Living Goods

  • KAMPALA, UGANDA

What is Living Goods?

Living Goods supports networks of ‘Avon-like’ micro-entrepreneurs who go door-to-door teaching families how to improve their health and wealth while selling affordable, high-impact products like basic medicines, fortified foods, water filters, clean cook stoves, and solar lights. Living Goods seeks nothing less than a disruptive reinvention of distribution in emerging markets, through networks of franchised micro-entrepreneurs who leverage Living Goods’ brand, buying power and mobile marketing tools to deliver vital products at accessible prices to the people who need them most. By combining the best practices from the worlds of micro-enterprise, franchising and public health, Living Goods is creating a fully sustainable system to improve the health, and wealth, of under served communities.

Living Goods has been featured in The New York Times, NBC News, The Economist, and The Huffington Post. Check out these articles and more on our press page.

Life at Living Goods

Living Goods is aiming to make disruptive changes, dramatically improving the lives of under served communities. We think big, but we operate small and nimble. At Living Goods, you will have the chance to use your creativity and work with your teammates to conceive and test new ideas every day. If you work well in a dynamic, highly collaborative culture, if you set high standards for yourself and your colleagues, if you know how to fail fast and learn fast, if you meet challenges with calm determination and a sense of humor, you will thrive at Living Goods.

