Financial Manager


Financial Manager

1 July 2024 (or sooner)

St John’s College is a world-class Anglican, African school situated on a magnificent campus in Houghton, Johannesburg, offering quality education from Pre-Primary to Post-Matric. The school has an outstanding academic record, entering candidates for the IEB and Cambridge A Level examinations.

The Financial Manager reports to the Head of Finance & Operations and is responsible for providing financial guidance and support to management and colleagues in order to make sound business decisions. They will manage and analyse everyday financial activities as well as provide financial advice to the senior management team. The role will be responsible for implementing policies and procedures to ensure effective financial management and governance.

The Financial Manager has the responsibility to provide sound fiscal management in the operation of all financial matters, including the development and management of the school budget, the borrowing and investing of money, and the management of accounts receivable and payable.

The duties will include but are not limited to:
Manage & further develop effective financial management services to the school

  • Analysis & preparation of accurate monthly & yearly management accounts
  • Check & sign off balance sheet reconciliations
  • Review creditors reconciliations and release payments
  • Processing & reconciliation of inter-company accounts
  • Maintain a strategic financial plan that will indicate and track trends and requirements of the school development plan and will forecast future year budgets focusing on sustainability

 Provide support & guidance on financial management matters to all internal and external clients

  • Manage internal control functions
  • Provide accurate financial information to internal stakeholders
  • Liaison with Banks

Monitor, manage and report on the school’s risk profile

  • Manage debtors’ book and collections

 Lead and guide the annual budgeting process with the Head of Finance and Operations

  • Prepare annual budgets with key stakeholders

 Analysis and monitoring of the effect of budget or policy changes and statutory requirements

  • Monthly variance analysis & reporting on variances to budget

Audit liaison as well as tax, legislative and statutory requirements

  • Preparation of Annual Financial Statements
  • Liaison with external auditors including compilation of audit files
  • Manage all tax and VAT related issues and liaise with SARS
  • Ensure timely preparation & submission of VAT201 returns

 Manage and develop direct reports

  • Mentor & support finance team

Minimum requirements for the position

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce (accounting or finance)
  • 8 – 10 years financial / business management experience
  • Experience in leading change initiatives
  • Experience working on Pastel and processing journals
  • Substantial management experience
  • Strives for good public relations with customers, co-workers, manager and school.
  • Self-motivated and flexible approach
  • Excellent numeracy skills
  • Ability to prioritise and manage workload to successfully deliver to deadline
  • Ability to successfully manage internal partners and their expectations
  • Ability to act on own initiative and to make decisions unassisted
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to relate to staff at all levels
  • Demonstrate a commitment to live and work within the values, Christian ethos and mission of the College and ensuring that diversity and inclusion is fundamental to all actions

To apply for this position, please complete this link
by no later than 31 May 2024.

At St John’s College, we are committed to proactive safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our children. All staff and volunteers who have access to children will be vetted in accordance with the St John’s College safeguarding policy. This policy stipulates that staff and volunteers are required to undergo all the necessary background checks in keeping with the requirements for safeguarding and child protection in South Africa and all staff perform duties in accordance with our school’s HR Policies.

The school reserves the right not to proceed with the filling of the post. The appointment of candidates is at the sole discretion of St John’s College, taking into account factors such as St John’s College Employment Equity Policy. Applications are welcomed from South African citizens only or persons with a valid work permit. An application will not in itself entitle the applicant to an interview or appointment and failure to meet the minimum requirements of the advertised post will result in applicants automatically disqualifying themselves from consideration. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. If you have not heard from St John’s College within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have been unsuccessful in your application

St John’s College, in line with POPIA (Protection of Personal Information Act) will attempt to ensure the confidentiality of all applicants for this role. All reasonable measures will be in place to protect personal information but will be used in the recruitment, selection, and reporting process. By submitting your application for this position, you are recognising and accepting this disclaimer.

Closing Date
Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa
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