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Project Manager

Location:  Cape Town
Other locations:  Primary Location Only
Salary: Competitive
Date:  22 Feb 2024

Job description

Requisition ID:  1469353

Account Project Manager


Description of the role:


An exciting role for a senior person to work alongside senior leaders within the firm. This is an opportunity to lead the back-office function for our most significant accounts. The role requires a diverse skillset in the areas of finance, relationship building and risk management across borders and across business units. The role has a dual reporting line, into the Service Line COO and the Account Leadership Teams of the Accounts they support. The key areas of responsibility are:

  • Financial management and operational oversight of the Account
  • Risk management and monitoring
  • Working with the teams in executing the Account strategy
  • Communicating analysis to firm leadership


The key activities that form part of the role are as follows:


  • Develop and create the code structure for the management of the accounts
  • Assisting teams with the preparation of and review of detailed account budgets in line with the budget timelines
  • Preparation of regular management information for the account leadership team including budget vs actual analysis, variance and root cause analysis, cost, and profitability forecasts etc
  • Escalation of any issues from this analysis early, proposing solutions/adjustments
  • Project managing to various milestones set
  • Management of the working capital function for these accounts (driving billings and collection of cash)
  • Preparation and attendance of EXCO and margin management presentations
  • Co-ordination of resources from other EY offices and Third parties with audit teams
  • Communication with audit partners/senior managers daily on various items i.e., Engagement codes, costs, margin, fees, etc
  • Engagement Code maintenance (e.g., estimates to complete etc.)
  • Reporting to the Assurance COO and Operations Director on the financial results of the accounts
  • Help implement and drive the optimal service delivery model (Regional Hub in Mauritius/Global Hub in India/Digital) for the accounts
  • Implementing the use of service level agreements (SLAs) between service lines
  • Control of costs hitting the account (disbursements, travel, third parties etc.) and ensuring this is recovered from the clients
  • Ensuring compliance with relevant risk management/independence policies
  • Being an integral part of developing the global account plan
  • Responsibility for measuring and monitoring the execution of the account plan


Skill Set Required for the role


  • Excel skills (formulae, pivot tables, dealing with large amounts of data)
  • Powerpoint/Presentation skills (ability to craft presentations that accurately present a picture of the account position
  • Financial Analytical skills – ability to identify the root cause of issues and provide recommendations to leadership
  • Time Management
  • Project Management
  • Tailoring communication to different audiences, including an executive level
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Prioritisation skills
  • Ability to build a network across borders, across businesses and externally




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