Living Goods Kampala, Uganda
13/02/2020
Full time
Introduction Do you want your work to matter? Do you want to use your skills to make a difference, not just a living? Do you want to improve millions of lives, including your own? Living Goods works to reinvent how we improve the lives of the under-served. We think big but operate lean and nimble. We believe community health is critical to deliver Universal Health Coverage and that community health workers (CHWs) are essential, because they bring health services to people’s doorsteps. But to truly make an impact, CHWs need to be digitally empowered, equipped with treatments, effectively supervised, and compensated. We also help governments transform their community health systems and workforces.  Using the disruptive power of mHealth, we’ve transformed ability of more than 7,000 community health workers to have a lifesaving impact across Africa. These community health workers educate, assess, treat and refer for common illnesses like pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria that affect children under 5, they help ensure children get immunized on time, and they support women through their pregnancies and with family planning.  They also provide primary healthcare to 6 million people at a fraction of the cost of doctors and nurses.  The secret to our success is a winning team.  One that enables people to bring their ideas and creativity to work every day.  If you work well in a dynamic collaborative culture, set high standards, meet challenges with determination and a have a sense of humor, come work for Living Goods! Living Goods is growing!  We’ve grown 30 percent every year for the past 5 years. We now have more than 450 Living Goods staff, 97 percent of whom are based in East Africa. At Living Goods, you will have the chance to apply your ideas and creativity at work every day.  If you work well in a dynamic collaborative culture, set high standards, and meet challenges with determination and a sense of humor, you’ll thrive here at Living Goods. What You’ll Do: Design LG country supply chain strategies and plans including Logistics, Procurement, Facilities and security strategies to ensure achievement of LG’s strategic goals. Executes country Supply Chain and security strategies and plans. Strategy, planning & execution Design supply chain strategy and plans as well as security plans for Uganda in partnership with internal stakeholders. This should include cost efficiency approaches. Oversee strategy implementation in the country. Support teams with strategic business reviews on key initiatives across the system/operations and build course corrections to meet long and medium-term objectives. Develop supply chain Key Performance Indicators, measures and metrics aligned to business metrics. Routinely measure and report performance (weekly, monthly, quarterly reports). Develop supply chain efficiency trackers and ensure high performance. Accountable for the development, implementation and monitoring of supply chain operating budgets inclusive of logistics, warehousing and transportation costs. Manage and monitor budgets ensuring business performance targets are met. Optimize costs while ensuring quality services and products. Leads embedment of Safeguarding across all supply chain work.     Operational delivery: systems, processes and continuous improvement Leadership: Provide leadership to country functional team; logistics, procurement and facilities to ensure operational delivery to the last mile. Country operational delivery: Responsible for implementing UG country supply chain and for developing and implementing security plans. Processes & Automation: Effective design of end to end supply chain processes. Ensure utilization of automation through effective and efficient change management strategies and plans. Partner with Tech, Finance, Direct Operations and HR to support automation uptake. Constantly review and innovate processes for continuous improvement, ensuring they are designed to meet organizational strategies, meet compliance requirements while providing superior customer and clients service. Coordinate with other countries to enhance organization alignment. Continuous improvement & evaluation: review best practices, lead benchmarking, review and develop processes, systems, policies and practices that deliver effective and efficient products and customer service. Constantly optimize cost to drive sustainability. 3rd party relationships: Develop and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers, government and regulatory agencies and the local community. Communication: Manages communications across the organization regarding commodities, facilities and services; situation alerts, incidents, coordinates and approves return-to-normalcy in coordination with the SMT as required. Communicate pro-actively when supply execution issues are experienced to manage customer’s expectations. Ensure a high level of cohesion with other departments. Compliance: Ensure a high level of compliance with medicines handling across the organization as required by NDA. People Management Provide hands-on management to country and functional teams Manage talent: Ensure optimal structure and operating capacity (organization design, recruitment and retention), build successors and develop teams (learning and career development through coaching, mentorship and other support) and team engagement (maintain organizational desired engagement and management indices). Build a culture of high performance in line with the organization values.        Who You Are: Education and Experience Bachelor’s degree plus Professional qualification Masters and Professional qualification Professional Certifications /Qualification: Certification from recognized supply chain institution Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Management/ Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Other Skills and Competencies Functional experience: 10 years’ business experience in a commercial environment. Experience in the pharma sector a plus. Commercial, Strategy or Supply Chain Leadership. Knowledge and understanding of public supply chain operations. Living Goods is an equal opportunity employer and will consider every qualified applicant for employment. Living Goods does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability. Our current job openings are displayed on our website, where you can search for open positions and apply directly.  Living Goods does not offer any positions without an interview and never asks candidates for money.  If you are asked for money, we strongly recommend that you do not respond and do not send money or personal information. If offered a role at Living Goods, we’ll request consent to complete a background check, which is part of our hiring process. Learn More...
Living Goods Kampala, Uganda
13/02/2020
Full time
