Senior Manager, International Finance Operations
Reports to: Chief Financial Officer
Location: Kansas City, MO, preferred
1 in 9 people around the world lack access to safe water and 1 in 3 people don’t have access to a toilet. We are working every day to change this. We are Water.org. We’re here to bring water and sanitation to the world. We want to make it safe, accessible and cost-effective because we believe that water is the way to empowering a bright future that we can all share in, worldwide. We are an international nonprofit organization based in Kansas City, Missouri that has positively transformed millions of lives around the world through access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, we pioneer market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis. For more than 25 years, we’ve been providing women hope, children health and families a future.
The Senior Manager, International Finance Operations is primarily responsible for all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems and ensures timely and accurate reporting of day-to-day financial activities in our international offices.
The qualified candidate will be expected to manage our international office's daily finance functions operations and develop their staff while fostering an environment of teamwork and business partnering support. Day-to-day activities include but are not limited to accounts payable, payroll, month-end close, audit, relevant tax and entity support, budget and reporting requirements, and special projects as assigned. The Senior Manager, International Finance Operations will also have a strong working relationship with members of the Global Impact team based within the United States as well as those working in our international offices. This strategic business partner and thought leader will work to ensure the continuity of processes and procedures. This position reports to the Chief Financial Officer.
The Senior Manager, International Finance Operations is based in Kansas City, MO, preferred; open to considering locations outside of Kansas City. This role is remote but will return to our headquarters as advisable given business needs and safety considerations as determined by organizational guidelines.
Key expectations for the role are:
- Business partnership – Build strong customer relationships and trust with all internal stakeholders while maintaining fiduciary control over related processes.
- Support the financial responsibilities associated with our grant management and execution.
- Develop and maintain accounting principles, practices and procedures to ensure the financial health of our international operations. They will ensure that our international financial operations are correctly allocated and completed in a timely and accurate manner.
- Lead accounting activities including general ledger preparation, financial reporting, year-end audit preparation and the support of budget and forecast activities.
- Direct oversight for our international offices finance staff.
Financial Management – Operations & Reporting (60%)
- Keep abreast of all relevant international accounting standards, federal and local law changes, Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) changes and other regulatory changes; ensure data is compatible and fits Water.org standard.
- Manage and oversee direct reports to ensure timely monthly closing of the general ledger, including assisting in the review and approval of journal entries.
- Ascertain that all accounts within the balance sheet are balanced to detail ledgers or worksheets by reviewing balance sheet reconciliations monthly.
- Daily management of all accounts, ledgers and reporting systems and ensure timely and accurate financial reporting that is in compliance with appropriate Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) standards and regulatory requirements.
- Collaborate with Controller and the international finance staff, external audit firm, and government auditors to provide accurate and timely schedules and other requested information.
- Engage the external auditors in discussion on technical accounting issues pertaining to the international entities and drive resolution on acceptable accounting treatment.
- Develop and maintain an understanding of the accounting relationships between Water.org and its global offices and any external financial reporting and disclosure requirements.
- Build and maintain a thorough understanding of the global financial software applications (Financial Edge, QuickBooks, TSheets, Zoho, and Adaptive Insights) and ensures efficient workflows through the setup of the general ledger structure and use of applicable software modules.
- Provide oversight of the company credit card program and expense reimbursement function outside the US.
- Oversee timely and accurate payment of all properly documented and approved payables.
- Promote process improvement initiatives to achieve additional effectiveness in routine duties of the global finance team.
Financial Process Management (20%)
- Serves as subject matter expert and consultant for local office accountants related to complex financial business management inquires, appropriate internal controls and safeguards, and financial practices required to operate successfully in a complex international environment.
- Ensure effective fiscal health and financial stewardship of Water.org resources.
- As established by CFO, ensure internal controls and safeguards are being utilized throughout all finance-related operations by collaborating with departments and leaders.
- Manage expenditure actuals and forecasting and initiate appropriate strategies to improve cash requirements.
- Oversee all international office financial activity, projects, programs, and grants accounting to ensure expenditures align appropriately.
- Under the direction of Finance leadership, update and implement necessary business policies and accounting practices to comply with regulatory and taxation changes.
- Standardize accounting practices and operations globally, where possible, to ensure uniformity and promote unity among the global finance teams.
- Review and enhance processes to support current and future objectives.
Talent Management (20%)
- Lead and mentor the international finance team and department objectives to continually improve efficiency and effectiveness to ensure an efficacious finance organization.
- Work with direct reports to establish individual performance goals and objectives for each year and monitor and advise on the progress to enhance staff's professional development.
- Ensure an open and good working relationship with team based locally and across the globe.
Supervises work of others. Responsible for hiring, discipline, and pay administration of their subordinates.
- Positions supervised include: Staff Accountant (2), Senior Accountant
This description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required. Some duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.
Skills and Competencies
- Financial Acumen – Interpreting and applying understanding of key financial indicators to make better business decisions.
- Financial Stewardship – Demonstrates fiscally responsible decision making as applicable to one’s role.
- Nimble Learning – Actively learning through experimentation when taking on new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder.
- Balances Stakeholders – Anticipating and balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders.
- Manages Complexity – Making sense of complex, high quantity and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
- Business Insights – Applying knowledge of business and the marketplace to advance the organization's goals.
- Drives Results – Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
- Self-development – Actively seeking new ways to grow and be challenged using other formal and informal development channels.
- Develops Talent – Developing people to meet both their career goals and the organization’s goals.
- Optimize Work Processes – Knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.
- Manages Ambiguity – Manages ambiguity by operating effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.
- Instills Trust – Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
- Directs Work – Providing direction, delegating, and removing obstacles to get work done.
- Values Differences – Recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.
- Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or a related field; CPA or CMA a plus.
- Minimum of 12 years accounting and/or corporate finance experience. Minimum 3 years experience in an accounting leadership role; minimum 4 years as a people manager.
- Experience working in a complex global setting; a blend of for-profit and not-for-profit experience a plus.
- Experience utilizing accounting systems and software required; experience working within Financial Edge general ledger, QuickBooks and/or Adaptive Insights is preferred.
- Solid analytical and decision-making skills and knowledge of GAAP; knowledge of IFRS a plus.
- Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite, advanced Excel and database management.
- Ability to manage employees, while supporting large finance and accounting projects concurrently.
- Exceptional team building and collaborative skills; able to effectively build relationship and reach mutually agreeable outcomes.
- Strong leadership abilities to establish department goals and motivate and influence others to achieve.
Up to 15% of domestic and global travel. Travel will commence as is advisable given business needs and safety considerations as determined by organizational guidelines.
Salary and Benefits
This position offers full-time benefits, including medical/dental insurance, life and disability insurance, retirement program and periodic review for merit and incentive pay based on organizational and personal achievement.
Water.org is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing an inclusive environment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, military and veteran status, genetic information, and any other status protected by law. We provide qualified applicants and employees reasonable accommodation, when necessary, to enable individuals to complete the application process and/or perform the essential functions of the job.