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Latest Job Vacancies at Babban Gona, 23rd August, 2019

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Babban Gona is a high-impact, financially sustainable and highly scalable agricultural social enterprise that is part-owned by the farmers we serve.  In recognition of the impact it has achieved thus far, it is the first for-profit social enterprise in history and the first Nigerian organisation to receive the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship is considered the equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize in the Social Entrepreneurship industry.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Chief Technology Officer

Location: Nigeria

About the Role

  • Babban Gona seeks to hire an experienced and highly qualified Chief Technology Officer (CTO) with a proven track record of leading and managing technology teams within medium-sized or large dynamic organizations.
  • The selected individual is expected to lead our core IT teams of Software Development, Product Management, Data Science & Analytics, Business Intelligence and IT Security & Infrastructure.
  • S/he will own the strategic plan for Technology development, deployment and management.
  • The individual will also drive the creation and lead execution of a strategic technology roadmap across all parts of the business.
  • The CTO is a key contributor to BG’s planning process responsible for both IT operations and digital /product innovation.
  • As a member of the senior leadership team, the CTO will also be responsible for all technology systems and processes as well as for recruiting and developing high performing teams.

Responsibilities
IT Strategy:

  • As a member of the senior management team, make a key contribution to the formulation of the company’s business and technology strategies.
  • Proactively advise the senior management team on the emerging technologies and digital trends that are most relevant to the company’s goals and evolving needs.
  • Help determine investment parameters, priorities and risks for company-wide IT initiatives to maximize the return on investment.

Technology Operations:

  • Oversee all operations including but not limited to Engineering, Product Innovation, Data Science, Security & Infrastructure and Business Intelligence.
  • Develop and lead a collaborative and agile software development approach that improves velocity, while maintaining a strong focus on both quality and scalability.
  • Direct the design, planning, implementation, and maintenance of the computing infrastructure that supports the company’s operations and business applications.
  • Establish metrics for managing IT effectiveness and for measuring IT impact on the business.
  • Establish a comprehensive enterprise information security program to ensure the integrity, confidentiality and availability of relevant data.
  • Identify emerging technology trends and ensure the company is leveraging them when appropriate to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and drive value.
  • Establish and enforce IT policies, processes, portfolio management, development standards and methodologies.

Leadership and Team Development:

  • Ensure, on an ongoing basis, that current and planned technical architecture, investments and solutions are aligned with company business objectives.
  • Prepare and monitor IT operational budgets that meet prevailing objectives and constraints.
  • Develop and execute an analytics program that will allow company business leaders to make data-based decisions.
  • Hire, develop, evaluate and retain a highly-qualified team of IT professionals.
  • Foster a culture of innovation, transparency and accountability in IT.
  • Ensure that the organization has strong systems analysis and project management skills, and the ability to execute business-critical projects within agreed deadlines.
  • Develop and maintain a plan that provides for succession and continuity in the most critical IT management positions.
  • Partner with business leaders to create robust solution roadmaps that are integrated with architecture and operations.
  • Lead and manage the Software Development and IT teams to deliver software, infrastructure and architecture that meets the needs of our users.
  • Create, implement and maintain a continuous improvement plan for software development and IT infrastructure, while supporting the product teams to meet current and future user needs.

Requirements
Must-haves:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a reputable university in Computer Science, Data Science, Engineering, Information Management, Mathematics or any other related field.
  • 10+ years of experience in Software Development, Product and Engineering-related roles.
  • Experience with and thrives in a fast-paced, start-up environment with dynamic business priorities.
  • Highly analytical mindset with excellent problem-solving skills and strong business acumen.
  • Strong software development, project management, process development and resource management expertise.
  • Experience developing and supporting mission-critical applications and complex business technology solutions.
  • Deep expertise employing SDLC methodologies including agile and scrum.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written) with an ability to articulate ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences.

Preferences:

  • An advanced degree in a technology or analytics-related field is highly desirable.

