Alexander - Accountant - Athlone, Cape Town, South Africa

Lesley Alexander

Athlone, Cape Town, South Africa


I have a B.Com degree from UNISA, majoring in Accountancy and Economics.

I have gained experience in the Financial Services field, while employed at Southern Life Association Limited. My experience includes working in the Sales Support Department which functioned as a Human Resources Department for the Sales Representatives and ensured that monthly salary payments were made efficiently. I worked in this section for 8.5 years. Thereafter I transferred to the Accounting Section where I worked for 10 years. Here monthly PAYE, Medical Aid and Short Term Insurance payments were made timeously and journal entries and accounting reconciliation deadlines met. Subsequent to leaving Southern Life, I have worked as a Portfolio Administrator in the Medical Schemes, as a Management Accountant at an Outdoor advertising company, as a Project Accountant at a Consulting Engineering Company and thereafter as an Assistant Accountant in Medical Schemes Administration.

If given the opportunity, I believe I could add value to your company as I have a lot to offer by way of valuable job knowledge and expertise.

I can assure you that I will endeavour to carry out my responsibilities to the best of my ability, as I am efficient, enthusiastic, driven towards obtaining positive results and am also willing to learn.




I have a B.Com degree from UNISA, majoring in Accountancy and Economics and have a lot to offer by way of valuable job knowledge and expertise.I am efficient, enthusiastic, driven towards obtaining positive results and am also willing to learn.

Work History

Assistant Accountant

Medical Schemes Administration

November 2011 - September 2012

DURATION OF EMPLOYMENT 29November 2011-14September 2012

NAME OF ORGANISATION Aurecon (formerly Ninham

Assistant Accountant

Liberty Health

November 2011 - September 2012

➢ Balancing and checking claims payment runs
➢ Multicurrency receipting
➢ Bank Reconciliations
➢ Debt collection
➢ Handling ad hoc queries
➢ Debtors Invoicing
➢ Processing journal entries
➢ Reconciling general ledger accounts
➢ Updating Exchange rates
➢ Liaised with other departments to ensure that clients' details (eg banking details etc) are captured correctly.
➢ Correct allocation of Debtors payments on Accpac.
➢ Month end reporting (eg Debtors age analysis).

B) Project Accountant

Project Registration and Maintenance

March 2010 - March 2011

WIP, Project Budgets and Variance
• Analyse Unbilled WIP and prompt Project Director to place billing
• Ensure all unbilled WIP is invoiced timeously
• Maintain budgets per phase, task & ORG
• Analyse variances and discuss with Project Director as to what action needs to be taken
• Have Project Director authorise any WIP/Revenue adjustments and notify Financial Manager accordingly

➢ Analyse Debtors Age Analysis and follow up on outstanding Debtors
➢ Confirm with Project Director which Debtors should be handed to Legal Department for collection
➢ Have any Debtors write-off's authorised
➢ Coordinate the coding and authorisation of creditors for payment
➢ Processing staff claims

Project Accountant

Consulting Engineers

January 2008 - March 2011

DURATION OF EMPLOYMENT 15January 2008-31March 2011

NAME OF ORGANISATION Global Outdoor Systems

Accountant/Project Accountant

Aurecon (Pty) Ltd

January 2008 - March 2011

A) Accountant

January 2008 - February 2010

Supervised 3 staff members (Creditors, Cashbook & Admin clerks.)
➢ General Ledger Administration
➢ Ensure that Salaries are imported from VIP into General Ledger.
➢ Ensure that Cashbooks are posted to General Ledger.
➢ Create and post month-end standard and recurring journals.
➢ Ensure monthly Balance Sheet reconciliations and Intercompany accounts are done.
➢ Distribute Contra Suspense to branches for reconciliation and assist where necessary.
➢ Review Weekly Finance Report, Monthly Doubtful Debts Report and Monthly Financed Assets Schedule for all Stannic deals.
➢ Produce and distribute monthly Income Statement per BU, Quarterly Balance Sheet and Income Statement for Bank and Annual Year-End Audit together with supporting documentation.
➢ Review and authorise Corporate Creditors payments and intercompany transfers.
➢ Cashflow forecast.
➢ Maintain Fixed Asset Register.

Management Accountant

Outdoor Advertising Co

July 2003 - January 2008

DURATION OF EMPLOYMENT 1July 2003-14January 2008

NAME OF ORGANISATION Discovery Health Century City
TYPE OF ORGANISATION Health Care Financing

Management Accountant

Global Outdoor Systems

July 2003 - January 2008

➢ Processing of Management Accounts and journal entries.
➢ Balance Sheet Reconciliation and processing of Intercompany Loan Accounts.
➢ VAT Returns
➢ Working knowledge of Pastel 5 (version 5.2) and Accpac 5.3.
➢ Cashbook processing.
➢ Business market was in Africa (eg Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania & DRC) and therefore
dealt in multicurrencies
➢ Liaised with Auditors and prepared Audit Packs

Portfolio Administrator

June 2001 - September 2001

REASON FOR LEAVING Lack of Job Satisfaction

DURATION OF EMPLOYMENT 1June 2001 - 30September 2001

Medical Aid Portfolio Administrator

Discovery Health

June 2001 - September 2001

➢ Managed contributions of a portfolio of clients.
➢ Monthly Medical Aid reconciliations.
➢ Client Liaison.

Accounts Senior Supervisor

Southern Life

➢ Issued and linked paycodes (ensured payslip entries were linked to correct accounts and determined whether they were taxable, pensionable or neither)
➢ Processed all journal entries.
➢ Reconciliation of General Ledger accounts and followed up on outstanding items.
➢ Ensured that Medical Aid and Short Term Insurance payments were made to the respective companies on a monthly basis.
➢ PAYE Payments made to SARS on a monthly basis and PAYE Year-End Reconciliation done timeously.
➢ Issued IRP5 and IT3 (a) Certificates.
➢ Updated the loan system on a monthly basis.
➢ Finalize outstanding debit balances and loan accounts issued on resignation of consultants.
➢ Liaised with Auditors.
➢ Handled queries from consultants regarding payslip deductions.
➢ Ensured that Financial Year-End deadlines were met.

Field Staff Senior Supervisor

Southern Life

➢ Performed a HR function for field consultants.
➢ Administered the Cape Town and Johannesburg portfolios.
➢ Processed and captured all new appointments and resignations.
➢ Ensured that correct Medical Aid, Pension, PAYE and Fringe Benefits were deducted.
➢ Processed Fringe Benefit Applications (eg Motor Car, PC and Personal Loans.)
➢ Investigated queries regarding all aspects of their remuneration.
➢ Compiled monthly stats.

Accounts Senior Supervisor


September 1981 - May 2000

DURATION OF EMPLOYMENT 1September 1981 - 31May 2000

POSITION HELD Data capture/Admin Assistant

REASON FOR LEAVING Better prospects

DURATION OF EMPLOYMENT 1January 1980 - 31August 1981

I have gained experience in the following areas:

Broker Administrator

Southern Life

➢ Loaded new Brokers personal details onto the System.
➢ Calculation of Commission Alterations (Incr/Decr premiums, term extentions, lapsed policies etc.)
➢ Responsible for commission payments of Brokers.
➢ Investigating all queries regarding commission payments.
➢ Produced various Statistical Reports.
➢ Compiled Monthly Progress Reports.

Qualifications & Certifications

B.Com Degree



Harold Cressy High Shool

Communication & Telephone Techniques

The Insurance Institute of South Africa

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