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Brown-Forman Accountant in Cape Town, South Africa

Imagine working for a company that welcomes you in, inspires you to bring your best self to every opportunity, and encourages you to grow and develop your career in a resilient and fun industry. Brown-Forman offers our employees this kind of career and environment and has for more than 150 years. Together, we proudly live and work by our values, striving each day to be better and do better as people, as a company, and as members of the communities we call home. Come have a seat at our table.

Who is Brown-Forman?

For more than 150 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Finlandia, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Chambord, BenRiach, GlenDronach, Slane and Fords Gin. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by approximately 5,200 employees and sold in more than 170 countries worldwide

Meaningful Work From Day One:

The role of Accountant will be responsible for the overall accuracy and integrity of our financials across our Africa entities making sure our books comply with both US GAAP, local statutory requirements and management reporting. Perform the Record to Report (R2R) function in Africa which includes closing, balance sheet recon, cash flow management and tax compliance work in a timely and accurate manner. The holder of the role will be business partnering with Africa Commercial and Finance teams on any business decision making and ad hoc projects. Establish local policies and a solid internal control environment in the Africa region and improve accounting process efficiency and effectiveness where there are opportunities.

What You Can Expect:

  1. Operation tax related work
  • Handle VAT, PAYE. WHT ,CIT related matters timely and correctly by partnering with our tax agent

  • Filing of VAT, WHT Returns

  • Complete CIT provision in OneSource quarterly

  • Be the point of contact for tax queries

  1. Record to Report(R2R)
  • Closing the book and TB analysis

  • Manage all accounting matters (such as JE and balance sheet reconciliation)

  • Ensure all expenses are valid and classify correctly

  • Ensure that the books are Local and US GAAP compliant

  • Support during internal and external audit

  • Assist the Finance teams by providing superior accounting support

  • Ensure Intercompany recording, settlement and clearing

  1. Process improvement
  • Drive accounting process efficiency and effectiveness through liaison with key stakeholders

  • Ensure robust internal control system for Africa offices per ROW Internal Control Framework

  • Document Control - ensure completeness of important documents (i.e. contract with 3rd party suppliers, office lease contract, T&E/A&P documents, agency contract, etc.

  • Other ad hoc assignments

  1. Payroll
  • Manage payroll related queries and liaison with the GBS team to resolve any potential issues.

What You Bring To The Table:

  • University degree in Finance and/or accounting or business administration

  • 3-5 years’ experience in an accounting function with similar responsibilities

  • Experience working with SAP or similar ERP platforms

  • Experience in Local GAAP and local tax regulations

  • Good knowledge of MS office Suite and G Suite (Google Sheets, Docs and Slides)

  • Verbal and written fluency in English required

  • Ability to work independently with punctuality and attention to details

Nothing Better in the Market:

Total Rewards at Brown-Forman is designed to engage our people to ensure sustainable and profitable growth for generations to come. As a premium spirits company, we offer equitable pay structures for individual and company performance alongside a premium employee experience. We offer a range of premium benefits that reflect our company values and meet the needs of our diverse workforce​.


Brown-Forman Corporation is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. It is the policy of Brown-Forman Corporation to provide full and equal employment opportunities to all employees and potential employees without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability or any other legally protected status.

Business Area: Global Finance

City: Cape Town


Country: ZAF

Req ID: JR-00005160