Senior State Accountant

Reference number: CFO 14/5/1

This post is advertised in the DOD and broader Public Service

SALARY: R227 802 per annum

CENTRE: Financial Management Division, Chief Directorate Budget Management, Finance Management Office, Joint Operational Headquarters, Dequar, Pretoria.

REQUIREMENTS: A B Degree or three year National Diploma with finance related subjects with a minimum of three years relevant experience and or Grade 12 certificate with finance related subjects with a minimum of seven years relevant experience. Proven ability to understanding, interpreting and correctly applying the Budget Management and Budget Control policy and prescripts. Well-developed knowledge of the budget management and budget control process in the Department of Defence (DOD) would serve as a strong recommendation. Practical experience of utilizing the Financial Management System (FMS) in the DOD recommended .Proven knowledge of financial management practices. Fully computer literate in MS Word and MS Excel. Knowledge of the Public financial management Act (PFMA), Treasury Regulations (TR’s) and Procurement Prescripts. Well-developed reasoning, organizing, problem solving, facilitating, report writing and budgeting skill. Well-developed verbal and written communication skill. Good interpersonal relations. Honesty, integrity, hardworking, ethical, intuitive thinking, decisive, perceptive, positive, creative, good team work. Ability to effectively and efficiently communicate and liaise with no criminal record. Being in possession of valid RSA vehicle driver’s license recommended.

DUTIES: Execute proper expenditure control within area of responsibility and ensure that all related report are compiled, prepare Financial Authorisation (FA). Schedules and present at Budget control Committee (BCC). Evaluate Quarterly Budget to determine surpluses / shortage and manage reallocation of fund. Assist in compiling of level 2 MTEF requirement in accordance with prescripts and guidelines and maintaining of a budget management capability. Administrate domestic revenue. Initiate internal payment, compile journal requests and obtain approval. Participate in planning of military exercises and the compiling of budgetary guidelines. Assist in the managing of GRC related matter in AoR. Assists and supply advice to clients and stakeholders. Attend and conduct presentation at meeting and planning sessions as and when required. Effectively supervising and managing subordinates.

ENQUIRIES: Mr J.M. Verwey, tel: (012) 674 5704

APPLICATIONS: Applications must be submitted to: Financial Management Division, DFSS, Career Management Section, Private Bag X137, Pretoria, 0001 or applications may be hand-delivered to: Department of Defence, Poynton building, 195 Bosman Street, Pretoria where it must be placed in wooden post box number 5 at Reception. NOTE: (Please use reference number not Post number)

CLOSING DATE: 30 May 2014

NOTE: Applications must be submitted on the prescribed form Z83 (obtainable from any Public Service department), which must be originally signed and dated by the applicant and which must be accompanied by a detailed CV (with full particulars of the applicants’ training, qualifications, competencies, knowledge & experience) and all educational qualifications (documentations) must be original certified, dated and certified stamp must be valid for three months e.g. ID document etc.

Failure to comply with the above instructions will result in applications being disqualified. Applicants applying for more than one post must submit a separate form Z83 (as well as the documentation mentioned above) in respect of each post being applied for. If an applicant wishes to withdraw an application it must be done in writing. Should an application be received where an applicant applies for more than one post on the same applications form, the application will only be considered for the first post indicated on the application and not for any of the other posts. Under no circumstances will photostat copies or faxed copies of application documents be accepted. The successful candidates will be subjected to Personnel Suitability Checks (criminal record-, citizenship- & financial / asset record checks and qualification and employment verification). Successful candidates will also be subjected to security clearance processes. Potential candidates, declared in excess must indicate their excess status on Z83, Applicants who do not receive confirmation or feedback within 3 (three) months after the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. Due to the large volume of responses anticipated, receipt of applications will not be acknowledged and correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only.

For more information on the job description(s) please contact the person indicated in the post details. Successful candidates will be appointed on probation for the period of twelve (12) months ito the prescribed rules. The Department reserves the right not to make appointment(s) to the advertised post(s). The advertisement(s) contained herein is / are meant for the attention / perusal of serving employees / officials of the DOD / Public Service.

Click here to download a Z83 Application Form.

Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!
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