Chief Accountant Job at Transportation Company

Job Title: Chief Accountant
Reports to: Executive and Finance Director, Financial Controller
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About Us:
Our client, a transportation specialist company, capable of handling all forms of overland transportation requirements is seeking to recruit a result-driven and self-motivated candidate to fill the vacancy above.
Job Summary:
  • The Chief Accountant will primarily ensure compliance with corporate, finance and accounting policies, business controls, procedures and reporting.
  • He / She will also provide sound business decision-making support to other senior members of the organization through the accurate monitoring, reporting and analysing of financial results and projections
  • The job holder will provide timely proactive financial evaluation, information and advice that enable the operations to develop and execute effective plans and take informed decisions
  • The Accountant will interact with and provide support to operations department’s personnel to ensure seamless resolution of issues 
Key Duties & Responsibilities:
1.      Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Preparing annual financial accounts, in compliance with local Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
  • Preparing monthly management accounts and reviewing support schedules.
  • Monitoring and analysing financial reports and records and pro-actively identifying issues and initiating corrective actions where needed.
  • Reconciling company assets and analysis of utilisation.
2.     Monitoring and Controlling
  • Preparation of debtor’s reports.
  • Trucking income Variance analysis and explanations.
  • Preparation of creditor’s reports
3.     Internal Controls
  • Controlling chart of accounts by monitoring access rights in the accounting system.
  • Maintaining adequate systems of internal controls needed to safeguard assets, ensuring accurate financial reporting and compliance with policies and procedures
4.     Treasury Management
  • Ensuring proper planning and management of loans by ensuring that interest and principal are properly recorded /accounted for and paid within the loan agreement.
  • Negotiating exchange rates with various banks.
  • Preparation of supplier payments and reconciliations.
5.      Taxation and Statutory Returns
  • Ensuring accurate calculation, payment and submission of company statutory deductions in a timely manner and as per the relevant legislation.
  • Ensuring withholding tax is properly calculated and remitted on behalf of third parties.
  • Coordinating, preparing and submitting statutory returns and payments.
  • Managing and reviewing audits of VAT returns and subsequent refund claims from URA as per the VAT Act.
6.     People and Relationship Management
  • Exercising sound management and leadership skills and principles.
  • Ensuring a strong focus on people development and continuously developing potential of staff through training and mentoring.
  • Monitoring the productivity and effectiveness of direct reports.
  • Keeping staff informed and assisting them when required.
  • Developing and maintaining liaison with tax advisors and URA officials.
  • Providing internal and external auditors with all assistance as required. 
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • An undergraduate degree in Accounting or Finance; A qualified [full/part] accountant with CPA or ACCA professional qualifications
  • Strong business acumen,
  • Strong analytical and numerical skills.
  • A high level of integrity and reliability
  • Ability to work and deliver under pressure
  • A minimum of three years’ experience 
Personal Competencies:
  • Communication Skills;
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Team work;
  • Good interpersonal skills. A team player with strong attention to detail and follow up.
  • A self-motivated, highly energetic and innovative individual. Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Computer literacy including knowledge of QuickBooks and an ERP accounting software is essential.
  • Planning and Organizing;
  • Strong planning and organisational skills
  • Strong problem solving skills with a proactive and innovating approach to work.
  • A high level of integrity and reliability.
  • Travel to corporate headquarters will be required from time to time.  
How to apply:
All interested applicants must abide by these instructions and failure could result into disqualification.
  • Write an Application letter and CV/Resume.
  • Merge these two documents into one document in either word or PDF format.
  • Do not attach or send any scanned documents. These are sometimes too large for our inbox.
  • Submit your application online, please click “Apply to Position
  • Only successful candidates will be contacted. For all other inquiries please contact our offices directly.
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