GL Accountant at Alstom

eg. Accountant or Accounting or Kempinski



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The Railway industry today is characterized by both a strong and sustained growth across the world. The trends that drive this are well known: environmental challenges, population growth, urbanization and increasing demands for mobility.

With 6B€ of Sales and around 30,000 employees based in over 60 countries, Alstom develop & market the most complete range of systems, equipment and services offered today in the railway sector. Today we offer our customers solutions that feature a seamless blend of diverse technologies, ensuring optimal interfaces, along with flexible implementation and real synergy in innovation.

GL Accountant

Purpose of the Job :

The primary focus of this position is to ensure accurate accounting and administration of the general accounting matters and to support the business with general accounting requirement.

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Responsibilities of the position are as follows, but not limited to:

Asset management

    • Asset management in accordance with the asset management plan
    • Maintain documentation for acquisitions/commissioning/disposals/transfers for audit purposes
    • Maintain accurate fixed asset register
    • Capital assets are properly tagged with an asset number that traces to the fixed asset sub ledger/register - monitor this process with the business.
    • Coordinate a physical verification of assets.

Reconciliations

    • Balance sheet accounts in GFSS scope reconciled and submitted for review
    • Monitoring of dashboard of unreconciled accounts and items and follow up
    • Ensure accuracy and completeness, key general ledger accounts (cash and bank accounts, payroll, accounts receivables, accounts payables, fixed assets) are monthly reconciled to sub-ledgers, and reconciliations are properly reviewed/approved by a person different from the preparer of the reconciliation.
    • A quality review is performed on account balances to ensure balances are reasonable, accurate, compliant with prescribed accounting policies
    • Collaborate in balance sheet review

Invoicing

    • Accurate and timeous preparation of accounts receivable invoices, statements and PO/SO flow (if applicable) for all debtors.
    • Assist project controlling with reconciliations of PRASA debtors, down-payment, retention etc.

 

Cross-function support

    • Providing support to HR on payroll general accounting related matter

Internal controls and systems

    • Ensure continuous improvement of the GL accounting processes
    • Monitor and improve internal controls related to GL accounting
    • Driver for the GSI general ledger accounting improvements and other system improvements related to the GL scope
    • Be guardian of the rules for the controls relevant to general accounting. Strengthen internal control culture (focus on segregation of duties, recons)

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Journals and processing

    • Maintenance of journal register and supporting documentation for all manual journals except for treasury journals
    • All significant estimates and accruals (in particular but not limited to: payroll accruals, goods/services received / rendered not invoiced…) are supported by calculations and relevant supporting documentation with references to applicable policies and procedures.
    • Accruals ageing are regularly reviewed and investigated.

KPIs

    • KPI formulation for team to keep track of performance and business within your GL scope

Administration and ad/hocs

    • Assist finance manager in preparation of financial statements

 

Core competencies, knowledge and experience

Job related skill:

    • ATTENTION TO DETAIL – ACCURACY IS IMPERATIVE
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills
    • Solid understanding of SAP and other reporting systems
    • Strong excel skills

 

Job related knowledge:

    • International Financial Reporting Standards basic knowledge
    • Companies Act
    • Commercial knowledge about South Africa and Europe

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Job experience:

    • At least 3 – 5 years relevant experience in general accounting/finance administration environment

Technical/professional qualifications:

    • Matric
    • B.Com Degree or Accounting diploma

 

Individual required

  • Energetic, self-motivated, driven individual
  • Able to work with others – constant liaison with inter-company/offshore holding company, central team, and local team
  • Able to identify problematic points and propose solutions
  • Able to start and complete tasks
  • Must be able to handle pressure and use effective problem solving skills
  • Multi-tasker – they will be managing multiple tax types
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Fast-learner and ability to adapt amendments in the tax environment
  • Ability to handle pressure during critical times

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