Department of Higher Education and Training: Chief Financial Officer

Department of Higher Education and Training

CLOSING DATE : 18 September 2020
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pertaining to the sending of applications during the various lockdown levels.
Ensure that you use the correct e-mail address as set in each advert.
Applications with supporting documentation, including a signed Z83 from
should be emailed to the respective email addresses. Applications sent to
incorrect email addresses will regrettably not be considered. Requirements of
applications: Applications must be submitted on a Z83 form obtainable on the
internet at and must be accompanied by (1) a
comprehensive CV, and (2) certified copies of all qualifications (including
matriculation), Identity Document, valid driver’s licence (where is required). It
is the applicant’s responsibility to have foreign qualifications evaluated by the
South African Qualification Authority (SAQA). Candidates whose appointments
promote representativity in terms of race, gender and disability will receive
preference. All shortlisted candidates for SMS posts will be subjected to a
technical exercise that intends to test relevant technical elements of the job,
the logistics of which will be communicated by the Department. The successful
candidate(s) will be required to undergo a Competency Assessment. One of
the minimum entry requirement for SMS position is the pre-entry certificate. For
more details on the pre-entry course visit: The Candidate(s) will be required to sign
an annual performance agreement, disclose his/her financial interests and be
subjected to security clearance. If you have not been contacted within three (3)
months of the closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your
application was unsuccessful. Suitable candidates will be subjected to
personnel suitability checks (criminal record check, citizenship verification,
qualification/study verification and previous employment verification).
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered
SALARY : R1 521 591 per annum (Level 15) (All-inclusive remuneration package)
CENTRE : Pretoria
REQUIREMENTS : An appropriate Bachelor’s Degree (NQF7) in Finance/Accounting or an
equivalent qualification as recognised by SAQA. A postgraduate qualification
at NQF level 8 in the field of Finance or Management Accounting. Admission
as a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) will serve as a distinct advantage. A
minimum of 8-10 years’ experience at senior management level, coupled with
extensive management experience in the field of financial management
covering Accounting, Budgeting Reporting, Asset Management and Supply
Chain Management. Knowledge of the Public Finance Management Act
(PFMA), Treasury Regulations and relevant government policies regulating
financial management in government: Generally Recognised Audit Practices
(GRAP); and Preferential Procurement Policy Framework (PPPFA).
Willingness to work irregular hours and travel extensively. A valid driver’s
licence.Competencies: Excellent knowledge of financial management; contract
management, supply chain management systems and budgeting principles;
Expert knowledge of Basic Accounting Systems, PERSAL, the Medium Term
Expenditure Framework (MTEF) process, procedures and controls within the
private and public sectors. Good understanding of macro-economic policies
and strategies affecting the operation of the public and private entities
(including monetary, fiscal, trade protocols, agreements and micro-economic
reform strategy). Extensive experience in the application of strategic
management, business planning and design, performance measurement,
financial accounting (including principles of GRAP/MCS), management
accounting, cost accounting, internal controls, internal and external audit,
information systems and Supply Chain Management. Ability to establish good
working relations with key stakeholders such as the National Treasury and
Auditor-General of South Africa. Acumen and experience to manage and
interact with key stakeholders at senior level; proven strategic and leadership
capabilities, programme and project management, and people management
and empowerment; well-developed research and development methodologies.
Skills: excellent communication skills (written and verbal). Client orientation
and customer focus, honesty and integrity, and time management skills.
Excellent project management, problem solving, report writing, computer and
analytic skills are key to this post.
DUTIES : The successful candidate will oversee effective, integrated financial services
and supply chain management systems within the Department in accordance
with the PFMA, Treasury Regulations and other finance-related prescripts;
provide strategic support and guidance to the Accounting Officer (DirectorGeneral) and Programme Managers (Deputy Directors–General). Manage and
facilitate the provision of financial management services. Develop, implement
and monitor financial services and procurement-related policies and
procedures. Oversee and lead in the development and monitoring of the
implementation of finance policies and procedures in order to ensure
compliance and to promote sound financial management. Establishing and
maintaining appropriate systems (analytical tools, information systems and
models or projections of cost behaviour) and policies to ensure effective and
efficient management of resources. Oversee and lead the budgeting process
in compliance with the National Treasury guidelines and to monitor the
utilisation of budgets within the Department. Oversee the provision of logistics
and facilities in ensuring the optimal utilisation of fixed and movable assets.
Ensuring proper management of the assets (including the safeguarding and
the maintenance thereof) and the liabilities of the Department. The provision of
an effective and efficient Supply Chain Management service within
Department. Monitor the provision of Supply Chain Management and assets
management services. Settling all contractual obligations and paying all money
owing, including inter-governmental claims, within the prescribed or agreed
period. Manage and monitor the provision of financial services and salary
administration. Ensure that the expenditure of the Department is in accordance
with the Budget Vote of the Department and the main divisions within the Vote.
Manage and minimise the Department’s risk exposure by maintaining effective
systems and internal controls. Manage and monitor the public entities’
compliance oversight. Prepare management account reports including
financial reports and quarterly reports. Formulating creative solutions to
enhance cost effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery and administration of
services. Advise the Accounting Officer on matters that have strategic and
financial implications and provide consultative support to planning initiatives
through financial and management information analysis, reports and
recommendations. Coordinating the MTEF and Estimate of National
Expenditure processes in respect of the Department. Liaising with the relevant
role-players in the financial environment regarding transversal financial
matters. Liaising with external auditors and attend to audit queries.
Management of financial and human resources within the Finance Chief
Directorate in line with relevant legislation in order to reach the strategic
objectives of the Department Higher Education and Training.
ENQUIRIES : Mr P Mtshali Tel No: (012) 312 5089 / Mr R Kgare Tel No: (012) 312 5442

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