Operations Finance and Risk Manager (Cape Town/PE)

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A healthcare wholesaler is looking to recruit a permanent Operations Finance and Risk Manager  based in the Cape Town branch and reporting to the Financial Executive.

Main Purpose of the Job:

 To provide vital support to the DC/Branch manager to improve the profitability of the distribution centre by managing the financial, and risk management activities, ensuring adherence to financial and budget requirements. The role willoperationally report to the DC/Branch Manager, but functionally to the Finance Executive.



  • To co-ordinate and plan the distribution centre’s annual budget as well as forecasts within the agreed business objectives to measure the DC’s annual financial performance
  • To compile the distribution centre monthly financial statements and business review reports, clearly indicatingdeviations to targets and to investigate appropriate actions required to remedy these deviations
  • To ensure compliance to financial policies and procedures, thereby ensuring compliance with internal controls and reducing risk within the distribution centre together with satisfying the internal and external auditors recommendations
  • Ensure that the financial viability of projects within the distribution centre is aligned to business objectives byensuring the return on investment for capex is achieved, as well as preparation of all supporting documentation and business cases.
  • To analyse the business to find opportunities for business, commercial and process efficiencies leading to improved financial performance of the centre.
  • To develop the understanding around financial decision making as well as understanding financial statements to ensure that management can make sound business decisions.
  • To manage the administrative functions, including export documentation within the distribution centre if applicable, ensuring compliance with legislation and business policies and procedures
  • To analyse inventory (inclusive of expired inventory), shrinkage movements, goods in

transit, Returns to Vendor (RTV’s) and labour costs (to name a few) with a view to reducing the risk of financial loss.

  • To take responsibility for and appropriately manage the staff compliment by empowering, developing and ensuring performance and delivery of targets

The management of outsourced business partners and ensure adherence to service level agreement thereby achieving best value for the distribution centre.



  • Essential: Com or B. Compt or CIMA
  • Desirable: Articles Subjects: 3rd Year Accounting, 3rd Year Auditing


Job Knowledge:


  • Understanding of logistics environment
  • General accounting principles and standards
  • Best practice auditing standards
  • Warehouse experience (product flow, systems, SOP’s, etc


  • Knowledge of warehouse procedures (receiving, pack away, replenishment and checking and packing, special handling of
  • stock)
  • Export legislation relative to neighbouring countries

The company is committed to the principles of Employment Equity

Job Related Skills

  • Computer literacy (SAP S4 & KNAPP (desirable))
  • Microsoft office suite (especially excel)
  • Communication (verbal and written) skills
  • Basic numeric skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organising skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Presentation skills
  • People management skills
  • Negotiation skills

Job experience


  • Demonstrated Forecasting abilities in a logistics environment, risk assessment, productivity improvements, cost improvements, stock flow
  • Essential: Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in a finance / accounting role
  • Essential: Min 1 year of staff management
  • Desirable: Min 3 years of accounting experience in FMCG


  • Project management experience within logistics environment
  • Desirable: 1 year of experience using SAP, SCM and MMS
  • Desirable: 1 year of experience using a warehouse management system

ob related competencies:

  • Deciding and Initiating Action
  • Leading and Supervising
  • Persuading and Influencing
  • Presenting and Communicating Information
  • Writing and Reporting
  • Applying Expertise and Technology
  • Analysing
  • Planning and Organising
  • Coping with Pressures and Setbacks
  • Entrepreneurial and Commercial Thinking

Application Process:


Please submit your CV to

 We regret that not all applicants will be interviewed. Should you not hear from us within 2 weeks after the closing date of the advert, please consider your application unsuccessful.


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