My main role was to provide strategic financial support to key stakeholders throughout the organization
which was used for strategic plan development, business plan development, capital plan development,
rolling estimate development, and financial and profitability maintenance.
I also had to assure the financial integrity of all financial statements in accordance with US GAAP and SA GAAP.
As a group acountant I had to analyse all Coca-Cola manufacturers facilities in terms of volume of transactions,
capital spend budgets and number of platforms supported.
My liaisons and reporting responsibilities to the Regional Finance Manager and Director of Finance.
I was in charge of the All Africa Group.
North Africa: Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt.
West Africa: Nigeria, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Senegal.
As a Group Accountant I work closely with clients and cross-functional teams to support the Bottler Accounts organization. I was responsible for producing both standard and ad hoc reports, as well as providing in depth analysis to assist in the resolution of issues, and the implementation of best practices. I developed internal controls and processes to ensure accuracy and consistency in data used for decision-making, reporting, and communications.
My Strong technical skills in SAP and Excel combined with a proven ability to effectively communicate, influence and build positive relationships with internal and external clients.
Specific Outputs :
Collect, validate, analyze and explain submitted rolling estimate
information. This includes variance analysis against appropriate base
comparisons (e.g. prior year, prior rolling estimate, BP, target)
Prepare rolling estimate by collecting and evaluating all available
actual, forecast, risk/opportunity information, operating management
direction and revising as appropriate.
Evaluate, make recommendations and communicate results of financial
Develop and promote internal controls, standards and processes to
ensure accuracy and consistency in data used for decision-making,
internal/external reporting and communications.
Prepare and communicate business results and financial reporting
packages to various levels of management
Make decisions based on results of financial analysis considering the
broader implications to the business.
Prepare and analyze financial statements and submissions (i.e.,.
P&L's, cash flows, trial balance) using financial models and system
tools (e.g.,. SAP, Access, Excel, Oracle, etc) to report actual business results.
Communicate and interpret rolling estimate results to appropriate
level of management providing additional perspective on implications,
risk, opportunity and trends.
Prepare accounting closing entries (i.e.,. Accruals, amortization,
allocations, prorata, fees and commissions, asset capitalization,
consolidations, local GAAP) to ensure financial records are properly
I researched, validated, corrected and processed transactional exceptions
and adjustments within the revenue cycle.
I provided assistance and information to external clients to jointly
enable efficient finance and accounting work processes.
I influenced external client to take desired actions by using techniques
appropriate to the situation.
I fulfilled research requests and responded to internal or external customer
I prepared financial reports (e.g., account or contract reconciliation)
for external clients to communicate status of financial commitments.
I provided perspective and advice on the practices and internal controls
of an external client to minimize financial risk to the Coca-Cola
I served as a consultant and subject matter expert to external clients
regarding business policies, procedures, processes, and measures that
drive the implementation of business strategies (e.g., revenue
management, pricing, promotions, product initiatives, hedging
I made recommendations to client (e.g., local general management of
bottler) for improvements in business process areas (e.g., accounts
payable, accounts receivable, budgeting, rolling estimate, treasury,
cash management, cash flow forecasting, management reporting, financial
reporting and general ledger, cost accounting and cost of goods sold,
fixed assets, chart of authority, purchasing, marketing expense control
system, internal controls, general management/key business indicators,
information systems, human resources, sales and distribution, sales
operations, route settlement, delivery, full service vending,
warehousing, fleet management, inventory control, production
forecasting, integration of acquisitions or consolidations of
I identified and resolved outstanding financial issues or inquiries with
appropriate HQ functions, field management, and/or Credit Union
I set up Innovative Business Improvements: Developed new insights into solutions
that resulted in organizational improvements; I promoted a work environment that
fosters creative thinking, innovation and rational risk-taking.
I balanced Immediate and Long-Term Priorities: I met critical objectives
while considering the impact of those decisions and activities on the ability
to achieve long-term goals.
I deliver Results: I Focus on the critical few objectives that add the most
value and channelled my own and others' energy to consistently deliver results that
meet or exceed expectations.
I imports and exports Good Ideas: I relentlessly seek, share and adopt ideas
and best practices in and outside the Company and whilst I embrace change introduced by others.
I develop and inspires Others: I Built and maintained relationships that
motivate, guide, and reinforce the performance of others toward goal
I developed self and others to improve performance in current
role and to prepare for future roles; I seek and provide feedback and coaching
to enhance performance.
I always maintain the Core Value systems of the Company through
words, actions, and by example; I foster an environment that reflects the values
of the company.
I have 12 long years experience in Data Collection. My knowledge of data collection methods includes obtaining and understanding information about processes, events, or transactions through reading, interviews, observations, and surveys.
I have a thorough understanding of Operating Systems: Knowledge of software and operating systems and all related aspects (e.g., system tools, management
principles, platforms, software, hardware, related products and
controls) required to design, implement and maintain infrastructure
I used Cost Accounting. Knowledge of cost accounting and analysis techniques
(e.g., activity based costing, standard costing, cost performance
measurement, benchmarking techniques) used within a business environment.
Control Environment. Ability to assess current controls to ensure that
assets are safeguarded and that transactions are authorized, recorded,
and reported. I also help design and implement cost-effective systems and procedures properly.
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles I have got a thorough Knowledge of international. (ISA) U.S. and SA Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). I have the ability to apply these principles and determine compliance or lack thereof h of these principles.
Basic Forecasting: Knowledge of and ability to apply financial and cost forecasting procedures. This includes the ability to develop assumptions and produce relevant financial projections and cost models (e.g., cash requirements, volume, raw materials, equipment).
Basic Operating Systems: Knowledge of basic software and operating systems and all related aspects (e.g., system tools, management principles, platforms, software, hardware, related products and controls) required to design, implement and maintain infrastructure solutions.
I used Billing and Account Payable Systems and Processes. My Knowledge of
Company billing and accounts payable systems and processes included Oracle, SAP, Sun Micro Systems, Hyperion, Walker financial systems, Econintel treasury Systems in order to apply transactional and gross receipt taxes during compliance, planning, and audits.
I have 6 years of Collections from Telkom South Africa, to MTN and Coca-cola.
My Knowledge of policies, procedures, and applicable laws, statutes and regulations (e.g., Robinson Patman, Uniform Commercial Code) for collecting delinquent accounts, loans, and/or receivables.
This includes knowledge of system reports, documenting collection efforts, determining collectability, recommending charge-offs as well as coordinating legal actions.
Making customers (external and internal) and their needs a primary focus of one's actions; developing and sustaining productive customer relationships; creating and executing plans and solutions in collaboration with the customer.
Data Extraction. Ability to extract and query data from systems (e.g., SAP, Basis, Oracle, etc…).