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Associate Operations Controller - Finance

Location Johannesburg, GT, ZA

Company Nielsen

Associate Operations Controller - Finance - 40766

Analytics - South Africa Johannesburg, Gauteng

Associate Operational Controller

Global Financial Controlling COE


Support all aspects of local controlling and accounting in the local market Assist with the coordination of activities between Operational Controlling, Revenue Controlling and Business Finance Perform local accounting activities specific to the respective market Support the local core finance processes


Responsibilities (key activities and decisions for which role is responsible)

Support the local controllership function and lead the local Operational Controlling team; provide financial oversight on the local business
Ensure adequate performance and reporting on the following by leveraging both onshore and offshore resources US-GAAP accunting/closing, accruals, and account reconciliations
Financial clsing and consolidation
Prcure-to-pay functions (invoice & payment processing, T&E, etc)
Intercmpany transactions and reconciliation

Support compliance with all relevant global, regional or local policies, procedures and guidelines
Support change locally with regard to standardization and simplification initiatives as governed by the Global or Regional COE core teams or by Finance leadership
Assist in producing monthly closing dashboard, and quarterly and year-end reporting packs in accordance with corporate requirements for the local market
Support Operational Controller to maintain internal controls and SOX documentation and ensure effective control environment through active coordination with the Group Controller and the Global and Regional COE core teams
Support the Operational Controller during local internal audit and compliance review assignments, including any SOX or distributed audits
Assist with the maintenance of local statutory accounts and ensure ongoing compliance to local regulation for the local legal entities
Assist in the statutory and tax accounting and audit processes and act as the single point of contact for external auditors and/or tax and statutory authorities or consultants

Measurement (key indicators this role would be responsible for)

Leadership Curious, Collaborative, Inclusive, Proactive, Accountable, Committed
Financial Global COE and Internal Control metrics, Internal and External Audit observations, Adherence to closing deadlines
Values Open, Connected, Useful, Personal

What does Success mean for this role

A successful Associate Operational Controller will achieve a balanced coordination of all core and continuous finance activities between the local environment and the Global and Regional organization S/he will have met all controllership metrics and ensured solid controls are in place and functioning


Link in with FP&A and Consolidation teams on closing schedule, accounting services, and consolidated accounts
Work with Operational and Group Controller on compliance and governance
Work with peer group in Operational Controlling on local controlling, accounting and payment activities
Work with the Revenue Controlling functions primarily on revenue related activities as well during the closing process
Other transverse functions (facilities, HR, internal audit, etc) for accrual input, etc


Shared Service Centre (if outsourced)
External Audit or Consultants


Education & Training (preferred or required degrees, academic and/or professional training, or certification)

Degree in Finance or Accounting preferred
Local or international Accounting qualification (CA, ACCA, ACMA, or other) preferred
Fluency in English and local language mandatory; third regional language preferred

Experience (preferred or required technical, functional and/or leadership experience)

Relevant professional experience in accounting or financial controlling
External audit experience preferred
Knowledge and experience with local statutory requirements and statutory audits (Local GAAP, statutory financial statements, tax calculations, VAT returns) preferred
Knowledge and experience with US-GAAP and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) preferred
Experience with ERP systems (preferably SAP) preferred
IT-PC literate (Google for Work, Microsoft Office)
Strong communication skills, team player, leadership traits


About Nielsen

Nielsen NV (NYSE NLSN) is a global performance management company that provides a comprehensive understanding of what consumers Watch and Buy Nielsens Watch segment provides media and advertising clients with Total Audience measurement services across all devices where content video, audio, and text is consumed The Buy segment offers consumer packaged goods manufacturers and retailers the industrys only global view of retail performance measurement

By integrating information from its Watch and Buy segments and other data sources, Nielsen provides its clients with both world-class measurement as well as analytics that help improve performance Nielsen, an S&P 500 company, has operations in over 100 countries that cover more than 90 percent of the worlds population For more information, visit wwwnielsencom

Job Type Regular

Primary Location Johannesburg,Gauteng

Travel Yes, 25 PERCENT of the Time

Profile Summary:

Employment Type : Full Time
Eligibility : Any Graduate
Industry : Research/Surveyor/MR
Functional Area : Accounting/Tax/Company Secretary/Audit
Role : Chartered Accountant/CPA
Salary : As per Industry Standards
Deadline : 14th Apr 2020

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