Chief Financial Officer

Website SunCulture

Purpose & Mission

SunCulture’s mission is to make smallholder farming households more productive. Through passion for agriculture and technology, it has developed a solution that combines affordable solar water pumping and customized irrigation systems, bundled with ongoing support and financing.

SunCulture is taking an active part in improving not only the lives of farmers, but also the environment by reducing CO2 emissions and water usage. Their efforts have been recognised through a number of awards which include but are not limited to:

  • Bloomberg New Energies Pioneer, 2017
  • London Stock Exchange’s Companies to Inspire Africa, 2017
  • 99 Technologies Changing the Future of Agriculture in Africa, 2017

Why SunCulture?

Want to invest in the foodtech and agtech revolution?

AgFunder Co-Investment Fund III is now open for investment. Closing June 15, Spots are limited.

SunCulture has reached an exciting phase in its development and is poised for significant growth. The Organisation needs a hands-on CFO to join the senior leadership team which includes Samir Ibrahim who is part of 2017’s Forbes 30 under 30. The CFO will have primary responsibility for defining and executing the financial strategy of the Organisation as it scales. The CFO will also be responsible for reporting the financial status and outlook of the Organisation to its stakeholders, and oversee the audit and control functions.

Detailed Responsibilities

Financial Strategy

  • Plan and manage the Organisation’s capital raising processes
  • Identify and evaluate the different types of capital available to the Organisation. This is with the aim of selecting those that are most suitable
  • Conduct detailed financial analysis and forecasts to inform the key strategic decisions to be made by senior management and the Organisation’s board
  • Understand the different legal structures and accounting standards required to operate in different countries and optimise the Organisation’s structure accordingly

Financial Administration

  • Define and manage the Organisation’s financial KPIs
    Maintain constant awareness of the SunCulture’s financial position and outlook
  • Develop reporting frameworks for senior management, the Board, investors and other key stakeholders
  • Manage the Organisation’s grants and grant reporting
  • Support good corporate governance with respect to finance to ensure SunCulture’s long-term success

Audits and Internal Controls

  • Oversee SunCulture’s audit and internal control structures, ensuring strict financial controls are in place and adhered to
  • Coordinate all external audits
  • Ensure that recommendations and corrections identified through audits are implemented
  • Ensure that the Organisation complies with all legal and regulatory requirements

Team Management

  • Build, inform and act as an ambassador for the organisational culture, i.e. bring the fun to work
  • Scale up the Finance team with support from the HR Manager
  • Manage the performance of the Finance team in line with agreed KPIs
  • Identify and develop the training required to contribute to the professional growth of the team

Does this sound like you?

Professional Experience

  • Experience in established organisations, and 3 – 5 years’ experience in rapid growth environments, i.e. building a new business
  • Experience reporting to boards and other senior level stakeholder engagement
  • Experience at raising debt and equity
  • Experience in NGO and manufacturing organisations would be an advantage
  • Investment banking / M&A experience
  • Previously a Financial Controller, Director of Finance (or similar level), or CFO
  • Formal accounting or finance qualifications, e.g. CFA, CIMA, CA, ACA

Technical and Operational Skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to build and interpret financial models
  • Experience designing and managing financial controls
  • A solid understanding of the different types of capital available and their characteristics
  • A solid understanding of credit and currency risk

Personal Skills and Attitude

  • Highly motivated and self-starter
  • Financially savvy and detailed oriented
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinker
  • Willing and able to make and execute hard decisions – own the process, own the strategy, own the outcomes
  • Ability to manage a variety of large tasks with competing timelines and priorities
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills – ability to build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders (investors, grant providers, lenders etc.)

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