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Senior Accountant & Head of Subsidiary Management – India (deadline: 01 Mar 2020)

We are looking for an exceptional senior accountant to manage our subsidiary and donor compliance across a dozen countries. The role has responsibility for establishing, closing and ensuring compliance with financial and regulatory requirements of all of our subsidiaries. It is also responsible for ensuring our projects are compliant with a diverse set of donor financial requirements. You will be joining a team that takes a long-term view, so success in this role will also involve identifying business process needs and investing in delivering efficient systems to run them. 

 

The ideal candidate will naturally glide between liaising with regulators in fragile and conflict affected countries, to deciphering complex donor financial requirements and translating them into actionable processes for project teams around the world. You will be a highly organised and autonomous individual who takes responsibility, rather than waiting for it to be given. You will have the capacity to handle expansion from a mid-sized to a large Enterprise and putting in place what is needed to handle that expansion. Your work will provide the platforms and advice that enable our technical teams to deliver social impact across the countries and regions where we work.

You can live wherever you like, but will be employed by our India-based entity.

Job Description

We are a social enterprise with a mission to work with vulnerable people to build a better future. We specialise in modern slavery, justice, migration, countering violent extremism and social inclusion. Our expertise is in strategic communications, counselling, consulting, monitoring and evaluation, and research, as well as incubating social impact businesses. We work in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, North Africa, the Sahel and Europe. For more information about us, please visit http://seefar.org/about-us 

 

The Senior Accountant and Head of Subsidiary Management will oversee our entity establishment and compliance as well as the implementation of donor financial requirements. This is a key role at Seefar that supports all of our operational teams around the globe. There are two primary services that this role will provide:

  • Entity & subsidiary management – you will provide support to analyse, establish and maintain subsidiary and partnership arrangements to enable us to operate efficiently in our different contexts. We currently have subsidiaries or operating entities in a dozen countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. This role is responsible for ensuring they are legally maintained and new entities and bank accounts opened where needed.
  • Donor financial compliance – operating with a diverse set of donors means that we have a diverse set of financial requirements to adhere to. This role will provide the expertise, rules and processes to ensure project teams proactively adhere to these requirements.

 

This role will require someone who is entrepreneurial, smart, intrinsically motivated, worldly, interested in hard challenges and highly flexible. The following are the primary responsibilities of the role, with estimated allocations of time and attention.

 

Deliver: Organisational Support Services

Approximately 70% of your time and attention.

  • Donor financial compliance:
    • Analysis of donor contracts and donor policies to identify compliance requirements.
    • Formulating procedures that adhere to donor requirements so project teams are compliant with requirements, and ensuring they are implemented.  
    • Managing donor and internal audits.
    • Financial management, administration and reporting, including analysis of financial performance.
    • Provide corporate information and review budgets for fundraising initiatives.
  • Entity and subsidiary management:
    • Establishing and closing entities that support our operations around the world.
    • Opening and closing bank accounts. 
    • Coordinating Board resolutions and paperwork to manage entities and bank accounts.
    • Ensuring all entities and subsidiaries are compliant with host government laws and requirements.
    • Reviewing donor and partner contracts to identify legal and compliance risks.
  • Other tasks as directed.

Develop: Continuous Improvement

Approximately 20% of your time and attention.

  • Donor financial compliance:
    • Improving systems to enhance our capacity to adhere to donor requirements.
    • Training teams on financial compliance.
  • Entity and subsidiary management:
    • Designing and implementing systems to more efficiently manage our subsidiaries.
    • Providing advice to the Enterprise on structural options, locations and parent organisations for new entities.
  • Analyse the performance of your work area to identify opportunities to improve.

Direct: Global Management

In addition to consistently demonstrating the Enterprise’s values, you will spend approximately 10% of your time and attention on incorporating your work :

  • Identifying and building systems that affect the overall management of the Enterprise from am entity and financial perspective.
  • Cooperate with other areas of the Enterprise to communicate substantive and administrative information that supports corporate management overall.

Working with Seefar

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as positive features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • The Enterprise combines entrepreneurialism with a focus on social impact.
  • You work with highly diverse people and across a diversity of contexts.
  • There is a high level of trust that supports you to work autonomously.
  • The people in the Enterprise encourage innovation and experimentation.
  • Achieving results is prioritised over rigid structures and workflows.
  • You are never bored and always challenged.

 

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as negative features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • Collaborating with geographically dispersed teams requires flexibility and patience.
  • Working remotely can make you feel isolated and so requires you to invest time in communication.
  • Travel schedules can sometimes be heavy.
  • A high-growth phase means problem-solving as the Enterprise’s systems evolve quickly.
  • It can be fast paced so you need to be productive and able to prioritise effectively.

An Excellent Candidate

To excel in this role, you will have more than 10 years working as a professional accountant including managing subsidiary regulation and compliance. You will be accomplished in developing financial compliance procedures and influencing non-finance colleagues to implement controls. You will be highly flexible and have experience working in jurisdictions outside your home country and be a systems thinker who can design efficient ways to implement compliance across the Enterprise.

You want a leadership role in an entrepreneurial organisation and you like the idea of having autonomy to get things done. You will be motivated by an Enterprise performance framework focussing on social impact and have complete fluency in English.

To apply for this Role

On or before 1 March 2020, complete our online application form. Before you start, you should do the following:

  1. Confirm you meet these minimum requirements:
    1. 10 years experience working as a professional accountant.
    2. Experience managing subsidiary regulation and compliance.
    3. Experience working in jurisdictions outside your home country.
    4. Complete fluency in oral and written English.
  2. Prepare a CV in Word or PDF format. You will upload this in our online application form.
  3. In Word or PDF format, prepare an introductory letter that includes only the points below. You will upload this in our online application form.
    1. 1-3 paragraphs explaining your experience managing subsidiary establishment, regulation and compliance.
    2. 1-2 paragraphs explaining the factors you would take into consideration when deciding on which country to open a subsidiary.