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Chief Finance Officer

Date Posted
28th March 2017
Accounting & Finance
Job Type
Not Disclosed

Job Summary

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) wishes to invite candidates with the requisite skills and competencies to apply for the position of Chief Financial Officer/ Head of Finance.

Job Description

Position Description:

Under the general direction of the Director General, the Chief Finance Officer will be accountable for the ongoing development and implementation of a robust financial strategy capable of transforming business growth. The successful candidate will act as a business partner to the Director General and assume overall strategic and operational responsibility for the finance function.


A strong relationship and strategic thinker, this role will seek opportunities to with build valuable partnerships to translate strategy into business results. He/she will develop and lead a high performing team to drive the financial performance of the organisation including administrative, financial reporting and risk management operations of the organisation.


Chief Finance Officer shall be responsible to/for:

  • Develop finance organisational strategies to support delivery of the Commissions strategic priorities
  • Act as a collaborative business partner to The Director General and Leadership Team
  • Develop and lead a high performing finance team to meet the needs of the organisation
  • Provide strategic financial input and leadership on decision making issues affecting the organisation
  • Manage capital requests and budgeting process
  • Monitor financial performance by measuring and analysing results and initiate corrective measures where required
  • Oversee financial operations of overseas missions
  • Report financial results to The Authority and Leadership Team
  • Identify and mitigate key elements of financial risks to the Commission
  • Report on risk issues to the Authority and Leadership Team and Audit Committee where necessary
  • Develop organisational prospects by studying global and regional economic trends and revenue opportunities, identifying gaps and areas for improvement
  • Develop financial strategies by forecasting capital, facilities and staff requirements, identifying monetary sources and developing action plans
  • Maintain strong relations with Member States’ Financial Secretaries and their Designates to support swift decisions for the Commission
  • Build and maintain effective banking relationships to support the needs of the organisation.
  • Review, manage and establish new internal controls, operations, processes and financial procedures to ensure integrity of financial information and reporting
  • Act as advisor to OECS Pension Plan Trustees in monitoring the financial performance of the plan, and ensuring compliance with regulators
  • Any other duties assigned to you by the Director General or his Designate


Leadership Competencies:

  • Drives Vision & Purpose
  • Builds Effective Teams
  • Ensure Accountability
  • Decision Quality
  • Instills Trust


Role Competencies

  • Leadership
  • Strategic Intelligence
  • Financial Planning
  • Negotiation
  • Diplomacy
  • Communication & Influencing
  • Political Acuity


Qualifications, Skills and Competencies:

  • A minimum of a Professional accounting certification recognized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Eastern Caribbean along with 10 years’ experience at a senior financial management or controller grade.
  • The ideal candidate will be an outstanding leader and advocate of impeccable character and integrity who engenders both trust and confidence;
  • Possesses high level management experience and a comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing the development of Small Island Developing States.
  • The candidate will possess demonstrable experience with the operations of the key international and regional multi-lateral institutions and development agencies of importance to the OECS.
  • A proven track record in developing and implementing financial strategies in like organisations would be an asset.
  • S/he will have a keen understanding of the geopolitical landscape within which the future of the OECS will continue to evolve and in that context demonstrate the ability to develop and maintain new strategic relationships and partnerships.
  • S/he will have the ability to set and develop organisational strategies and develop clear visions of the organisational future potential and will be experienced in managing multi stakeholder and/or intergovernmental fora.
  • Working experience with similar organisations, internationally or regionally, would be an asset.


The OECS Commission is headquartered in ST. LUCIA.  The position of Chief Financial Officer is open to nationals of OECS Member States.


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