Syngenta Zambia -
Posted Job
over 1 year ago

Finance Business Analyst - (18008793)

Role purpose

Syngenta Global is a global company that produces crop protection products and seeds and is based in Basel, Switzerland. Syngenta is one of the world’s largest crop chemical producers as is also a leader in seeds and biotechnology sales.

MRI Seed Zambia, a subsidiary of Syngenta Global, is in search of a Finance Business Analyst to assist the Financial Controller:

  • To support short, medium and long term financial planning and monitoring, and facilitate the effective and efficient delivery of business goals with sound financial analysis and advice.
  • To support in timely and robust reporting practices by the team (month-end, half-year; year-end).
  • To actively participate in financial decision making processes and focus the organization on the key operational constraints (financial budget, resources and timelines).


  • Inventory Management
  • Monitoring of WIP costs of inventory and realisation into finished goods
  • Supporting production and supply staff to ensure accurate inventory numbers are reported
  • Review of inventory related accounts on a monthly basis and ensure that they reported correctly
  • Work with the Reporting Manager to ensure inventory is accurately reported in the global reporting systems
  • Review of COGS Clearing, GRIR and GIT accounts
  • Financial Controlling of R&D and Production Costs
  • Report to key stakeholders on a monthly basis actual costs against budget
  • Advise on corrective action to be taken in the case of substantial deviations


  • Analytical support in R & D and Production budget process
  • Support in preparation of Budget Review presentation
  • Support to the Financial Controller to create various budget templates

Product costing:

  • Assist in the annual preparation of standard costs for crop protection and seed inventory
  • Variance analysis of deviations from standard costing
  • Capital Sanctioning Support:
  • Provide support to users to raise Capex requests
  • Review of capital project completion and recommend for capitalization

Knowledge, experience & capabilities:

Critical knowledge:

  • Full ACCA/CIMA/ZICA and degree in Accounting is an added advantage
  • Advanced level in Excel and PowerPoint
  • Understanding of financial flow in the income statement and balance sheet

Critical experience:

  • Previous controlling experience
  • Previous experience working with a global multinational
  • Previous experience with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
  • Reviewing, anticipating and reporting financial performance
  • Working understanding of the budget process
  • Understanding of manufacturing accounting concepts, standard costing and deferred variances.
  • Critical technical, professional and personal capabilities
  • Analytical background, conceptual thinking combined with strong implementation skills
  • Proactive, creative and pragmatic approach underpinned by strong analytical skills
  • Fluent in English is a must, other African languages is a plus
  • Cultural awareness, interpersonal communication skills and presentation skills

Critical leadership capabilities:

  • Set direction
  • Communicates effectively
  • Provides comfort on delivery to stakeholders
  • Create edge
  • Build trust
  • Develops a personal opinion and defends it in a compelling way opposite peers and superiors
  • Drive results
  • Achieve goals
  • Carefully plans, organizes and reviews progress to meet deadlines of assignment at highest quality standard in the most effective way
  • Liberate potential
  • Develops self
  • Actively seeks challenges and feedback to ensure continuous technical / behavioural development

Critical success factors & key challenges:

  • Strong analytical and communication skills
  • Naturally enthusiastic, displaying a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Learn and understand quickly new activities / tasks
  • Effective teamwork
  • Strong skills with Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines


Knowledge, experience & capabilities:

Critical knowledge:

  • Good understanding of local Generally Accepted Accounting Policies
  • Good understanding of legal entity governance framework
  • Good understanding of business end to end processes and internal controls necessary to safeguard the Company’s assets.
  • Experience in working in multi national organizations (ideally with matrix structure) with emphasis on communicating and decision making with demonstrated ability to work under pressure.

Critical experience:

  • Qualified Accountant i.e. CIMA, ZICA, ACCA, CPA or equivalent
  • Last level accounting profession as above with experince will be considered
  • Minimum 3-5 years experience in relevant roles
  • Keen demonstrated strengths in unquestionable integrity and trustworthiness.
  • Experience in working in multi national organizations with emphasis on communicating and decision making with demonstrated ability to work under pressure. Must be motivated by interdependency.
  • Critical technical, professional and personal capabilities:
  • Credible with local senior management and comfortable with expressing his views or putting alternate point of view in a constructive way.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

How to Apply

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