Fund Accountant Team Leader – Southern Suburbs CT

Our client, based in Southern Suburbs CT, is looking for a dynamic, passionate and results driven individual to join their small team of 9 employees with a specific focus on pulling together the finance and operations of both entities of the company. The administration of both entities is outsourced to a third-party provider, therefore the day to day, month end, quarter end and annual reporting requirements are largely regulatory submissions including month end management reporting to the executive management team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Core accounting responsibilities focus on end-of-month/year end closing, preparing periodical profit and loss statements, balance sheets, cashflow statements, budgeting and forecasting and assisting in the audit and AFS.
  • Deeply embedded in daily business operations, working cross-functionally, and end to end processing.
  • Need to understand all business processes, front to end, to ensure the appropriate accounting treatment is used.
  • Reviewing of all month end reporting.
  • Understanding and involvement in the internal audit reviews across finance, compliance and operations.
  • Understanding and involvement in the risk reporting.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • CA (SA) or relevant finance qualification with a minimum of 4-5 years’ experience.
  • A strong finance background is the foundation, with knowledge of financial reporting standards (IFRS, GAAP, etc) and all finance function processes.
  • Analytical and curious mindset, and a natural problem solver is crucial.
  • Be creative – work with the technology, make improvements and enhance the process.
  • Given that you might be working or even leading small internal projects, strong project management, stakeholder relationship and collaboration skills are vital.
  • The various relationships you need to manage – both internally and externally – require excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as you’ll have to negotiate and manage divergent interests for the sake of the end goal.
  • Good planning and organisational skills, self-management and enthusiasm are essential, along with the ability to work in changing environments, perhaps under limited guidance and to deadlines.
  • Knowing data and systems means generating better reports for analysis. Knowing what data is available, where it’s from, how it can be presented and who or what it can benefit will improve the accuracy of all reporting.

Knowledge on the following regulations would be an advantage:

  • Insurance Act 18 of 2017
  • Prudential Standards – Governance and Operational Standards for Insurers
  • Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act 37 of 2002 (“FAIS”)
  • Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Act 1 of 2017 (“FICAA”)
  • Collective Investment Schemes Control Act 45 of 2002 (“CISCA”)
  • Solvency Assessment and Management (“SAM”)
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