Babban Gona New Ongoing Recruitment [8 Positions]

Posted on :

13 Nov, 2017

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Vacancies in Nigeria

Babban Gona is a high-impact, financially sustainable and highly scalable agricultural social enterprise that is part-owned by the farmers we serve.  In recognition of the impact it has achieved thus far, it is the first for-profit social enterprise in history and the first Nigerian organisation to receive the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship is considered the equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize in the Social Entrepreneurship industry.

We are recruiting to fill the positions below:

Job Title: Business Development Analyst
: Lagos
Department: Business Development/Investor Relations
Division: Corporate
Report to: Business Development Associate
Start Date: Immediately
About the Position

  • The Business Development Analyst position is an entry level position for an intellectually curious and hardworking individual seeking an opportunity in a fast paced internationally recognized social enterprise.
  • The selected individual will be exposed to the entire business, ranging from operations to fundraising, with the opportunity to work directly with recognized leaders in the agricultural industry.


  • Searching for relevant grant funding opportunities
  • Coordinating meetings, conference calls and visits
  • Providing regular updates to supervisor
  • Participating in meetings and contribute to strategic decisions
  • Participating in conferences and workshops
  • Travelling across Nigeria to observe field operations
  • Supporting Business Development, Investor Relation teams, and other teams as required
  • Writing concept notes and proposals for grant funding
  • Writing relevant reports and updates for new and existing grants
  • Performing analyses on excel
  • Monitoring and coordinating grant activities
  • Liaising with operations team to produce quarterly grant reports

Qualifications & Required Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline
  • 2-3 years’ work experience (including internships)
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Strong communicator
  • Ability to multitask and meet tight deadlines
  • Proven interest and passion for in Agriculture and Social Development
  • Willingness to travel in Nigeria and across Africa if required
  • Curiousness and a positive attitude towards work
  • Ability to relate with people from different backgrounds
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint


Job Title: Human Development Analyst
: Lagos
Department: Human Development
Division: Corporate
Report to: Human Development Manager
Start Date: Immediately
About the Position

  • Babban Gona seeks to hire a Human Development Analyst, a professional with demonstrated experience in recruitment and selection processes.
  • The selected individual will perform human resource functions such as recruitment/selection, benefits administration, performance reviews, employee relations and compensation plans.


  • Conducting and coordinating the recruitment of new team members for both Kaduna and Lagos offices.
  • Advertising positions, administering tests and scheduling interviews for prospective team members.
  • Researching, analyzing, developing and preparing human resource policies and procedures, recommendations, reports and correspondence.
  • Maintaining a comprehensive database of all employee information.
  • Training and orientation of new employees.
  • Establishing and maintaining proper working relationships with all employees and the public.
  • Performing other administrative functions

Qualifications & Required Skills

  • Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management or a closely related field.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of human resources management; as well as applicable federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Ability to appropriately plan, organize, monitor, and evaluate the work flow of projects and activities.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to listen and attention to details.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint).


Job Title: Business Development Associate
: Lagos
About the Position

  • Babban Gona seeks to hire a Business Development Associate, a professional with experience in raising capital through different channels including but not limited to the capital markets, commercial debt, and impact investment funds.
  • The selected individual will be exposed to the entire organization including operations, while working closely with Babban Gona’s leadership team, recognized leaders within the agricultural industry.
  • Apply today, and join us as we transform Nigeria into a country in which 1 million small holder farmers by 2025 are able to transition from subsistence farming to commercial farming, and agriculture becomes the basis for security and employment.


  • Work with Managing Director to fundraise for portfolio company
  • Develop and implement the company’s investor relations plan
  • Pitch Nigeria’s first social impact bond to new investors both nationally and internationally
  • Build, maintain and manage investor portfolio
  • Prepare quarterly investor statements highlighting financial and social impact
  • Serve as the key point of contact for the investment community
  • Oversee the production of annual reports
  • Organize conferences, road shows, earnings conference calls, and investor meetings
  • Provide feedback to management regarding the investment community’s perception of how the company is being managed, and their view of its financial and impact results
  • Build and maintain relationship with bankers to manage organization’s accounts
  • Gathers and interprets financial data in order to assist in corporate financial decisions.
  • Preparing confidential memoranda, management presentations, marketing pitches and other presentations

Qualifications & Required skills

  • Bachelor’s degree specializing in Finance, Business Administration, Economics
  • At least 5 years of fundraising experience via the capital markets
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Proven financial, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to interpret financial reports
  • Strong communication and business application skills
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, relationship-building skills in the investment community
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work well in a team
  • Proficiency in excel and Microsoft word tools
  • Strong and demonstrated passion for social development and impact investment
  • Independent thinker and resourceful problem solver driven to succeed
  • Strong work ethic, organizational skills and ability to multitask
  • Client facing
  • Fluency in English


Job Title: Financial Controller
: Lagos
About the Position
Do you want to change the world by enabling 1 million people lift themselves out of poverty by 2025?

