The Council of Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons for the post of Bursar that has arisen at the University.
Reporting to the Vice Chancellor of the University, the Council seeks a dynamic and results oriented finance professional with a strong ability to analyse complex financial data and produce effective management information. The individual should possess an excellent understanding of University financial systems and procedures and have the ability to contribute to the University’s strategic financial decisions.
The Bursar is the Chief Finance Officer of the University with the overall responsibility of safeguarding its funds and authorizing its investments and expenditure. The Bursar is part of the Senior Management Team of the University and plays a key role in the strategic planning and decision-making process in the Institution.
Key Performance areas
a) Managing all the financial affairs of the University including strategic planning, implementation of sound accounting procedures and treasury functions and being the University’s financial advisor;
b) Provide leadership and direction to the Bursar’s Department;
c) Ensuring adherence and compliance to statutory declarations, financial regulations and procedures;
d) Formulating, designing, reviewing and implementing sound and appropriate financial accounting policies and systems;
e) Receiving on behalf of the University Council, grants subventions, revenues, gifts payable to the University and provide a sufficient discharge of the same;
f) Maintaining cash flow projections for the current and future years;
g) Preparation and reviewing of Final Accounts, cash flows and any other ad hoc financial reports as and when required by management;
h) Developing and managing annual budgets and performing periodic cost, productivity and variance analysis;
i) Planning, developing and implementing strategies for generating resources and revenue;
j) Interacting with supervising agents, internal and external auditors, participating in audit projects and providing information and access to accounting records as required;
k) Providing guidance to staff in the Bursar’s department including staff Performance Management as well as Staff Continuous Development;
l) Establishing and maintaining collaborative and effective working relationships with all university stakeholders;
m) Providing policy advice and accounting services to a wide range of clients within the University community and ensuring that the financial regulations and procedures are continually updated to meet the demand of an IT driven environment.
n) Undertaking the full range of company secretarial duties and administration of the University’s pension and insurance portfolios.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
a) The ideal candidate must have a Bachelor of Accountancy Honours Degree or equivalent; be a Chartered Accountant (CA), a Chartered Certified Accountant (CCA) or a registered Public Accountant.
b) In addition to a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting the candidate must have a Master’s Degree in Accountancy;
c) A PhD qualification in that field will be an added advantage
d) In addition, the candidate must be a Chartered Accountant (CA) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Chartered Certified Accountant (CCA)
e) Be a Registered Public Accountant with at least ten (10) years of accounting experience directly related to the duties mentioned above and preferably in a University environment or large organisation,
f) Five (5) years of the experience should have been in a senior management position within the university set-up or in a large organization.
g) Be highly competent in relevant Information Management Systems including computerized accounting systems/packages
h) Have a strong understanding of the challenges facing Higher Education Institutions;
i) Be able to contribute to the overall good management of the University and keep pace with other changes in the internal and external environment and in the international environment;
J) Have a proven track record of taking full responsibility for a multi-faceted job in a dynamic environment and
k) Be a highly credible and mature person who enjoys an outstanding reputation in the financial sector.
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
Medical Aid, Leave and Pension Benefits are offered. The information on salary and other benefits will be made available to shortlisted candidates.
All applications will be treated in strictest confidence. Applicants must submit eight (8) copies of applications as well as an electronic version in a single PDF file which should include copies of Birth, ID and Academic Certificates, Curriculum Vitae giving full personal particulars including full names, place and date of birth, qualifications, experience, date of availability, contact details, names and email addresses of three (3) contactable referees.
The envelope should be clearly marked; Bursar Post and addressed to:
Chairman of Council
Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences
c/o The Vice Chancellor’s Office
Stair Guthrie Road – Off Vumba Road
P. Bag 7001
The closing date for receipt of applications is 30 July 2020. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.