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  • Posted: Nov 17, 2020
    Deadline: Nov 26, 2020
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    RCL FOODS is a leading African food producer in South Africa with a market capitalisation of R13 billion and employing more than 20 000 people in operations across South and Southern Africa. We manufacture a wide range of branded and private label food products which we distribute through our own route-to-market supply chain specialist, Vector Logistics. ...
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    Management Accountant

    Job Description    

    • RCL FOODS is currently looking for a Management Accountant to join our Logistics Division based at our Thekwini site. The role reports to the Commercial Manager and requires an analytical individual with commercial and costing experience. The Management Accountant will be responsible to provide management accounting support and insight for the relevant customer / principal / depot.

    Minimum Requirements    

    • Qualified CA(SA) or Studying towards / Completed CIMA
    • 3 to 5 years management accounting experience, including commercial costing and some exposure to processing or manufacturing environments
    • FMCG or Logistics experience will be advantageous
    • SAP experience will be advantageous

    Duties & Responsibilities    
    Budgeting and Forecasting

    • Prepare budget and forecasting timetables.
    • Assist in the preparation of the annual budget and quarterly forecast pack for presentation.
    • Coordinate the capex budget within agreed parameters.

    Project Management

    • Responsible for identifying logistics areas for process improvement and cost savings to ensure expectations are met.
    • Lead, manage and facilitate reporting improvement projects across the business.
    • Monitor industry standards, trends, or practices to identify developments in logistics planning or execution.
    • Identify training, coaching and mentoring opportunities where possible for the team to achieve performance targets.


    • Oversee, analyse and interrogate results in TM1 by customer and depot
    • Managing the focused delivery of an accurate monthly scorecard
    • Understanding and managing of the data accuracy and reconciliation in TM1Streamlining existing processes and paper trails in order to reduce the risk of human error and improve speed of information delivery.
    • Overseeing the balancing of all reports, sign off on recons and documented investigation of variances
    • Publish weekly and monthly “snap-shot” reports as required by the business in an accurate and timely manner by:
    • developing a broad knowledge base of the organisational processes and policies.
    • staying fully informed of operational objectives, performance and critical trends.
    • focusing on the compilation of a monthly commercial reporting pack that highlights focus points for the month, exposes core issues, generates action plans and assigns responsibilities.
    • engaging with Management Accountant through presentation of the monthly commercial report and follow-up sessions where appropriate in order to provide the business with the tools to make informed strategic decisions, implement change and maximise profitability.
    • Assist in the review and actioning of TM1 variance reports prepared using data extracted from TM1.
    • Analyse and explain KPI fluctuations and variances.
    • Provide monthly commentary for submission to the Commercial Manager.

    Cost Analysis (ABC Model)

    • Understand the ABC Model and cost drivers
    • Provide commercial insight into variances of cost drivers month on month.
    • Identify changes in the business that need to flow through the model
    • Maintain data process flows and present changes at commercial team meetings
    • Analyse costs against budgets and forecasts.
    • Provide input driving optimisation of efficiencies in the depot environment.
    • Analyse all input costs within the cost centre.
    • Analyse proposed changes to cost allocation (as a result of trials or change in specifications) and assist with data collection of new business proposals.
    • Implement cost management initiatives within the team.

    Variance Analysis

    • Understand the SAP cost centres and the upload into TM1 to assist in variance explanations
    • Prepare presentation of major variances to Commercial Manager
    • Participate in investigations and audits to support initiatives designed to control costs and maximise profits.
    • Provide commentary on the monthly reporting packs, ABC model month on month variance analysis
    • Calculate the actual impact of changes that have been made and new cost allocation and present to Management Accountant.
    • Analyse actual KPI’s versus budget and work with the teams to address areas of non-conformance or concern proactively and timeously.

    Information and Data Management

    • Ensure team members accurately and regularly capture data into the information system to enable access to reliable data and reporting for trend analysis and decision making.
    • Share relevant data with management teams to enable reliable business decision making.
    • Take responsibility for data accuracy and completeness for the relevant model.

    Customer Service

    • Respond to customer queries regarding information relating to the Operations activities.
    • Engage with Fleet Management, Operations team, Planning and Finance to improve efficiency and reduce cost to serve in order to provide cost effective customer service.
    • Act as global go-to person for all Operations data quality related questions

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to RCL FOODS on to apply

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