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Group Financial Controller

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A prominent global Financial Services firm is currently seeking a highly skilled Group Financial Controller to join their Cape Town offices in a leading role.

As a direct report to the Chief Financial Officer, the Group Financial Controller will be responsible for maintaining excellent financial reporting and systems across finance operations at group-level. This will require exceptional technical and operational finance expertise in areas such as tax, treasury, technical accounting, finance operations, financial reporting, audit, systems and controls.


Fostering a culture of empowerment, responsibility, and proactiveness is essential for the Group Financial Controller. They should have a proven track record of driving transformative and continuous improvements in a core finance function.

Key qualifications and experience required for the Group Financial Controller:

  • CA(SA)
  • Big 4 training with large, listed, corporate clients (preferable)
  • Must have Group-level experience
  • Minimum 12 years’ professional experience with at least 3 years in a senior finance role, operating at group-level within a substantial company or a multinational corporation
  • Financial Services experience preferred, but candidates with commercial experience will also be considered
  • Proven track record of enhancing tax and treasury operations with exceptional technical accounting skills
  • Demonstrated strong leadership experience in a team management position

Key duties of the Group Financial Controller:

  • Oversee and coordinate accounting, financial and statutory reporting, tax, treasury, financial systems and controls
  • Provide expert guidance to the CFO and the broader organisation on technical accounting matters, including new financial reporting standards and product launches
  • Manage key external relationships with auditors, banking partners, debt providers and tax advisors
  • Develop and implement an optimised strategy for group treasury and foreign exchange
  • Take charge of all aspects of the company’s tax compliance, spanning multiple jurisdictions and implement effective transfer pricing policies
  • Ensure timely and accurate consolidation of monthly financial results, conducting comprehensive analysis of P&L variances, balance sheet and cash flow
  • Spearhead continuous improvement and automation of finance systems, processes and controls, with a focus on month-end and year-end close, treasury operations and reconciliations
  • Lead and inspire a team, including direct reports, while serving as a deputy for the CFO when required

Key personal skills:

  • Highly adaptable with experience in blue-chip and high-growth organisations
  • Results-driven leader, capable of building high-performing teams
  • Thrives in a fast-paced and ambitious company
  • Proactive self-starter with a “no-nonsense attitude”, quickly identifying problems and executing solutions
  • Deep understanding of African context with a global mindset
  • Ability to work under pressure, demonstrating strong commercial acumen

If you are a motivated, determined and strong-minded finance professional, interested in a leadership role within a multinational organisation, we encourage you to get in touch for a further discussion.

Contract Type: FULL_TIME

Specialism: Banking & Financial Services

Focus: Finance & Accounting

Industry: Financial Services

Salary: Negotiable

Workplace Type: Hybrid

Location: Cape Town

Job Reference: Q6HKQW-0955A182

Date posted: 22 May 2024

Consultant: Ashleigh Cloete

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