Company Overview

Seba Foods Zambia Limited is a Zambian registered company incorporated in 1997 and a renowned producer of maize and soya based consumer food products. Over the years, the company`s products have become house hold names in Zambia, priding themselves in very high quality products through well-known brands such as Golden Goodness, Emilio’s and Instant Thobwa.

Seba Foods Zambia is committed to producing high quality food products only from the finest quality soya beans and maize, sourced from local farmers in Zambia. The company`s ethos of providing the best possible quality from seed to the shelf has over the years been a proven mark for the brands and has been enjoyed by many in Zambia and beyond.

In addition to our food processing, our aim is to increase efficiencies in the soya and maize value chains, and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers. We anticipate building smallholder farmer capacity for thousands of targeted smallholder farmers in soybean production, aggregation and marketing, of which 50% are women, by working on the grass-root levels to improve yields for these farmers
Job Description

Reporting to the Finance Manager, the accounts manager will play a critical role and will be accountable for the accounting operations of the company, to include the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls and budgets designed to mitigate risk, enhance the accuracy of the company’s reported financial results, and ensure that reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles, as well as local and international financial reporting standards

Key Responsibilities

  1. General responsibility for overseeing posting, recording and maintenance of all accounting records in Seba’s custom built enterprise resource planning system
  2. Managing a team of subordinates to assist in the accounts department for accounts payable, receivable, bank reconciliations and other requirements as required
  3. Presentation of a comprehensive Monthly Management Report with analysis on variances and areas for improvements
  4. Responsibility for preparation of local entity annual budget and any re-forecasting exercises
  5. Preparing and handling petty cash requirements for expenses in Lusaka and other provincial distribution outlets
  6. Ensuring that cash reports are circulated on a daily basis
  7. Ensuring that Bank Reconciliations are done timely and accurately and circulated on a daily basis to management
  8. Timely preparation of staff payroll ensuring deductions for advances, loans, suspense and/or Imprest
  9. Filing monthly returns for PAYE, NSSF, VAT and other statutory obligations
  10. Ensure correct statutory deductions from Payroll and timely remittances with Statutory Authorities.
  11. Managing cash flow effectively by managing the team and key debtors or other outstanding’s
  12. Handling administrative matters, where applicable
  13. Preparation of product costing’s and analysis thereof (including new product and market entry analysis as required)
  14. Preparation of ad-hoc financial reports as and when requested by management
  15. Training of staff members to suit business requirements

Key Qualifications & Requirements

  1. The candidate should have Full ACCA/CIMA/ZICA professional or have a Bachelor’s degree in accounting or equivalent financial management experience
  2. Microsoft Excel Proficiency
  3. Experience in accounting platforms with a sound understanding or working with an ERP (SAP, Oracle would be +)
  4. 7+ years’ professional working experience
  5. Preference will be given to candidates with the Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant designations.
  6. Industry experience in food processing, distribution or manufacturing is an added advantages

Solving Problems & Getting Results

  1. Accept responsibility for resolving a problem to its final conclusion
  2. Assist in the achievement and the on-going improvement of business results
  3. Show dissatisfaction with poor performance and drive processes to achieve business goals
  4. Strive to achieve agreed deadlines and standards, especially when the going gets tough or the anticipated situation changes
  5. Apply a systematic problem-solving approach to identify causes, explore alternatives and recommend the best course of action to resolve the problem now and into the future

Functional Expertise

  1. Remain up to date in your area of specialty or expertise
  2. Apply a body of knowledge and experience to current business situations in order to add value and improve business efficiencies and profitability
  3. Apply technical or specialist expertise and experience for the benefit of the organization and consider the context in which these are applied
  4. Ensure that your functional expertise supports that of other experts, rather than being in competition with them (e.g. colleagues)
  5. Persuade or negotiate with others by relying on technical or specialist knowledge and experience;
  6. Present documented material or proposals in a credible and professional manner
  7. Share the technical implications of a situation with non-specialists, or explain it to them

Interpersonal Skills

  1. The ideal candidate must be able to:
  2. Speak English clearly and confidently i.e. must be articulate;
  3. Listen actively to fully understand the other person’s view or perspective;
  4. Tailor feedback to the specific needs and communication styles of others;
  5. Prepare effective presentations and where required, concisely present/communicate a complete and accurate picture of the current situation or of the company’s products and services;
  6. Develop and maintain two-way communication with a variety of people at different levels both within and outside the organization;
  7. Suggest proposals to address vital concerns and important business issues; and
  8. Build a network of relevant role-players both within and outside the organization.

Team Leadership

  1. Influence others to achieve the organization’s human resources mission and goals;
  2. Organize the work and allocate roles and responsibilities to self and staff members;
  3. Provide ongoing direction to individuals/teams in terms of roles, goal setting and performance standards;
  4. Coach and assign/delegate tasks to develop the capabilities of others and find satisfaction in knowing the impact made on an individual’s work and career;
  5. Lead from a position of influence, not merely authority;
  6. Create and reinforce a culture of teamwork and cooperation amongst all stakeholders;
  7. Create a climate of sustainable motivation at work that empowers people to want to do their best;
  8. Provide the information and other resources needed for staff to perform their tasks well;
  9. Communicate results achieved on a regular basis, and realign focus and standards when needed;
  10. Complete face-to-face staff evaluations and written appraisals where appropriate;
  11. Resolve conflict between and among employees constructively and fairly;
  12. Manage poor performance decisively and in good time;
  13. Implement disciplinary procedures where necessary ensuring alignment with organizational policies & governing labor legislation.

Strategic Orientation

  1. Use complex strategic thinking skills and incorporate conceptual, analytical and intuitive abilities;
  2. Disseminate and communicate the vision for the future;
  3. Develop clear, step-by-step Human Resource strategies aligned to the Vertical’s overall Strategic intent and timelines; and understand the organization’s inherent strengths & weaknesses in relation to human capital;
  4. Understand and keep abreast of competitors’ strengths and weaknesses;
  5. Formulate policies and procedures to support the business;
  6. Plan and implement fact based changes and innovations within the business;
  7. Identify and verify critical information and intelligence for formulating goals;
  8. Set long-term objectives for the business;
  9. Build an appropriate image for the company and broader organization.

Entrepreneurship & Profitable Growth

  1. Proactively seek opportunities to grow the current business and identify new business opportunities;
  2. Identify opportunities in clients’ businesses to promote relevant solutions in your own business;
  3. Determine, as soon as possible, the costs and benefits of a business proposition;
  4. Understand the key performance indicators/influencers driving the market (externally & internally);
  5. Understand and manage the market dynamics (competition, the rules of the game and regulations);
  6. Understand financial terms and conditions in the business process, including cash flow, discounts, credit terms, implementation costs, project funding, foreign exchange, taxation, et al:
  7. Formulate a budget and understand and work closely to deliver that budget
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