Position Summary

Campus: Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Remuneration: Market Related
EE position: EE
Level: Skilled


The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan university, anchored in Africa and driven by a powerful strategy focused on attaining global excellence and stature (GES). With an emphasis on independent thinking, sustainable development, and strategic partnerships, UJ is an international university of choice. The University is guided by the Vice-Chancellor’s vision of “Positioning UJ in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) for societal impact in the context of the changing social, political, and economic fortunes of Africa”.

Job description

Job Specification:
UJ is keen to interview a dynamic, strategically minded individual with the ability to function in the Management Accounting unit. The primary responsibility of the Senior Manager is to manage the institutional budgeting and forecasting, cost analyses and management reporting practices to ensure the efficient running of the management accounting functions and to support the Director: Management Accounting to achieve the goals of the Department.
This unit is regarded as a centre of excellence with the divisional service delivery operating model, responsible for institutional management accounting activities which include compilation, monitoring and reporting activities associated with the University’s budgeting process, ensuring financial sustainability, managing the financial management support relating to external funding, business case viability and project management. 
Attributes associated senior management level are critical to this role such as analytical and critical thinking, problem solving, relationship management, implementing appropriate oversight and instillation of controls. Improve financial management support maturity to facilitate attainment of strategic objectives.
  • Compilation of Annual Financial Statements in compliance with International Financial Reporting Standards
  • Submits /Review of annual income tax returns for the Commercial Entities.
  • Manage annual external audits for the Commercial Entities.
  • Manage the institutional budgeting and forecasting process & coordinate the compilation of the annual budget. 
  • Ensure budgets and financial proposals comply with university policies and procedures. 
  • Prepare monthly Management Accounts and provide commentary on variances. 
  • Business case evaluation to determine financial viability of projects in application of financial management principles. 
  • Management of the utilities and addressing all related billing issues internally and externally with City of Johannesburg.
  • Manage and develop staff within the division. 
  • Ensure compliance with relevant legislation and regulations.

Minimum requirements

  • Registration with SAICA as a Chartered Accountant or registration with CIMA as CGMA 
  • Honours in Bachelor of Commerce in Finance or Accounting (or equivalent qualification). 
  • Strong understanding of financial management, analysis, and reporting. 
  • 5 years' managerial experience in a position with a medium to a large staff contingent. 
  • Proven experience with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint). 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Comprehension and ability across key financial management components, including IFRS requirements
Competencies and Behavioural Attributes:
  • Analytical Skills: Proficiency in financial analysis, forecasting methods, and data analysis to inform strategic decision-making.
  • Financial Expertise: Deep understanding of accounting principles, best practices, and relevant regulations.
  • Communication Skills: Ability to explain complex financial information in clear and concise language.
  • Critical Thinking: Strong critical thinking skills to create financial forecasts and make sound budgeting decisions.
  • Problem-Solving: Ability to navigate complex situations and utilize expertise to advance the University's goals.
  • Data Management: Adept at handling large amounts of data, organizing it for easy access, and keeping it accurate and up to date.
  • Compliance: Commitment to staying informed about relevant laws and regulations.
  • Communication & Interpersonal Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills, along with strong computer literacy.
  • Planning & Organization: Proven planning and organizational abilities.
  • Business Acumen: Strong business acumen to understand the financial implications of decisions.
  • Collaboration & Conflict Resolution: Ability to work collaboratively, manage conflicts effectively, and achieve positive outcomes.
  • Strategic & Operational Thinking: Ability to think strategically and operationally, make quick decisions, and adapt to changing situations.
  • Delegation & Accountability: Ability to delegate tasks, take ownership of work, and monitor performance for improvement.
  • Relationship Management: Ability to build and maintain positive relationships with various stakeholders.
Enquiries regarding the job content: Mr Sikhumbuzo Khumalo on Tel: (011) 559 4555
Enquiries regarding remuneration & benefits: Mr Lithale Mnqandi (HCM Business Partner) on Tel: (011) 559 9103


Your application, comprising of a detailed Curriculum Vitae as well as the names and full contact details (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) of at least three traceable and credible referees must be uploaded before or on the closing date of the advertised post. Please also attach the following: a copy of your highest academic qualification, proof of registration with professional bodies you might belong to and if applying for an academic position, a list of accredited research output and/ or a portfolio of your creative output.

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In conjunction to merit on the basis of qualifications, experience and proven achievements the University of Johannesburg is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and those individuals from the historically disadvantaged groups. As necessitated by operational requirements the University reserves the right not to make an appointment to positions advertised. If you have not received a response from the University within 8 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful.


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