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Head of Business Control (Mining / SAP/ ACMA / Internal Controls / IFRS / Change Management) – Gauteng, South Africa

Job Reference

024 0516 (SV)

Region

Southern Africa

Date Posted

May 16, 2022

Reference Number: 024 0516 (SV)

 

Job Description:

Our client is a leading OEM who is seeking a Head of Business Controller to join their team. The incumbent will be responsible for the overall Head of the Business control function in the Sales Area whose purpose is for proactively steering, as a co-pilot, jointly with business owners, monitoring, measuring, analysing and reporting business activities and operating results from both a financial and operational perspective, within the Sales area, identifying and co-ownership of improvement areas by (where needed) implementing appropriate action plans which align to business and performance objectives, with a focus on containing costs, enhancing profitability and ensuring underlying business performance as well as driving continuous improvements. You will also have to ensure that there is a common focus on each division’s strategy and synchronize it with the overall Sales Area strategy.

 

Responsibilities:

Business Steering, Performance Management & Reporting:

  • Ensure on-time and high-quality financial reporting in conjunction with Finance control function.
  • Co-ownership of the P&L, Balance Sheet and other related business/performance KPI’s.
  • Review, update and ensure adherence to relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Review, update and improve (if and where needed) underlying business & financial processes
  • in conjunction with relevant stakeholders.
  • Actively report performance to relevant stakeholders (Sales Area Management team, Business Line Managers, Divisional key stakeholders) by presenting current situation and possible future risks and by co-owning (if and where relevant) improvement actions.
  • Know your numbers and what is behind them
  • Monthly Reporting Reviews Vs Forecast, Budgets and Prior Year.
  • Consolidation of Final Reports for the Sales Area.
  • Ensure Net Working Capital is effectively managed.
  • Analyse relevant profitability and cost performance (e.g Gross Profit, Admin&Sales costs etc.)
  • and suggest/co-own the implementation & execution of countermeasures together with
  • business stakeholders (e.g Business Line Managers and Sales Area Management team).
  • Review and management of A&S Costs for the Sales Area.
  • Report on improvements resulting from action plans.
  • Develop & execute strategies to improve Net Working Capital and profitability.
  • Oversee the capital expenditure process by managing the process incl. approval flow, analysing underlying & co-owning underlying business cases, track ongoing expense flow, ensure proper alignment with Finance Control into Balance Sheet (e.g Fixed Asset register) and perform post-project valuations of underlying larger CAPEX cases.

 

Effective Control Measures:

  • Ensure that risk to the company is contained through putting controls in place and monitoring and correcting deviations.
  • Act as a proactive business partner (= co-owner) and advisor to the business line managers & relevant Sales Area Management team(s) and towards related company divisions.
  • Perform profitability analysis (business cases) before any new contracts/contract amendments are entered into thereby ensuring appropriate business opportunities are targeted and pursued and limiting the risk to the company of marginal/unprofitable business / business impact analysis.
  • Consistently make improvement recommendations and co-own their execution.
  • Accountable for and measured on monthly balance sheet and P&L for customer segment.
  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting of relevant financial & management reports.

 

Business Planning:

  • Ensure that costs are controlled and that deviations from budget/Forecasts are investigated
  • and rectified.
  • Variance analysis, identify issues, develop improvement proposals and plans.
  • Take remedial action (e.g. alignment of headcount with business demands).
  • Responsible for the Sales Area consolidated planning processes; this includes the divisional
  • segregation for all underlying KPI’s.

 

Project Management:

  • Manage projects which cut across Business Areas and/or Divisions (e.g. Accounts receivable, service exchange, cost improvement, larger capital expenditure etc.)
  • Co-ownership of projects and active engagement with relevant stakeholders (internal &
  • external).
  • Analyse data, understand performance/deviations/problems and proactively engage with business owners by presenting the findings and (if and where needed) develop and co-own improvement actions.
  • Develop solutions/action plans for implementation (operational and/or financial).

 

Effective Subordinate Management:

  • Management and Control of the Business Control Department.
  • Ensure proactive business steering and co-ownership across the Business Control Department.
  • Conduct performance agreements, reviews & appraisals.
  • Ensure proper Succession planning.
  • Create learning opportunities.
  • Ensure proper documentation of processes and actions.
  • Manage personnel fluctuations within the Business Control Department by ensuring proper introduction & hand-over for new people.
  • Ensure to hire high performing people by keeping an eye for high-potential people.
  • Ensure proper people management, performance management, Mentoring & Coaching of people within the Business Control Department.
  • Implement training plans (if and where needed).
  • Continuous assessment of current personnel skills levels

 

Requirements: Qualification and Skill

  • B Com Hons degree CIMA (ACMA status)
  • 7+ years post-qualification experience with:
  • Proven experience in former Business Control (or BP&A) function within a highly dynamic environment.
  • Proven track record of proactive performance management within a Business Control (or BP&A) function.
  • Experience in change management and people management (direct reports and stakeholder management across a larger complex organization).
  • Experience with internal Controls (e.g SOX) and policies/guidelines management.
  • Strong records of managing complex & dynamic planning cycles (budgets, forecasts, strategy plans etc.) within a larger (international) organization.
  • Experience of performing Business Control/Reporting/Planning tasks in an environment with heterogenic / not fully unified system landscape.
  • Prior SAP experience is a benefit.
  • Advanced Excel skills.
  • Strong communication skills, including ongoing communication to senior local / global Management
  • Strong people leadership skills incl. delegation and performance management of team(s).
  • Solid understanding of IFRS Accounting Standards
  • Commercially minded with strong analytical skills
  • Previous mining industry experience is beneficial
  • Aurora job management system is beneficial

 

Benefits and Contractual information:

  • Permanent position
  • Travelling to sites and other limbs across Southern Africa

If you wish to apply for the position, please send your CV to sverdoodt@camining.com

Please visit www.caglobalint.com for more exciting opportunities.

 

 

Simone Verdoodt

Recruitment Consultant

CA Mining

 

CA Global will respond to short-listed candidates only. If you have not had any response in two weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful however your CV will be kept on our database for any other suitable positions.

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