Chief Financial Officer - Fruit Industry - Stellenbosch

Tuesday, 11 June, 2024
Lee-Zanne Flaatten    


As the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) you will be primarily responsible to manage and lead the daily operations and strategic functions for the following departments.

• Financial

• Admin & IT

• Human Resources

• Reporting

RESPONSIBILITY: Financial Strategy


• Develop and execute the company's financial strategy in alignment with organizational goals and objectives;

• Oversee financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, and reporting processes;

• Improved strategy implementation and increased certain revenue streams;

• Assess and manage financial risks, ensuring the company's financial health and stability.

RESPONSIBILITY: Capital Management


• Manage capital structure, including debt and equity financing, to support business

growth and expansion;

• Evaluate investment opportunities, mergers, acquisitions, and other strategic transactions;

• Compiled new improved financial dashboards and financial reporting structures for the group organisation;

• Optimize working capital and cash flow management to maximize liquidity.

RESPONSIBILITY: Strategic Planning


Maintains and directs the daily operations of the business, including coordinating

with Financial, Admin- and IT, Human Resources and Power BI team of Naturesmart.

Design and implement business strategies, plans and procedures;

Participate in expansion activities (investments, acquisitions, corporate alliances etc.);

Set comprehensive goals for performance and growth;

Assist the CEO in strategic operation plans and strategic forecasts;

Ensure strategic thinking, intelligent reporting and astute financial decision making

are established;

Meets with and reports to the CEO about the companys daily finances, as well as the

CEOs plans for any upcoming adjustments or developments to business operations

strategy, or other company goals and objectives;

Ensures alignment with current company policies and goals, including those that the

CFO creates themselves, as well as those developed by the CEO and other executive

RESPONSIBILITY: Oversee other departments


• Oversee the following departments:

- Financial

- Admin & IT

- Human Resources

- Power BI

• Ensure all targets and KPI’s are reached within each department mentioned above;

• Ensure all departments function in the most cost-effective way daily and stay within budget;

• Maintain a secure and fail-safe IT department;

• Oversee all the organisations accounts and financial investments with relevant stakeholders;

• Supervise and manage financial department staff and ensure efficiency in the admin department;

• Hold weekly meetings with Managers in respective departments and keep record of the meetings.

RESPONSIBILITY: Team Leadership & Management


• Provide leadership and direction to Financial, Admin- and IT, Human Resources and Power BI team teams, fostering a culture of collaboration, accountability, and continuous improvement;

• Motivate and lead finance members by clarifying roles and providing helpful feedback;

• Recruit, train, and mentor staff to develop their skills and capabilities in managing operations effectively;

• Identify, develop and implement training programs to expand the capacity of all subordinates;

• Provide effective and inspiring leadership by being actively involved in all operations;

• Lead employees to encourage maximum performance and dedication.

RESPONSIBILITY: Change Management and Innovation


• Lead or support change initiatives, such as process improvements, technology implementations, or organizational restructuring.

• Foster a culture of innovation and agility within various functions, leveraging emerging technologies and best practices to drive value creation



• Bachelors of Accounting Degree;

• Completed CIMA/SAICA articles and registered as a CA.



Fully bilingual (English and Afrikaans);

Need to be analytic and a decisive decision maker with the ability to prioritize and

communicate to staff key objectives and tactics necessary to achieve organisational


Strategic thinker;

Organizational, administrative and leadership skills;



Business Savvy;



• 8-10 years experience in fresh produce / agri industry;

• Strong cashflow background;

• Operations background;

• Team Management;

• Experience in similar position.



Please consider your application as unsuccessful if you have not been contacted within 2 weeks.

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