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Professional Accountant

Cape Town

Germann Thomas von Bratt
germannvb@gmail.com
South African ID: 8205035111084
Current Mobile: +27-813384565
Permanent Address: 42 Villa Du Cap, 105a Hopley Road, Table View, 7440, Cape Town
PROFESSIONAL PROFILE
– Comprehensive understanding of the production of annual financial statements and related internal
controls within IFRS & IPSAS environments
– Professional exposure to working environments in Europe, South Africa, International Organisations, and
the United Nations
– Registered Accountant (South African Institute of Professional Accountants)
CAREER HISTORY
Senior Accounting Officer:
TMF Group
Senior Accounting & Management Duties
Cape Town, South Africa
01 February 2023 – Present
• Production & Compilation of the annual financial statements adhering to the IFRS and Dutch
GAAP reporting framework for multiple holding companies in an international setting.
• Continuous review of accounting policies and reporting frameworks, from clients to ensure
adherence to Dutch GAAP (and IFRS where applicable).
• Acted as reviewer of financial statements from other portfolio team members, ensuring that
adherence to the relevant accounting standards were applied, notes and main statements cross
casted, that the statements reconciled back to the trial balances and the statements made
arithmetic sense.
• Appointed as Client Entity Manager, to ensure clients are up to date with outstanding payments,
billing was recorded accurately and that the client was in overall, good legal standing within the
Dutch commercial environment
• Reviewed and approved invoices to clients.
• Assisted in the compilation of Transaction Profiling of client base, monitoring transactions and
liaising with TMF Legal teams to ensure possible suspicious transactions were marked for
further investigation, where applicable.
• Created a time frame system for each client in my portfolio to ensure all accounting, legal and
other Dutch regulatory needs was adhered to, deadlines met and client complaints were
responded on in a timeously manner.
• Managing a team of two qualified accountants and one administration assistant, ensuring that
there was continuous learning by training, cross-assisting other portfolio teams to gain exposure
to other markets and overall assisted the team with their workload management.
Senior Accountant:
Special Tribunal for Lebanon
Senior Accounting & Budget Duties – International Organisation
Leidschendam, The Hague, the Netherlands
04 January 2016 – 31 January 2023
• Production & Compilation of the annual financial statements adhering to the IPSAS Reporting
Framework.
• Continuous review of accounting policies and reporting frameworks, to ensure compliance with
regards to IPSAS & the Tribunals Financial Rules & Regulations.
• Continuous research into IPSAS Accounting standard pronouncements and applicability to the
Tribunal.
• Implemented a yearly analytical review of the financial statements in identifying key trends in
the movement of material variables such as employee benefits due to staff movements, budget
changes and non-payroll costs.
• Liaise with the internal audit team on standard yearly internal audits and additional reviews when
requested and assist in the development & strengthening of the tribunal’s internal controls.
• Implemented a yearly independent review process of the Tribunal’s Staff Union Council and its
financial records.
• Analyse, prepare and submit the monthly cash flow forecast model to senior management.
• Designated approving officer for the review, approval and entry of commitments, disbursements,
purchase invoices & other miscellaneous obligations within the accounting system & coordinate
with relevant staff to ensure adherence to the financial rules & regulations of the Tribunal.
• Prepared various Employee Benefit Accruals related to repatriation, relocation and separation on
travel grants.
• Compiling and preparing all relevant required financial reports for submission to the relevant
voluntary contributing states timeously.
• Compiling, preparing and submitting timeously, the EU Grant budget & cost analysis for
expenditure verification audits & assisted in the review and amendment process of EU Budgets
• Compilation & analysis of monthly expenditure reports to monitor together with the Budget
Section on over/under expenditures within relevant organisational organs.
• Continuous design and improvement of complex excel sheets for specific reporting purposes to
increase transparency & clarity of the overall financial reporting function within accounting
• Coordinated with Human Resources for any changes in the basic salary scales and the overall
effect in payroll expenses & employee benefit accruals for external audit purposes.