Do you want to build a first of its kind agricultural financial system that will provide over $1 Billion in financing to a million smallholder farmers across Africa by 2025?

If you answered yes to these questions join our team. Babban Gona seeks a passionate leader as our Financial Controller. We are seeking a passionate, driven, and knowledgeable professional with demonstrated leadership experience in leading the financial operations of an operation with broad branch network, large remotely located inventories and high transaction volumes organization.

The selected individual will work alongside Babban Gona’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in order to drive the achievement of Babban Gona’s overall organisational goals, while ensuring the financial health and growth of the company.

The Financial Controller will be responsible for maintaining accounting systems, managing cash flow and audit, and implementing financial reporting systems to comply with government regulations and legislation. The controller provides financial leadership and is instrumental in forming accounting strategies. They will oversee the Operations Finance department which includes the following functions: Treasury and Accounting, Payables, Float Management, Receivables, Bank Reconciliation and General Ledger Analysis, Financial Planning and Analysis, Reporting, Inventory & Financial Analysis and Price Intelligence. The Financial Controller will report to and assist the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in presenting reports to senior executives, stakeholders, and Board members.

Apply today, and join us as we transform Nigeria into a country where 1 million smallholder farmers are able to transition from subsistence farming to commercial farming by 2025, and agriculture becomes the basis for security and employment.


  • Manage finance functions and oversee the operations finance
  • Prepare, examine, and analyze accounting records, financial statements, or other financial/grant reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.
  • Develop and maintain timely and accurate financial statements and reports that are appropriate for the users and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
  • Create, implement and maintain appropriate systems for internal
  • Maintain internal control and safeguards for receipt of revenue, tracking of costs, and program budgets and actual expenditures.
  • Develop and maintain financial accounting systems for cash management, accounts payable,accounts receivable, credit control, and petty cash.
  • Survey operations to ascertain accounting needs and to recommend, develop, or maintain solutions to business and financial problems.
  • Analyze business operations, trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations, to project future revenues and expenses or to provide advice where necessary.
  • Develop, maintain, and analyze budgets, preparing periodic reports that compare budgeted costs to actual costs.
  • Oversee the production of financial and managerial reports.
  • Coordinate all audit activities.
  • Oversee all tax and regulatory compliance issues.
  • Supervises all country office bank relations and bank account activities including negotiation of fees, interest and currency exchange rates.
  • Oversee the timely preparation, review and approval of all monthly bank account and cash reconciliations.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of 7 years finance experience
  • Master’s degree, in Accounting, Business Administration, Commerce, Economics or Finance with a recognized professional certificate in Accounting such as CPA
  • Demonstrated experience in budgetary and control oversight and the creation of internal control processes
  • Experience in managing highly decentralized branch operations and organization with large inventory spread out across regional warehouses.
  • In-depth knowledge of the financial analysis, planning and reporting
  • Knowledgeable in preparing financial reports for development partners
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to give, prepare and present oral presentations
  • Technical accounting skills
  • Exposure to and oversight of implementing controls in high volume cash transactions
  • Experience with coordinating audit activities and managing budget development and analysis, accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, and accounting for investments.
  • Ability to translate complex financial concepts to individuals at all levels including finance and non-finance managers
  • Commitment to recruiting, mentoring, training, and retaining a diverse team with the foresight and ability to delegate accordingly
  • Experience in tax preparation according to Nigerian laws


Job Title: Sales Analyst
: Lagos
Department: Sales
Division: Corporate
Report to: Sales Manager
Start Date: Immediately
About the Position

  • Babban Gona seeks to hire a Sales Analyst, a seasoned professional with demonstrated experience in sales and marketing. The selected individual will work alongside other members of Babban Gona’s sales team in order to increase overall sales productivity, as well as our farmers’ market access in the food processing sector.


