Position Title: Financial Controller
Role Status: Full Time
Location: Maluafou, Samoa
Reports to: Country Manager
Business Unit: General Administration – Finance

Position Summary:

The Financial Controller is responsible for planning, directing and controlling the Company’s financials, and provide sound financial advice to Executive(s) and management staff. This includes preparing the budget; conducting financial analysis and preparing financial reports; developing and implementing an effective system of accounting and maintaining accurate financial records.

Key Accountabilities and Results Areas
 Financial Reporting, timely, accurate, complete and consistent
 Billing and Collections, prevent accounts to reach 120+ days
 Cash Flow forecast, 13 weeks rolling and monthly forecast
 Local and consolidated clean financial audits


Major Responsibilities

Participate in the provision of effective strategic financial planning
 Reporting directly to the Country Manager, oversee the operations of the Finance unit (General Accounting, Accounts Payable, Credit Management, Debt Recovery, Cash Management and Logistics) ensuring that sound internal controls are maintained and that the operations are efficient and effective
 Assist Company’s leadership in the annual budgeting and planning process; administer and review all financial plans and compare to actual results with a view to identify, explain, and correct variances as appropriate
 Consistently analyze financial data and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes and keep senior leadership abreast of Company’s financial status
 Research, prepare and submit the annual budget
 Attend meetings and make presentations to the Management team
 Manage the workflows and workloads of the systems and staff, budgets and other resources of the Financial Operations section to deliver its objectives
 Develop performance standards and monitor and report on the objective performance of the systems and the Units of the Financial Operations Section

Provide leadership in order to ensure finances are managed according to legislation, policies and procedures, generally accepted accounting principles, and international financial reporting standards
 Manage accounting and financial systems and maintain full and accurate accounting records
 Coordinate all audit activity
 Develop and implement purchasing practices and monitor the purchasing system
 Respond to auditors’ comments concerning finances and operations and oversee required action to address deficiencies
 Maintain the Chart of Accounts and maintain commitment controls
 Implement and monitor payment authority practices
 Establish and maintain cash controls
 Monitor department spending and recommend corrective actions as necessary
 Reconcile general ledger accounts
 Monitor creditors and payroll processing
 Review bank and clearing account reconciliations
 Review intercompany reconciliations
 Monitor the recording and classification of Income, expenditure, WIP, Assets, Liabilities & Equity account transactions in the ledgers
 Assess and report on developments in procurement processes in line with the Procurement and Tendering Policy, Cost Centre expenditure processing and contract administration
 Oversee the maintenance of relevant databases, registers, accounting records and files
 Maintain relevant sections of the Bluesky Accounting Manual and other guidelines up-to-date

Provide leadership and direction to the Finance staff to ensure efficient use of human resources
 Evaluate the performance of, and provide training and development opportunities for staff.
 Provide leadership by delegating tasks, responding to staff inquiries and providing overall direction to section employees.
 Supervise and provide on-the-job training and development opportunities for staff of the Financial Operations Section
 Lead the development and presentation of training for departmental staff on financial operations systems and procedures

Develop strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
 Handle and resolve the more complex enquiries, complaints and problems and ensure high standards of client service are provided
 Liaise and work with the IT Department and computer software suppliers to report and resolve operational system problems
 Maintain good working relationships with other Bluesky departments, financial institutions and major clients of the Finance Department
Perform other related duties as required


Key Stakeholder Relationships

Internal Stakeholders:
 Group Management (CEO, CFO , etc)
 Country Manager
 Executive Team
 Managers& Staff
 Members of the Bluesky Board
 Other Bluesky Group Management and Staff

External Stakeholders:
 Customers
 Vendors
 Auditors
 Banks
 Other financial institutions/agencies


