Lawrence Achola

Lawrence Achola

Summary

An enthusiastic, extensively experienced and hands on finance professional with a demonstrated track record of leading the preparation and analysis of financial reports to summarise and forecast financial position.Proven expertise in driving efficiency and productivity through evaluation of financial management systems and implementation of process improvements.

Specialties

Accounting Management,Financial Analysis,Forecasting,Cash Management,Budgeting,Efficiency improvements,Regulatory compliance andTechnology integration

Work History

Work History
Sep 2010 - Present

Chief Accountant

African Medical Investments Plc

Responsible for overseeing the management and coordination of the Company finance function, ensuring compliance with corporate, finance and accounting policies, business controls, procedures and reporting. Charged with developing and maintaining proactive, positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Reporting to the hospital manager and is also charged  with providing sound business decision making support to the hospital manager and other senior members in the organization through the accurate monitoring, timely reporting and analyzing of financial results and projections.

Mar 2007 - Aug 2010

Chief Accountant

Africa Expeditions Ltd

Responsible for the day to day activities of the finance function and is accountable for the management and continous improvement of financial accounting processes and systems and the production of high quality management information.

Aug 2005 - Feb 2007

Accounts Payable and Payroll Manager

Africa Expeditions Ltd

Charged with ensuring the processing of Supplier invoices and payroll information on a timely , efficient and accurate basis in line with the defined Afex group process. Entailed ensuring compliance to the laid down internal controls in the purchase to pay process and supports the internal and external reporting with necessary information , as well as ensuring compliance with tax requirements.

Education

Education
Apr 1993 - Dec 1997

Bachelor of Commerce

University of Nairobi

Skills

Skills

External relationships

Has been exposed in proactive management of finance relationships with bankers, auditors, creditors, debtors, and lawyers.

Financial Management

Vastly exposed in financial management and working capital management. Has also been exposed to financial management in conflict and post-conflict remote site environments. 

Interpersonal Skills

Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural environment.

Multi tasking

Ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities

Analytical

Ability to operate and think strategically, coupled with proven analytical skills and the use of these to problem solve and make firm decisions.

Operational Improvements

Vastly experienced in implementing operational improvements and enhancement of internal control systems

Budgeting

Has strong expertise in budgeting and budgetary controls with a strategic financial management perspective. Exposure in budgeting, forecasting and cost control using excel.

ERP system Great Plains Dynamics

Has been greatly exposed in the advance use of Great plains dynamics accounting system. Was involved in system upgrades, operational improvements , system integrations and addressing system issues.

Certifications

Certifications

ACCA

ACCA