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Strategic Finance (Fintech)

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Nairobi
  • Hybrid
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Nairobi
  • Hybrid

VENTURE FOR AFRICA

Venture for Africa is an immersion program and talent community designed to enable experienced local and global non-tech talent to transition into the African startup ecosystem.

We enable experienced talent who might be new to the startup space or the particular market or industry they’re looking to enter, to soft-land and gain context while working with a startup or venture fund that's hiring.

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HOW IT WORKS

  • Get Matched: Apply and get matched with a VFA startup partner in your area of interest.

  • Get Immersed:

    • Part-time: De-risk your potential transition by spending an initial 3 months in this role, part-time. During this time, you will have the opportunity to work closely with the team, experience the company culture, and evaluate whether it makes sense as a potential long-term option.

    • Full-time: For those actively looking for a role, who are ready to dive right in, you can skip ahead to the next step.

  • Get Hired: VFA startup partners have the opportunity to make full-time offers to candidates directly after the matching process or after VFA's trial-to-hire model.

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Startup Partner

Our partner for this role is a licensed digital financial marketplace that provides SMEs with affordable working capital. Based in Kenya with operations in Uganda, they're expanding across East and West Africa. The team boasts over 20 years of FinTech and African market strategy experience, led by a CEO with 12+ years in the field and a successful FinTech exit.

Recently exiting Kenya's regulatory sandbox with full approval, the company is now fully licensed by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) to scale its SME marketplace. They've secured over 40% of their operational investments from local African investors, highlighting the potential impact across African economies.

Engagement Description

The company is looking to bring on a Fractional Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to collaborate with its executive management team, with the potential to transition to a full-time role if a strong mutual fit is established.

As a strategic thought partner to the CEO and board, you will drive financial strategy, risk management, and operational excellence, leveraging your expertise to foster business growth.

Initial Focus and Deliverables (first 1-3 months):

  • Strategic finance focused on financial operations, including hands-on internal audit, investor and managerial reporting, financial analytics, and debt fundraising.
  • Assist the CEO in aligning finance policies and implementation.

Full-scale Responsibilities:

Strategy, Planning, and Management:

  • Partner with the CEO to develop strategic direction and support tactical initiatives
  • Lead financial planning and performance evaluation to achieve stakeholder objectives
  • Provide insights and recommendations for short-term and long-term growth plans

Financial Planning, Analysis, and Reporting:

  • Develop and implement a financial model to capture current and future business states
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to drive KPI achievement and maintain cash flow budgets
  • Work with various teams to optimize credit scoring models, balance sheet provisions, and credit product pricing strategies
  • Present financial statements, key metrics, and cash flow reports to the CEO

Treasury Management:

  • Manage asset-liability management to achieve corporate goals across business units
  • Develop and execute cash flow management strategies to optimize operating and lending cash flow
  • Identify and implement appropriate hedging products to manage foreign exchange exposures

Fund Raise and Investor Relations:

  • Represent the company in equity and debt fundraising and reporting to investors
  • Develop value propositions and key communications for fundraising and investor relations
  • Identify and pitch to prospective investors and manage deal closure processes
  • Build investor confidence through comprehensive investor relations strategies and provide market insights to the management team.

Reports to: CEO

Skills & Requirements

We're looking for a seasoned finance professional with a strong background in financial advisory, modeling, and treasury management. The ideal candidate will have:

Essential Experience:

  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in a Tier 1 management consulting firm, investment bank, or as a Finance Manager at a Series A lending Fintech
  • Proven track record in financial services, financial modeling, and treasury management
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities, with strong problem-solving skills and high-stakes communication experience
  • Experience in Series A equity and debt fundraising, and managing young and multicultural teams

Desirable Qualifications:

  • An MBA degree
  • Professional certification in CFA, FRM, or CQF

Location Requirements:

  • Interested candidates will need to be based in Nairobi.
  • Although some remote working may be possible while in Nairobi, it will be essential to have a strong on-the-ground presence.

About the company

Venture for Africa is a TALENT MANAGEMENT and ACCELERATION firm that aims to help experienced, global and local non-tech talent upskill for , gain context in , and access open roles in the African startup ecosystem.

For TALENT , we offer streamlined access to relevant bootcamp programs, mentorship, open roles and advisory opportunities at startups hiring now.

For STARTUPS, we provide fast ACCESS to experienced, relevant talent, a PLATFORM to enable them to hit the ground running, and tailored fractional or advisory options suited to startup needs.

Tobi Lafinhan | Contact Person

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