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Accountant (6 Months FTC)

Hogan Lovells
Johannesburg Johannesburg, Gauteng Gauteng, South Africa
Closing date
Apr 28, 2024

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Full Time
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Responsible for handling financial matters in respect of the South Africa and United Kingdom Office and the coordination of financial affairs in the international offices. Accountable for Transaction processing, Reporting, Control and Decision Support.


Accounts Preparation: Management and Statutory Accounts:
  • Assist in the preparation of monthly management accounts for the South Africa and United Kingdom office and provide support to the various Business Service directors of the firm (eg, human resources, technology, office services, etc.).
  • Incorporate the trial balances and cash books of some non-UK offices into the firm's consolidated monthly accounts.
  • Assist with accounting computations, journal processing, the review of balance sheet control accounts.
  • Contribute to the preparation of quarterly Group management accounts for the firm, together with supporting commentary explaining and interpreting the results.
  • Assist in the preparation of the Group's Limited Liability Partnership financial statements under applicable International Financial Reporting Standards.
  • Assist in the preparation of the statutory financial statements of some of the LLP's subsidiary undertakings.
  • Create audit files and answer any audit queries that may arise.
  • Load payments to suppliers and assist with Statutory Returns (VAT, Provisional Tax, Income Tax, CIPC, etc.)

Analysis, Explanation and Interpretation:
  • Review and understand key trends and variances in the figures as well as the explanation of these to both finance and non-finance staff.
  • Correspondence and meetings as required with senior managers to discuss monthly reports, variances, trends and future expectations.
  • Correction of any errors in posting and dealing with other queries raised.
  • Work with International finance teams to help them understand their results.

  • Assist in the preparation of the firm's annual budget for certain United Kingdom and South Africa support departments. This requires close liaison with senior managers.
  • Work with non-UK office finance teams in order to produce their annual budget.
  • Assist with the preparation of the global budget

Additional Roles or Responsibilities:
  • Perform additional duties or responsibilities, which fall reasonably within the ambit of the , or in accordance with operational requirements.


  • Grade 12 or equivalent (NQF 4) - Required
  • Bachelor of Commerce / Business Science in Accounting or Equivalent (NQF 7) - Required
  • Articles - Recommended

  • A minimum of 2-3 years' Accounting experience at Operational level - Required

System Skills:
  • Microsoft Office - Intermediate - Intermediate
  • Elite Enterprise or 3E - Recommended
  • OneStream - Recommended
  • Chrome River - Recommended

Mental & Environmental / Legal Requirements:
  • This position demands exceptional quality, attention to detail, strict adherence to pre-determined deadlines in a high pressure environment
  • Ability to deliver on tasks independently
  • High level of resilience and persistence
  • Ability to work with all levels within an organization

Technical Skills:
  • Highly numerate and competent in Excel (for expense analysis and reporting) with a high degree of financial acumen
  • Proficient in pivot tables and V-lookups, for manipulating large quantities of data
  • Analytical review, interpretation of trends and delivering results in a deadline environment
  • Ability to troubleshoot and analyze data
  • Working with multiple currencies and stakeholders located at multiple locations concurrently
  • Commitment to ethical behavior with a willingness to adhere to all company policies and current financial legislation
  • Ability to liaise with stakeholders at all levels effectively and efficiently

Behavioral Competencies:
  • Flexible approach to work and responsibilities.
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Excellent communication skills (listening, written and spoken).
  • Customer service mind set.
  • Self-motivated and eager to learn.
  • Positive attitude
  • Ability to handle queries efficiently with diplomacy and tact.
  • Ability to follow instructions precisely.
  • Adapting and responding to change.
  • Strong work ethic with an inherent sense of urgency.
  • Working constructively with others.
  • Delivering through others.

Additional Considerations
  • 9.00 am - 17:30 pm Monday to Friday or 09:30 - 18:00 (variable depending on team workload)
  • Applicants must be South African citizens or have a valid South African work permit
  • Preference will be given to Employment Equity candidates
  • Preference will be given to candidates who are living with a disability
  • Applicants must have a clear criminal history

If you have not had any response from us within 21 days of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.

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