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Senior Accountant Operations

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Published: Nov 23, 2022 (15 days ago)

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The Organization

Finlays is a leading independent business to business supplier of tea, coffee and botanical solutions to beverage brand owners worldwide. The group has established itself as a reliable, responsible, innovative and sustainable producer with a deep knowledge and passion for its products. Sustainability is pivotal to the group's success, and it lies at the heart of what Finlays does and stands for.

Finlays is a subsidiary of the Swire Group, which is a diversified conglomerate, headquartered in London. It controls a large range of wholly owned businesses across nine countries selling into more than 80 countries worldwide. Our powerful global network gives us exceptional reach and comprises; Tea Farms and Tea Processing Facilities, Trading and Sales Offices, Manufacturing / Extraction Sites, Blending Facilities, Packing facilities and Innovation Centres.

We invite applications for the position of Senior Accountant – Operations Finance at our Kericho operations – Tea Extracts Saosa Factory

The Job

Reporting to Assistant General Manager - Finance and Supply Chain, the Senior Accountant – Operations Finance will be responsible for the improvement of business processes and systems with regards to gathering and transforming business data to business information.



Responsibilities

The Organization

Finlays is a leading independent business to business supplier of tea, coffee and botanical solutions to beverage brand owners worldwide. The group has established itself as a reliable, responsible, innovative and sustainable producer with a deep knowledge and passion for its products. Sustainability is pivotal to the group's success, and it lies at the heart of what Finlays does and stands for.

Finlays is a subsidiary of the Swire Group, which is a diversified conglomerate, headquartered in London. It controls a large range of wholly owned businesses across nine countries selling into more than 80 countries worldwide. Our powerful global network gives us exceptional reach and comprises; Tea Farms and Tea Processing Facilities, Trading and Sales Offices, Manufacturing / Extraction Sites, Blending Facilities, Packing facilities and Innovation Centres.

We invite applications for the position of Senior Accountant – Operations Finance at our Kericho operations – Tea Extracts Saosa Factory

The Job

Reporting to Assistant General Manager - Finance and Supply Chain, the Senior Accountant – Operations Finance will be responsible for the improvement of business processes and systems with regards to gathering and transforming business data to business information.



  • Lead the annual budget process and periodic re-forecasting.

  • Lead the monthly financial closure reporting, including forecasting

  • Responsible for costing of all the new products in line with the standard costing process.

  • Identify and lead business improvement initiatives through analysing business information (financial and operational)

  • Provide ‘line of sight’ interpretation of financial results to the relevant HOD’s with the aim of overall profit improvement or loss reduction/elimination. Translate financial metrics into operational finance for the business.

  • Be involved in Profit Improvement Projects (PIP) and capital projects

  • Continuously review business information reporting processes and take necessary actions to improve.

  • Provide assurance that all reports developed on the company’s business management system are accurate and up to date.

  • Drive working capital optimization especially in the area around consumable stocks and FG stocks.

  • Create and maintain business information documentation including standard operating procedures and user manuals.

  • Review business requirements of additional reporting and recommend appropriate solutions.

  • Scenario simulations to identify opportunities for cost and pricing optimization.

  • Prepare monthly operational metrics and improvements on this together with the CI manager and provide commentary to drive decisions.

  • Prepare group report narrative on period finance and operation performance with key succinct insights on key drivers of the performance

  • Drive adoption of Sage X3 system in order to eliminate use of various manual functionalities.

  • Driving Improvement initiatives and enhancements to the X3 solution.

  • Variance analysis monthly to identify opportunities to optimize costs and drive right decisions.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a bias in accounting or related. CPA (K) or equivalent.

  • Good understanding of the manufacturing process operational policies of the organization.

  • Good working knowledge in ICT.

  • Outstanding communication ability across all levels of the business and between all functions.

  • Ability to work proactively with minimal direct guidance.

  • Highly developed analytical skills that translate to delivery.

  • Delivery focused mindset whilst demonstrating flexibility to adapt.

  • Outstanding attention to detail and a strong focus on investigation, explanation, and business improvement

  • Ability to drill down data to decipher trends and generate information to drive timely decisions


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