Cisco: Africa Finance Manager

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31 May, 2016

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Finance Jobs in South Africa

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The Business Entity

Sales and services Finance (SSF) in EMEAR provides significant business partnering and analytical support to the Cisco sales force.

The Team

The team is responsible for budgeting, forecasting, and reporting performance across the P&L, including bookings, revenue, gross margin, and operating expenses, Financial Planning and Analysis.

Role & Responsibilities

This role provides significant business partnering and analytical support to the Sales & Services organisations in the Africa continent.
● Act as Trusted Advisor to various sales teams, supporting business segments and providing quality financial and business support.
● Provide reporting & analysis to Sales leaders and their management team in a timely fashion.
● Management of budgeting, forecasting, expenses and headcount.
● Engagement with customers and partners on credit and commercial solutions.
● Provide finance support on goaling, compensation planning, commissions, as well as allocation of team goals to the assigned sales teams
● Drive cost savings initiatives and share best practices across theatres.
● Work in a cross-functional environment, collaborates with other finance teams, and orchestrates cross-functional projects and initiatives

Minimum Qualifications

● Degree level qualification
● CPA, ACCA, CIMA achieved or in progress (Essential)
● 5-7 years professional experience in Financial Analysis / Accounting/Controllership..
● Technology/Telecoms/IT industry experience preferable but not essential

Desired Skills

● Data analysis and financial modeling experience (Essential)
● Strong business acumen and partnering skills, with ability to effectively challenge and influence business stakeholders
● Good communicator, able to discuss issues with teams and management with clarity and diplomacy – able to present to sales teams where necessary
● Strong sense of autonomy and creativity with strong customer service skills
● Highly motivated proactive team player with ability to both leverage off other functions and drive towards wider Cisco objectives
● Ability to work effectively with tight deadlines.

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