Head of Performance and Management Reporting – (Group reporting / Group Planning & Forecasting / Advanced Analytics / Continuous Improvement / Artificial Intelligence – Cape Town

Southern Africa
Posted 1 year ago

Reference No. JA-SR- HP&MR

Reference Number: JA-SR- HP&MR

Purpose of the job:

This area is continuously and proactively performing group financial analysis, developing forward looking views, and delivering advancements through projects and initiatives. Key to the success of this role will be the ability to embrace predictive analysis, peer benchmarking and competitor analysis to inform recommendations regarding enhanced financial performance. The role will likely support in relation to communication to the analysts/ shareholders to drive share price growth whilst ensuring that external markets understand the strategy and business model fully. The role is expected to demonstrate deep analytical thinking, with an understanding of the key retail value drivers at division and group level.

The role is primarily responsible for:

  • Group performance reporting, insights, and analysis
  • Preparing exco, board and analyst presentations, drafting of financial results SENS and key contributor and reviewer of the annual integrated report,
  • Group planning and forecasting
  • The Finance Projects and Systems function, which incorporates all current and future finance projects and initiatives as well as maintaining and updating finance systems. Part of this is driving continuous improvements by identifying opportunities for innovation, introducing new capabilities, and executing transformation projects for the finance function.
  • Manage a team of professionals
  • Engage with, co-ordinate and align the senior financial role players across the business to deliver on the above

Key Performance Areas

  • Oversees the planning and management reporting cycle, results, and analytics
  • Ensures financial presentations include a clear interpretation of the data, valuable insights into the business operations, and action plans to mitigate/moderate issues as needed
  • Perform external competitor analysis, benchmarking and a group wide view and comparison between trading divisions
  • Responsible for scenario planning and analysis i.e., develop multiple scenarios for future expectations and provide relevant advice and recommendation
  • Carry out ad-hoc analysis as required
  • Oversee, analyse, and review budget variances and forecasts to identify trends, and provide support and insights for Group and service divisions
  • Drive significant transformation of the finance function through improved data, information, and systems
  • Drive continuous improvement in the planning and performing analytics function
  • Develop the digital boardroom for CFO insight with relevant insightful metrics
  • Drive the roadmap for real time reporting and self- service dashboard
  • Foster a predictive insights culture and using automated/AI models for the future
  • Identification and quantification of areas of opportunities and risks and providing relevant advice and recommendations to improve business performance
  • Highlight trends and new innovative solutions
  • Responsible for developing business analytics capability working closely with the internal stakeholders and realizing the requirements of Group Finance for developing and implementing decision models based on the collation of multiple data sources and data flows, modelling techniques and finance data architecture
  • Oversee the Treasury and Liquidity function, providing strategic input and co-ordination between this area and other related stakeholders
  • Integrate Cash Flow forecasting into the management reporting and planning functions

Leadership and stakeholder engagement

  • Oversee talent management for direct reports in terms of recruitment, retention, and development
  • Ensure adherence to performance management requirements, continuous performance feedback to develop direct reports
  • Ensure that all staff are motivated, developed, and appraised so that individual and the collective performance meets the needs of the customers
  • Foster a culture of innovation, digital acumen, and automation
  • Regularly engage and develop strong working relationships with key stakeholders across the business, ensuring that insights and analysis can be recommended, adopted, and acted on.


  • 5 -8 years financial analysis management experience (corporate financial analysis)
  • Preferable to have 5-8 years’ experience in external retail analysis at a senior level


  • Bachelor’s degree Accounting
  • CFA, CA(SA)
  • Advanced analytics / Business financial modelling qualifications (an added advantage)


Skills and attributes

  • Proactive analytical and strategic thinking
  • Entrepreneurial mindset – continuous benchmarking of standard retail metrics (ROCE, Margins, Liquidity) by brand
  • Continuous benchmark mindset
  • Financial modelling and working with external analysts (understanding their models and shareprice drivers)
  • Good understanding of the business strategy and retail industry as a whole
  • Problem solving and opportunity identifying abilities
  • An attitude of leadership and resilience
  • Strong interpersonal, influencing capabilities
  • Highly competitive mindset/personality (desire for to be the best retailer)

If you wish to apply for the position, please send your CV to jadams@caglobalint.com .

Please visit www.caglobalint.com for more exciting opportunities.

Jamie Adams

Recruitment Specialist

CA Finance

CA Global will respond to short-listed candidates only. If you have not had any response in two weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful however your CV will be kept on our database for any other suitable position

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