Accountant

Zola Electric Lagos Nigeria Finance

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 energyAt 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
  • Deadline driven
  • Team player
  • Work under pressure
  • Self-motivated  

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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Data Privacy Notice
Zola Electric believes strongly in protecting the privacy of the personal data you provide to us. We also believe it is important to inform you about how we will use your personal data. This document explains how we may process your personal data and the rights you have in this respect. Therefore, we encourage you to read this Privacy Notice carefully.

Scope of this Privacy Notice
This Privacy Notice applies to all personal data of applicants processed by Zola Electric in connection with our recruitment process.

About Zola Electric’s recruitment process
You may apply for a position within Zola Electric anywhere in the world via our online recruitment application system. By means of this recruitment system you may create a profile and apply for a specific vacancy. Via the use of this application and submission of related information, you may provide personal data to Zola Electric in connection with the recruiting process. We may process personal data for recruitment purposes including organizing selection procedures and manage applications.

Type of data we collect
When you interact with Zola Electric in connection with the recruitment process, we may ask or receive certain personal data, including, but not limited to:

  • Personal data allowing identification of the candidate and practical organization: first name, surname, address and country of residence, email address, telephone number.
  • Personal data allowing the verification of the eligibility and selection criteria as laid down in the vacancy notices: education and training (diploma awarded), professional experience (job title, length, company name, company type and web address of company (optional), main tasks and responsibilities), linguistic and job related skills and competencies and areas of interest.

  • As well, in some countries, including US, we may ask for information such as gender, race and ethnicity for the purposes of monitoring equal opportunity.

Third parties
Your personal data will be processed and stored by a Zola Electric trusted third party partner, Cezanne HR. Cezanne HR is involved in providing and facilitating the recruitment process, such as website hosting, data analysis, information technology and related infrastructure provision, customer service, email delivery, auditing and other services. Any other disclosures to third parties will only be made when required by law. Cezanne HR is a configurable, cost-effective and GDPR-compliant human resource software system.

Zola Electric required Cezanne HR to provide a comparable level of protection to your personal data as Zola Electric provides, to keep your personal data confidential, to only process your personal data for the purposes for which it was disclosed and to only access the minimum amount of data they need to deliver a specific services related to the recruitment process.

Transfers
Your personal data may be processed and transferred to countries outside of your country or jurisdiction during the recruitment process. These countries or jurisdictions may not have similar data protection laws. If Zola Electric transfers your data, we will take steps to protect your privacy rights through the use of contractual arrangements or other means, which will provide a comparable level of protection.

Data Retention
Zola Electric will take reasonable steps to ensure that we retain your personal data only for so long as is necessary for the purpose for which it was collected, or as required under any contract or by applicable law.

Data Security
Zola Electric recognizes its responsibility to protect the information you entrust to us. Zola Electric maintains, and requires its third party, Cezanne HR, to maintain, technical and organizational measures to protect your data.

Your rights
Once you have provided us with your personal data, you will be able to access this information. If you would like to exercise your rights, such as to access, review, correct, update or erase personal data, please contact us at: dataprotectionofficer@zolaelectric.com. For your protection, we may need to verify your identity before responding to your request.

Changes to this Privacy Notice
This Privacy Notice may change from time to time. The most current version of the Privacy Notice will always appear on the site. The most recent version shall supersede any and all other versions of this Privacy Notice. Zola Electric reserves the right to change or modify this Privacy Notice at any time and at its sole discretion by posting revisions. Therefore, we encourage you to check back often to learn about those changes.

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We strongly believe in protecting the privacy of the personal data you share with us. Please contact us if you have any questions, complaints or suggestions about this Privacy Notice at: dataprotectionofficer@zolaelectric.com.

 

Gert Jan van Sluis


Director Human Capital
Zola Electric

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