• Assisted with the mapping and review of accounting systems and procedures and liaise with
external consultants for improvement of such systems.
• Report to and liaise with the Chief of section regarding all matters concerning the accounts unit
with regards to accounting, technical system and human resource matters.
• Manage staff of three Finance Assistants & successfully assisted in the cross-training of two
additional finance assistants.
Financial Accountant:
Triple V Animal Feeds (VKB Group)
Senior Accounting Duties – Animal Feed Factory
Vrede, Free State, South Africa
05 September 2014 – 22 December 2015
• Oversee & Assist with all financial month-end and day to day activities
• Compile the relevant Management Accounts from MS Navision System within an IFRS
environment
• Improved monthly reporting of management accounts to include statistics, key cost indicators,
statements of financial position, financial performance, cash flow & financial ratios
• Assisted with implementation of MS Navision Accounting System from previous UNIX
accounting system
• Overview and implementation of accounting controls and procedural adjustments from previous
system to current MS Navision system
• Cross trained payables, receivables and administration staff when and where applicable.
• Continuous review of accounting information system’s performance and identifying solutions
catering for the factory’s ad hoc reporting needs such as sales & customer specific trends,
inventory movement and general financial dash boards.
• Analyse and investigate variances between budget and actuals with detailed reports identifying
possible drivers to variances and presented to the general – & financial management staff.
• Reporting to Divisional Financial Manager & Factory General Manager regarding factory
performance on financials.
• Manage staff of four consisting of the Operational Accountant, Debtor & Creditor staff and the
general administration person. (Debtors Value: ZAR 40 000 000.00/ Creditors Value: ZAR 36
000 000.00)
• Reviewed & overhauled accounts payable approval and reconciliations processes to strengthen
internal controls with regards to accounts payables, leading to increased accuracy and timing of
disbursements.
• Creating and keeping up to date year-end audit file.
• Liaise with Internal Audit on regular reviews of internal controls and risk management issues.
Senior Accountant:
EmVest Evergreen & EmVest Barvale Group
General Financial Management – Agricultural Asset Classes.
Clayville, Pretoria, South Africa.
01 May 2012 – 31 August 2014
• Oversee all financial month-end and day to day activities of the accounting department
• Production of both monthly management board pack & annual financial statements, adhering to
the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
• Ensured IFRS standards were adhered to and researched where and when applicable
• Assisted with the preparation of yearly budget for both farming & factory operations.
• Analyse and investigate variances between budget and actuals, with detailed reports to the Chief
Financial Officer on the cause and effect of key variables leading to such variances
• Monitored all accounts payable & receivable processes, including petty cash, credit cards, ageing
report analysis and account reconciliations
• Negotiated payment terms with vendors/suppliers which extended due dates and avoided finance
charges
• Analysis of monthly pricing of products, supervising inventory counts and the review of
inventory control practices
• Liaise with external auditors every financial year-end & supervise the implementation of audit
recommendations.
• Maintain and improvise accounting procedures and systems monthly.
• Monthly Intercompany Loan Account Reconciliations.
Management Accountant:
Bambisana Holdings (Pty) Limited
Importer and Distributor of Electrical Lighting.
Denver, Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, South Africa
01 July 2010 – 30 April 2012
Accounting Duties:
• Produced various, timely and reliable management information reports that assisted inventory
control, identifying sales & marketing targets and the monitoring of the overall budget.
• Managed a centralised accounting system to ensure that accounts are effectively managed,
updated & recorded.
• Investigated variances from actuals against budget and provided analysis of differences.
• Reviewed vendor invoices as well as check requests: sort, organized and matched bills
• Assisted to ensure accounts payable staff made timely payments of vendor invoices and expense
vouchers.
