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Financial Analyst



African Leadership University - ALU

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About the Company

ALU provides higher education for a higher purpose. Our students declare missions, not majors.
They develop the real-world skills to take on the world’s most pressing challenges. And they take ownership of their learning from day one through our peer and student-led approach – because ALU believes in the power and agency of young people to start shaping the future right now.
Together with a world-class faculty and staff, our students are igniting a ripple of positive impact across Africa and the world.
Our mission is not going unnoticed. CNN described ALU — which has campuses in Mauritius and Rwanda —  as “The Harvard of Africa;” Fast Company ranked ALU one of the 50 most innovative organizations in the world and the most innovative endeavor in Africa; and The New York Times recognized ALU as one of the eight places in the world “where history is being made.” Join us.

About the Role

The Financial Analyst will be responsible for setting and tracking Key Performance Indicators and objectives. He/She will be instrumental in providing forward looking analysis and financial recommendations to the senior leadership team.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate good business acumen, strong analytical and data gathering skills and will be a self-starter individual with excellent interpersonal communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills


As a high-growth start-up, the ALU Team works in starkly different ways to traditional academic bureaucracies. We approach education from first principles, empower individuals to design, test, and implement creative new ideas, and work closely together to craft transformative learning experiences. We are deeply passionate about our students and excited by the challenge of building something entirely new.


You will work remotely under the direction of the CFO, with strong collaborative ties to the rest of the finance and accounting team.

You will collaborate with different teams across the organization, at different levels of seniority.

You will be working in a mission-driven environment, with passionate and interesting people. You will have opportunities for both personal and professional growth - ALU team members work hard but have a lot of flexibility and a great working environment.



You have experience building financial models, a passion to learn and grow and are well known for your high attention to detail. You are looking forward to working in a highly autonomous role, using project management skills. The following are, among others, the main responsibilities that apply to the position:

  • Set and track key performance indicators (KPIs) and objectives.

  • Report on financial / business performance and prepare for regular leadership reviews

  • Manage financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting (revenues, expenditures and cash flows).

  • Evaluate financial performance by comparing and analyzing actual results with plans, forecasts, market and comparable companies

  • Escalates any financial issues to management.

  • Recommend actions and strategies for optimization and increase of financial performance

  • Create financial models for decision support

  • Assist managers in developing and analyzing financial models for the financial profitability of their departments or projects

  • Work closely with the accounting team to ensure accurate financial reporting

  • Identify and drive process improvements, including the creation of standard and ad-hoc reports, tools, and Excel dashboards and the implementation of business intelligence tools

  • Assist and support in special projects (M&A, process optimization, market research, capital allocation, etc..


  • 3+ years of business finance or other relevant experience

  • Advanced/expert knowledge of Microsoft Excel; familiarity with data query/data management tools (Access, SQL, PowerBI…)

  • BA, BS, or B.Com degree required

Other nice things to have are:

  • MBAs or Masters Degree

  • Experience working as a consultant (Audit Big 4, Strategy Consulting Firms, internal corporate consulting…)

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