We're making Africa the first cashless continent.
In 2017, nearly 60% of adults 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 an Accountant who’s resourceful, organized and proactive about getting things done. You'll be responsible for helping developing and maintaining an effective financial and accounting unit as we rapidly scale our business in Côte d'Ivoire.
In this role, you'll:
- Book accounting entries
- 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.
- Handle financial closing tasks under Financial Controller’s supervision
- Substantiate financial transactions by auditing documents.
- Maintain accounting controls by preparing and recommending policies and procedures.
- Prepare payments by verifying documentation, and requesting 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 engrained within your team.
- Bachelor’s or master’s degree in accounting, finance or tax
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience in auditing/accounting/finance
- Experience with financial reporting requirements
- Fluent in English
- Good computer skills especially in Word and Excel
- Location: You'll work from our office in Abidjan and may travel to field locations
- Work authorization in Côte d’Ivoire is required
- This is a permanent position
You might be a good fit if you
- Communicate effectively and often, both in writing and in-person, to the point of over-communication
- Possess strong accounting and reporting skills
- Are a critical thinker that likes to challenge status quo
- Dive into new challenges and enjoy identifying creative solutions
- Are deadline-orientated
- Are incredibly curious about how pieces fit together and use this learning to build optimal solutions
- Love owning projects - you're autonomous yet know when to escalate problems
- Adept at independently navigating complex relationship
- Know how to maintain confidentiality when dealing with sensitive information
- Are incredibly adaptable and excel in multi-cultural and fast paced environments
- Process-driven and can implement structure where there is little or none
- Exceptionally organized and pay close attention to detail
- Are a “can-doer” and thrive on executing on objectives
- Think from first principles about how things should work
- Think about culture and process from the user's perspective
- We have a continuously growing in-country team in Senegal, Cote D'Ivoire and Uganda, plus remote team members spread across the world. We're deeply passionate about our mission of bringing great financial services to the people who need them most.
- We foster autonomy for our employees. You'll learn to 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 Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund, Y Combinator, and the cofounders of PayPal.
How to apply
Fill out the form below, and upload a resume plus a cover letter 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.