We're making Africa the first cashless continent.
In 2017, over half the population in Sub-Saharan Africa had no bank account. That's for good reason—the fees are too high, the closest branch can be miles away, and nobody takes cards. Without access to financial institutions, people are forced to keep their savings under the mattress. Small business owners rely on lenders who charge extortionate rates. Parents spend hours waiting in line to pay school fees in cash.
We're solving this by building financial services that just work: no account fees, instantly available, and accepted everywhere. In places where electricity, water and roads don't always work, you can still send money with Wave. In November 2017, we launched a mobile app in Senegal for cash deposit, withdrawal, and peer-to-peer and business payments. In 2019, we expanded to Cote d'Ivoire. Now, we have millions of users and are growing fast. Our goal is to make Africa the first cashless continent. And that's where you come in....
How you'll help us achieve it
We're looking for a Financial Controller who's resourceful, organized, and proactive about getting things done. You'll be responsible for helping develop and maintain an effective financial and accounting unit as we rapidly scale our business in Burkina Faso.
In this role, you will :
- Research and review tax implications of company operations and propose clear pathways forward.
- Ensure that all tax declarations are completed accurately and timely
- Review and monitor company financial transactions
- Provide financial information by researching and analyzing accounting data
- Recommend financial actions by analyzing accounting options
- Reconcile financial discrepancies by collecting and analyzing account information
- Direct all financial procedures and reporting in support of the annual audit
- Substantiate financial transactions by auditing documents.
- Maintain accounting controls by preparing and recommending policies and procedures.
- Reviewing and signing off on company disbursements
- Comply with financial, legal, and regulatory requirements by studying existing and new legislation, enforcing adherence to requirements, and advising on needed actions.
- Maintain confidence and protect operations by keeping financial information confidential.
- Lead by living Wave's values, and ensure they're deeply ingrained within your team.
- Location: You'll work from our office in Ouagadougou and may travel to field locations.
- Work authorization in Burkina Faso.
- This is a permanent position.
- Master's degree in accounting, finance, or tax
- Minimum of 7 years experience in auditing/accounting/finance
- Experience with financial reporting requirements under the Uniform Act of OHADA
- Speak both French and English fluently [this role will regularly interact with non-French speakers]
- Good computer skills, especially in Word and Excel
- Experience in an audit firm will be an added advantage
- Being CFA or CPA certified will also be an added advantage
You might be a good fit if you.
- Possess strong accounting and reporting skills.
- Are excessively detail-oriented and seek to achieve excellence in everything you do.
- Are a critical thinker that likes to challenge the status quo.
- Are deadline-orientated.
- Are intellectually curious, creative in the way you go about tackling problems, and embrace failure as a means to spark innovation and growth.
- Love owning projects - you're autonomous yet know when to escalate problems.
- Are comfortable defaulting to over-communication and overreaching when it comes to coordination.
- Know how to maintain confidentiality when dealing with sensitive information.
- Adjust quickly to changing priorities and conditions, while managing time factors.
- We have a rapidly growing in-country team in Senegal, Côte D'Ivoire, Mali and Uganda, plus remote team members spread across the world. We're deeply passionate about our mission of bringing radically affordable financial services to the people who need them most.
- We foster autonomy for our employees. You'll own your own projects at every stage, from understanding the problem to monitoring your solution in production.
- We’re backed by world-class investors including Sequoia, Stripe, Founders Fund, Ribbit Capital, Y Combinator, and the cofounders of PayPal.
How to apply
Fill out the form below, and upload a resume plus a cover letter, both written in English, describing your interest in Wave and the role. We review applications on a rolling basis.
Wave is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.