Financial Director / Manager / Consultant

Last Updated: 16th December 2017 (over 4 years ago)

Durban, South Africa


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English, French, Portuguese


A qualified accountant (CPA), applicant has a history of hands-on financial responsibility and general management experience in engineering, construction, FMCG manufacturing, telecoms and service industries with market leaders in Southern Africa. Based in Durban, South Africa with additional work experience in Canada, USA and Mozambique. Special expertise in standard costing and inventory control, international contracting / import / export. Operational priority given to cashflow management, critical success factors and systematic resolution of weak processes. Business competencies cover financial and cost accounting, budget management, strategic planning and negotiations, ERP system administration, logistics, HR and general operations management. Leadership, training and mentoring of accounting staff. Deals with cross border transactions and currency issues. Manages business relationships with customers, banks, suppliers, auditors etc. Driver of change and stream-liner of processes. Delivering results in complex business structures.

Key positions -

 FD with international engineering / construction / project managers. 1982 to 1995

 Divisional FM with blue chip FMCG group listed on JSE. 1998 to 2001.

 FD - Mozambique National Mobile Network Operator. 2001 to 2007

 Regional FM for Mozambique division of JSE listed Construction Group. 2007 to 2011.

UK citizen.


Practicing Member

   Apr 1985
— Dec 2014

University of South Africa (UNISA)
B Compt

   Feb 1979
— May 1984


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