Financial Analyst

Key Roles and Responsibilities:Extract data from financial reports to conduct financial and statistical analysis and identify financial discrepancies and recommend appropriate solutions.Performfinancial forecasting, reporting, and operational metrics trackingAnalyze financial data and createfinancial modelsfor decision supportReport on financial performance and prepare for regular leadership reviewsAnalyze past results, performvariance analysis, identify trends, and make recommendations for improvementsWork closely with the accounting team to ensure accurate financial reportingEvaluate financial performance by comparing and analyzing actual results with plans andforecasts and budget. Ensure budget & forecast variances are analyzed and recommendations are made to correct or improve company performance.Provide analysis of trends and forecasts and recommend actions for optimizationResearch and analyze costs of projects, departments, and future ventures to provide information and insights about expenses and determine profitability margins.Assist with input into the annual budgeting and forecasting process.Ensure key pieces of analysis are performed on areas of risk or opportunity within the business and that the financial levers are understood and communicated to the business together with clear recommendations.Continuously review business initiatives to ensure that they meet the required profitability expectations.Identify cost management opportunities (processes or expenses) for ensuring improved profitability and sustainable returns for the business.Identify and drive process improvements, including the creation of standard and ad-hoc reports, tools, and dashboardPerform market research, data mining, business intelligenceKnowledge, Skills, and Attributes:Strong proficiency with Microsoft Excel formulas and functions; familiarity with data query/data management tools is extremely helpful (Access, SQL, Business Objects)Good interpersonal skills. Good verbal and written communication skills. Experience working with, and presenting to, all levels in the organization, including senior executivesDisplay good planning and organizing abilityDemonstrate good attention to detailDeadline driven individuals who contribute to the success of the teamComfort dealing with ambiguity and the ability to work independentlyAble to cope with stressful situationsTake own initiative and have a solutions-orientated approachMaintain a high standard of accuracy and qualityProactive approach with the ability to think ahead in a fast-paced environmentStrong analytical skills, and an ability to understand underlying business drivers and provide actionable insights based on your analysis.Academic Qualifications and Certifications:Bachelors Degree in Accounting/Finance/EconomicsRequired Experience:3-5 years in business finance or relevant experienceComprehensive experience in a similar position in a related environmentExperience with accounting softwareExtensive experience within finance in a company with international operationsWhat will make you a good fit for the role?
Johannesburg, GT, ZA