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Finance Manager

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ISP Europe
Geneva, Switzerland
Date Added: Mar 18, 2024

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ISP Finance Manager Morocco Role Profile (Location: Casablanca, Morocco)
Purpose of Role
The ISP Finance Manager Morocco is the main finance point of contact for schools in Morocco, having a special focus on finance & systems integration.
This role reports directly into the onboarding Manager Morocco during the integration of newly acquired schools in Morocco into the ISP Group. Once the integration phase is completed this role will report into the School Principal(s) with a dotted line to the Regional Finance Director Europe.
During the finance integration process, this position ensures that the integration plan is built timely for the school, region, and group. This position also ensures that the plan is applied and delivered. The Finance Manager Morocco will be supported by the Regional Finance Director and Regional Finance Team to ensure a consistent integration approach is adopted across the group and best practice methods are shared.
This role will be the main point of contact with incumbent finance teams and help embed new finance team members as applicable. This position is on-site at our schools located in Casablanca.
ISP Principles
Begin with our children and students. Our children and students are at the heart of what we do. Simply, their success is our success. Wellbeing and safety are both essential for learners and learning. Therefore, we are consistent in identifying potential safeguarding and Health & Safety issues and acting and following up on all concerns appropriately.
Treat everyone with care and respect. We look after one another, embrace similarities and differences and promote the well-being of self and others.
Operate effectively. We focus relentlessly on the things that are most important and will make the most difference. We apply school policies and procedures and embody the shared ideas of our community.
Are financially responsible. We make financial choices carefully based on the needs of the children, students and our schools.
Learn continuously. Getting better is what drives us. We positively engage with personal and professional development and school improvement.
ISP Finance Manager Key Responsibilities
Understanding of new acquisition/greenfield
  • Review the investment paper
  • Review the due diligence reports and address the issues identified
  • Gather and prepare pre-acquisition data
  • Perform the acquisition accounting
  • Calculate final deal payments
  • Perform reconciliation and analysis of current trading to investment plans
  • Undertake necessary P&L and Balance sheet reconciliations for accurate reporting, with focus on Revenue, Staff Costs and Cash
  • Review key supplier and parent contracts
  • Assessing local finance teams capability
Stakeholder management
  • Building relationships to enable effective influencing of project delivery
  • Actively engage all key stakeholders and partners, ensuring that timely and accurate decisions are made to maintain deadlines
  • Overseeing the flow of tasks and identify potential issues for proactive intervention
Feedback to Integration management
  • Ensure consistent data is collected for improvement and reporting purposes
  • Propose improvements to process for consideration by management team
  • Collect, review, and consolidate feedback from stakeholders and report to integration management team
Reporting, Compliance & Control
  • Integration of the School into the wider ISP network, ensuring policies and procedures are adopted and ISP practices are followed
  • Work with incumbent finance teams to understand current finance processes and propose improvements
  • Implement processes to ensure the timely and accurate reporting of all monthly and annual financial information, which include Profit and Loss account, Balance Sheet, Cashflow, Debtors and Capex reports.
  • Design internal control systems for all functions in the school to ensure the safeguarding of regional assets and monitor and enforce internal controls.
Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Preparation and submission of the school budget and in year reforecasts
  • KPI and performance monitoring to identify any areas for improvement
  • Perform profitability analysis.
  • Assist the group with gathering data and preparing reports for key personnel as requested.
  • Undertake such other reasonable responsibilities and tasks that may, from time to time, be assigned by the onboarding Manager - Morroco and other key stakeholders.
  • Lead the implementation and adoption of the ISP core accounting platform, NetSuite, and support other key ISP core system implementations.
  • Ensure schools in Morocco use NetSuite properly and in line with group policies and procedures. Work with ISP NetSuite team on project implementation.
  • Implement procurement tool
  • Assist in implementing the school management information system as appropriate
Skills, Qualifications and Experience
    • Strong background within project management
    • A methodical, highly organized approach to the execution of assigned tasks and responsibilities
    • Recognised Accounting/Finance qualification or equivalent (e.g. ACA, ACCA, CIMA, MBA, CFA etc.)
    • 10 to 15 years experience
    • Experience in change management, preferably with experience of integrating acquisitions into a Group
    • Strong technical accounting skills, comfortable with system integration and implementing a chart of accounts
    • Advanced Excel skills
    • Ability to build good working relationships with all members and levels of the organization. Comfortable working in a matrix structure
    • Strong initiative, motivation & integrity, to be able to operate independently
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
    • Attention to detail, strong writing, interpersonal and communication skills
    • Fluent written and spoken English and French are essential requirements of this role
Key Relationships:
To be successful in this position, the Finance Manager Morocco must build strong working relationships with the following groups:
    • School Principals and local finance teams
    • Regional Finance Director and Regional finance team
    • Regional Onboarding Manager
    • Regional Managing Director
ISP Leadership Competencies
You consistently demonstrate and role-model the ISP Leadership Competencies in all that you do.
  • Collaboration. Takes an active part in leading their school or region; is cooperative and a genuine team player, developing positive, supportive relationships with colleagues to solve problems and maximise opportunities.
  • Learning & Getting Better. Continually demonstrates personal commitment and passion for learning and getting better using evidence and feedback; supporting others in their continual learning, development and growth.
  • Innovation Leadership. Is good at creating an environment where ideas for learning initiatives and services are generated and is able to motivate and inspire others through the process of creation through to completion.
  • Outcome driven. Can be counted on to find solutions. Is consistently looking to exceed goals and is focused on KPIs.
  • Resilience. Can deal with setbacks and challenges calmly and effectively.
  • Community Focus. Is committed to meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of our students and their families.
  • Integrity & Ethical Management. Has the ability to work ethically and with integrity; helps others feel valued; upholds and models the ISP Vision, Purpose and Principles.
  • Leading & Inspiring Others. Supports, encourages and inspires students, colleagues and teams so that they give their best.
  • Understanding People. Is a very good judge of talent, can objectively articulate the strengths and motivations of people inside or outside the organisation.
  • Influencing & Communication. Consistently informs, influences and inspires students, parents and colleagues through timely and effective communication.
  • Agile. Responds and adapts to changing circumstances; manages and solves problems by providing solutions in a climate of ambiguity.
  • Strategic, Commercial & Financial Awareness. Has the ability to apply understanding of the business and industry to improve effectiveness and profitability.
  • Planning & Decision Making. Makes decisions on the best course of action and then plans, organises, prioritises and balances resources to achieve the desired outcome.
  • Diversity & Equity. Has the sensitivity, awareness and skill to understand the values, behaviours, attitudes and practices across cultures that supports all children and adults to learn and work effectively.
ISP Commitment to Safeguarding Principles
ISP is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures, including an online due diligence search, references and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering the previous 10 years employment history.
ISP Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
ISP is committed to strengthening our inclusive culture by identifying, hiring, developing, and retaining high-performing teammates regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender expression, age, disability status, neurodivergence, socio-economic background or other demographic characteristics. Candidates who share our vision and principles and are interested in contributing to the success of ISP through this role are strongly encouraged to apply.
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