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Cost Controller

Johannesburg, South Africa

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The Cost Controller will be the interface between the project team and the project accounting department

and will oversee the financial course of one or more projects. The Cost Controller will be responsible for

processing and managing project data in the financial system to ensure accuracy, reliability and

completeness of project and financial data. The Cost Controller will assist in driving the cost control function

and ensure that all project controls standards are adhered to while providing timely and accurate information

to various project stakeholders. 


• Compile and manage project budget in collaboration with the Project Manager:

o Support in and managing project resource planning

o Monitoring that all commitments and payments relate to properly approved contracts, claims and

variations following financial delegations and project governance structures

o Review the spend on a project to ensure that internal (time) and external costs are incurred within


• Identification of potential issues/risks affecting the profitability of a project and timely communication


• Support in compiling, reviewing and reporting cash flow forecasts (revenue and cost) and driving invoicing

and cost accounting in accordance with project schedule.

• Updating and maintaining Contract Registers and support in contract management with the input of the

project managers

• Monthly financial performance monitoring/reporting, including Steering Committee Reporting, and

undertaking variance analysis (actual vs. planned)

• Participate in meetings with project team, clients and subcontractors to represent project controls and

take minutes of meetings

• Build and sustain positive relationships with all stakeholders, including clients, vendors and co-workers.

• Continuous improvement/development of current cost control system and processes (automation

alongside the IT department)

• Liaising with auditors 


• Bachelor’s degree in Financial Accounting/ Quantity Surveying or other relevant engineering or business


• 5 - 7 years’ proven experience in cost control, accounting, engineering or related role, ideally in a similar

project-based environment

• Project controls and costing experience

• Experience working on an ERP system

• Proficient in MS Office and advanced use of Excel

• Knowledge of New Engineering Contracts (NEC) or FIDIC Contracts will be an added advantage 

Personal attributes

• Excellent interaction skills (written and verbal communication skills)

• Accountability, ownership and high sense of commitment to responsibilities

• Ability to multitask

• Team player and ability to work collaboratively

• High degree of professional ethics - Demonstrate a strict practice of confidentiality, personal

responsibility, and discretion

• Excellent analytical, numerical, and problem-solving abilities

• Task orientated

• Accuracy – attention to detail

• Punctual - meeting deadlines

• High stress tolerance

• Able to work overtime

• Drivers License (travel between Secunda, Johannesburg and Van der Bijl Park required) 

Closing date

8 March 2024

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