for  queries during the month-end
  • Ensure the generation and integrity of the standard monthly financial reports, including MBR pack
  • Ensure all data are loaded by the regional teams and consolidated in the reporting system
  • For Financial Accounting queries act as a conduit between the appropriate finance teams.
  • Ensure interim and year-end additional external reporting requirements are completed.

Budget process

  • Lead the budget process across the region and be the main point of contact for queries.
  • Develop the budget process timetable, as well as the budget presentation and other templates required .
  • Support the  MD and Head of Finance in interrogating the budget submissions , ensuring the targets set are both challenging and realistic
  • Develop the consolidated Africa budget presentation and other reporting requirements

Financial analysis and modelling

  • To support provide in making key business decisions by undertaking financial analysis or modelling
  • Fully utilise the company’s systems to obtain financial and operating data in support of analysis undertaken
  • Identify areas of business improvement through analysis, either as directed or under own initiative
  • Test business decisions, plans and forecasts through undertaking sensitivity analysis
  • Support ad hoc projects as required, including the evaluation and modelling of commercial proposals

Coordinaiton of business improvement programmes

  • Led the implementation of business improvement programmes across the region.
  • Implement structures and frameworks that will allow the effective management of such programmes across the region.
  • Coordinate and support non-finance participants (e.g. operations, HR, engineering) in business improvement programmes.

Person Specification

Education/Qualifications

  • Professional accounting qualification (Chartered Accountant or equivalent) – 10 years minimum experience
  • Post qualification experience in industry preferable
  • Experience of working with an ERP and with BI tools
  • Fluent in English.  French and/or Portuguese language skills would be a plus

Desired Skills

  • Management accounting and financial reporting experience
  • Prior consolidation and reporting systems experience
  • Analytical thinker and solution driven approach. Ability to analyse and question the numbers when appropriate Good presentation skills, with the ability to write clear and concise reports and other commentaries
  • Good communication skills, including the ability to challenge in a firm but tactful manner
  • Good interpersonal skills; able to build strong relationships across the organisation, particularly with colleagues in different locations
  • Good spreadsheet modelling and analysis skills
  • Able to develop an excellent understanding of business and key drivers
  • An attitude for continuous improvement and desire to challenge the status quo.

Direct Reports

  • Analyst