Moore Stephens South Africa
National Technical Resource
January 2013 — Present
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National Technical Resource at Moore Stephens South Africa
This position gave me the opportunity to develop my technical abilities by assisting with technical queries regarding audit, accounting and taxation. It also emphasised the importance of quality control in our environment, where I was entrusted to ensure the audit department complies. This I achieved by internal monitoring, identifying problem areas and scheduling and, most instances, presenting training on these identified areas. In the four years of employment I can proudly state that the increased quality was proven by two Regulatory reviews with limited or no findings on the particular engagements.
Due to the diversity of the position, I was frequently involved with areas new to me, such as the tender process, recruiting, assisting the Training Officer with SAICA requirements & trainee development needs and quarterly newsletters.
I also serve on the National Technical Committee, where I represent Humansdorp, Jeffreys bay and East-Londen offices.
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