Job purpose:

The Accounting Specialist will report to the respective Accounting Manager. The accounting specialist will assist in the Accounting Division with the accounting consulting needs of clients. The accounting consulting services that the Accounting Specialist will be involved in are as follows:

    • Assistance with complex accounting standards: The Accounting Specialist will be assisting clients with complex accounting standards, such as IFRS 17, IFRS 9, IAS 19, IFRS 3 and IFRS 16. The assistance would include implementation of standards, as well as applying the standards to other complex transactions.

    • General accounting services: The Accounting Specialist will assist the manager in the preparation of a full set of interim and annual financial statements, regular reporting, decluttering financial statements and other finance related activities.

    • Business advisory: The Accounting Specialist will compile and submit the relevant regulatory required documents as well as assist clients with accounting system implementation testing.

    • Taxation: The Accounting Specialist will be preparing and submitting statutory tax returns.

Job Requirements

Minimum qualifications and requirements

    • NQF level 8 relevant qualification i.e. BCom (Hons), CTA (Certificate in theory of Accounting) and Chartered Accountant (SA);

    • Completed 3-year articles.

    • Exposure to audit / accounting in the financial services sector will be an advantage.

    • Sound knowledge of finance, accounting and IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards).

    • Knowledge of relevant software packages i.e. Microsoft Office Suite.

    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills required.

    • Must have good communication, planning, organizing and report writing skills.

Duties and responsibilities

    • Prepare technical sound accounting memos for transactions.

    • Facilitate month end close and account reconciliation for our clients.

    • Involvement with monthly close procedures, financial statement preparation, and regulatory filing requirements for clients.

    • Assist in preparing financial statements for clients.

    • Assist in the processes of implementing new IFRS standards.

    • Review financial statements and assess their compliance with IFRS.

    • Provide sound accounting technical advice.

    • Assist in systems implementation.

    • Participating in various ad-hoc projects.

    • Prepare proposal for prospective clients.

    • General office and division support for other departments within the firm.

    • Retain professional body registration (SAICA) by attending the relevant courses and complying with minimum CPD requirements.

    • Organize and deliver client training sessions with supervision from Accounting Division Manager.

    • Remain up to date with IASB announcements, papers and discussions.

    • Perform non client facing role adequately and adding value to the accounting division and reporting progress on the role to Accounting Manager/Accounting Senior Manager/Accounting Division Head.

Application process
The following documents, which must be sent to are required for application

    • ID Copy

    • CV

    • Copies of Qualifications

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  • The Shard (Pty) Ltd, a financial consulting firm based in Johannesburg is looking for an Actuarial Analyst to join their team, on a permanent capacity. We provide a unique combination of professional services including Risk Assurance & Advisory Services, Actuarial, Accounting and Analytics.

  • Please send your CV, together with your qualifications, to by no later than the 25th of February 2022. Should you not hear from us within 2 weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful.