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Finance Controller (US GAAP / SOX / Manufacturing / Uitenhage)

Job Reference

LASFC001

Region

Southern Africa

Reference LASFC001
My client, an international manufacturer, are currently recruiting for a Finance Controller, to be based at their offices in Uitenhage.

Primary responsibilities include:
  • Ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of reporting of both US GAAP and local Statutory Financial Statements
  • Drive continuous improvement and the simplification and standardization of business processes and communications
  • Ensure compliance with local tax and regulatory requirements.
  • Build and develop a strong and engaged team
Duties include:
  • Monthly Reporting
    • Ensure that the Controlling department produces the month end financial information to a high standard in accordance with required reporting legislations and within the corporate deadlines
    • Perform review of the draft result to ensure accuracy and reliability of the monthly/quarterly/annual reported results
    • Ensure the accuracy and reporting of all manual adjustments to the month end results
    • Provide analytical review and explanations together with result walkthroughs (Transmission reviews - Income statement and Balance sheet & Balance sheet reviews)
    • Manage account reconciliation process (Preparation & Review) to ensure strong supporting evidence is maintained for all Balance Sheet account balances
    • For each quarter close and year end provide the additional information required by Corporate Accounting for the completion of the 10Q and 10K returns
  • Annual Financial Statements
    • Manage the working relationship and audit process with the external auditors
    • Ensure that all required documentation is gathered and supplied timely to the auditors
    • Annual financial statements prepared, signed off and lodged with required regulatory bodies as per agreed timelines
    • Maintain US GAAP vs Local GAAP reconciliation and provide detailed and timely commentary to justify the reconciling differences
  • Taxation
    • Ensure compliance with local tax legislation and authorities (VAT & Corporate Tax)
    • Ensure compliance with Transfer Pricing policies
    • Monthly and annual tax calculation compilation and review
    • Act as key point of contact for Regional and Corporate Tax teams
  • Internal Controls
    • Support compliance with the internal control’s framework designed and approved by the Internal Controls Team (RACM procedures)
    • Make recommendations in cases where internal controls could be improved
    • Support maintenance of the Sarbanes-Oxley process documentation to ensure that it is current and applicable
    • Coordinate the quarterly SOX 302 certification process
    • Manage the bi-annual SOD review process together with stakeholders
    • Manage ad-hoc internal audit engagements
  • Team management and development
    • Manage and coordinate Accounting, AP, (Factory accounting, Tax, AR, Treasury - If applicable) teams
    • Responsible to supervise, coach and develop the team
    • Support management in the definition and implementation of succession planning
    • Manage team's objective setting, mid-year and annual review processes
  • Business Awareness
    • Be a business partner to all relevant stakeholders and ensure active and open communication
    • Liaise cross-functionally within Finance to understand the forecasts for future business performance, assist with the preparation of variance analysis
    • Active participation in ad-hoc business and controlling projects
    • Strive for Continuous Improvement, Efficiency gains and standardization of processes, activities and controls
    • Act as local key point of contact for technical accounting queries/policies and accounting memo preparation
    • Responsible for all APDP claims and bookings
 
Qualifications and Experience
  • Minimum 7 years post qualified experience. (10 years in total)
  • Financial Accounting experience in a medium or large company.
  • Experience in managing large teams
  • US GAAP, SOX knowledge and experience
  • Prior exposure in the US or a US sub. would be preferable
  • Prior exposure to an SAP environment is preferable
  • Deep knowledge of South African Income tax legislation, with experience in Transfer Pricing
  • Excellent proven Excel proficiency
 
Education
  • Qualified CIMA/CTA/CA (SA) accountant with minimum 5 years post qualified experience.
  • Financial Accounting experience in a medium or large company.
  • Previous supervision of staff.
  • PC literate, able to use SAP, Microsoft Office Products.
  • Knowledge of US GAAP and IFRS.
  • Be a self-motivated team player who can work with minimum supervision
 
 
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