Cupido - Management Accountant - Johannesburg, GP, South Africa

Omar Shariff Cupido

Johannesburg, GP, South Africa


Management Accountant


I have more than 10 years senior management experience and over 15 years project management experience that includes over 8 years programme management experience. In addition I have more than 12 years project management experience and I have 18 years finance experience and over 10 years management accounting experience.
Currently my responsibilities include programme management of diverse projects across various areas, manage various projects and project managers, technical advise on project implementation, liaising with all professionals and local governments; project feasibility studies, monitoring and evaluation of projects with reports to project owners and developing of policies and procedures.
My educational achievements include:
• PhD (in progress)
• MBA (Completed – University of Stellenbosch
• Honours: Business Administration - University of Stellenbosch
• B.Comm (Accounts) – University of Western Cape

Work History

Programme Manager (Executive Manager)

Yazom Consulting

From November 2007

• Strategic management
• Programme management (various projects across multiple business disciplines)
• Project management
• Proposal writing, business plan, implementation plan
• Needs assessment
• Designing projects (objectives, measures)
• Coordinating of project implementation
• Allocation of project resources
• Managing senior project managers
• Liaising with professionals
• Project Accounting
• Project financial and process modelling
• Monitoring expenses and income vs budget and cashflow
• Managing of multi-partner projects
• Costing and budget, Cashflow
• Liaising with stakeholders
• Reporting (interim and close-out)
• Development and implementation of company strategy, including business plans and policy development
• Compliance and governance requirements and quality assurance
• Management of tender process (developing tender documents, advertising, and collating)

Director: Management Accounting
Department of Provincial and Local Government
87 Hamilton Str, Arcadia
Pretoria, 0001
Tel - 012 334 0600

Project Manager - African Peer Review Task Team

The Director General of the Department of Provincial and Local Government appointed me to the African Peer Review Task Team.

The deliverable of the task team was to update the scorecard for South Africa to be presented to African Union and our main responsibility was to monitor and evaluate the implementation of related projects.

Project manager

Project Consolidate

A national government project to enhance service delivery at local government.
I was appointed by the minister for Provincial and Local Government to assist local municipalities in Free State to enhance the services delivery.

• Profiling of the municipality
• Develop implementation plan
• Coordinate intergovernmental relations
• Monitor the implementation of plan
• Analyze integrated development plans and local economic development strategies
• Chair intergovernmental meetings
• Report to the minister

Acting CFO

Management Accounting

October 2004 - November 2007

• Oversee projects at senior management level
• Monitoring and Evaluation projects
• Formulation of national budget
• Monitor and evaluate project implementation
• Ensuring compliance (deadlines and key milestones)
• Programme / Project accounting
• Financial management
• Monitoring variances (income and expenses)
• Governance monitoring and reporting compliance
• Risk management
• Coordinating developmental and infrastructure assistance to local municipalities
• Ensuring compliance to statutory requirements
• Resource allocation management
• Strategic planning
• Aligning resources with the strategic plan
• Management of staff members
• Present to audit committee, Select Committee
• Manage multiple projects

Acting CFO
Department of Provincial and Local Government
87 Hamilton Str, Arcadia
Pretoria, 0001
Tel - 012 334 0600

Financial management

Management Accounting

October 2004 - November 2007

• Developing of strategic plan for the department
• Monitoring of business plan deliverables
• Manage staff
• Corporate governance and internal controls
• Monitoring and evaluation of all expenditure including capital expenditure of all projects
• Chairing of tender committees
• Liaising with auditors and audit queries
• Governance compliance and policy development
• Risk management
• Oversee the supply chain management and asset management function
• Compiling Key Performance Activities for line managers
• Performance management of the division
• Reporting to the Director General and Minister

Manager: Management Accounting

Project Manager

• To ensure Metrorail becomes ISO 9001 certified
• Developing implementation plans for all departments
• Develop templates
• Ensuring policies, procedures and manuals are completed
• Training to all staff
• Report on progress to the regional executive committee

Chairing of disciplinary hearings (2002)
Appointed by the regional manager of Metrorail to chair disciplinary hearings
• To assess the arguments for and against • Ensure proper procedures are followed
• Ensure that all logistical arrangement are in place
• Refer to HR department for documentation
• Preside over the proceedings
• Pronounce a ruling based on the facts presented by both employer and employee.

