Corporate Governance and Compliance Manager



Johannesburg, South Africa
Posted on Friday, November 24, 2023

At M-KOPA, We Finance Progress.

The scale and impact of our work is massive. M-KOPA is a fast-growing FinTech company offering millions of underbanked customers across Africa access to life-enhancing products and services. From our roots as the pioneer in pay-as-you-go “PayGo’” solar energy for off-grid homes, we have grown into one of the most advanced connected asset financing platforms in the world, empowering a broad range of customers to achieve progress in their lives.

Our people reflect this mission; we pride ourselves in empowering our people to own their own careers and encouraging growth through our learning and development programs, coaching partnerships, and on-the-job training. As a collective, we value diversity, knowing every journey brings its own reward, and support each employee as they travel theirs. This includes our family-friendly policies, commitment to employee mental and physical well-being, and flexible working practices. Our aim is for every employee to be able to shape their own career, whilst helping shape the future of M-KOPA as we grow together.

Job Purpose:

To oversee and manage compliance activities within the countries where we operate.

Key Job Functions (Main Activities Undertaken By The Jobholder And Reflective Of The Most Important Features Of The Job)

  • Ensure M-KOPA’s operations are compliant with local and national laws, contractual and shareholder obligations, and best practices.

  • Undertake legal and regulatory research, and assess and evaluate the impact of changes in applicable legislation and international best practices.

  • Coordinate a program of training and capacity-building activities for employees across M-KOPA, covering all key areas of compliance policy and practice.

  • Support the development and implementation of relevant policies, processes, and procedures, and maintain an appropriate review cycle.

  • Partner with M-KOPA departments such as Legal, Internal Audit, EHS, and Risk Management, to assess and ensure the effectiveness of control systems in driving compliance.

  • Identify, understand, and escalate compliance risk events/issues in a timely manner and focus on fixing the root causes of the issues. Monitor implementation status of agreed action points aimed towards driving compliance.

  • Manage the compliance tools such as the compliance obligations register, compliance training calendar, compliance incident register, and compliance risk register.

  • Support in investor compliance including implementation of ESMS, and participate in investor reporting on ESG aspects.

  • Create and maintain documentation that demonstrates evidence of legal and regulatory compliance.

  • Support in regulatory compliance including the timely preparation and submission of regulatory filings such as annual returns or timely response to regulator circulars

  • Management of ESG will be an added advantage.

  • Work flexibly and collaboratively across all teams in the organization to ensure the greatest impact and effectiveness of the Compliance Team’s day-to-day work

  • Undertake all other reasonable and related tasks associated with this role.

Experience/ Skills & Competencies/ Licences & Certifications/ Education Required

  • 4-7 years of working experience in a compliance function.

  • Undergraduate LLB degree.

  • Working knowledge of compliance standards and regulations.

  • Experience in risk management.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Communicate and collaborate with diverse team members.

  • Generally structured and organized

M-KOPA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained staff. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

M-KOPA explicitly prohibits the use of Forced or Child Labour and respects the rights of its employees to agree to terms and conditions of employment voluntarily, without coercion, and freely terminate their employment on appropriate notice. M-KOPA shall ensure that its Employees are of legal working age and shall comply with local laws for youth employment or student work, such as internships or apprenticeships.

M-KOPA does not collect/charge any money as a pre-employment or post-employment requirement. This means that we never ask for ‘recruitment fees’, ‘processing fees’, ‘interview fees’, or any other kind of money in exchange for offer letters or interviews at any time during the hiring process.