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Management Accountant

Cape Town – Western Cape

A Germany-based company prioritizing innovation for expansion is in search of a Management Accountant. The role involves supporting the Financial Executive in maintaining financial system integrity and compliance with regulations, generating timely and precise management information, aiding in data processing for Group companies, and contributing to various key tasks such as budgeting, expenditure analysis, and report preparation. A BCOM Accounting Degree and CIMA Certification are required with at least 2-3 years Accounting experience in a busy, progressive, and tightly managed business. It will be advantageous to be able to speak, read and write German.
Management Accounting and Reporting:
  • Produce the monthly Management Information Pack.
  • Review and analyse all inputs to the Pack.
  • Provide variance analysis and commentary in support to the Management Information Pack, incorporating notes and updates as directed.
  • Continually adapt and improve management reports as agreed with the Financial Controller.
  • Perform key balance sheet and income statement reconciliation tasks, journal postings, monthly accruals, and provisions.
  • Address any inaccuracies or differences regarding the source data to ensure accuracy, quality, and completeness of all incoming data.
  • Prepare the general ledger asset accounting functions.
  • Business analysis on specified areas including routine matters.
  • Produce ad-hoc management reports.
  • Other ad-hoc duties as prescribed by the Financial Controller to assist in achieving the Finance Department objectives.
  • Participation in the Company’s year-end process and production of the Annual Financial Statements e.g. control of year-end cut-offs, ledger balancing, loan account and investment confirmations, account analysis and summaries, asset reporting and budget variance reporting.
  • Liaising with the auditors as required; and other duties as required by the Financial Controller.
Budgets and Planning:
  • Assist the Financial Controller in providing support and advice to the Company in preparing forecasts and budgets within the prescribed timelines.
  • Liaise with management of the subsidiaries and associates on their performance against budget and provide financial advice on budget control and forecast outcomes; and
  • Participate in the CAPEX process.
Corporate Governance; Risk Management and Company Secretarial:
  • Develop and manage financial systems and policies to ensure compliance with good corporate governance and legislation; and
  • Implement risk management and internal controls.
  • Formulate and implement processes and perform tasks to ensure overall tax compliance of the Group and Company.
  • Managing daily banking and cash requirements for the Group and Company.
  • Monthly Payroll Administration functions.
  • Provision of back-up support when other finance staff are on leave.
  • Other duties as required by the Financial Controller.
  • BCOM Accounting Degree; CIMA Certification.
  • Minimum of 2-3 years Accounting experience in a busy, progressive, and tightly managed business.
  • Extensive experience of computerised accounting and reporting systems.
  • Strong knowledge of GAAP, IFRS and South African legislation; and
  • Highly proficient Microsoft Office user with Advanced Excel skills
  • Readspeakwrite German
  • Judgement and Decision-making
  • Policy development – the ability to research and develop financial policies, review existing policies to ensure currency of content and report on compliance.
  • Judgement skills – ability to display judgement in communications with executives and external agencies.
  • Analytical skills – utilisation of analytical and planning skills in reaching decisions and proposing recommendations.
  • Problem Solving – capable of discussing and resolving problems.
Specialist Skills and Knowledge
  • Financial – the ability to prepare financial statements from source data.
  • Attention to detail – ability to achieve high levels of attention to detail and accuracy; ability to detect mistakes or discrepancies.
  • Report writing – ability to write clear and concise management accounting reports.
Management Skills
  • Ability to remain impartial.
  • Time Management – demonstrate the ability to develop work plans and timeliness and to implement and complete these successfully. Ability to manage tasks, set priorities and achieve positive outcomes within agreed timelines.
  • Negotiation skills – the ability to negotiate on delivery of conflicting time critical tasks.
Interpersonal Skills
  • Written Communication skills – prepare clear and accurate correspondence and reports to executives as required.
  • Oral Communication skills – able to provide explanations; information, instructions and discussions on matters that are specialist in nature.
  • Relationships – the ability to work with colleagues at all levels. Relate to other people to gain co-operation and communicate with others regarding specialist work being undertaken.
  • Flexible – approach to work, willing to play a role in the success of the team.
  • Organisational skills – the ability to work under pressure; to meet deadlines; organise workload and priorities and still produce high quality work output to required standards.
  • Responsiveness – to changes implemented by the Group, Company, and executive management.
  • Stress management-able to remain calm, professional, and composed in stressful situations.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Tertiary qualification – Financial Management Degree.
  • Demonstrated experience in a Management Accounting role.
  • Demonstrated experience with Group consolidated Financial Statements.
  • Demonstrated experience in a corporate reporting role. 
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of budgets and forecasts.