Introduction Do you want your work to matter? Do you want to use your skills to make a difference, not just a living? Do you want to improve millions of lives, including your own? Living Goods works to reinvent how we improve the lives of the under-served. We think big but operate lean and nimble. We believe community health is critical to deliver Universal Health Coverage and that community health workers (CHWs) are essential, because they bring health services to people’s doorsteps. But to truly make an impact, CHWs need to be digitally empowered, equipped with treatments, effectively supervised, and compensated. We also help governments transform their community health systems and workforces.  Using the disruptive power of mHealth, we’ve transformed ability of more than 7,000 community health workers to have a lifesaving impact across Africa. These community health workers educate, assess, treat and refer for common illnesses like pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria that affect children under 5, they help ensure children get immunized on time, and they support women through their pregnancies and with family planning.  They also provide primary healthcare to 6 million people at a fraction of the cost of doctors and nurses.  The secret to our success is a winning team.  One that enables people to bring their ideas and creativity to work every day.  If you work well in a dynamic collaborative culture, set high standards, meet challenges with determination and a have a sense of humor, come work for Living Goods! Living Goods is growing!  We’ve grown 30 percent every year for the past 5 years. We now have more than 450 Living Goods staff, 97 percent of whom are based in East Africa. At Living Goods, you will have the chance to apply your ideas and creativity at work every day.  If you work well in a dynamic collaborative culture, set high standards, and meet challenges with determination and a sense of humor, you’ll thrive here at Living Goods Purpose of the role The Finance Officer is responsible for all aspects of routine financial operations ranging from receipt of documentations submitted by various internal & external customers for financial clearance, booking keeping – capture & posting of all financial transactions into the Organization’s operational accounting system, development of system vouchers for verified requisitions, submission of these for payment processing, proper filing of financial documents, petty cash handling, monitoring & reconciliations, modular reconciliations & reporting, and support during Institutional Audits. This role ensures day to day efficient financial processes & operations and as such requires the Officer to be very proficient and a multitasker; with high levels of integrity, confidentiality, good interpersonal skills & able to pay attention to detail. This is an operational level role with no supervision requirements: directly reporting into the Financial Accounting Manager. What You’ll Do: SYSTEMS TRANSACTIONS CAPTURE & POSTING / BOOKKEEPING Receive requisitions from both internal & external organizational customers within the set departmental timelines: crosschecking them for completeness before acceptance Correctly input all reviewed transactions (requisitions) into the accounting system; posting them to appropriate GL account codes and all other system set financial dimensions Draw system payment vouchers for submitted requisitions, with sufficient support documentation; submitting these for checks & approval to the Department Head within set timelines Ensure all drawn vouchers are system sequentially numbered and according to the selected payment mode ENSURE COMPLIANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY FOR ORGANISATIONAL RESOURCES Actively manage staff receivable and advances in the accounting system, ensuring timely capture of all submitted accountabilities. Share month-end reports on outstanding staff receivables, advances, and any other reported cash/credit balances to ensure timely clearance of outstanding balances Ensure Company tax compliance: that all taxes are withheld, filed & payments timely remitted; drawing monthly Withholding Tax (WHT) and VAT schedules Perform revenue assurance function to ensure all sales proceeds are appropriately banked; sharing variance reports periodically Periodically maintain a withholding tax certificates folder; and share these with vendors on request Be part of the liaison between the company suppliers, and other departments; Handling the primary Internal finance memos and general communications to all staff e.g. of payments made, financial procedures, audit schedules & general compliance reminders Ensure that all financial controls associated with the role are fully implemented and functioning effectively ASSETS / CASH HANDLING & MONITORING Manage HQ petty cash; drawing petty cash vouchers, presenting them for approval and issuing out payments.  Maintaining a running petty cash replenishment schedule and attending to petty cash spot checks Manage & review submitted Branch Petty Cash replenishments: maintaining a periodic system reconciliation for each Branch Assist the Senior Financial Accountant in Inventory system management & reconciliation of system stock with physical counts as per submitted stock count sheets; timely attending to store managers’ inquiries and system updates at month end Ensure regular fixed assets register maintenance, following through on asset engraving, asset movements and distribution, serial number recording, asset codes development & monthly depreciation schedules drawing FINANCIAL DOCUMENTATION PREPARATION & STORAGE Maintain a proper & clear filing system for all financial & other official documents received: maintaining clear sections for each in the availed cabinet e.g. Audit documents, Tax documents, Organization Registration Documents, Legal Documents, etc.  Note that scanned soft copies of these should also be maintained too Properly file paid vouchers after attaching respective accountabilities and stamping “paid” & “posted” on each page of each complete document.  All files must be well labeled with the sequential voucher numbers indicated for easy document retrial.  These should also be filed per payment mode Maintain file with current and complete Vendor and Customer information including Registered names, bank information, contact persons and addresses – inclusive here is staff information (names, location, contacts, TIN, NSSF number, bank details, joining & exiting dates, etc); ensuring quarterly reviews and updates MODULAR RECONCILIATIONS & AUDIT SUPPORT Participate in end month bank/cash reconciliations; taking responsibility of especially Mobile Money & Petty Cash accounts reconciliations Assist in the preparation for annual audits and special audits as required.  For the external annual audits, a docket for your responsibility areas will be issued to you for reference – where you will be expected to periodically monitor & reconcile assigned GL Accounts listings to the periodic ending GL account balances Do monthly system reconciliation of both HQ & Branch Petty cash; ensuring end period cash balances match with physical cash in the safe MODULAR REPORT EXTRACTIONS First contact by internal customers (staff) for Receivables’ explanation, or any other reported variance Extract & share vendors report / statements indicating periodic engagements; using these to clear any sent through queries, but also ensuring timely clearance of payables.  Wherever required, these should be used to reconcile with vendors’ received statements Periodically pull out assigned modular reports; reviewing these and working through listings that rightly support the periodic ending GL account balances Note that this role is left to the discrete of the Financial Accounting Manager to assign between the team the Receivables & Payables’ responsibilities.  And in addition to the above spelt out responsibilities, any other duties can be assigned by either the Financial Accounting Manager or Head of the department from time to time. Who You Are: Education and Experience Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Commerce, Accounting, Statistics and Any related degree.  Experience of at least 3 years in a similar role in a Finance department is required. Living Goods is an equal opportunity employer and will consider every qualified applicant for employment. Living Goods does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability. Our current job openings are displayed on our website, where you can search for open positions and apply directly.  Living Goods does not offer any positions without an interview and never asks candidates for money.  If you are asked for money, we strongly recommend that you do not respond and do not send money or personal information. If offered a role at Living Goods, we’ll request consent to complete a background check, which is part of our hiring process. Learn More...