Key Requirements and Competencies

Qualifications/ Experience:
 Requires a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and/or related field and membership of a recognised accounting body
 CPA preferred
 Proven experience in managing and operating computerised accounting systems and integrated computerised systems
 High level knowledge of Telecommunications Industry, administrative, budgetary and accounting procedures
 Advanced knowledge of databases, spreadsheets and word processing, and computerised accounting systems
 Five or more years of experience in financial management with increasing responsibilities for multi-faceted direction and planning
 Five or more years of management experience leading and supervising staff directly and indirectly including the ability to achieve results and performance through others

Knowledge/ Skills /Ability:
 Ability to manage, organise and coordinate multiple functions, workflows and staff to meet objectives and deadlines
 Highly developed financial accounting skills
 Advanced planning skills and sound administrative skills
 Strong computer skills; intermediate/advanced Microsoft Excel skills preferred
 Ability to initiate and implement systems and procedural developments (computerised and manual)
 Ability to interpret International Accounting Standards, legislation, Bluesky company policies and other government guidelines
 High level problem solving and decision making skills including the ability to recognise problems early and to take appropriate, immediate and persistent action to resolve them
 Sound analytical skills and good judgement
 Ability to develop, write and apply policies, procedures and instructions
 High level oral and written communication skills in both Samoan and English
 Good interpersonal skills including the ability to create and maintain good working relationships internally and externally
 Good representation and training skills
 Be honest, trustworthy, and respectful
 Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
 Be flexible
 Demonstrate sound work ethics

Organisational Competencies:
Customer Service – Even in the most difficult situations, elicits feedback from customers; creates strategies to help Bluesky serve customers more effectively; considers both short and long-term interests of the customer in making service decisions, and takes risks to serve these interests; creates strategies to help Bluesky service customers more effectively.

Learning Agility – Demonstrates and advocates a personal learning orientation; seeks and constructively uses feedback to build on strengths and manage weaknesses; is curious and shares learning, and in doing so creates an expectation in others to seek and learn from experiences.

Building Collaborative Relationships – Exhibits an ability to cooperate and collaborate with colleagues across Bluesky to achieve shared goals; develops and maintains a range of internal and external networks to meet organisational objectives; proactively removes barriers to create teamwork amongst diverse groups.

People Management – Sets clear expectations in light of organisational strategy; coaches, motivates and develops others to build high performing teams; manages and removes barriers to performance; is passionate about achieving results through people and inspires others in Bluesky to be their best.

Continuous Improvement – Applies continuous improvement practices/principles at the individual, team and organisational levels to create an environment of challenge and learning so as to accelerate organisational efficiencies, particularly in end to end processes.

Compliance
Business Compliance:
Ensure a sound understanding and:
 Demonstrate commitment to and comply with all legislation and Bluesky policy relevant to the role and all activities undertaken in the role
 Ethical performance in an effort to maintain a high standard of conduct expected and deserved by our customers and to enable the Company to continue to offer its services and comply with our Bluesky Code of Ethics and Conduct.
Health and Safety:
 Undertake all work in a safe manner and follow all company and workplace health and safety procedures
 Identify new hazards and advise manager or workplace Health and Safety representative/coordinator within 24 hours of identification.
 Accurately report incidents and accidents to manager or workplace Health and Safety representative/coordinator as soon as possible.


 

Vision, Purpose, Values, & Way

Our Vision
To be the most recognised and preferred company for connecting our Pacific communities around the world.

Our Purpose
We apply technology and service excellence to advance and improve the lives of our customers

Our Values
We take ownership and always do our best for customers. We respect and support each other.

The Bluesky Way
 Customer first
 Team work
 Integrity
 Passion
 Positive attitude and smile!

Recruitment Information

Bluesky offers a competitive salary and benefits for this position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Bluesky is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Interested and qualified candidates must submit a cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae to the Human Resources Department by 5:00 PM, Friday, June 16 2017:
 Email to ws.jobs@blueskypacificgroup.com;
 Mail to Bluesky Samoa Ltd., Private Bag, Maluafou, Apia Samoa
 In person at the main Bluesky Samoa office located in Maluafou – Attention HR.