Group Accountant - Construction and Built

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Salary: 600000
Recruiter: Progessive International
Job Ref: JHB001021/SF
Summary: We are recruiting for a seasoned - Group Accountant / Financial Manager to be based in Northern Suburbs. Candidates applying for this role must have DELTEK OR ERP systems experience . This is non-negotiable.



Job Description


  • Solid working track record in financial reporting and accounting, preferably in professional services or construction.
  • Accredited and current membership of a professional body that represents the accounting or financial services industry.
  • Accredited degree, diploma or other credible certification in Accounting, Business Science, Management Accounting or Financial Management.

Key Tasks and Deliverables on a day to day basis

  • Take and maintain responsibility for the maintenance and operation and proactive application of financial management tools and reporting systems relevant to the Group businesses and their business environment.
  • Continually develop appropriate types of financial reports related to the businesses to enable better planning and better quality decision making and risk management.
  • Use the Deltek Vision suite of software applications as an accounting and reporting platform. Deltek Vision is the company''s ERP platform and accounting platform.
  • Use the ESS payroll administration software.
  • Issue statements and invoices to clients, based on proactive study and understanding of commercial agreements concluded between the companies and their clients.
  • Assist the Operations Director with the financial aspects of any and all activities that require financial planning, management and reporting.
  • Regularly review and maintain the Chart of Accounts.
  • Call, run and minute regular bi-weekly Finance Meetings for all companies.
  • Attend Board Meetings of all companies, held once every four months.
  • Attend the annual two-day Strategy Workshop or ''Think Tank''.
  • Improve cash flow through efficient and regular invoicing.
  • Reconcile creditors'' and debtors'' accounts and the company''s bank accounts.
  • Report on aged accounts and push for the payment of outstanding invoices, including proactive escalation to directors where resistance to payments develops.
  • Track and invoice and collect administrative costs disbursed on behalf of clients into projects.
  • Manage inter-company invoicing for the use of shared resources and equipment.
  • Compile and prepare all SARS payments on e-filing within the stipulated time frames, and interface with SARS related to assessment and return queries, and the issuing of tax clearance certificates.
  • Proactively and innovatively report on the company''s operations, to facilitate cash flow planning and financial decision making.
  • Regularly interface with the company''s auditors, and prepare and assist in the completion of annual audits, leading to the timeous production of AFS''s.
  • Maintain compliance with SARS, the Compensation Commissioner, and the CIPC in respect of the required regular returns. Assist with the financial documentation of bids, proposals and design competitions as the situation may arise.
  • Advise the directors on withholding tax provisions in different countries on the African continent, where the company carries out project work, and ensure that these provisions are priced into bids that are made to international clients.
  • Carry out financial reporting, and the setting up and control over data capture on cost centres in the office, provided by others. Deal with client and suppliers of the Interior
  • Design business, in situations where the company purchases furniture or other goods for and on behalf of clients.
  • Deal with service providers and suppliers of the company as the situation may require, specifically with regard to BEE certification and the monitoring of categories of spend to feed into the BEE rating systems and Workplace Skills Plans.
  • Strategic Activities and Deliverables
  • Nurture and grow a strong culture of financial planning, reporting and accountability amongst the group of directors and shareholders.
  • Understand the relevant Construction Sector B-BBEE Codes of Practice and proactively contribute to the maintenance and improvement of the companies'' B-BBEE certifications through the formulation of reports and proposals of how the company''s finances can be managed to support B-BBEE transformation.
  • Prepare budgets on an annual basis, and expenditure reports against budgets every four months. (end February / end June / end October)
  • Proactively work to understand and support the company''s growth strategies into
  • Cape Town, into continental Africa and into other international markets, by developing tools and information systems for better quality decision making by the directors.
  • Develop and maintain a way for the new Cape Town office to be monitored and grown into a potentially self-supporting business unit.
  • Apply innovative thinking and practice to the financial operations of the company, to mirror the innovation and thinking for which the company''s businesses are known and respected in the design industry.

Personal qualities required

  • Develop and continually project a strong sense of ownership of your scope of work, and expand your role in the office.
  • Act with the utmost integrity and trust in your dealings with clients and directors and shareholders and staff members.
  • Be able to work on a number of different tasks in a working day.
  • Be proactive in your approach to your work and deal with problems in an efficient manner.
  • Work around problems without halting the work flow and seek advice from directors as and when necessary.
  • Be innovative and curious and develop the role and the reach of the position, into all levels of the organization.
  • Build trust through personal conduct.


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