Financial Manager

Company: Platform 5
Department: Finance
HOD: Chris Lendrum
Full time, On site

This is a newly created role focused on supporting the commercial needs of Platform 5.
The position reports to the Managing Director.
Candidate must have minimum 5 years’ experience in digital and/or media agencies.

Duties Include:

  • Manage complete financial process for the organisation including Chase system
  • Collecting, interpreting and reviewing financial information within the company
  • Drive improvements in gathering and delivery of management information
  • Providing detailed client analysis and reporting to support key decision making
  • Identifying risks and opportunities with respect to client servicing, pricing and profitability
  • Conduct ad hoc analysis as required, and present findings and recommendations
  • Producing financial reports related to budgets, account payable, account receivables, expenses, etc.
  • Prepare due diligence packages for all new clients (direct and intercompany) including securing appropriate credit insurance.
  • Liaise with shared Accounts Payable group to manage timely vendor payments and invoice processing.
  • Running of bi-monthly timesheet reports.
  • Assist with SOX compliance requests.
  • Ad hoc reporting and analysis.
  • Responsible for compilation and finalization of monthly revenue.
  • Review of monthly billing reports
  • Prepare and distribute monthly accrual/deferral entries.
  • Preparation of monthly commentaries
  • Developing long-term business plans based on these reports
  • Conduct the sign off of all Supplier Payments
  • Reviewing, monitoring and managing budgets
  • Preparation of all statutory requirements: VAT, PAYE, SDL and UIF
  • Managing monthly books
  • Payroll
  • Internal audits and forecasts
  • Planning of external year-end audits
  • Preparation and issue of IRP5 documentation
  • Co-ordination of Black Empowerment Equity Files


  • At least 5 years in a similar role at an ad agency or media services company
  • Practical experience in process development and implementation
  • Advanced user of Chase Software, MS Office, especially Excel and PowerPoint


  • High energy, hands on, practical, hard worker.
  • High initiative, self-starter, able to deal with ambiguity, high standards.
  • Detail-oriented, goal-line oriented, process-oriented.
  • Grounded, approachable, able to interact at all levels of an organisation (global, local, regional, business unit, client, etc.).
  • Enthusiastic, “can do” attitude and collaborative work-style.
  • Takes decisions and exercises own judgement well
  • Ability to work on multiple projects to tight timescales
  • Ability to challenge and question
  • Works with high level of authority on complex issues, seeking appropriate support where necessary.

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