QuestAlliance, Business Finance Specialist

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About the portfolio organization

At Quest Alliance we transform learning ecosystems through education technology, capacity building, and collaboration to build 21st-century skills for learners and facilitators.
We are a not-for-profit trust that focuses on research-led innovation and advocacy in the field of teaching and learning. We engage with educators, civil society, government institutions and corporate organisations to demonstrate and enable scalable and replicable solutions in school education and vocational training.
At Quest you will get the opportunity to apply your skills and contribute to addressing issues around quality education and skills training. The organisation gives you the space to learn and grow in a fun and engaging environment.  We have an eclectic group of people working at Quest drawn from diverse disciplines including Education, Technology, Design, Youth Development and Business.

About the Fellowship role

QuestAlliance is seeking a Business Finance Specialist.

Location: Bangalore, India
Employment: Full-time, one-year Fellowship
Starting Date: mid-June/July 2023


Key responsibilities

  • Conceptualize & define indicators of RoI for Organisation, Functions and Programs. Develop financial models to support reviews and analysis and enable data-driven insights for performance measurement and forecast.
  • Understand different Program / Function costing structures and help arrive at RoI through financial models to drive operational excellence through deep-dive analytics. Support process improvement and identify issues and propose solutions for managing cost accounting and controlling processes.
  • Build analytical frameworks for more efficient, relevant and continuous improvement in reporting and information sharing processes in place to track and monitor finance/ reporting systems. Build processes that augment transparency and improve controls.
  • Compile, analyse and build financial models to forecast cash flows and different financial information meant to arrive at the unit costs/ unit costs range for standard program activities. Guide cost analysis process by establishing procedures.
  • Develop cost structures for various spaces in Quest Learning Observatory and arrive at internal/external cost charging mechanisms.
  • Collaborate and consult with teams to developing financial systems and processes.


  • Strong understanding of accounting principles and financial analysis
  • Having experience working on developing financial modelling, templates, dashboard and cost structures
  • Experienced in preparing financial reports catering to different needs of the organisation
  • Must be an analytical thinker with an eye for detail and a probing mind-sets
  • Demonstrated ability to work with cross-functional teams
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Proficient in Excel
  • Success in this position will require collaborating and communicating across different teams and the candidate should be able to work independently
Must Haves
  • Indian work permit

About the LGT Impact Fellowship

As part of LGT Venture Philanthropy's and Lightrock's strategic efforts to scale positive impact, the LGT Impact Fellowship was established to provide additional know-how and capacity to portfolio organizations and companies. Each year a limited number of professionals are nominated to work full-time for one year with the organizations and companies supported by LGT Venture Philanthropy and Lightrock in Latin America, Africa and India as per the above job description.

How to apply

Submit your application via the "Apply" button. Please note that we only accept online applications and that multiple applications are not allowed. However, you are invited to mention additional preferences in your application.
Moreover, please make sure to read all information in the application form carefully and answer the questions accordingly (additional information about the questions are marked with "i").