10 Apr 2020

Chief Accountant at SGS

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About US:

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. We are recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 90,000 employees, we operate a network of more than 2,000 offices and laboratories around the world.

Job Summary:

The Chief Accountant (1)

Primary Responsibility: To assist in preparation of financial statements, ensure accounting transactions are processed in accordance to law, compliance with tax regulations, statutory audit of financial statements, monthly reporting to group head , manage/review performance of direct reports, handle Treasury and statutory issues, insurance, and reporting to the Financial Controller on designated tasks.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure Finance procedures are fully complied with.
  • Ensure all Account Payable reconciliations are correct with each payment being released.
  • Review and sign off all Management Accountant reconciliations on monthly basis.
  • Review and sign off Inventory reconciliations on monthly basis.
  • Review and sign off all Inter-company reconciliations, ensuring mismatches per monthly report received from Group Control are resolved.
  • Approve adjustments for processing raised by Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable. In cases of exceptional adjustments, Financial Manager will approve.
  • Process high level journals provided directly by Financial Manager.
  • Review and sign off all check lists for all direct reports on monthly basis.
  • Treasury – includes forward contracts, update of banking documentation, currency exposure reports etc.
  • Release payments once verified by Account Payable on Citibank e-banking.
  • Prepare and submit HFM reports (Financial, IFRS, NOA) as per deadlines set by Africa Area Control.
  • Insurance – review, renew, claims submission – full insurance responsibility.
  • Assist with providing information to business managers as requested.
  • Statutory issues – Audit and Tax returns ( VAT,WHT), minutes, resolutions.
  • Ensure all taxes and similar are paid timeously to avoid penalties, tax clearance.
  • Ensure all processing is completed within deadline set by Finance Manager.
  • Performance management of direct reports.
  • Provide report to Financial Manager of any non compliances to procedures.
  • Submit HFM reports accurately to Group Control.
  • Provide financial information for vendor agreements, supplier credit application forms.
  • Assist the Finance team with audits
  • Adhoc assignments.
  • Adhere to all quality and safety requirements of the SGS management system.
  • Quality Health and Safety reporting requirements for Finance division and assigned QHSE duties.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal applicant for the SGS Chief Accountant job placement must hold a Degree in commerce/ accounting or business related course with a professional qualification either of ACCA/CIMA/CPA.
  • At least four years working experience in a similar role in a busy organisation.
  • Thorough understanding of International Accounting Standards, International Financial Reporting Standards as well as working knowledge of local tax laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of accounting software and other computer applications e.g MS Word , MS Excel etc.
  • Previous experience in working with Oracle system.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to multitask.
  • High standards of Integrity
  • Excellent numeric skills
  • Willingness to work long hours
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work well under pressure and with tight time constraints
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to interact effectively with all levels throughout within the company.
  • Team player who is also able to work independently
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      Method of Application

All candidates are encouraged to send a detailed Curriculum Vitae and copies of certificates to applications to:

The Human Resource Manager, SGS Uganda via [email protected] Indicate the position you are applying for. Kindly include your current and expected salary plus daytime contacts.

NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: 10th April 2020 by 4:00om






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