Cost and Management Accountant

Cost and Management Accountant

Job Title: Cost and Management Accountant
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Western Cape
Reference: JN -022020-19958
Contact Name: Pierre Du Plessis
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 23, 2020 10:21

Job Description

The Cost and Management Accountant is responsible for implementing and maintaining an Activity-Based Costing (ABC) methodology within the Distribution Centres through managing, controlling and reassigning costs associated with conducting day-to-day operations, and empowering senior management with constructive reporting


Job description

  1. Plans, studies and collects data to determine the cost of business activities within the Distribution Centres.
  2. Analyses actual costs and reassigns to the various business activities.
  3. Provides guidance and assistance in maintaining a comprehensive understanding of operational activities.
  4. Compiles activity-based cost information to be used in monthly operating processes and budget preparation.
  5. Estimates the cost associated with new and proposed products, processes or projects.
  6. Provides management with reports specifying and comparing factors affecting prices and profitability of products or services.
  7. Maintain an ongoing relationship with various departments/stakeholders (i.e. Engineering, Accounting) to ensure continuous improvement and line item profitability.
  8. Create and build detailed reports and trends to present cost-effective solutions.
  9. Provide training courses to stakeholders when required.



  • Professionally qualified and experienced specialists and mid-management
  • Up to 5 years experience


Essential Requirements

  • 4-year Degree / NQF level 7
  • CIMA - Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
    • FCMA - Fellow Chartered Management Accountant
    • ACMA - Associate Chartered Management Accountant Essential
  • Qualification in Management Sciences in Finance and Accounting


Area of Experience

  • Cost Accounting
  • Management Accounting (4 - 5 years)
  • Accounting and reporting standards
  • Understanding of Distribution Centre operations
  • IBM Cognos
  • Strong computer literacy (Excel)
  • Experience in Activity-Based Costing (4 - 5 years)



  • Technical Competency
    • Providing expert advice
    • Communication
    • Analysing information
    • Accuracy
    • Application of accounting concepts, rules, principles and practices
    • Commercial awareness


  • Behavioural Competency
  • Analysing:

Analyses numerical data and all other sources of information, to break them into component parts, patterns and relationships; probes for further information or greater understanding of a problem; makes rational judgements from the available information and analysis; demonstrates an understanding of how one issue may be a part of a much larger system.


  • Persuading and influencing:

Gains clear agreement and commitment from others by persuading, convincing and negotiating; makes effective use of political processes to influence and persuade others; promotes ideas on behalf of oneself or others; makes a strong personal impact on others; takes care to manage one’s impression on others.


  • Deciding and Initiating Action:

Takes responsibility for actions, projects and people; takes initiative and works under own direction; initiates and generates activity and introduces changes into work processes; makes quick, clear decisions which may include tough choices or considered risks


  • Adhering to principles and values:

Upholds ethics and values; demonstrates integrity; promotes and defends equal opportunities, builds diverse teams; encourages organisational and individual responsibility towards the community and the environment.


  • Coping with pressures and setbacks:

Maintains a positive outlook at work; works productively in a pressurised environment; keeps emotions under control during difficult situations; handles criticism well and learns from it; balances the demands of a work life and a personal life.


  • Entrepreneurial and commercial thinking:

Keeps up to date with competitor information and market trends; identifies business opportunities for the organisation; maintains awareness of developments in the organisational structure and politics; demonstrates financial awareness; controls costs and thinks in terms of profit, loss and added value


  • Relating and networking:

Easily establishes good relationships with customers and staff; relates well to people at all levels; builds wide and effective networks of contacts; uses humour appropriately to bring warmth to relationships with others

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