Finance Manager

Plant General Manager
January 11, 2020

Finance Manager

Job Title: Finance Manager
Location: Spintex, Accra, Ghana
Reporting to: General Manager
Job Reference: LT/QPGH/FM

Job Summary

The Finance Manager will lead the management, reporting and planning of the plants financial and accounting activities. Responsibilities will include budgeting, financial analysis, managing the monthly close process, financial reporting and helping to drive plant productivity. In addition, the FM is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the financial records and safeguarding of assets ensuring a strong internal control environment in compliance with the company’s policies. This position reports to the General Manager and indirectly to the Group CEO.


• Preparation, analysis and presentation of all plant manufacturing budgets for direct labour, material yields, operating outputs and departmental spending.
• Preparation of all daily, weekly, period end operational performance reports with comments and recommendations for corrective action. (KPI’s)
• Assists plant manager in the monthly presentation of operating results to senior management.
• Identifies opportunities to drive cost reduction across all factory and product cost pools (materials, labour, variable & fixed expenses, capital and inventory).
• Maintains proper internal controls over all factory assets, including raw and packaging materials, finished goods, supplies, machine parts, and capital equipment.
• Responsible for the proper application of company financial policies
• Provides guidance in the use and maintenance of the Payroll systems in partnership with the HR Manager.
• Develops maintains and ensure adherence to financial and operational controls
• Develops and implements audit control testing protocols and procedures
• Partners with the GM and operational leads to develop costing for all items
• Create and manage cost routings for key activities (e.g. labour, overhead, utilities)
• Manages standard costs for all WIP and finished good items
• Calculate and process necessary journal entries in ERP system
• Ensures accuracy of inventory and associated sub-ledger transactions (physicaland book)
• Develops management reporting on various timeline cycles for review with plant and corporate leadership
• Prepares month-end balance sheet account reconciliations
• Leads year-end financial activities
• Leads the process of creating standard costs and variance planning for annual budget and periodic forecasts
• Partners with plant operations to develop all volume planning processes
• Develops labour costing model for production and packaging operations
• Partners with operations to develop a continuous pipeline of productivity initiatives and support with financial valuations
• Reviews P&L accounts, providing critical insights on changes to budget, forecast and prior year
• Provides financial analysis in support of ad hoc plant and corporate initiatives

Education and Training

• Bachelor ’s in Accounting, Finance or a business related degree
• 5+ years of accounting experience with a minimum 3 years of experience working as a Finance or Cost Accounting Manager
• Previous experience budgeting and forecasting
• Proficient in use of Microsoft Excel

Knowledge and Experience

• Minimum 5 years of accounting and finance experience
• Minimum 3 years of experience in a manufacturing environment
• Cost accounting and standard product costing experience with complex bills of materials
• Experience in the food/packaging industry
• Experience in building labour costing models
• Demonstrated expertise using ERP systems and Microsoft Excel
• Demonstrated ability to link and analyse plant operational metrics to financial performance

Skills and Abilities

• Ability to see the big picture to prioritise workload effectively
• Exceptional communication skills (oral and written)
• Adaptable and flexible to changing business needs but also laser-focused at being able to execute standard daily and monthly responsibilities
• Ability to build, transform and lead a successful team and provide clear direction and instruction
• Strong planning, organisational, analytical, communication, and networking skills are required.
• Excellent interpersonal and strong leadership skills
• Ability to manage cross-functional teams/initiatives
• Problem solving and decision-making capabilities; strong analytical skills
• Team motivator with a high energy level and diligent work ethic
• Capable of working independently and managing multiple priorities
• Strong analytical, problem solving skills
• Possess a “can do” attitude and believes anything is possible with the right focus
• Able to work independently and “roll up your sleeves” to make things happen
• High intensity team player who thrives in a fast paced, high intensity, dynamic environment
• Strong sense of curiosity, constantly questions the way things are done in a constructive manner and thrives on change that improves results
• Open, honest and trustworthy
• Results-oriented individual with a desire to manage change through to fruition
• Demonstrated ability to work across functions, business units and geographies – a strong background in a matrix organisation is beneficial
• Effective business systems thinker and a good understanding of business processes
• Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with others in a diverse environment
• High attention to detail—accuracy is critical
• Excellent written and verbal communications with the ability to share knowledge at appropriate levels of the organisation


1. Remuneration details for each job will be provided to shortlisted 
candidates only

2. CVs and application letters must be emailed to Sheena at and by the 20th January 2020.

3. Job Title and Job Reference must be stated on the application 

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