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EY PBFA Assistant Manager in Johannesburg, South Africa

PBFA Assistant Manager

Core Business Services

Requisition # JOH002WY

Post Date Jan 12, 2021

EssentialFunctions of the Job:

  • Being the Main Point ofContact for all Finance related matters for the Service Line (SL)

  • Accountable for all financesubmissions to EMEIA and Global as well as SL regulatory reports

  • Preparation, Analysis andDistribution of Financial Information, which includes EMEIA SL, SouthAfrica SL Leadership and Central Finance

  • Presenting results at Sectormeetings to the Partners, Executive Directors and Manager group

  • Managing of Indirect expensesto Plan i.e. allocations, recoveries, code control etc.

  • Act as point of escalationbetween the business/Client servers and the Functional Leads of Finance,i.e. Debtors, Accounts Payable, Staff expenses, Work-in-progress etc.

  • Approval of exception expenditurei.e. Travel costs

  • Preparing and submittingBudget, Planning and Forecast information. This is done inconsultation with the Segment, Operations and SL leadership

  • Review Unbilled Inventoryand flag any risks identified to Inventory Manager

  • Review Gross Margin onaccounts and flag areas of concern to Operations team for action

  • Proactively analyse businessKPI’s and consult with client servers with the goal of increasingprofitability on our accounts by using the correct levers i.e. Leveraging,GDS, Utilisation, and Pricing.

  • Have a view/perspective onSales Pipeline and the effect this will have on the future financialresults

  • Processing of journals asand when required

  • Be able to train the clientserver community on Finance best practice, new systems and tools

  • Act as the primary driver ofchange for SL and Finance activities and initiatives

  • Be an ambassador of Financefor the Global Finance Operating Model and reaffirm the model in everydaydealings and operations

  • Provide insights intofinancial performance for the relevant service line and holds a view onthe performance and outlook for forecast/ planning periods

  • Flexible to be involved infinancial aspects relating to the SL as and when required by the FinanceLeadership Team

  • Provide support and assistanceas and when required by the Mercury Team from time to time

Analytical/DecisionMaking Responsibilities:

· Tenacity and the dogged determination to get to the bottom of and resolve issues

· A project manager mind-set, being able to handle numerous projects at one time and being flexible with the type work you are involved in.

  • Patience to work throughcomplex technical issues as well as understand a client’s needs, to keepon asking until you get to a clear understanding that can be simplycommunicated to others

  • Ability to identify andinvestigate issues and provide insights for continuous improvements

  • Acting as a trusted businessadvisor including providing a clear point of view, demonstrating forwardthinking, risk analysis and challenging existing ways of doing things

  • Basic awareness of differentcultures and working practices across the regions

  • Be able to interpret EYPolicies and implement them without fear or favour

  • Identify areas ofimprovement by uncovering the root cause and developing processes toensure continuous improvement and overall effectiveness


  • Individual must be aself-starter and able to work independently with limited oversight

  • Individual must be a teamplayer recognizing when the task/project at hand requires them to lead andwhen to contribute


· Ability and flexibility to work in a virtual environment across multiple time zones

· Limited travel, but able to travel when required


• CA (SA) or CGMA/CIMA qualification

• Experience working for a professional service or consultancy environment

• Be innovative, confident and creative thinker with ability to make quick decisions

• Worked in a large Global organization

• Proven ability to influence and build collaborative relationships with a wide range of stakeholders

• Extremely proficient in Excel and Microsoft applications including PowerPoint

• SAP preferable