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Senior Manager Finance

Status: Open until filled
Department: Finance
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The Senior Manager of Finance has the key responsibility of producing university financial statements, internal financial reporting, and financial analysis, as well as overseeing related systems and controls. The position also leads the annual and interim budgeting and forecasting processes and is responsible for the tools, systems, and processes used by all staff involved in these critical activities. This position plays a critical role in providing historical and future financial analysis to inform strategic and operational decisions.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To provide timely, useful, and reliable financial performance reports in support of strategic and operational decisions. This will be measured by the timeliness and quality of financial reports provided to budget holders.
  • Assist in the compilation of UCA financial reports on a periodic basis and prepare monthly and periodic budget variance reports and other financial reports, including travel, sectional reports, advances, and payables, etc.
  • Work with UCA Senior Management to develop a 5-year short-term and 15-year long-term strategic financial plan.
  • Coordinate the periodic review of financial policies and compile a quarterly summary of the issues to be addressed, either through orientation, reinforcement, and/or modifications in the policies and procedures.
  • Maintain off-cycle budget amendments. This will include updating the budget numbers to reflect budget/forecast amendments provided to the departments.
  • Develop and maintain a system for tracking mid-year budget adjustments and the impact on organizational metrics. Update and provide regular reports with key metrics to show the impact of approved changes.
  • In coordination with the Finance Controller, implement and provide training for budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting system changes. This includes responsibility for the development of user manuals and training curriculum for new processes and systems/tools.
  • Create, maintain, and enhance Financial Planning spreadsheet models (budget, forecast, and analysis, including "what if" scenario analysis).
  • Develop and disseminate the organization's Financial Planning timeline.
  • Facilitate timely analysis of budget variances, including reviewing explanations provided by budget holders.
  • Provide support to the Finance Controller for UCA's annual audit and coordinate the preparation of annual Financial Statements and other required financial reports.
  • Provide guidance to budget holders regarding corrective action and advise the Leadership Team as necessary.
  • Assist the Finance Controller in preparing materials for presentation to the Board of Trustees.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
  • Master's degree in the field of Finance and Accounting from a reputable institution.
  • Preferably 5 years of professional working experience in a similar position in an international working environment.
  • Qualifications such as ACCA/CIMA will be an advantage.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks.
  • Strong analytical and interpersonal skills.
  • Advanced MS Excel skills and working knowledge of SAP or other ERP systems are desirable.
  • Strong ethics, with an ability to handle confidential data.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies at the local, regional, and international levels.
  • Advanced proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge of Russian and other Central Asian languages (Kyrgyz, Tajik, Kazakh) would be a bonus.
  • Prior AKDN work experience is a bonus.


How to Apply

Please submit your application (cover letter, CV and contact information of three references) on 
Applications will be reviewed when received. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

Candidates from the founding countries of UCA: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan along with international applications are encouraged to apply for the position.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

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