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About ALU

From the start, we’ve been on a mission to bring the “university of the future” to the world — a place where students declare missions not majors, where real-world experience takes precedence over theoretical classroom lectures, and where learning how to learn has replaced learning facts and figures. Today, ALU is on its way to helping unleash the human potential of a new generation of ethical and entrepreneurial leaders — and in the process, unlock a new era of prosperity and opportunity for Africa and beyond unlike the world has ever seen.


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 organisations in the world and the most innovative endeavour in Africa; and The New York Times recognised ALU as one of the eight places in the world “where history is being made.”


The Opportunity

You will be responsible for implementing best-in-class systems and controls to ensure that ALU operates ethically, efficiently and cost-effectively. You will be working in a mission-driven environment, with passionate and interesting people. You will have opportunities for both personal and professional growth, and to work outside of your roles on other projects you are passionate about. ALU team members work hard but have a lot of flexibility and a great working environment. 


Role Responsibilities:

  • Take ownership of the day-to-day, monthly and year end operations of the Finance department and maintain the integrity of the general ledger at all times
  • Lead the month / year end close process and coordinate statutory audit in line with group reporting deadlines and statutory requirements
  • Supervise and review all balance sheet recons and supporting schedules (including bank statements, fixed assets, accruals, prepayments, deferred revenue and inter-company matching), and ensuring accuracy of financial information 
  • Prepare weekly cash flow forecast to support treasury management
  • Prepare and submit monthly / yearly returns in line with the relevant laws and legislations
  • Develop and ensure compliance with group policies and regulatory requirements
  • Liaise with banks, tax authority and other relevant external parties
  • Keep up to date with all relevant developments in IFRS and regulatory framework
  • Support or own ad hoc projects including stakeholders’ reporting and budget


  • A qualified accountant (ACCA or equivalent) with 8+ years of post-qualification experience in an accounting role
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, highly organised and detailed oriented
  • Open mindset, accurate, persistent and a self-starter
  • Strongly proficient with Microsoft Office and/or G-suite, especially Excel and working knowledge of Netsuite accounting software would be a definite advantage
  • High level of written and verbal communication skills, including ability to interact effectively at various levels
  • Ability to manage his/her time and prioritising tasks to a high standard to meet deadlines (capability to deal with several projects in parallel)


  • ALU has a mission: educating 3 million ethical, entrepreneurial African leaders over the next fifty years. You will play a part in achieving this education revolution, and you’ll see the significance of that every day. You’ll get to work with students, experience their growth, and see the impact on their future. And you’ll also get to help shape the way we do things within ALU. Additionally, ALU will make a difference in your life: we aim to have everyone leave us better off than they came to us, with an arsenal of skills and experiences that will accelerate your career trajectory and change the way you look at the world.
  • We have a team of some of the most talented, driven and passionate people you’ll ever meet. And we’re made up of all sorts: all ages, cultures, backgrounds and diverse thinkers are welcome. We encourage team members to explore and enjoy life beyond the office, and we have many communities and events for you can get involved in.
  • Your ALU adventure will allow you to take charge of shaping your personal and professional growth. From taking on projects you’re passionate about to directly influencing your workstream; from being part of developing new products to working with our students in different forms and settings; you will be an agent for change in your own life at ALU. All these and more are what our crazy, dynamic startup environment has to offer.

About The African Leadership University

The African Leadership University is re-imagining university education for the 21st century by applying an innovative approach to tertiary education. Dubbed by CNN as “the Harvard of Africa”, ALU is leveraging modern pedagogy, advanced education technology and global partnerships with leading employers and universities, to provide a deeply engaging learning experience. ALU offers a fresh and interdisciplinary approach to education in a broad range of subjects such as sciences, engineering, social sciences and business.

The scalable, high-quality network of campuses will develop 3 million leaders across the world by 2060. The first ALU campus is up and running with 300 students on the beautiful island of Mauritius. The second campus just opened in Rwanda and from there ALU plans to scale across Africa initially, and eventually throughout the world.