Financial Accountant at Oxford University Press (OUP)

On Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Oxford University Press (OUP), the largest University Press in the world, is a department of the University of Oxford. 

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. 
OUP East Africa Ltd (OUPEA) furthers the university’s mission in research, scholarship and education by publishing quality educational materials for Kenya. 
OUPEA is seeking to recruit a high calibre, results-oriented, experienced and highly skilled professional for the positions of Financial Accountant.

Key Responsibilities / Duties

  • Month-end and year-end financial activity and preparation of statutory accounts.
  • Managing and developing a small team of accounting staff.
  • Preparation and maintenance of all financial transactions within SAP in line with group accounting policies and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles – GAAP
  • Provide leadership in month end and year ends, working with Management Accountant and the Finance & Operations Director, ensuring full reconciliation of all balance sheet accounts.
  • Completion and submission of monthly financial reporting pack, reviewing balance sheets, cash flow statements and P&L to ensure accuracy and integrity of all data.
  • Preparation and submission of all monthly, quarterly and annual statutory returns: PAYE, NHIF, NSSF, VAT, Corporate Tax, Withholding Tax on Royalties.
  • Work closely with Credit & Collection Manager to ensure accuracy and integrity of the Accounts Receivable ledger
  • Support budget preparation and forecasting process with Management Accountant.
  • Responsible for maintenance and improvement of procedures that ensure the integrity of OUP financial information
  • Receives and reviews for accuracy, reasonableness, consistency and policy compliance the expense reports from staff.
  • Ensure Royalty Accounting and administration is in accordance with Group polices
  • Support the business on project work as required
Academic Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance or equivalent. 
  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration or Finance is preferred.
Professional Certification
  • A member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK)
Skills, Knowledge & Experience
  • Minimum of 6 years of relevant experience in budgeting, forecasting, MIS and reporting or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience in preparation of budgets, management reports and business plans
  • Experience in Accounting for Assets, General Ledger Maintenance and reconciliations
  • Ability to manage, coach and train staff
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines verbal & written communication skills.
  • Initiative and ability to exercise judgment
  • Demonstrated experience in the coordination of formulation process.
  • Knowledge of budgeting processes and reporting formats.
  • Knowledge of International Financial Accounting Standards (IFRS) while applicable
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability and commitment to perform effectively and work with others to achieve agreed Organizational outcomes
  • Ability to conduct oneself in a professional manner at all times while in employment with the Company.
Behavioural
  • Competent
  • Ability to lead and manage change
  • Highly Ethical
If you have the above qualities and you are a results-oriented team leader with the stated qualifications then you can forward your cover letter, curriculum vitae, list of three referee names with their contact email & Telephone numbers.

Please state your current / past and expected salary and copies of certificates/testimonials to 
Applications should be received on or before 20th September, 2013
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