Apex Group

Controller - Financial Accounting

Apex Group
Cape Town, South Africa
Competitive salary
12 Jun 2024
12 Jul 2024
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Qualified accountant

The Apex Group was established in Bermuda in 2003 and is now one of the world's largest fund administration and middle office solutions providers. Our business is unique in its ability to reach globally, service locally and provide cross-jurisdictional services. With our clients at the heart of everything we do, our hard-working team has successfully delivered on an unprecedented growth and transformation journey, and we are now represented by over circa 13,000 employees across 112 offices worldwide.

Your career with us should reflect your energy and passion. That's why, at Apex Group, we will do more than simply 'empower' you. We will work to supercharge your unique skills and experience. Take the lead and we'll give you the support you need to be at the top of your game. And we offer you the freedom to be a positive disrupter and turn big ideas into bold, industry-changing realities. For our business, for clients, and for you.

Controller - Financial Accounting
Cape Town


The successful applicant will be expected to be an integral part of the Cape Town Finance team, and the incumbent will be responsible for the control and execution of day-to-day accounting and administrative duties in relation to a number of Group companies. In relation to both aspects of the role, close liaison with local management, the transaction processing teams, treasury manager as well as with the group reporting and other accounting control functions will be required.

Job specification
  • Be responsible for Risk Management of the function and entities;
  • Be responsible for implementing and maintaining controls relevant to the position.
  • Supervise and review primary bookkeeping functions;
  • Prepare and/or supervise general ledger reconciliations;
  • Prepare and post entries for complex or unusual transactions;
  • Prepare and post all payroll related entries;
  • Manage Balance Sheet control accounts and ensure adequate control over assets including fixed assets;
  • Review of monthly and ad hoc business unit and support services cost allocations.
  • Monitor cash balances and prepare or review periodic reports;
  • Prepare detailed cash flow forecasts.
  • Ensure loan requests, repayments and dividend activities on the entities are appropriate and correctly executed.
  • Prepare, or supervise preparation of, monthly VAT returns, including reconciliation of vat returns to the general ledger;
  • Prepare company tax returns for filing with the local tax authorities;
  • Prepare dividends withholding tax returns for filing with the local tax authorities;
  • Complete annual FATCA and CRS submissions;
  • Liaison with Tax authorities.
  • Prepare monthly management accounts and variance analysis, ensuring accurate and on time reporting;
  • Participate in discussions with operations staff and management regarding financial information;
  • Supervise the preparation of budgets in accordance with the budget instructions and the budget time table;
  • Ensure that procedures for authorization, recording, and reconciliation of transactions are being complied with, and that ledgers;
  • and accounts are being correctly maintained;
  • Assist and support team members as needed.
  • Management of the Financial Control staff to ensure timelines and required levels of quality are met.
  • Review and sign-off of payroll.
  • Prepare periodic regulatory reports for the regulators where required;
  • Prepare year end audit files and liaise with the auditors to plan and ensure audits are completed according to the timetable.
  • Prepare year-end audit files and liaise with auditors and Group Finance to ensure the audited Annual Financial Statements are completed within predetermined deadlines and according to IFRS standards.
  • Co-ordinate with wider finance and operational team members to ensure audit deliverables are produced timeously and accurately;
  • Prepare periodic financial reports for the preparation and completion of BEE audits.
  • Participate in implementation of upgrades and changes in financial and accounting software as needed;
  • Contribute to improving and streamlining accounting and financial reporting procedures;
  • Create or update financial data analysis, proactively and / or in response to management requests;
  • Assist with other ad-hoc projects as requested by the Head of Finance.
  • Responsible for input into the appropriate use, access and control of finance systems.
  • Support the ongoing maintenance and upgrading of all accounting and administration related software in conjunction with the IT department.
  • Assist where required with process documentation and implementation of risk mitigations to ensure a compliance financial control environment.
  • Participate in general office initiatives in accordance with Apex values.

Skills Required :
  • Be a qualified chartered or certified accountant or equivalent, with at least 4 to 5 years post-qualification experience;
  • Have at least three years senior management experience in financial control, ideally within a professional services environment.
  • A working knowledge of and previous experience with the management of share capital of a company;
  • Experience with all aspects of multi-currency, multi-company, branch and multi-jurisdictional accounting;
  • Previous experience dealing with South African Exchange Control regulations;
  • Experience with the preparation of monthly management accounts, ensuring timely and accurate compliance with corporate deadlines;
  • Cashflow and credit control management experience;
  • Experience with budgeting, forecasting, and planning and control procedures;
  • Experience in managing audit timelines and audit deliverables to meet local and international regulatory deadlines;
  • Experience in the compilation and presentation of financial information presented at board level.
  • Microsoft Office including advanced Excel, and a good working knowledge of Word, PowerPoint and Outlook email;
  • Windows based accounting packages, including multi-currency, multi office enterprise level systems;
  • Windows based time-recording and billing systems;
  • OLAP based reporting applications an advantage.
  • The ability to think independently and have a hands-on mentality;
  • The ability to work independently as well as a member of a team;
  • A systematic work method and attention to detail;
  • The ability to prioritize and plan a challenging workload;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with senior staff and management.

What you will get in return:
  • A genuinely unique opportunity to be part of an expanding large global business;
  • Competitive remuneration commensurate with skills and experience;

Training and development opportunities

Additional information :

We are an equal opportunity employer and ensure that no applicant is subject to less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, gender identity, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, socio-economic, responsibilities for dependants, physical or mental disability . Any hiring decision are made on the basis of skills, qualifications and experiences.

We measure our success as a business, not only by delivering great products and services and continually increasing our assets under administration and market share, but also by how we positively impact people, society and the planet.

For more information on our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) please visit https://theapexgroup.com/csr-policy/

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