Senior Finance Manager

Spark, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th July, 2017

Job Description

SPARK is a growing, young, dynamic development NGO with about 80 staff members in offices in Amsterdam, Belgrade, Bujumbura, Amman, Beirut, Ramallah, Kigali, Monrovia, Mitrovica, Benghazi, Saana and Gaziantep. SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship, so that young ambitious people are empowered to lead their post-conflict society into prosperity. SPARK is determined to increase the number of sustainable jobs and economic prospects for youth in post-conflict regions through the improvement of higher education and the development of the local private sector.

SPARK is achieving its mission by organizing business plan competitions, business skills training, SME coaching & mentoring, business incubation, SME financing, intensive higher vocational summer courses, scholarships, curriculum development and quality assurance at universities and higher vocational education institutions.
SPARK is currently looking for a:

Senior Finance Manager

General job description

  • The Senior Finance Manager is responsible for managing SPARK’s Finance department on a day-to-day basis, leading the central finance team and closely collaborating with finance officers in field offices. Coordination with human resources, programme management, fund management and ICT departments is also required. Moreover, the Senior Finance Manager will be part of the core management team, and as such be aware and actively involved in overarching organizational matters. He or she will report directly to Directors, based in Amsterdam.
  • The Senior Finance Manager will be based in Amsterdam but willing to travel occasionally to the countries in which SPARK works.

Main tasks and responsibilities:

The responsibilities and tasks include:

  • Management & coordination of all financial activities of SPARK;
  • Leading quarterly and annual reporting;
  • Liaise with external auditors and tax/legal advisors of the organisation;
  • Overall organisational budgeting;
  • (Supervise) preparation of financial donor reports and reports for other external authorities;
  • Supervise, improve & monitor cost allocation systems of general costs towards programs/projects;
  • Develop financial Capacity Building programmes for the partners in target countries as well as SPARK’s local financial personnel (i.e. develop/give training in financial reporting, internal financial & administrative control, budgeting, etc.);
  • Implement designated ISO procedures & monitor compliance to finance procedures;
  • Monitor completeness/correctness of data in SPARK’s internal & external financial reporting systems, contribute to the introduction of an ERP;
  • Provide quarterly management information, including risk assessment, to the Board of Directors and Country/Programme/Project Managers.

Requirements and Skills:

  • Master degree in Economics, Accounting, (Business) Administration, Auditing or a related field;
  • At least 10 year experience in a financial position or as an auditor, 5 of which should have been in a leading role.
  • Experience in the NGO sector is a plus;
  • Profound experience in annual reporting and providing (financial) management information;
  • Experience in and knowledge of developing/maintaining (financial) internal control and risk management concepts and systems;
  • Profound experience with bookkeeping/accounting/ERP systems and Microsoft excel;
  • Knowledge of international accounting standards and specifically Dutch accounting regulations for the non-profit sector and relevant tax rules/regulations;
  • Excellent oral and written language skills in Dutch & English. Knowledge of French and/or Arabic is a plus;
  • Excellent communication and social skills and able to work in a multicultural setting;
  • Accurate, structured and precise;
  • Inspiring & energetic leader;
  • Dutch working permit.

SPARK Offers:

  • 40 hrs/week contract;
  • Contract for 1 year initially, with the possibility to extend;
  • Remuneration depending on background, education and experience (between euro 3750 – 4.750 gross full time);
  • International and dynamic working experience.


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