Agricultural / Agro-Allied

Chief Financial Officer at Babban Gona

Babban Gona Agricultural Franchise is a financially sustainable, high impact and highly scalable social enterprise, which is part-owned by the farmers it serves. Babban Gona is an innovative model designed to serve the bottom of the pyramid and transform agriculture into a job-creation engine. Through this agricultural franchise, Babban Gona offers a suite of services to smallholder farmers, helping them to overcome the challenges of fragmentation and low economies of scale.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Chief Financial Officer

Location: Lagos
Employment Type: Full time

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 analysing 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.
  • 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 and financial reports and provide financial results to the board of directors.
  • Lead and optimise 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
  • Manage all relevant 3rd party relationships including investors, banking relationships, suppliers, auditors etc
  • Establish and enforce policies, processes and standards across the organisation.
  • 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 organisation has 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.

Reporting Line:

  • This position reports to the Managing Director.

Profound know-how in commodity trading:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a reputable university Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance or any related field with a recognised professional certificate in Accounting such as CPA; ACCA or ICAN.
  • Highly analytical mindset with excellent problem-solving skills and strong business acumen.
  • Strong Corporate Finance, Risk Management and Financial Planning expertise.
  • Experience working with executive teams, corporate boards and implementing corporate governance frameworks.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written) with an ability to articulate ideas to both finance and non-finance audiences.
  • 10+ years of progressively responsible financial management experience in a fast growing organisation preferably in an emerging market and / or agribusiness.
  • An advanced degree or MBA is highly desirable.
  • Experience in tax preparation according to Nigerian laws is a plus
  • Experience with and thrives in a fast paced, start-up environment with dynamic business priorities using a range of financial accounting software and tools.
  • An entrepreneurial mindset coupled with an ability to inspire confidence and create trust while working under pressure.
  • Passionate, driven individual who achieves results through team work and collaborative approaches.

Start Up Environment:

  • Thrives in a fast paced, start-up environment with dynamic business priorities.

Unlocking Potential of Team Members:

  • Extensive experience and passion for coaching/ mentoring a team.

Detailed Orientation and Managing Complexity:

  • Extensive experience leading a complex organization and passion for getting into details to identify root cause of issues and create innovative solutions.


  • Competitive salary
  • Health Insurance
  • Pension
  • Performance Bonus
  • Annual paid vacation
  • Group Life Insurance

How to Apply
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