Senior Operations Accountant

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka


About the job
Company Description

As a world market leader in crop protection, we help farmers to counter these threats and ensure enough safe, nutritious, affordable food for all – while minimizing the use of land and other agricultural inputs.

Syngenta Crop Protection keeps plants safe from planting to harvesting. From the moment a seed is planted through to harvest, crops need to be protected from weeds, insects and diseases as well as droughts and floods, heat and cold.

Syngenta Crop Protection is headquartered in Switzerland.

Job Description


Syngenta Zambia Limited is in search of a Senior Operations Accountant to assist the Finance Lead to provide accounting and administrative support to the local Finance Team, for a limited period of time (12 months), as part of this new ERP system implementation.


End to end responsibility in accounting area; preparing all group reporting, local statutory (up until IFRS hand-off) and tax reporting. Assuring accuracy, timely submission, and proper substantiation of financial reporting submissions in line with the Syngenta Financial Reporting requirements, local statutory reporting regulations and local tax requirements
Ensure timely and accurate recording of all business transactions in ERP system according to the IFRS rules for group reporting and local GAAP rules for statutory reporting
Sustain high standards on verification of assets and liabilities in the balance sheet. Perform and review balance sheet reconciliations in line with corporate IFRS and statutory reporting requirements.
Provide efficient support to new business model implementation and mergers/integrations, ensuring adherence to the applicable corporate frameworks
Drive the effective and efficient delivery of end-to-end Finance Operations activities and collaborate effectively with other country peers to share best practice.
Accountable to facilitate internal /external audits and drive sustainable and timely remediation of outstanding audit issues in close corporation conjunction with the wider Finance organization.
Coordinate the work of junior colleagues in the teams and help developing them
Support a high level of financial compliance capability in the team and promote compliance culture through training and other relevant initiatives, effective and sustainable implementation of internal Controls
Ensure accuracy of cash-flow forecasting and effective cash-flow management.
Help with the preparation of monthly Functional Cost reports (actuals and variances)
Support the business function in any other activities that may be assigned. Other tasks as per business need during the new ERP Implementation.



Critical Knowledge

Fully qualified ACCA/CIMA/ZICA Accountant and degree in Accounting is an added advantage
Fluent in English language (written and spoken)
5+ years of relevant experience (Accounting and administration)
Knowledge of the ERP systems Scala, SAP etc. would be an advantage
Advanced level in Excel and PowerPoint.

Critical Skills

Excellent knowledge of Iscala, SAP and Ms Office (Word, Excel, Power point)
Excellent knowledge of relevant local/ regional tax legislations.
Excellent understanding of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
Good understanding of business end to end processes and internal controls
Good understanding of statutory, tax, and statistical reporting requirements
Ability to effectively work in a cross-functional matrix organization

Additional Information


Essential Syngenta Competencies


Other Behaviors Critical for the role

Ability to manage self, work independently, to take informed decisions and determine priorities
Time management skills with high proactivity to take initiatives
Good interaction with functional leadership and external customers
Ability to effectively work in a cross-functional matrix organization

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