Living Goods kampala,uganda
05/02/2020
Contract
A. OBJECTIVE The main objective of this role is to collaborate the upcoming systems audit which will entail ledger reconciliations, data clean and migration as per adjusted chart of Accounts; but also, to give support in 2019 audit preparation and field work process, and Country 2020 budget alignment & dissemination. The function will also support standard month-end processes and related balance sheet reconciliations. B. THE CONSULTANT’S RESPONSIBILITIES This role will be on a 6 months consultancy basis, directly reporting in to the Chief Accountant and interacting majorly with the Systems’ auditors, Finance department staff, Country Functional Heads, and the Global Senior Consultant.  Detailed below are the responsibilities: ERP SYSTEMS AUDIT:  (Reporting in to the Global Senior Consultant; partnering with the Chief Accountant & Financial accounting manager – internally, and the System auditors – Externally) Support the mapping of the QB COA and Subledger to the revised COA and TOM subledgers Prepare ledger reconciliations for the Fiscal years 2018 and 2019: ensuring all Receivable, Payables, Inventory, Asset Accounts are correctly recorded Support the functional financial system audit of the ERP by attending to all requests from system auditors.  Being the main contact with the Global Accounting Specialist, system auditors, providing all needed data schedules; and aligning with any needs requests and reports to the Global Consultant Support the documentation of the ERP data migration process: documenting the entire process – all computations and data movements, and workflow coordination Conduct a data clean-up to align to an adjusted chart of accounts; ensure right coding of like accounts in the current chart with the adjusted chart of accounts.  Clearly documenting the matching of the charts   2019 AUDIT SUPPORT  (Reporting in to the Chief Accountant and partnering with the Global Accounting Specialist and Country Finance Department staff) Preparation of the FY2019 audit file and supporting schedules Ensuring that Financial statements & all relevant schedules are prepared in the correct format and in time for the annual external audit for review by the Global Accounting Specialist and approval of the CFO Support in the audit vouchering process & required modular schedule / listing reconciliations.  Listings for receivables and payables, etc. Ensuring that all agreed audit adjustments are passed into the accounting system correctly. Generally reconciling with the auditors on a daily basis on handled tasks, clearly recording any suggested adjustments, and noting pending requests for the following day SUPPORT FUND SPECIFIC AUDITS Provide support to the Global Finance team to support any donor specific audit requests COUNTRY 2020 BUDGET ALIGNMENT & DISSEMINATION  (Reporting to the Chief Accountant & Partnering with the Financial Accounting Manager, Department Heads & Analytics team) Support the preparation of the FY2020 budget in the budget template as dictated by Global ROUTINE OPERATIONAL PROCESSES  (Reporting to the Chief Accountant and partnering with Supply Chain team, RMs & CHMs) Support in the preparation of financial statements and management reports on a monthly basis; and as need arises.  Ensuring integrity of the GL by periodically reviewing ledger ending balances Take on Tax schedules preparation; ensuring filling by the due dates.  This will entail working on monthly cashbook VAT and WHT schedules for filing on the URA portal Give support in the Asset Register Maintenance; Assets reconciliations, engraving processes and dissemination by location.  Will work on reconciliation of the physical assets with those in the register, follow through on engraving of new assets, and disseminating the locational registers for decentralized monitoring Give support where requested to the operations team in the daily operational tasks Ensure that all required deliverables are as per set SLAs Ensure adherence to the Financial Policies and Procedures by all parties; participating in the planned zoom calls to all teams to ensure awareness & adherence to set policies & procedures C. SCOPE OF WORK  ERP SYSTEMS AUDIT: Prepare ledger reconciliations for the Fiscal years 2018 and 2019 Support the documentation of the ERP data migration process Conduct a data clean-up to align to an adjusted chart of accounts Support the functional financial system audit of the ERP by attending to all requests from system auditors   2019 AUDIT SUPPORT Support 2019 external audit process; working through 2019 GL & providing all needed schedules, listings and explanations during the audit Ensuring that Financial statements & all relevant schedules are prepared in the correct format and in time for the annual external audit Support in the audit vouchering process, & required modular schedule / listing reconciliations Ensuring that all agreed audit adjustments are passed into the accounting system correctly COUNTRY 2020 BUDGET ALIGNMENT & DISSEMINATION Review the Country 2020 Budget for alignment with new COA & other dimensions values Draw out departmental budgets from the Country budget and align to the Country workplan; working together with the country analytics team Follow through on the system input of the approved Country Budget ROUTINE OPERATIONAL PROCESSES Support in the preparation of financial statements and management reports on a monthly basis; and as need arises Take on Tax schedules preparation & filling by the due dates Give support in the Asset Register Maintenance; Assets reconciliations, engraving processes and dissemination by location Give support where requested to the operations team Ensure that all required deliverables are as per set SLAs Ensure adherence to the Financial Policies and Procedures by all parties D. DELIVERABLES The Consultant will deliver: Reconciled GLs for FY 2018 & 2019 Aligned 2018 & 2019 Trial Balance to the adjusted Chart of Accounts Audit trail documentation capturing details for Data migration 2019 General Ledger Accounts listings supporting ending balances on the Trail Balance 2019 Accounts Payable, Receivable & Assets schedule for the external audit List of all agreed upon 2019 audit adjustments Capture of 2020 Budget in the ERP Alignment of 2020 approved budget with the Country Workplan Preparation of monthly Financial Statements Monthly statutory schedules especially VAT & WHT Updated Asset Register; with locations captured and all assets engraved, and Physical Assets reconciled & matched in the ERP E. CONSULTANT QUALIFICATIONS At least 3 years’ experience in a senior supervisory role and at least 3 years post articles/CPA working experience Should have an Accounting/Business Degree, and full membership with Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and or Association of Chartered Certified accountant (ACCA).  S/he will be required to have good Interpersonal Skills, Administrative skills, Communication Skills, Team leader/player, Computer usage – good with spreadsheets (Accounting software), Reporting & Analytical Skills, Multi-tasker & meeting deadlines, Accounting book keeping skills, Resourceful, Flexible and pays attention to details. Learn More...