• Reviewed general accounting, accounts payable – & receivable reconciliations to ensure accuracy
• Applied Cost accounting principles to determine monthly pricing structures with regards to
landed imports of goods to be sold on custom build spreadsheets considering all relevant variable
& fixed cost implications
Assistant Accountant:
Beefmaster (Pty) Limited
Agriculture – Cattle Feedlot
Christiana, North West Province, South Africa
20 July 2009 – 30 June 2010
Accounting Duties:
• Daily cashbook processing and reconciliation of company and sister entities
• Assisted Senior Accountant with the intercompany loan account reconciliations
• Detailed investigations into major differences between inter-company balances were undertaken
and reported on excel spread sheets via master reconciliation formats to consider the profit and
loss, VAT and balance sheet items which were affected when journals were processed to settle
these differences.
• Checked company VAT reconciliations performed by colleagues to ensure correct procedures
were followed during the period of interest.
• Pre-Checked Creditors payments to reconcile supplier invoices, supporting documents to
payments loaded via internet banking on a daily basis.
• Monthly General Ledger Reconciliations for the following:
a. Pre-payments
b. Deferred expenses
c. Provisions
d. Accruals
– Insurance duties: (CEO ordered the insurance responsibilities for the company fleet and buildings
to be assigned to me.)
Fund Accountant
Close Fund Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Third party fund administration
Century City, Cape Town.
17 March 2009 – 22 May 2009
Net Asset Valuation of client funds:
• Responsible for Cash and Stock reconciliations between custodian accounts and CFSSA records;
• For differences between custodian and CFSSA records noted – Investigate and liaise with Investment
Manager/ Custodian and analyse instructions received which initiated trades, redemptions or acquisitions
that result in differences;
• Stock reconciliations between custodian holdings and CFSSA records to justify any differences that
arise with above mentioned movement in cash which affect shares held on stock;
• After movement in both cash and stock holdings identified, journalising adjustments to both stock and
cash takes place via CFSSA software Invest One to reconcile stock and cash movement;
• Receive, prepare and execute acquisition or redemption of shares as instructed by Investment
Managers regarding clientele funds;
• Monitor weekly asset pricing of funds upon receipt of the latest movement in value.
Accounting Clerk
Moore Stephens WK Inc.
Chartered Accountants & Auditors
Humansdorp, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
08 November 2007 – 05 February 2009
• Financial Statement Preparation from client records, using Pastel, Excel and Caseware.
• Cashbook processing on a monthly basis.
• VAT and other tax reconciliations.
• General Administration as required from Management
• Served on the personnel committee to work on community projects and organise work related
functions.
Temp Accounting Clerk
Robert Half Finance and Accounting
55 Old Broad Street, London, United Kingdom
Accountancy Additions
8 Bath Rd, Slough, London, United Kingdom
Outsourced temp account’s assistant to following clientele:
(Below contracts on Working Holiday in United Kingdom)
HSBC Plc (20 Aug – 31 Oct 2007):
• Overall to assist senior personnel with the extraction of higher-level specific trends within financial
statements of HSBC sites across Europe;
• Responsible for the assistance to senior personnel in investigating new and upcoming retail banking
projects in the western European districts. The costs involved based upon figures provided by the retail
branch in question was reviewed and compared to initial projected figures by senior management where
after queries were initiated (by management) and delegated to me for preparation and for forwarding to
the branch under scrutiny for justification purposes;
• Prepare and enter adjusting journal entries, as received from within HSBC Headquarters UK, within
the internal financial accounting system for approval by senior accounts personnel;
• Ad Hoc administration duties as required.
Schneider Foreign Exchange Limited (May 25 – 15 Aug): (Now Monex Europe)
• Performed daily system reconciliations of cash held between the company records and third party
counter brokers;
• Liaise on daily basis with the treasury departments of brokers, to verify FX contracts in terms of value
dates, rates brokered and resulting amounts;
• Administration of the settlement of above mentioned contracts and arrangement of onward payments;
• Ad hoc administration duties.
