Financial Manager for a luxury tour operator based in Arusha, Tanzania.

We are currently in search for a well experienced Financial Manager for a luxury tour operator based in Arusha, Tanzania. The ideal candidate must have a relatively strong 5 star background and to have all qualifications as listed below for the work visa


  • Hands-on, self-driven and motivated 
  • Organised and results oriented
  • Excellent problem solving skills 
  • Comfortable in dealing with and tolerant of diverse cultures, languages and environments 
  • Highly numerate and accurate, with an eye for detail on numbers and analysis of financial results
  • Highly ethical and integrous with the ability to be principled when necessary
  • Be open to and adapt to the very specific culture of tolerance across the regions we operate


  • Finance reporting function for all business units
  • Balance sheet reconciliations & process monthly journals 
  • Monthly management account reporting for regional business units and variance analysis
  • Quarterly forecasts, annual budgets and high level forecasts
  • Treasury management and cashflow forecasting
  • Fixed asset register maintenance
  • Debtors age analysis and bad debt provision
  • Revaluation and authorisation of all bank reconciliations
  • Review and approval of payment obligations (creditors)

  • Maintain commercial focus through preparation & review of detailed budgets, forecasts and input into management decisions
  • Investigate and report variances and implement controls to reduce variances where relevant. 
  • Plan, direct and coordinate the responsibilities of subordinates to ensure they are performing in line with expectations, including regular lodge visits
  • Manage External Audit and field queries with Audit Team 
  • Co-ordinate regional annual budgeting and quarterly forecasting
  • Completion and submission of relevant tax returns, including VAT, Income Tax, PAYE and Withholding Tax 
  • Maintain procedures for custody and control of assets and records in order to ensure safekeeping 
  • Establish and maintain relationships with internal customers and provide assistance when problems may be encountered 
  • Monthly preparation of Arusha payroll and reviewing regional payroll


  • Consider review and support investment and commercial opportunities that arise from time to time
  • Ad hoc projects as required from time to time


  • Qualified Chartered Accountant
  • Must be proficient with MS Office Packages and be able to demonstrate superior MS Excel abilities
  • Experience in Accpac or Tourplan a plus
  • Must be able to work in a challenging environment
  • East African Tax & Accounting experience an advantage
  • International experience is a plus
  • Luxury lodge and / or Touring finance experience an advantage
  • Willing to relocate to Arusha
  • Willing to travel from Arusha to the Tanzania based lodges


  • Must be highly numerate in financial reporting, internal controls, taxation, relationships with key stakeholders and problem solving.
  • Strong Commercial focus
  • Able to prioritise and balance Commercial and technical financial requirements 
  • The ability to generate and maintain a positive momentum and focus. 
  • Consistently maintaining a high productivity level whilst demonstrating drive, stamina and the capacity to work hard. 
  • Maintains ethical and professional norms in all activities and including a willingness to develop oneself further.
  • Able to coach and facilitate the development of others’ knowledge and skills, providing timely feedback and guidance to help them reach goals
  • High emotional intelligence to be able to balance the highly driven work ethic that is in place coupled with a sense of ‘fun’ and enjoying work daily


  • This is a permanent position based in Arusha, Tanzania
  • The company will facilitate and coordinate all work & residence permit requirements
  • The successful endorsement of both the work & residence permits by the government will confirm the appointment upon which the successful candidate may travel to Tanzania to take up the position
  • The successful candidate will be required to sit for the exams for the local accounting certification to satisfy work permit conditions

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