Senior Cost Accountant (Perishable Exports)

Posted 2 months ago

Vacancy: Senior Cost Accountant

Kwena Recruitment Agency in Cape Town

To apply with our recruitment agency in South Africa, please send your CV to or apply directly below.

Duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Maintain directory of service provider agreements and rate schedules
    • full understanding of actual costs for all supply chain cost items
    • directory to reflect current status/version control to avoid any confusion of applicable rate at any point in time
  • Draft customer cost estimates/quotes
    • quotes to reflect correct values and margins
  • Updated cost estimates for current season to customers within the first week of April
    • quotes must cover all the valid options/routes to enable customers to optimise their supply chain decision-making
  • Draft and maintain pricing guidelines for key services as discussed/agreed with Cost Accountant Manager
    • no losses due to incorrect application/calculation of cost recoveries
  • Attend to customer queries
  • Attend to creditor invoice queries


  • Prepare and capture costing for customer invoices
    • costing 10 days after sailing
    • correct recovery of cost
  • Check estimated cost versus actual cost to establish margins/losses
    • proactive response to any major cost deviations to correct and prevent further occurrences


  • Development and Testing of ERP system cost management module
    • ongoing, system must be available for 2020 season


  • Knowledge and understanding of systems, operations, pricing strategy and any other to perform job requirements
    • eliminate/reduce errors
    • promote teamwork and support junior staff
  • Guidance to Creditors
  • Act upon deviations/anomalies



  • B.Comm Management Accounting or equivalent
  • In-house or external training in supply chain processes, and their associated costs
  • Detailed and extensive understanding of full fruit export cost chains for all markets
  • Industry training in Incotemrs and export protocols


  • 10 years’ experience in cost and management accouting, of which at least 5 years must be in the SA export perishables industry
  • Must have had exposure and worked closely within an operational environment to have a good grasp of export logistics process


  • Ability to work accurately with figures
  • Good eye for detail and ability to handle the complexity of costs per client; service provider; activity; market etc.
  • Good understanding of standard costing methods and systems
  • Good IT skills will be beneficial in understanding how to develop, confirgure and automate processes

Please note that if you have not received a response to your submission within 2 weeks, your application has been unsuccessful, however your CV will remain on our database for future roles.

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