Finance Manager

Company: Heifer International

Updated: 1/14/2014

Description:

Finance Manager Little Rock, Arkansas Function: To facilitate financial aspects of the area program, providing support to field offices and acting as a liaison between relevant Heifer International departments and the field in financial matters. This position works under the direct management of the Director of Finance & Administration – Asia/South Pacific and in consultation with other members of the Finance Leadership Team, to promote consistency, efficiency, and effectiveness. As a manager within the Finance Service Team, this professional provides finance leadership and support across various area programs and teams, collaborating in the development and implementation of enterprise-wide risk management, financial assurance, analytics, and process efficiency measures in their role within a dynamic international finance team. Responsibilities: 1. Ensure full implementation and effective usage of Heifer’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for all Asia/South Pacific (A/SP) Area Program field offices, including capturing and sharing of best practices for cross-area replication and support. This responsibility involves working with the Headquarters ERP project team and area field offices to successfully implement and maximize usage of Agresso ERP modules for general ledger, accounts payable, fixed assets, bank reconciliation, accounts receivable, planner, procurement, commitment accounting, project costing and billing, and human resources. This responsibility includes coordination and/or facilitation of meetings, conferences and training workshops focused on achieving this goal. 2. Provide coordination, international assistance and financial support to the country offices/regional programs, ensuring compliance with Heifer International policies and procedures and other accountability standards through trainings, field visits, and remote connectivity. 3. Provide support to and partner with Heifer Programs Division in grant proposal development, budget preparation, review, and negotiation, ensuring appropriate planning for responsible management of resources. This responsibility also requires proactive coordination across multiple organizational stakeholders. 4. Manage financial and accounting aspects of grants to ensure compliance with grant agreements, which may include monitoring of or preparation of donor reporting and providing input on financial aspects of program evaluations. 5. Provide analysis of the cost effectiveness of the area program for headquarters, field office and project costs. 6. Prepare and monitor internal and external reports, including federal reports, grants and other donor requested reports. Analyze field office monitoring and evaluation reports. 7. Provide support to the Vice President of Enterprise Accounting and Controller in area program implementation of standard global accounting policies, procedures, and system processes. This includes managing the review and approval of area program financial transactions in accordance with established procedures, and supporting the implementation of efficient financial close and financial consolidation processes. 8. Collaborate in the development, implementation, and management of assessment, monitoring, reporting, and training activities designed to minimize risk and enhance an effective global internal control environment. 9. Conduct guided risk assessment reviews and implementation of measures to eliminate or reduce fraud opportunities. 10. Perform assurance and monitor procedures including, but not limited to, reviews of financial reporting and transactions, system and bank reconciliations, variance analysis, internal observations, and on-site internal audits. 11. Under leadership of the Director of Financial Integration and Assurance and in service to the Audit Committee of the Board, coordinate independent external audits, including auditor scheduling and communications, financial information requests, internal control questionnaires, and follow-up. 12. Participate in the ongoing documentation, enhancement, implementation and monitoring of enterprise-wide accounting policies and procedures. Responsibility includes interpretation and application of those organizational policies and procedures within the parameters of country-specific laws and standards, and then ensuring country program office accounting handbooks appropriately reflect alignment of organization and country-specific accounting requirements. 13. May perform other job-related responsibilities as assigned. Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree plus seven (7) years’ job related experience. Preferred Requirements: • Master’s degree in a related field plus at least five (5) years’ experience in finance, accounting or audit management, with not-for-profit experience preferred. • Certified Public Accountant certification and public accounting experience is strongly preferred. • Supervisory and project management experience a plus. Most Critical Proficiencies: • Working knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles. • Working knowledge of monitoring budgets and financial transactions. • Knowledge of the not-for-profit sector and the context to which not-for-profit organizations operate. • Knowledge of personnel procedures. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. • Strong English language skills – oral and written. • Excellent organizational skills. • Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, database and electronic mail software (Microsoft Office Suite preferred). Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands: • Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities across teams and stakeholders. • Ability to determine proper accounting treatment of transactions. • Ability to create and monitor financial budgets and forecasts. • Ability to produce accurate documents in a well-designed and attractive format with impeccable attention to detail. • Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally as needed. • Constant sitting and working at a computer for extended periods of time. • Constant face-to-face, electronic and telephone communication with colleagues and the general public. • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work cooperatively, tactfully and diplomatically with a culturally diverse group of people. • Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality. • Ability to lift up to 20 pounds (9 kilograms) floor to waist. To apply, visit www.heifer.org/careers. Heifer International is an AA/EOE.