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Accountant, Payroll


DSV - Global transport and logistics
In 1976, ten independent hauliers joined forces and founded DSV in Denmark. Since then, DSV has evolved to become the world's 5th largest supplier of global solutions within transport and logistics. Today, we add value to our customers' entire supply chain by transporting, storing, packaging, re-packaging, processing and clearing all types of goods. We work every day from our many offices in more than 80 countries to ensure a steady supply of goods to production lines, outlets, stores and consumers all over the world. Our reach is global yet our presence is local and close to our customers.  Read more at www.dsv.com 

Location: Meadowview
Job Posting Title: Accountant, Payroll 

Main Purpose of the role:

The position entails a multitude of accounting activities including General Ledger, Reconciliation and Audit preperation, reviews and tiht deadlines. The Payroll accountant will have contact with the Payroll department, Controllers and other departments within the organization as well as external vendors which requires strong interpersonal communication skills both written and verbal. Responsibilities include the ability to ensure that work is completed accurately in a timely manner and to ensure the financial results are reliable, accurate and complete.


Minimum Requirements related to the job:

  • A minimum of 3 - 5 years in payroll Accounting
  • Broad knowledge of the accounting treatment and financial impact of payroll related inputs eg. Monthly and weekly payrolls, bonuses and 13th cheques, workers fund, Workers Compensation Assistance (WCA), loans to employees, contract labour employee wages, accruals and provisions.
  • Broad knowledge of reconciliation procedures
  • Good understanding of financial statements and reports


Other Minimum Requirements:

Must have a valid and unendorsed driver’s license

High attention to detail and accuracy

Must be controls and process focused

Must be able to work well under pressure and deliver on deadlines

Must be a team player

Must possess good time management skills

Ability to work long hours of overtime over month end when necessary and must be able to adapt easily to deadlines

Self-Starter who will use own initiative

Liase with business units, external parties and senior management

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Ability to identify and solve problems

Good working knowledge of Excel


Tertiary Qualification

Matric Essential

B Com Accounting or similar Accounting degree/ qualification essential

Additional Computer Skills


Medium to Advanced Excel knowledge

MS Office Knowledge


Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Ensure completeness and accuracy of payroll data files received from Payroll department.
  • Prepare and upload monthly and weekly payroll journals.
  • Confirm and process all standard / routine payroll journals, interfaces and adjustments prior to performing preliminary general ledger close.
  • Prepare all accruals related to contract labour workers.
  • Follow up on the status of all employee loans and process appropriate journals.
  • Ensure that the month end checklists are actioned ensuring the timely reporting of all monthly financial information, and update these where applicable.
  • Prepare payroll reconciliations to compare payroll data to payroll related general ledger journals processed.
  • Prepare the payroll related Balance Sheet reconciliations monthly and advise on any risks and/or opportunities and assess for any process improvements. Ensure appropriate support\comments for financial controller reviews.
  • Respond to GL queries raised by the Controllers
  • Attend to audit queries and ensure audit support preparation and readiness
  • Monthly general ledger reconciliations review and follow up on outstanding items.
  • Prepare monthly head count and FTE calculations.
  • Maintain and manage the salary clearing account ensuring timeous clearing of items.
  • Support the Controllers – Financial and Business as well as accountants
  • Assist internal and external auditors with annual and quarterly audits.
  • Ensure an accurate and timely monthly, quarterly and year end close and ensuring that the payroll journals and recons have been prepared with the expected quality.
  • Leave pay provision processing at year end
  • Find ways to align payroll processes for all business entities
  • Perform Ad hoc duties for senior management
  • Maintenance of payroll mapping files

Disclaimer: Due to the high volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Should an external candidate not hear from us within four (4) weeks following their application, they should consider their application unsuccessful. Strictly fair and non-discriminatory selection procedures will be followed. We use Affirmative Action (AA) measures in an endeavor to redress the disadvantages in employment experienced by designated groups. Where possible, preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act and in line with DSV’s Employment Equity plans. DSV reserves the right to defer or close a vacancy at any time.