Columba Leadership: Chief Financial Officer


Founded in 2009, our vision is to instill a sense of grit, purpose, determination and 21st century skills, into large numbers of young leaders through our unique peer-on-peer leadership model. This is with the goal of them becoming self-motivated, work-ready and highly employable. Recognising the fact that South African youth are for the most part not living up to their potential, Columba leadership, in close association with the Department of Education, runs dynamic leadership programmes at schools located in economically disadvantaged areas in six provinces around the country.

Columba Leadership seeks to appoint a Chief Financial Officer to be based in Johannesburg.

Report to: The Chief Executive Officer / Finance Executive

Purpose of the position is the responsibility for applying accounting principles and procedures to process accounting transactions to the final trial balance and to provide support to the key non-financial areas within the organisation.


  • Manage members of Finance Department
  • Record day to day financial transactions and complete the posting process
  • Verify that transactions are recorded in the correct day book, suppliers ledger, customer ledger and general ledger
  • Bring the books to the final trial balance stage
  • Perform a detailed check of the posting process and reconcile the general ledger and the trial balance
  • Act as the organisation’s representative to SARS
  • Responsible for Tax compliance
  • Submit and control VAT Returns and payments from SARS
  • Prepare weekly cash flow
  • Prepare monthly Management Accounts
  • Present Financial Results at Management Meetings and Trustee Meetings
  • Present Financial Reports to donors
  • Ensure that Fixed Assets Registers are kept updated
  • Process all insurance payments and claims
  • Ensure that all financial internal controls are adhered to
  • Receive pre-authorised invoices and prepare for twice-weekly payment release
  • Import bank statement into Sage Evolution Accounting
  • Reconcile Fixed Deposit and Investment Accounts
  • Responsible for Credit Card Applications
  • Capture Credit Card transactions onto Sage Evolution Accounting and reconcile to the closing statement
  • Follow up of Staff Debtors Accounts
  • Capture receipts to Staff Debtors Accounts on Sage Evolution Accounting
  • Process salaries on Sage Pastel and related entries on Sage Evolution Accounting
  • Responsible for all statutory records and payments
  • Responsible for the organisation’s IT requirements ensuring regular back-ups
  • Assist with regular statutory and donor audits
  • Company Secretarial Functions:
    • Resolutions
    • meeting requests
    • minutes
    • attendance registers
    • agendas
    • statutory returns etc
  • ​Assist with the identification and response to risks in the organisation


  • B.Compt or B.Acc Degree
  • Completion of Articles an advantage
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of Sage Evolution Accounting and Pastel Payroll packages
  • Must have a minimum of five years’ experience in financial planning and reporting, risk management, payroll and general office administration
  • Must have experience working for a nonprofit organisation
  • Experience in capturing and financial reporting
  • Understanding of local regulatory requirements of GAAP etc
  • Understanding of statutory submissions and compliance
  • Driver’s licence essential
  • Proficient in written and verbal English
  • Attention to detail
  • Interpersonal skills have the ability to take initiative and be a team player
  • Adaptability and ability to work in a fluid environment
  • Planning skills

To apply, submit CV, qualifications and contactable references together with a letter of motivation to [email protected]

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