  • Building customers based within the food processing and poultry sectors.
  • Collecting, analyzing and reporting sales related data.
  • Assist management in developing and reviewing sales budget.
  • Managing customer service relations with key customers.
  • Preparing periodic sales forecasts.
  • Meeting periodic sales targets.
  • Coordinating and monitoring deliveries to customers.
  • Understanding market and price dynamics.
  • Follow up on settlement of Invoices as they fall due.
  • Developing sales reports, margin analysis and key performance metrics.

Qualifications & Required Skills

  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in related fields; degree in marketing and or animal science is an advantage
  • Ability to meet deadlines and set targets
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Team player
  • “Street smarts” (i.e. a good knowledge of the environs)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Analytical and quantitative skills
  • Integrity and accountability
  • Self-motivated, enthusiast and goal orientated


Job Title: Head of Shared Services
: Lagos
About the Position

  • Babban Gona seeks a passionate leader as our Head of Shared Services (HOSS). We are seeking a passionate, driven, and knowledgeable professional with demonstrated leadership experience in managing large agricultural supply chains, coupled with experience across administration, human resources and procurement.
  • The HOSS will manage a diverse team spanning our inbound and outbound logistics, warehouse/inventory management, procurement, administration and human development/resources.
  • The Head ofShared Services will work closely with the Managing Director andExecutive Director,Operations to create and execute onthe Shared Services vision, identify deliverable gaps and put in place appropriate structures and policies to enable the organisation to continue to scale.
  • They will also be responsible for developing long-term relationships with external stakeholders such as input providers, human development practitioners, equipment and office resources providers etc. As part of the leadership of the organization, the Head of Shared Services will support overall strategic and operational decision-making, in addition to fulfilling stewardship responsibilities within their division.


  • Design and lead a new Shared Services function with the overall aim of delivering a high level of service that meets organizational,farmer and employee needs, while maintaining the balance between risk, cost and service objectives.
  • Develop best practice processes to deliver standardizedand efficient services across Administration, Human Development, Procurement and Supply and Distribution functions
  • Manage Shared Service functions in accordance with the organization’s strategic direction and provide effective advice and support for line managers and employees
  • Stay up to date on trends and developments within functional areas of expertise by researching and deploying best practices of similar and successful companies as benchmarks
  • Develop and maintain metrics as well as analyze data to assess performance and implement improvements
  • Promote and lead a culture of structured Continuous Improvement through simplification, standardisation and automation
  • Own the service level agreement (SLA) obligations for shared services in line with cost, quality and control requirements
  • Comply with applicable laws and regulations

Supply and Distribution:

  • Create and execute dept. strategy to manage the seamless receipt and distribution of inputs and harvest services to farmers and farmer produce to customers
  • Direct inventory management by supervising inventory reconciliation and reporting, as well as supervising produce storage to minimize post-harvest losses or over- and under-capitalization
  • Oversee Enhanced Warehouse Receipts programme by planning logistics and produce shipments to customers.

Human Development:

  • Lead the strategy and execution of the Training and Development and Human Resources functions
  • Oversee the delivery of the Training and Development of farmers via the Farm University Platform including onboarding members, designing relevant modules, planning logistics and ensuring relevant best practice methods are taught
  • Drive the Human Resources function strategy to attract exceptional talent and develop a talent management process aimed at increasing employee success and satisfaction.


  • Develop and implement organizational strategies for procuring storage and harvest equipment, agricultural inputs, insurance and office equipment
  • Liaise with various departments to determine their equipment and service needs to enable cost planning and sourcing
  • Nurture relationships with suppliers while identifying and researching potential new suppliers, including vendor and contract management
  • Negotiate the best prices for the organisation bearing in mind quality, quantity, time and location
  • Identify and realize cost-saving and cost-reduction opportunities


  • Oversee coordination of office activities and smooth running of operations to drive sustainable growth and ensure efficiency and compliance to company policies
  • Supervise execution of administrative tasks and implement effective administrative system, ensuring staff have adequate support to work efficiently.
  • Oversee creation and updating of records/databases with personnel, financial and other data.
  • Maintain a safe and secure work environment and ensure general welfare across the organization; identify additional service offerings, department needs or opportunities for improvement
  • Submit timely reports and prepare presentations/proposals as assigned, to track performance or management of business operations
  • Ensure proper allocation of resources and provide an effective support system while balancing staff needs and economic production