Fred Perry Limited (Apr – May 2007)
• As data entry clerk, responsible for daily input entries of stock movements, as per captured data listing
from in-house developed software.
STUDENT EMPLOYMENT:
Administration Assistant:
December 2006
Bahia Leisure Letting Agency CC
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa (Waited for UK Visa.)
• Process incoming rent payments for both short- and long term letting using basic excel spreadsheets
• Reconcile trust records with those of the bank statements on a weekly basis to identify differences and
investigate to resolve should any arise.
• Credit controlling: Follow up on overdue rent payments and negotiate with tenant’s payment options
available and calculate interest on overdue payments.
Student Accountant:
June/July 2002; December 2005
NF Alberts Chartered Accountants
Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa (In between student semesters)
• Process client cash books up to trial balance level
• Assist the auditor with checks and balances regarding certain sections of audits as required.
• Complete tax returns for individuals
• Summarize periods of interest for the preparation of monthly VAT returns, identify which items
are eligible for VAT and determine the VAT payable/receivable.
Student Accountant:
December 2003; June/July 2004
Moore Stephens Chartered Accountants
Humansdorp, South Africa (In between student semesters)
• Process client cash books up to trial balance level
• Assist the auditor with checks and balances regarding certain sections of audits as required.
• Complete tax returns for individuals.
• Summarize periods of interest for the preparation of monthly VAT returns, identify which items
are eligible for VAT and determine the VAT payable/receivable
INTERNSHIPS:
Intern: IT Helpdesk Support
United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
IT Helpdesk
January 2001 – June 2001. (Internship for 6 months only)
• Helpdesk support for users on MS Office 97 packages
• Network support technician for Windows NT4 and Windows 2000 Advanced Server
• Dispatcher: receiving calls and create work orders for helpdesk personnel.
• Maintaining the office storage facility.
QUALIFICATIONS:
University Degree:
Bachelors of Commerce in Accounting: (B. Com (Acc.))
University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Vocational/Technical Diplomas:
Diploma in Business Management: (Dip Bus. Mngt)
International Career Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Diploma in IFRS Reporting Standards: (Dip IFRS)
Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Dublin, Ireland
Certificates: Accounting & Taxation
ACCA IFRS Certificate
Certificate in International Financial Reporting Standards
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
ACCA IPSAS Certificate
Certificate in International Public Sector Accounting Standards
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
UCT Payroll & Taxation Certificate
Certificate in Payroll and South African Tax Administration
University of Cape Town, South Africa
Certificates: Audit & Assurance
SAIPA Independent Review Certificate
Certificate in Independent Review Engagements
South African Institute of Professional Accountants
ACCA ISA Certificate
Certificate in International Auditing Standards
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
Certificates: General Finance & Project Management
ACCA Certificate in Public Financial Management
Certificate in Financial Management for Public Sector Entities
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
PRINCE 2 Project Management Certificate (Ver. 2017)
Certificate in the foundations of Project Management
PeopleCert (Axelos Global Best Practice)
HIGH SCHOOL:
Matriculation Certificate
1996 – 2000
Nico Malan High School, Humansdorp, South Africa
Subjects: Mathematics, Physical Science, Accounting, Computer Science, Afrikaans, English.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:
South African Institute of Professional Accountants
Member No: 81852
Designation(s): Professional Accountant (SA) & Independent Reviewer (SA)
SKILLS
Language Skills:
Afrikaans: Mother Tongue
English: Read, Write and Speak excellent
Dutch: Basic Understanding (Reading & Basic Speaking)
Software Skills:
Excel: Advanced (Pivot Table Design, VLOOKUPS, Advanced Formula Design et al)
MS Office Package: Intermediate to Advanced – MS Word, MS PowerPoint, Outlook
Accounting Software: Pastel Partner & Pastel Evolution, SUN Systems 5, Microsoft Navision.
Google Sheets & Google Docs: Basic
Google Mail: Intermediate
Case Ware & View Point: Basi

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