Characteristics:

  • A passionate, driven individual who achieves results through team-work and collaborative approaches.
  • An entrepreneurial mindset coupled with a customer-service orientation.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Job Title: Chief Financial Officer

Location: Nigeria

About the role

  • Babban Gona seeks to hire an experienced and highly qualified Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with a proven track record of leading and managing finance teams within medium-sized or large dynamic organizations.
  • The selected individual is expected to lead our core finance teams of Corporate Finance /Fund Raising, Financial Control & Audit, Treasury & Financial Operations and Financial Planning & Analysis.
  • S/he will own the strategic plan for capital raising, deployment and management.
  • The individual will also drive the creation and lead execution of a strategic finance roadmap to significantly grow the core business metrics.
  • The CFO is a key contributor to BG’s planning process responsible for both financial operations and business scaling.
  • As a member of the senior leadership team, the CFO will also be responsible for all finance systems, controls and processes as well as for recruiting and developing high performing teams.

Responsibilities
Finance Strategy and Risk Management:

  • As a member of the senior management team, make a key contribution to the formulation of the company’s short and long-term financial strategies to drive business growth.
  • Responsible for planning, implementation, managing all the finance activities of BG including business planning, budgeting, forecasting and investor relations.
  • Perform risk management by analyzing BG’s liabilities and investments.
  • Construct and monitor reliable control systems and ensure that record keeping meets the requirements of auditors and government authorities.
  • Report risk issues to the finance & audit committee of the board of directors.

Finance Operations:

  • Oversee all operations including but not limited to Corporate Finance, Financial Control, Audit, Treasury & Finance Operations, Tax and Financial Planning & Analysis.
  • Lead and optimize the company’s fundraising plans and capital structure.
  • Drive BG’s financial planning, budgeting and forecasting.
  • Optimize cash flow and short-term cash management /treasury operations.
  • Provide leadership on managing BG’s accounts including Payables and Receivables.
  • Ensure compliance with all regulatory tax laws and company policies.
  • Work with the team to prepare all regular management accounts, financial reports and provide financial results to the board of directors. Manage all relevant 3rd party relationships including investors, banking relationships, suppliers, auditors etc
  • Establish and enforce policies, processes and standards across the organization.
  • Oversee all the company’s transaction processing systems including but not limited to the Accounting System, Inventory Management System, Business Planning System etc.

Leadership and Team Development:

  • Ensure, on an ongoing basis, that current and planned investments and finance operations are aligned with company business objectives.
  • Work with team to prepare and monitor operational budgets that meet prevailing company objectives and constraints.
  • Hire, develop, evaluate and retain a highly-qualified team of finance professionals.
  • Foster a culture of transparency and accountability in the Finance department.
  • Ensure that the organization has strong control systems with clear policy violation guidelines.
  • Develop and maintain a plan that provides for succession and continuity in the most critical Finance positions.
  • Partner with business unit leaders and other functional heads to create and execute robust business plans that significantly expand the business to reach our goal of 1 million farmers.
  • Create, implement and maintain a continuous improvement and control plan for overall business operations, while supporting the finance teams to meet business needs.

Requirements
Must-haves:

  • Strong Corporate Finance, Risk Management and Financial Planning expertise.
  • Experience working with executive teams, corporate boards and implementing corporate governance frameworks.
  • 10+ years of progressively responsible financial management experience in a fast-growing organization preferably in an emerging market and /or agribusiness. (mid 30s) – 8 years solid and detailed 2000 farmers and range of products relatively complex business, not just a smooth client facing person
  • Experience with and thrives in a fast-paced, start-up environment with dynamic business priorities using a range of financial accounting software and tools.
  • Highly analytical mindset with excellent problem-solving skills and strong business acumen.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written) with an ability to articulate ideas to both finance and non-finance audiences.

Preferences:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a reputable university in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance or any related field with a recognized professional certificate in Accounting such as CPA, ACCA or ICAN.
  • An advanced degree or MBA is highly desirable.
  • Experience in tax preparation according to Nigerian laws is a plus.

Characteristics:

  • An entrepreneurial mindset coupled with an ability to inspire confidence and create trust while working under pressure.
  • A passionate, driven individual who achieves results through teamwork and collaborative approaches.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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