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Financial Accountant

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General Re Corporation, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., is a holding company for global reinsurance and related operations, with more than 2,000 employees worldwide. It owns General Reinsurance Corporation and General Reinsurance AG, which conduct business as Gen Re.

Gen Re delivers reinsurance solutions to the Life/Health and Property/Casualty insurance industries. Represented in all major reinsurance markets through a network of more than 40 offices, we have earned superior financial strength ratings from each of the major rating agencies.

General Reinsurance Africa Ltd (a subsidiary of General Reinsurance AG) currently offers a permanent position opportunity for a Financial Accountant in our Cape Town office.

The Finance department consists of 7 people. This position will report to the Finance Manager.

Your Role

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Processing and reporting of management expenses
  • Monthly reporting of technical results
  • Managing cash-flow
  • Management of accounts receivables
  • Reconciling general ledger accounts
  • Completion of annual expense budgets
  • Completion of monthly VAT returns
  • Processing of salary and other month-end journals
  • Maintaining the fixed asset register
  • Processing of reinsurance technical accounts
  • Completion of certain sections of quarterly US-GAAP and other reporting packages
  • Completion of regulatory returns
  • Various ad-hoc responsibilities from time to time

Your Profile

  • CA (SA)
  • No reinsurance experience needed, although this would be an advantage
  • SAP experience would be an advantage


  • Very good IT skills (Excel and Word)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong numerical and analytical skills
  • An enquiring mind
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to work effectively as part of a team, deal with people at all levels and in all areas of the business
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Ability to prioritize, while remaining flexible to deal with changing work demands
  • Excellent organisational skills combined with a high level of attention to detail

Responsibilities continue to grow and evolve throughout one’s career at Gen Re. Our employees enjoy a strong work/life balance, flexibility, a quality work environment, comprehensive benefits and a competitive compensation structure. We are continually committed to strengthening our employees’ professional skills, industry knowledge and personal growth.

Candidates must be legally eligible to work in South Africa. Preference will be given to previously disadvantaged candidates.

Closing Date: 15 August 2020

Please note, only successful applicants will be contacted.


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Our Address

2nd Floor, South Wing, Granger Bay Court, Granger Bay, V&A Waterfront,
Cape Town, 8002 (South Africa)
P. O. Box 444 Cape Town, 8000 (South Africa)

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