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years leading Administration, Human Resources, Logistics and/or Procurement functions and with 10+ years of overall progressive administration, human resources, logisticsand/or procurement experience
  • Demonstrable ability to lead and manage staff across various functions
  • Ability to engage at executive levels to collaborate across business units and functional partners
  • Experience in managing high volume transactions across a branch network of warehouses in remote areas
  • Experience in managing network of transport contractors
  • Proven strategic influencing, networking and stakeholder management skills
  • Outstanding track record in leading service, process and system improvements
  • Highly analytical, problem solving and organisational skills
  • Advanced proficiency with and extensive skills in MS Excel
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple projects
  • Proven ability to manage tasks with competing priorities and deadlines, independently determining order of priority and self-initiating other value-added tasks
  • High level of integrity and objectivity anchored by their fundamental professional competence and due care, confidentiality, and professional behaviour
  • Effective attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy
  • Experience in managing agricultural commodities.


Job Title: Chief Financial Officer
: Lagos
About the Position

  • Do you want to change the world by enabling 1 million people lift themselves out of poverty by 2025?
  • Do you want to build a first of its kind agricultural financial system that will provide over $1 Billion in financing to a million smallholder farmers across Africa by 2025?
  • If you answered yes to these questions join our team. Babban Gona seeks a passionate leader as our Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
  • We are seeking a passionate, driven, and knowledgeable professional with demonstrated leadership experience in raising debt capital to meet the financing needs of an organisation and leading the financial operations functions.
  • As part of the leadership of the organization, the CFO will also support strategic and operational decision making in the organisation, in addition to fulfilling traditional stewardship responsibilities relating to governance, compliance and control, and business ethics.

Job Description

  • The CFO will oversee two departments, namely Corporate Finance and Financial Control.
  • The Corporate Finance department is focused on executing the fundraising strategy while maintaining a cost-effective and value-enhancing capital structure.
  • This corporate finance department will build on our successful fund raising activities, and develop and execute a comprehensive debt strategy, to raise $1 billion in capital by 2025, leveraging a diversified source of debt from private placement bonds, public bonds, supplier trade credit and commercial banks.
  • The Financial Control department includes Treasury and Accounting functions, Financial Planning and Analysis, and Financial Reporting and Control.
  • The CFO reports directly to the Managing Director and indirectly to the Board of Directors. They will also assist the Executive Director, Operations on all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to budget management, cost–benefit analysis, forecasting needs and securing new funding.
  • The CFO must serve as the financial authority in the organization, ensuring the integrity of fiscal data and modelling transparency as well as accountability while complying with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Apply today, and join us as we transform Nigeria into a country in which 1 million smallholder farmers are able to transition from subsistence farming to commercial farming by 2025, and agriculture becomes the basis for security and employment.


  • Monitor financial performance by measuring and analyzing results, initiating corrective actions, and minimizing the impact of variances
  • Manage the execution of the investor and stakeholder relations engagement strategy
  • Develop and execute the organisation’s fundraising strategy both in a local and global context
  • Create and maintain the organisation’s business plan and financial projections to inform planning, fundraising and resource management
  • Lead and coordinate organizational reporting and transparency by applying a systems thinking approach to governance and management
  • Support the Board via the provision of financial and non-financial information, both historic and forward-looking, for decision-making.
  • Oversee risk management and internal control, asset stewardship, financial planning and analysis, price intelligence, tax and treasury
  • Design a robust and standardized business-decision-making framework; driveprocess improvements and change initiatives that enable budgeting, forecasting and reporting to be carried out in a consistent and effective manner
  • Protect and preserve the company’s assets to comply with financial control requirements
  • Ensure completeness of financial policies and initiate periodic updates of these procedures

Corporate Finance:

  • Lead preparation of detailed and robust Business Plan & Financial Projections
  • Identify and design the ideal finance structure for the organisation
  • Develop and deliver the funding strategy across debt, equity, and grant instruments
  • Oversee preparation of investment documentation (investor memorandum, grant proposals, and prospectus where necessary)
  • Drive long term capital investment decisions and oversee short term financial planning to ensure sufficient liquidity to carry out operations, including accessing credit lines from DFIs, commercial banks, and other financial intermediaries
  • Oversee global and local investor and stakeholder relations, while managing currency risk
  • Access and predict financial risks and return using financial modelling and macroeconomics forecasting
  • Negotiate and structure deals to ensure the best possible terms for transactions e.g., interest
  • Provide investment advice,approaches and recommendations to meet organisation needs
  • Manage the fundraising process to ensure successful completion and liaise with all stakeholders e.g., auditors, lawyers, financial experts, regulatory bodies etc involved in the process`

