Accountant
Off Grid Electric
Lagos, Nigeria
2d ago

Company Description

Uncover hidden opportunities to make a global impact. Zola Electric is a growth-stage startup that’s on track to light a million homes in Africa over the next couple of years with clean, affordable solar energy.

At the heart of our business is innovative solutions that delight our customers. We are looking for an Accountant to support our growth strategy in Africa.

This may be your dream job if you’re someone who dreams of combining your knowledge and skills enabling Zola Electric to change the renewable energy landscape.

You’ll also need to be passionate about bringing solar energy to off-grid and other underserved markets (billions of people around the world) with the unique social, technical, and business challenges that come along with it.

You are inspired by the opportunity to unleash whole continents of human potential, and motivated to help build a truly epic business.

Zola Electric, through its consumer brand Zola, combines Silicon Valley technology with local expertise to offer African homes and businesses a long-

term solar solution to an unreliable grid. Adaptable to both energy needs and income, Zola Electric’s solution can be bought over time through a leasing structure.

The first few watts starts a chain reaction that enables people to achieve commonly held aspirations : security, education, access to information, and a longer and more efficient day.

Today, Zola Electric powers more than 100,000 homes and businesses across Tanzania, Rwanda and Côte d’Ivoire. Zola Electric’s investors include SolarCity, Vulcan Capital, DBL Partners, The Packard Foundation, Helios Investment Partners, and responsibility.

Zola Electric is the recipient of the 2016 UN Momentum for Change Award, Zayed Future Energy Prize, and the 2015 Global Cleantech 100.

For more information, visit offgrid-electric.com.

Position

Zola Electric is seeking an experienced Accountant who will be a part of the Corporate Controller’s organization. The role focusses on Tax & Statutory compliance, Accounts Payable, Accounts receivables, Bank reconciliations and Fixed Assets in the organization.

The person works with local stakeholders and suppliers on queries and reports directly to Accounting Manager

Responsibilities for this position include :

  • Timely preparation of accurate due tax schedules for review by the finance manager
  • Timely payment of all due taxes, proper filing of tax declaration & local compliance reporting
  • Maintenance of up-to-date tax certificate before the expiry of existing tax certificate
  • Liaise with external tax consultants
  • Assist in payroll processing by verifying correctness & accuracy of the payroll, capturing the payroll entries into the financial system, subsequently paying the payroll.
  • Manage the imprest process in the country
  • Preparation of staff loans, staff advances and staff sales commission’s schedule. Reconciliation and run report for review by the finance manager
  • Assist service managers in maintenance of accurate and up-to-date service / installation agents’ data for buy-in deduction and any other deductions as applicable
  • Capture journals into the financial system for approval by the finance manager
  • Assist with accounts payable queries and escalate any unresolved queries to the Finance Manager and Corporate Controller
  • Monitor the handling of petty cash, collation of supporting documents / receipts and prepare monthly reconciliations
  • Assist in the preparation for the annual external audit and internal audits by ensuring that working paper files and the necessary supporting documentation is made available
  • Monthly preparation of Balance Sheet reconciliations and follow up.
  • Maintain proper records and filing systems to ensure completeness, validity, and accuracy of financial transactions
  • Fixed Asset Management - Manage the asset tagging process based on input from the central team that maintains the asset register.
  • Participate in a physical inventory (PI) to test what has been recorded in the asset register to confirm the existence of the assets, ensuring that any missing assets are promptly written off.
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Participate in weekly Core Team Meetings and monthly Performance Review Meetings
  • Liaises closely with the finance manager to provide the necessary updates on day-to-day activities
  • Liaise with the central accounting team on accounting and financial reporting matters.
  • Maintain sound working relationships with financial institutions, relevant authorities, especially Revenue Authority
  • Support the collaboration across functions to understand and resolve problems on the ground
  • Requirements

    Academic and professional skills

  • Bachelor or Master Degree in Finance or Accounting
  • Minimum 2 years of accounting experience, ideally 3-5 years of professional experience
  • Knowledge of basic financial accounting principles
  • Knowledge of ERP systems
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Communication skills in English
  • Competencies

  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Planning, organizing and time management skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Team player
  • Work under pressure
  • Other information

    Are you interested in this position and join our team in Nigeria, let’s connect and send your resume via our career page.

    Applications that include a resume / curriculum vitae have preference.

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