Senior Financial Accountant

Job Purpose

 Our client based in Cape Town CBD is looking to recruit a Senior Financial Accountant

The Accountant will be responsible for assisting and supporting the work of the Chief

Financial & Operations Officer (CFOO)


Key duties and responsibilities

  • Provision of effective and efficient financial and administrative support to the CFOO
  • Perform the full financial accounting function, including procurement processes and variance analysis
  • Facilitate and prepare the budget and forecast processes for the organisation,

Drawing figures and information from regional offices and ensuring it aligns with

Organisational objectives

  • Understanding contracts and assessing whether transactions are aligned to contract terms
  • Maintain internal control system and ensure compliance with NJ policies
  • Assist in development of institutional and donor proposal budgets & external audits
  • Preparation of local and international payments
  • Timely submission of monthly and annual financial reports;
  • Maintenance of fixed asset register, depreciation and assessment of useful life
  • Ensuring compliance with tax and accounting laws and regulations
  • Prepare and administer payroll and tax remittance
  • Ensure strict adherence and compliance to financial control systems, policies and procedures
  • Monitor budget implementation and expenditures and communicate outcomes to

CFOO for decision making

  • Ensure efficient payments and disbursements according to approved policy and procedures
  • Perform bank and vendor reconciliations
  • Work with the CFOO and other members of the finance and operations team to ensure smooth running of the finance and operations of the organisation.
  • Examine and analyse financial information and present findings to CFOO
  • Perform month- and year end procedures, and prepare reports
  • Manage Cash flow
  • Assisting in the development and maintenance of an integrated financial and reporting system that takes into account consolidation of regional offices’ financial statements
  • Supervise and lead a team where necessary
  • Develop and conduct internal audit procedures and systems
  • Prepare consolidated financial statements, reconciliations and audit file for external audits
  • Liaise with external auditors
  • Preparation of monthly management accounts, as well as management and Board reports
  • Maintaining all necessary records including invoices, expenses, payments and transactions
  • Develop key performance indicators, dashboards and reporting tools for performance and budget tracking
  • Ensuring high quality reporting and robust processes are in place to support the team
  • Provide monthly up-to-date and accurate funder and project reports to the CFOO and project coordinators

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Commerce degree (BCom)
  • Qualified accountant with at least five years’ post articles experience in financial accounting and reporting
  • Full financial accounting function, including procurement experience and a strong working knowledge of Pastel or similar accounting software
  • Excellent knowledge of IFRS for SMMEs and strong working knowledge in local


  • Experience in multi-donor financial accounting and management or equivalent experience
  • Experience in the non-profit environment will be an added advantage
  • Membership of Professional Accounting Body will be an added advantage.
  • Advanced Excel knowledge
  • Proactive approach to work and good self-motivation
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to deal with people from different cultures
  • Ability to deal authoritatively with a range of partners and contractors
  • A strategic thinker with strong leadership capabilities, highly motivated, committed and goal orientated
  • Ability to work flexibly and to adapt to changing demands and circumstances


The employee should demonstrate competence in all of the following, and strive for competence in areas where required:


  • Behave Ethically:

Understand ethical behaviour and financial business practices, and ensure that own behaviour and the behaviour of others are consistent with these standards and align with the values of the organisation.

  • Build Relationships:

Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others both internally and externally to achieve the goals of the Finance & Operations team and the organisation.

  • Communicate Effectively:

Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate language and effective communication tools.

  • Focus on Staff/Funder Needs:

Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of internal and external users to meet or exceed their expectations within the organisational parameters.

  • Foster Teamwork:

Work cooperatively and effectively with others in the Finance & Operations team to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organisational effectiveness.

  • Make Decisions:

Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organisation.

  • Self-management:

Set priorities, develop a work plan, monitor progress towards goals, and track activities.

  • Solve Problems:

Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.