Financial Reporting, Planning & Analysis:

  • Review and discuss with management the long term strategic business plan and financial projections, along with related assumptions, to forecast future financial results and needs
  • Update forecasts on a monthly basis, in addition to annual forecasts, and conduct scenario analysis to see the impact of any eventuality
  • Develop the organization’s prospects by studying economic trends and revenue opportunities, projecting acquisition and expansion prospects, analyzing organization operations, identifying opportunities for systems enhancement in conjunction with developing growth and action plans.
  • Perform variance analysis and establish finance operational strategies and critical measurements to identify areas where the business can improve
  • Oversee preparation of financial statements that disclose the organization’s financial status to management, investors and the government
  • Assess the viability, stability and profitability of the organization, its departments and projects undertaken using relevant ratios and calculations based on financial statements prepared
  • Monitor execution of annual audits in all department to assure their timeliness and effectiveness
  • Coordinate with auditors in planning efficient and effective audit programs; review draft external audit reports and provide the necessary commentary for finalizing timely audit

Price Intelligence:

  • Oversee the tracking and monitoring of produce and non-produce prices to identify trends over time, to inform yearly sales planning and pricing of produce
  • Perform extensive competitive pricing analysis to optimize the organization’s pricing strategy and determine the impact of various prices on the organisation’s profitability and its farmers


  • Forecast and track working capital (receivables, payables and inventory) needs in the short- and long-term
  • Initiate the necessary directives to optimize the use of cash across company’s operations
  • Ensure that the negotiated bank facilities are competitive in terms of tenor, pricing, roll over and grace period
  • Build constructive relationships with key bank stakeholders and ensure that periodic reporting requirements to banks are met in a timely manner and that all loan covenants are complied with

Qualifications and Experience

  • Chartered Accountant or Chartered Financial Analyst. MBA preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years in senior management of the finance function and with 15+ years of overall progressive finance experience
  • Excellent leadership skills with multicultural awareness and comfort working with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Knowledge of capital markets and experience in raising capital from DFIs and public bonds
  • Experience in grant raising for organisation initiatives/projects
  • Demonstrated experience as a business partner and “co-pilot” of the MD in driving controls, compliance and performance while improving the business operations
  • Exposure to best practices and global standards and their application in emerging markets, with the ability to balance global standards and local approaches in order to attain targets/outcomes, while maintaining intact the controls, compliance and performance agendas
  • Proven strategic influencing, networking and stakeholder management skills
  • High level of integrity and objectivity anchored by their fundamental professional competence and due care, confidentiality, and professional behaviour
  • Effective attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy
  • Strong financial modelling skills and advanced proficiency with spread sheet programs and applications (MS Excel 2016)


Job Title: Partner Operations Analyst
: Lagos
About the Position

  • Babban Gona seeks to hire a Partner Operations Analyst, an entry-level position for a curious and hardworking individual seeking an exciting opportunity in a fast-paced internationally recognized social enterprise.
  • The selected individual will work alongside other members of Babban Gona’s Business Development team, reporting to the Head, Business Development, where they will be responsible for leading operations, strategy and communications with a major global fundraising partner. The position is based in Lagos with occasional travel.


  • Create templates and post new loans on partner online platform
  • Reconcile monthly repayment reports ensuring data quality and integrity
  • Perform regular analysis using Excel to monitor funded loans and expirations
  • Strategically communicate loan performance and impact to external portfolio managers and stakeholders located worldwide
  • Act as primary point of contact for all partner related activities
  • Formulate short and long-term strategies to maximize funding on partner platform
  • Liaise across corporate finance, operations and business development functions to increase overall lending activity
  • Train field staff on partner policies and procedures

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • At least 2 years’ work experience (including internships)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office: Excel, PowerPoint, Word
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven interest in agriculture and/or social entrepreneurship
  • Willingness to travel as required
  • Motivated self-starter with ability to lead projects from start to finish
  • Fluent in English


Compensation & Benefits
Salary and benefits are competitive, commensurate with experience.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their resume and cover letter to: [email protected] and using the job position as subject line example: “Business Development Analyst”
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Application Deadline  1st December, 2017.

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