Place: Africa - - None Specified -
Publication Date: 01/03/2017
Ref: PC000517

Job Details

Our client, a multinational construction and civil engineering firm, is looking for a Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) to join its existing team in one of its various subsidiaries (Ghana, Togo, Kenya and Niger initially, other countries may be confirmed at a later date).

You will report to the Office Director and manage between 5 and 20 people.

Main objective: ensuring that all the rules that have been put in place to limit the risks faced by the company in carrying out its activities are enforced. Reporting the results of the entity for which you are responsible in a reliable and timely manner.


Applying the group’s administrative and financial policy at office level

  • Ensuring that the office’s accounts are properly kept.
  • Overseeing the office’s management control activities.
  • Coordinating the office’s administrative procedures.
  • Monitoring the office’s cash flow.
  • Representing the company to different authorities (e.g. tax departments or customs services), as well as to other institutions such as banks and insurance companies.
  • Handling the safety and environmental issues that fall within your remit.

Contributing to organisational issues within the office

  • Managing the office’s IT equipment and software.
  • Handling personnel management.
  • Assisting the Office Director in the day-to-day management of the office.

Managing your teams

  • Leading various teams in order to achieve targets for jobs completed.
  • Supporting your teams.
  • Recruiting new employees.
  • Defining training needs.
  • Conducting annual reviews with the staff you line-manage and identifying those with potential.

Person specification

  • Must hold a postgraduate (Bac + 5) qualification in management / accounting as a minimum.
  • Expertise in financial and cost accounting.
  • Good understanding of IT tools (AS400 and PC).
  • Expertise in tax and corporate law.
  • Expertise in management and management control.
  • Basic understanding of civil engineering and the equipment and machinery used.
  • Understanding of procurement and logistics.
  • Good understanding of civil, criminal and corporate law.
  • Expertise in negotiation techniques.
  • Strong understanding of contract provisions.
  • Team player.
  • Responsive in dealing with incidents.
  • Versatile.
  • Confident. Able to work independently.
  • Comfortable making decisions.
  • Able to adapt to cultural differences.
  • Able to bring a team together and listen to staff.
  • Willing to act as a role model on safety and environmental issues.
  • Disciplined, accurate approach.
  • Compliant with internal procedures and general regulations.
  • Must be proficient in English and French (spoken and written) / Spanish an advantage.
  • Experience in Africa essential.
  • African background essential (must be African or have African parents).
  • Fluent in French and English (written and spoken).