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Job Title
Financial Controller (On-site at a Game Reserve)
Employment Type
Full Time
5 to 8 years
Job Published
28 October 2022
Job Reference No.

Job Description

Location: Game Reserve in KZN

Reporting to: Regional Finance Operational Manager


About the Client

This business is built, almost entirely, on the strength of remarkable people who give passionately to their roles, work tirelessly, and have the guest experience at the core of their focus daily and care of the sustainability of our communities and environment. Every single employee makes a huge difference to our success and our contribution to the world, regardless of their role or function. For this reason, we choose individuals very carefully – they are the strength and the future of this business. 

Our client requires a proactive Financial Controller to ensure the Private Game Reserve results are reported accurately, timeously in accordance with Group policies. The Financial Controller will be responsible for financial recording, reporting, variance analysis, setting and agreeing budgets / reforecasts, training of staff and resolving problem areas at the game reserve.


This role will suit a candidate that is a team player who is professional, results orientated, has attention to detail and good people skills. The candidate must have the ability to work independently while being part of a team. The role will require investment in time, specifically over month and year ends, to produce accurate and timely results.


This is a senior ‘live in’ office / administrative role at this game reserve that will report to the Regional Finance operational Manager and have no / very little contact with guests. Accommodation will be provided at on-site.



Includes but not limited to:

  • Accurate recording and management of financial information for all business units for 2 lodges at the game reserve
  • Maintaining and improving high financial standards and discipline
  • Management, mentorship and training of Financial Co-ordinator and Finance trainee
  • Meeting finance deadlines
  • Training of staff from various backgrounds and skill levels
  • Collation and resolution of general ledger queries
  • Assist Lodge Managers / Regional Finance Operational Manager with queries
  • Reconciling various accounts including clearing accounts and inter lodge transactions
  • Interpretation and analysis of management accounts
  • Holding monthly Finance meetings with the Regional Finance Operational Manager to discuss financial performance
  • Ensuring correct authorisation and allocation of business expenditure
  • Maintaining stock control procedures, assisting with stock counts when required
  • Monitoring the controls within the lodges and conducting internal audits
  • Develop and implement systems and procedures
  • Responsible for the compiling of budgets and quarterly reforecasts
  • Assist all staff with Panstrat
  • Review and train Front of House systems
  • Assisting with year-end audit
  • Review and reporting of Capex spend to budget
  • Collation and accuracy of Sustainability Stats, compilation of Sustainability graphs
  • Maintaining of fixed asset register
  • The implementation and / or maintenance of financial systems, processes and procedures ensuring the accuracy of data as extracted from multiple platforms
  • Monitoring the vehicle fleet through statistical reporting
  • Processing of financial transactions over accounts payable and accounts receivable in compliance with the Group Financial Policies and procedures
  • Reconciliation of supplier statements to the general ledger
  • Loading and review of all creditor’s payments
  • Preparing and submitting to Head Office in Johannesburg the weekly cash flow requirements
  • Reservations of volunteers
  • Relieve financial Co-ordinator requirements when they are on leave



  • BComm or relevant qualification
  • 5+ Years Financial / Accounting experience
  • Computer literate – Excel is essential
  • PANstrat experience preferable
  • SQL knowledge is a value add



  • Excellent administrative skills, with a focus on attention to detail on numbers and analysis
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Critical thinking skills: Ability to solve problems and take the initiative
  • Teamwork / collaboration
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent communication: Good interpersonal skills as well as being able to communicate clearly in both written and verbal format
  • Patience
  • Operate in an informal but highly driven and results oriented environment
  • Self-driven, motivated, and organized
  • Comfortable in dealing with diverse cultures, languages, and environments
  • Drive, effect and enact considered change



Live-in position based at a game reserve in KZN

Expected to always work at month-end

Start Date: January / February 2023


Should you wish to apply, please email your latest CV and motivation to