Are you on the lookout to jumpstart your career in Finance and Accounting? Ladismith Cheese, a frontrunner in the FMCG sector, offers an unparalleled opportunity for recent graduates eager to expand their professional repertoire. The Sea Harvest Finance and Accounting Graduate In Training program is designed to nurture high-potential individuals, equipping them with the skills necessary to become the future leaders of our industry.

Finance and Accounting Graduate In Training Overview

  • Location: Ladismith
  • Department: Finance
  • Minimum Experience: Internship
  • Company Primary Industry: FMCG
  • Job Functional Area: Accounting/Auditing
  • EE Status: Only open to EE candidates

Key Requirements: 

  • Educational Requirements: Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in BCOM: Accounting is mandatory. This qualification should provide a solid foundation in accounting principles, financial reporting, and auditing practices, ensuring candidates are well-prepared for the challenges and responsibilities they will face in this role.
  • Graduation Window: We are particularly interested in fresh graduates who have completed their degree in the years 2022 or 2023. This criteria is designed to ensure that candidates are equipped with the most current knowledge and educational practices in the field of finance and accounting.
  • Work Experience: Previous study-related work experience is not a prerequisite for this position. We value the fresh perspectives and innovative ideas that new graduates bring to our team. This opens the door for individuals who are stepping into the professional world for the first time, providing them with an equitable opportunity to start their career on strong footing.
  • Language Proficiency: Proficiency in Afrikaans is essential. Candidates must be able to understand, speak, and write in Afrikaans fluently. This requirement ensures effective communication within our diverse team and with our clients, many of whom prefer Afrikaans as a medium of communication.
  • Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills: Strong analytical abilities and a keen problem-solving mindset are crucial. Candidates should be able to analyze financial data, identify trends, and propose viable solutions to complex financial problems.
  • Technology Savvy: Proficiency in using financial software and Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel, is required. The ability to navigate and leverage technology effectively will enable efficient analysis and management of financial data.
  • Adaptability: The ideal candidate is adaptable and open to learning in a fast-paced environment. The FMCG industry is dynamic, and the ability to quickly assimilate new information and adjust to changing circumstances is vital.
  • Team Orientation: A collaborative spirit and the ability to work effectively within a team are essential. Our work culture emphasizes teamwork and the collective achievement of goals.
  • Leadership Potential: We are looking for individuals who demonstrate leadership potential. Attributes such as initiative-taking, the ability to inspire and motivate others, and a strong sense of responsibility will be highly valued.

Role Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Structured Training Programmes: Participate actively in structured training programs that are specifically designed to build essential skills in finance and accounting. These programs include workshops, seminars, and hands-on projects that cover a wide range of topics such as financial analysis, accounting standards, tax regulations, and auditing practices. The aim is to ensure a comprehensive understanding and mastery of the skills necessary for success in the finance and accounting fields.
  • Collaborative Project Work: Take an active role in various departmental projects, collaborating with team members across different functions. These projects might involve financial forecasting, budgeting exercises, cost-benefit analyses, or the implementation of new accounting software. Your contributions will help drive the strategic goals of the finance department, offering a unique opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge in a practical setting.
  • Facilitate Departmental Achievements: Work closely with your team to support the daily operations and long-term objectives of the Finance and Accounting department. This includes assisting in the preparation of financial statements, conducting variance analysis, and ensuring compliance with financial regulations. By working alongside experienced professionals, you will gain insights into effective teamwork and departmental management, furthering your professional development.
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis: Engage in the preparation of regular financial reports, including income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements. Analyze these reports to identify trends, anomalies, or areas for improvement, providing valuable insights that can influence decision-making and financial strategy.
  • Regulatory Compliance and Auditing: Gain exposure to the critical areas of regulatory compliance and auditing. Learn how to ensure that all financial practices and records adhere to the latest laws and standards. Participate in internal audits to assess financial systems and controls, contributing to the integrity and accuracy of financial reporting.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Develop your communication and interpersonal skills through regular interaction with various stakeholders, including team members, management, and external partners. Learn how to effectively present financial information, participate in meetings, and collaborate on cross-functional initiatives.
  • Continuous Learning and Improvement: Show a commitment to continuous learning by staying updated on industry trends, financial regulations, and best practices in finance and accounting. Be open to feedback and proactively seek opportunities for professional development to enhance your skills and knowledge.
  • Innovation and Process Improvement: Contribute ideas for process improvements, efficiency gains, and innovative solutions to challenges faced by the Finance and Accounting department. Your fresh perspective will be invaluable in driving continuous improvement and fostering a culture of innovation within the team.

Benefits/Opportunities:

Comprehensive Training Program:

  • Duration and Structure: Engage in a well-structured, comprehensive 12-month program designed to offer you invaluable work experience in the Finance and Accounting sector. This program blends practical, on-the-job training with theoretical learning, ensuring a well-rounded introduction to the FMCG industry.
  • Hands-On Experience: Gain hands-on experience in financial reporting, auditing, and analysis within a dynamic FMCG environment. This opportunity is tailored to enhance your practical skills and deepen your understanding of financial processes and regulations, providing a solid foundation for your career.

Career Development:

  • Mentorship: Benefit from a mentorship program that pairs you with experienced professionals within Sea Harvest. Our mentors are committed to guiding you through your professional development, offering advice, insights, and support to help you navigate your career path effectively.
  • Tailored Training Programs: Participate in training programs specifically designed to enhance your skill set in finance and accounting. These programs cover a wide range of topics, from advanced Excel skills to financial analysis techniques, ensuring you are equipped with the knowledge necessary to excel in your role.
  • Professional Growth Opportunities: Our program is designed to expose you to a variety of roles and projects within the finance department, offering a broad perspective on potential career paths in the FMCG industry. This exposure is invaluable for understanding where your interests and strengths lie, aiding in your long-term career planning.

Impact:

  • Contribute to Leadership Development: By joining our team, you will not only advance your own career but also contribute to the development of emerging leaders in the finance and accounting sectors. Sea Harvest values the fresh perspectives and innovative ideas that new talents bring to our company, and your work will play a crucial role in shaping the future of our industry.
  • Drive Innovation and Efficiency: Your contributions will go beyond day-to-day tasks; you’ll have the opportunity to be involved in projects that aim to improve financial processes and strategies within the company. This involvement not only aids in your personal growth but also impacts the company’s efficiency and innovation in financial practices.
  • Community and Sustainability Impact: Sea Harvest is committed to sustainability and community development. By participating in our graduate program, you will have the chance to contribute to initiatives that have a lasting impact on our community and the environment. This holistic approach to business is an essential part of our company culture and values.

Application Process:

Application Requirements:

  • Detailed CV.
  • Certified copies of your ID, Matric Certificate, University Degree, and Transcripts.

Deadline: Friday, 4 March 2024.

Submit your application via email to THE HR MANAGER at recruitment@ladismithcheese.co.za. Ensure all required documents are included, as qualifications will be verified.

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If you are driven, adaptable, and ready to embrace challenges in the Finance and Accounting field, Sea Harvest Graduate In Training program awaits you. Do not miss out on this career-defining opportunity. Apply today!

For more information, reach out to recruitment@ladismithcheese.co.za.

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