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Financial Controller

Closing: Oct 31, 2022

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Published: Oct 27, 2022 (2 months ago)

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The Financial Controller is a key member of the Market Finance Leadership team reporting to the Head of Finance – East and Southern & South Africa. S/he provides the foundation for the market’s commercial success by overseeing and monitoring a framework of systems, processes and reporting that defines how we operate financially.

The role sets the standard for the teams in terms of reporting requirements and processes. The role is a hands-on approach to working with the department heads, with the end goal of ensuring transparency and financial accountability across the entire market organization.

The role is the gatekeeper of all historical financial information, and it provides the platform on which key financial decisions are made, delivering prompt performance insights and capital forecasts to help us stay ahead of the competition.

This role is also responsible for ensuring that the company meets all legal and ethical requirements during its business operations.

Skills, experience and qualifications:

  • A qualified, registered accountant with either CPA or ACCA
  • At least 5 years on similar role in FMCG
  • Preferably experience from the big 4 audit firms
  • Working knowledge with an ERP system preferably SAP is required


Responsibilities

The Financial Controller is a key member of the Market Finance Leadership team reporting to the Head of Finance – East and Southern & South Africa. S/he provides the foundation for the market’s commercial success by overseeing and monitoring a framework of systems, processes and reporting that defines how we operate financially.

The role sets the standard for the teams in terms of reporting requirements and processes. The role is a hands-on approach to working with the department heads, with the end goal of ensuring transparency and financial accountability across the entire market organization.

The role is the gatekeeper of all historical financial information, and it provides the platform on which key financial decisions are made, delivering prompt performance insights and capital forecasts to help us stay ahead of the competition.

This role is also responsible for ensuring that the company meets all legal and ethical requirements during its business operations.

Skills, experience and qualifications:

  • A qualified, registered accountant with either CPA or ACCA
  • At least 5 years on similar role in FMCG
  • Preferably experience from the big 4 audit firms
  • Working knowledge with an ERP system preferably SAP is required


  • Ensure high quality accounting and compliance by managing the entire controls environment and developing this in line with internal and external regulations
  • Responsible for a sharp month end close and development of strong management reporting tools
  • Oversee Balance Sheet and AP process, reviewing the pay run and ensuring correct governance is always followed
  • Prepare year end audit files for review by external auditors
  • Ensure insurance policies are in place.
  • Responsible from General Ledger Accounting, work closely with global process owners and ensure all financial accounting activities and processes are executed effectively and efficiently with appropriate controls and end to end view
  • Manage Month End Close, Accruals, Employee Related Adjustments, Prepayments, Fixed Assets accounting and reporting and the overall Controls framework across the enterprise  
  • Process compliance: with all relevant legislation and company procedures (General ledger, Treasury, Purchase to Pay)
  • Primary contact point for external auditors in guidance of Financial Accounting & Reporting.
  • Close alliance with Tax planning, compliance, analysis, Purchase to Pay (P2P)} support in the Tax area, reporting
  • General Accounting: JE preparation/posting, allocations, intercompany reconciliations, deferred revenue, accruals/pre-payments, prepaid expenses, intangibles, reporting and account analysis
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with financial regulations both locally and required for IFRS and Upfield control standards through Control Self-Assessment and inform relevant Leadership team in breach of any key controls
  • Responsible for ensuring compliance with local tax and fiduciary submissions


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