Group Financial Controller

Our Client based in the services industry based in the Southern Suburbs is seeking a Group Financial Controller.

 

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES REQUIRED

  • Qualified CA(SA) or CIMA (or holder of an equivalent qualification)
  • Ideally having come from a project / jobbing environment albeit not necessarily a key deciding factor provided the candidate has the aptitude to pick this up
  • Leadership skills and experience in managing a finance team (debtors controller, creditors controller, bookkeeper)
    • Ability to work independently and within a team environment
  • Solid communications skills – both written and verbal (communication on all levels)
  • Deep understanding of business principles and practices
  • Superior attention to detail
  • Experience in working in a high performance environment with ability to work well under pressure
  • Proven track record of meeting deadlines
  • Strong on process and controls
  • Proactive in approach
  • Solution orientated
  • Organisational skills, planning skills, multi-tasking, research skills, analytical skills, critical thinking skills, problem solving skills
  • Integrity and honesty
  • IT capabilities, ideally with SAP Business One experience albeit not a key deciding factor
  • knowledge of BEE Codes
  • Correct cultural fit aligned to company values (S.A.V.E.)
    • Service
    • Assurance
    • Value-add
    • Expertise

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Controllership

  • Monitor the day-to-day financial operations within the company/ group
  • In respect of financial processes/ controls:
    • develop and document business processes and accounting policies to maintain and strengthen internal controls
    • ensure that the company’s financial systems are robust, compliant and support current activities and future growth
    • constantly investigate improvement of processes
  • Drive development of ERP system optimization and assist with ERP queries, training and development of new processes
  • Assist and oversee all group debtors and creditors and provide necessary support
  • Ensure that the requirements of all statutory bodies are met
    • VAT submissions
    • PAYE/UIF/SDL submissions
    • Dividends withholdings tax
    • Income tax
    • Companies Act
  • Provide financial management and controllership support to the company’s controlling stake investments, JVs, partnerships
  • Provide operational support where required
  • Keeping up to date with the latest SARS and IFRS changes and implementation thereof.

Accounting

  • Maintain financial records and prepare general ledger accounts and ensure that the general ledger is maintained for all entities and is accurate and up to date at all times
  • Prepare and Record Journal Entries
  • Maintain the fixed asset register and calculate depreciation journal entries
  • Prepare project work-in-progress calculations
  • Calculate commission payable on a monthly basis for sales employees

 

Financial reporting

 

  • Drive the month-end and year-end close process
  • Prepare monthly consolidation workings (inter-company eliminations, etc.)
  • Prepare monthly management accounts for the group
  • In respect of the year-end audit:
    • Liaise with external auditors
    • Co-ordinate the audit process
    • Oversee the preparation of audit files and provide assistance where necessary
  • Understand, monitor and report key business and financial drivers

 

Cash flow / treasury

Perform a treasury function:

  • sufficient funds are available to meet ongoing operational and capital investment requirements
  • Release payments
  • Action inter-company transfers and forex conversions

Budgeting

  • Assist FD with the preparation of the Group’s budget
  • Report to management on variances from budget as well as reasons for variances

Working capital

  • Review large overdue accounts with Divisional Managers and work on joint plans to drive collections
  • Participate in financial risk analysis, payment method structuring, overdue account escalations to ensure improvement of the account receivable portfolio
  • In linkage with Operations Manager negotiate favorable credit terms from suppliers. Monitor accounts payable performance.
  • Drive visibility of Inventory, Accounts payable and cash collections performance
  • Drive decrease in overdue debtors by analyzing operational drivers and driving process improvement

 

Other

  • Ensure that insurance policies are up to date
  • Submit and manage insurance claims as and when they arise
  • Functional expert on ERP system
  • Financial controllership of stock takes, cycle counts, inventory management
  • Assist FD in preparation of board packs
  • Review customer and supplier agreements
  • Ensure legal compliance

BEE

  • Assist with driving the BEE strategy
  • Compile necessary documents for submission to the verification agent
  • Ensure BEE compliance

Stakeholders

  • Attend to ad-hoc stakeholder queries / information requests
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