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Senior Financial Accountant

Job Profile

Mott MacDonald is a £1.1 billion Global Engineering and Management consultancy providing services to Sub-Saharan Africa. We are looking for people keen to explore opportunities with a dynamic company for this role which is based at the Sandton office in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The role entails providing operational and financial support to Mott MacDonald’s business units operating in Sub-Saharan Africa. The individual appointed will be a member of the finance team and will report the Sub Regional Accountant for Africa. The role will require the individual to travel to Sub-Saharan countries in Africa to support the various business units.

Job Description


The individual appointed will be responsible for:
  • The preparation of monthly and quarterly entity reporting information and the preparation of annual financial statements. This task involves financial analysis, the review of working papers, the preparation of estimates and the preparation of supporting information to ensure that all financial transactions are accurately recorded in the financial system
  • Providing assurance regarding the quality of information that underlies the entities financial statements
  • Monitoring company policies and procedures and ensure that they are adhered to and any variances are brought to the attention of the Sub Regional Accountant
  • Keeping up to date with IFRS, GAAP and relevant legislation, regulations and instructions to inform policies and procedures within the department
  • Interacting with all internal auditors and external auditors facilitating the annual and periodic audit processes
  • Providing financial advice to various general managers, senior managers and business unit leaders
  • The submission of monthly / quarterly / annual statutory returns (VAT, PAYE, and Income TAX)
  • Preparing and reviews reconciliations for accuracy, consistency and compliance with company policies and procedures
  • Supervising and managing the payroll function for the entities within the individuals control
  • Recruitment, training and management of finance staff that falls within the incumbents reporting structure

Candidate Specification

Candidates must:-
  • Be a registered professional accountant, with a minimum BCom degree
  • Have a minimum of 8 years’ post qualification experience
  • Have good knowledge of IFRS and Generally Accepted Accounting Practice
  • Have advanced working knowledge of ERP systems, Excel and strong database skills
  • Have strong financial acumen, analytical agility and problem-solving skills
  • Be detail oriented, organized and able to meet tight deadlines
  • Have effective written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Have strong interpersonal skills and ability to build lasting relationships

In addition, it is desirable that candidates:-
  • Be a registered Chartered Accountant, with a minimum BCom honours degree
  • Have experience in the engineering and management consultancy sector
  • Have international experience in an African context

Key Performance Indicators
  • Achieve unqualified audit reports for the entities within the incumbent’s responsibility
  • Meet monthly, quarterly and annual reporting deadlines
  • Adherence to company financial policies and procedures
  • Submission of monthly / quarterly / annual statutory returns within the stipulated deadlines
  • Timely implementation of recommendations arising from internal and external audits
  • Accurate processing and payment of staff according to the tax legislation of the respective jurisdictions


Interested candidates are requested to submit their CV’s with a covering letter setting out their suitability for the role and how they plan to achieve the objectives described above.


By no later than 17h00 on Tuesday, 12 June 2018. Electronic submissions are encouraged.

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