Financial Controller

Last Updated: 18th May 2020 (over 2 years ago)

United Kingdom


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Age Range
45 to 54

Qualification Level
Other Post Graduate



Richard Cardy is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of experience. He was the Financial Controller of a group of consulting engineering companies, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was a member of the senior management team and was a senior shareholder. After moving to Ireland for family reasons he now lives in Kinsale, Cork and is looking for a career challenge.


Knight Piesold (Pty) Ltd
Financial Controller

   May 1995
— Jul 2019

Knight Piesold Southern Africa consists of 7 operating companies in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, eSwatini, Zambia, Mauritius and the Democratic Republic of Congo

The staff complement is approximately 200 , with 8 accounting staff Consolidated turnover approximately R 300 million (Euro 20 million)

Group is owner managed, shares being awarded to senior managers.

Knight Piesold Southern Africa forms part of the Global Knight Piesold Group, with head office in Denver, USA and offices worldwide

Member of the three-person Executive Committee, the senior decision making structure. Shareholder
Reported to the Managing Director (in Johannesburg, South Africa) and the Global Chairman and CFO, (in Denver, USA)
Responsible for
• Driving the business to meet the shareholders’ financial aspirations
• Supervision and mentoring of accounting staff
• Management of the groups working capital
• Management and control of the purchasing function
• Liaison and co-operation with the senior engineers
• Monthly, quarterly and annual reporting of consolidated results
• Management of year end procedures and external audit
• Administration of the Southern African tax affairs
• Ad-hoc projects such as due- diligence reviews of engineering companies to be acquired
• Assistance in project management of the larger consulting projects undertaken
• Preparation of the annual budget and monthly review of performance against the budget
• Management of the payroll
• Maintenance of the share register and shareholder records

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