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Assistant Manager - AP in Johannesburg at DSV

Date Posted: 5/17/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

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

Location: ZAF > Johannesburg > SSC > Greenstone 
Job Posting Title: Assistant Manager - AP - 10303 


The PRC will consider these criteria as non-negotiable. All applicants will be screened against all these criteria.

ABET English & Numeracy

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YES - I would like all applicants for this particular role to be ABET-tested, now and in the future.

NO - Applicants do not need to be ABET-tested for this role.


Tertiary Qualification(s)

Studying towards or completed bachelor of commerce (bCom) and/or equivalent work experience*

Computer Literacy Level

MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook





Additional Computer Skills

e.g. software knowledge - Navision / COGNOS / eMpower / other

ERP (finance systems)

Added advantage:  SAP experience

Added advantage:  CW1 experience

Other Minimum Requirements

e.g. own vehicle; drivers license; ability to work shifts; ability to travel

Credit & Criminal checks done

Own reliable transport and drivers license

Ability to work under pressure

Ability to work independently

Ability to travel

Experience in change management

Job-related Requirements

e.g. List compulsory skills / competencies


e.g. [?] years experience as a [Stock Controller] or [Ops Clerk] or similar.


e.g. [?] years experience handling [admin] in a [Warehouse] or [Production] environment.

3 years team managements and/or

3 years operational finance and/or

3 years business change management and/or

3 years creditors experience

NOTE:    Grade 12 / Matric is a fixed minimum requirement for all roles within DSV. EE candidates will be considered first.


The PRC will consider these as advantageous candidate criteria (not mandatory)


e.g. Qualifications / Skills / Competencies / Other

  1. Working experience in change management (ie implementing new procedures and processes)
  2. Experience in SAP/CW1
  3. Proven ability to guide teams and creatively dig into issues
  4. Strong People Management skills and IR related experience
  5. Ability to address Senior Level Management with concise information.
  6. Works with their team in a “hands on manner”
  7. Shared Services and/or multinational Accounts Payable environment Experiences is an asset
  8. Internal customer focused – identifies and demonstrates sensitivity to and understanding of customer needs without sacrificing process and technology standardization goals.
  9. Strong orientation for fast-paced high productivity metric driven environment ensuring that the AP function meets its agreed SLA targets relating to the AP process.
  10. Point of escalation for customers or country or finance management for business unit.
  11. Ability to work long hours when necessary and flexible to adapt to deadlines.


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MAIN PURPOSE OF THE ROLE e.g.  brief introduction to the role

Leading the Accounts Payable team and operations, to deliver a reliable and high quality service to Customers while continuously driving unit costs down.  Develop and drive the department serving primarily Africa Countries (11) as per the scope of the SSC.  The AP Team Lead has the overall responsibility for the performance of all AP activities performed in the SSC for the African region.  Ensure the execution and improvement of processes assigned to the department, aiming to achieve the strategic objectives assigned to the department.  Responsible for the providing timely and accurate recording of transaction for all countries in scope and complying with DSV financial policies & standard processes.  

This role will involve a large amount of Customer contact (mostly internal with local Business Partners and/or staff in Operations) so excellent interpersonal skills and a strong Customer focused approach are required, along with positive and professional attitude to tasks allocated, and effectively applies their knowledge and experience.

The AP Manger will be working under the direction of the Regional AP manager.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES e.g. daily / weekly / monthly tasks

  1. Full understanding of the end-to-end business processes underlying accounts payable role
  2. Ensure that the AP department provides quality service to internal Customer and to external Suppliers
  3. Ensure good relationship with external parties, which affect or are affected by the AP process
  4. Create and maintain relationships with the BU are which creates the opportunity to understand and influence the environment.
  5. Create and maintain good working relationships with other finance departments and operations
  6. Manage the AP process:  invoice coding, vendor accounts reconciliations and query handling, accounts analysis & reporting, solving AP issues
  7. Manage the team’s performance of the process
  8. Manage Service Levels and drive the development of plans for improvements
  9. Identify changes to long term resource needs and implement actions
  10. Ensure implementation and compliance of policies and procedures.
  11. Coach, lead/direct and motivate direct reports.
  12. Ensure adequate staffing of teams in accordance with budget and workload.
  13. Determine and adjust team and individual objectives
  14. Optimize the organization and decide on resources allocation (i.e. job rotation)
  15. Lead the month-end closing process.
  16. Assist in the design of new AP processes and automation requirements
  17. Drive transformational change in the AP processes

ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION e.g. team player; well-presented; organised; deadline-driven

  1. Impeccable ethics
  2. Team player
  3. Attention to detail
  4. Well-presented and Professional in conduct
  5. Level headed
  6. Punctual
  7. Structured communication skills
  8. Strong orientation towards meeting tight deadlines (i.e. month/quarter/year-end) and high productivity associated with a metrics driven environment ensuring that the AP function meets the agreed SLA targets relating to AP processes

The role will require a person with a strong track record in effective people management and teamwork. 

Excellent interpersonal skills will be key to this role to establish and maintain effective working relationships with local and international management and Customers and to deliver high quality AP services

DSV is an equal employment opportunity employer.  Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, gender identify, sexual orientation, national origin, liability for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.  If you require special assistance or accommodation while seeking employment with DSV, please contact Human Resources at If you are interested in learning the status of your application, please note you will be contacted directly by the appropriate human resources contact person if you are selected for further consideration.  DSV reserves the right to defer or close a vacancy at any time. 


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