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Director, Finance Project Implementation

  • Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
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  • Grade: Senior Executive level - Senior Management - Open for both International and National Professionals
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
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Director, Finance Project Implementation

Type
Full Time
Additional Location Description
This role is flexible to be based in North America or a CHAI program country in Africa or Asia, pending country team leadership approval.
Overview

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org.


CHAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to providing an environment of fairness, and mutual respect where all applicants have access to equal employment opportunities. CHAI values diversity and inclusion, and recognizes that our mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people with diverse experience, backgrounds, and culture.

 

Overview of Position

 

CHAI is embarking on a new financial ERP application to support its growth and efficiency in the implementation of transformational public health programs supported by diverse donors. The new financial ERP application will be rolled out across the organization globally in accordance with the local regulations and compliance. Implementing the new financial ERP system, integrating the other peripheral application, and transitioning the data from the current to the new system is a multi-year multi-million-dollar project that carries strategic importance and visibility organizationally.


The Director will be responsible for developing sound efficient financial workflows that follow best practices for internal controls and mirror workflows identified in the current policies and procedures. This person will be a central facilitator in defining functional requirements, refining solution choices, and supporting and coordinating across internal teams and external solution providers to ensure a smooth implementation and transition to the new financial ERP. It would be expected of this individual to use skills at getting individuals, teams, and an entire organization to perform at a higher level and to embrace change and standardization. This Director will collaborate internally with finance functional leads, country finance heads, and stakeholders (at the country and global level) and externally with the solution providers (the ERP Vendor) during the project initiating in 2022 and continuing through 2024-25. Experience in negotiating skillfully to achieve a fair outcome or promote a common cause; communicating a compelling vision and being committed to what needs to be done are vital attributes to succeed in this role.

 

This Director will report to CHAI's Chief Financial Officer, and this role is flexible to be based in North America or a CHAI program country in Africa or Asia, pending country team leadership approval.

Responsibilities

Overall, this Director will be responsible for the planning, quality, delivery, and management across all aspects of the implementation project including future state architecture and organizational change management. The individual would be required to:

 

  • Lead the transformation opportunities within the scope of the project
  • Keep the project on schedule, to cost, within scope, and to the expected quality
  • Ensure integration of other peripheral finance applications
  • Create a cohesive team environment for all internal and external resources engaged in the project
  • Champions the avoidance/removal of heavy customization and pushes all teams to deliver and adopt standard solutions
  • Partner with the finance and IT team to define project strategy and roadmap for the financial ERP system and supporting systems. Execute the strategy, track against milestones, and drive results in collaboration with partner teams
  • Effectively manage internal and external team collaboration and communication. The external team includes vendors and consultants as applicable
  • Translate complex ideas into easy-to-understand concepts and articulate technical solutions
  • Assess current financial policies and procedures and, from that, develop the ideal workflow to be used with the new ERP system
  • Ensure that workflows incorporate key financial controls as identified in policies and procedures
  • Research problems/issues as they arise and propose solutions
  • Document, communicate, and manage changes that surface during design and implementation
  • Develop a training curriculum for finance and operational staff, as well as program staff on finance-related activities. Training materials should include user guides and job aids
  • Work with key finance leads to identify all types of reporting that will be needed from the new system. Then, working with the vendor, develop these reports as required
  • Run change management to ensure effective adoption of new financial system solutions
  • Effectively manage internal and external team collaboration and communication. The external team includes vendors and consultants as applicable
  • Act as a point of escalation for project delivery issues from all partners and stakeholders
  • Owns the plan to handover project to the operations (business systems) team and follow-on legacy system decommissioning
  • Other responsibilities as needed
Qualifications
  • BS in Business Management, Technology Management, Accounting, Finance or related field or 15+ years equivalent working experience
  • Minimum of 10 years of professional experience with at least seven years’ experience in accounting and three years’ experience in non-profit accounting
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in Financial ERP systems with emphasis in Procure to Pay, Record to Report, and financial accounting domain
  • 10+ years of related experience in Financial ERP systems implementation as a finance functional expert
  • Well-versed in finance business processes in sourcing, procurement, receivables, payables, travel expenses, and Accounting, as well as their interdependencies and how system solutions fit into the processes. Strong understanding of financial processes and US GAAP requirements
  • Driven and self-motivated. Multi-tasking ability is essential to handle multiple priorities with minimal direction from management.
  • Proven skills as a project manager on multiple full life cycle implementations
  • Excellent project management and communication skills
  • Experience working with stakeholders/partners at all levels, globally, across the organization
  • Strong problem-solving and troubleshooting skills with the ability to exercise mature judgment
  • Strong ability to collaborate, influence, and build consensus - addresses conflict and resolves issues
  • Ability to build and foster strong working relationships inter- and cross-departmentally while continuing to influence change
  • Passion for CHAI’s mission and values

Advantages:

  • Master’s in business management, Technology Management, Accounting, Finance, or related field
  • Professional Certification: Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Certification 
  • A high degree of proficiency in accounting programs and advanced MS Excel skills
  • Knowledge of various financial operating systems, including QuickBooks, Agresso and BlackBaud’s Financial Edge
  • A solid grasp of both US and international finance issues including experience with foreign currency translations and consolidations
  • Ability to implement and manage financial controls, while maintaining flexibility to find alternative solutions to global accounting/finance needs when necessary
  • Strong track record of successfully delivering complex, multi-million-dollar business / IT programs and projects
  • Strong leadership skills – influence all facets of the organization, mentoring, coaching, and teaching
  • Exceptional collaboration, interpersonal, communication, and facilitation skills with the ability to communicate and influence at all management levels
  • Passion for enterprise (Financial) ERP systems technologies and continuous innovation. Experienced in evaluating technology solutions and drive adoption.
  • Strong work ethic and ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Highest ethical standards, a deep sense of collegiality, as well as a strong desire to create positive change on a global scale
  • International experience strongly preferred, particularly in Africa or Southeast Asia
  • High degree of diplomacy & prior experience working with teams globally/cross culturally
  • Prior experience managing & mentoring fellow team members
  • Prior experience implementing a new financial management system across an organization

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