Implementation of Balanced Scorecard - BSC (2001)
• Research and training on the system
• Attending conferences and workshops
• Identifying the deliverables at an organizational level
• Identifying activities for departments
• Developing targets
• Developing management information system (MIS)
• Monitor and evaluate performance based on BSC

Developing performance management system (2002)
• Developing objectives for the organization aligned to the balanced scorecard
• Develop deliverables per department
• Develop key performance areas aligned to the deliverables of the departments
• Identify clear relevant targets that are qualitative
• Workshop the performance management system with line managers

Developing document management system (2000)
• Develop a document management system for the organization
• Develop templates that are compatible with international standards
• Develop document management policies and procedures
• Workshop and training to the organization on the document management system
• Design the electronic management system
• Assist with the implementation of the electronic system

Budget development for the region

Metrorail, subsidiary of Transnet Ltd

February 1999 - September 2004

Adderley Str, Cape Town Tel: 021 449 6478
Period February 1999 - September 2004
• Budget development for the region
• Financial analysis
• Variance reports
• Resource allocation and monitoring
• Project management of special projects
• Project accounting functions for all regional projects
• Reporting at Exco and Board level on projects and divisions performance
• Monitor and analyze all expenditure including Rolling stock, electrical, station operations, security, signalling and Infrastructure development projects
• Forecasting and cashflow management of the region
• Chairing disciplinary hearings
• Performance management of project managers
• Business plan development
• Monitoring project resources
• Highlight any possible financial risks and opportunities
• Continuous improvement to the management information system (MIS)
• Management of MIS
• Implementation of the Balanced Scorecard system for monitoring and evaluation
• Successful implementation of ISO 9001 - finance department project manager

Acting Finance Manager

Metrorail, subsidiary of Transnet Ltd

February 1999 - September 2004

Adderley Str, Cape Town Tel: 021 449 6478
Period February 1999 - September 2004
• Managing the office of the Finance Manager with 4 sub-departments
• Programme management of the various units and projects
• Ensuring good governance
• Strategic planning
• Quality assurance of projects
• Monitoring of resources per project
• Risk management
• Liaising with stakeholders
• Member of tender committee
• Developing of policies and procedures
• Oversee the management information system
• Mentoring of staff

Member of Board of Directors

I was appointed to the Board of Directors of an educational centre in Beaufort West. My portfolio was Finance and Human Resources and had to report to the Board of Directors of CRIC under the chairmanship of Prof. Jakes Gerwel.

• Formulating the strategic plan for the organization
• Giving strategic guidance to the organization
• Developing projects aligned to strategy
• Monitor and evaluate implementation of regional projects
• Ensuring sound governance
• Ensuring adherence to all statuary requirements
• Financial sustainability
• Disciplinary hearings
• Interview of new appointees
• Review of all performance evaluations
• All staff related issues

Attachment - I: MBA Certificate -(University of Stellenbosch)

Attachment II: Identification Document

Executive Manager

Careers Research and Information Centre

May 1994 - January 1999

• Financial management
• Proposal writing
• Budget and forecasting
• Monitoring and evaluating expenses and income
• Managing the operations of the centre
• Oversee senior project managers
• Manage the finances of all projects and the organisation (budgets, forecast, drawdowns and variance reports)
• Program development (education, health, safety and security)
• Program management (design and monitoring)
• Manage relationship with national and international funders
• Quality assurance
• Developing strategic plans
• Management of a satellite centre
• Managing a staff of 25
• Report on projects
• Presenting business plans to national and international funders
• Reporting to the Board of Directors (Chairman - Prof. Jakes Gerwel)

Other responsibilities and interests

Qualifications & Certifications


University of Stellenbosch

B Com ?9

University of the Western Cape

Business Administration

University of Stellenbosch

University of the Western Cape

Belgravia Senior Secondary

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