In conjunction with their manager and other team members, the Associate gathers audit evidence based on Assurance & Accounting engagements. In an environment of continuous learning, the incumbent carries out the completion of work projects and assignments under the direct supervision of their manager or another more experienced team member.

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities

Responsible for carrying out work related to Assurance & Accounting engagements and projects (Assurance & Accounting projects may include preparation of statutory accounts, due diligence, capital raising, and tax returns).
Inquire of the senior/manager about any tests or procedures that may be unclear throughout the engagement
Report to the manager/senior any matters encountered that may adversely affect the outcome of the engagement on an on-going basis. In addition, discuss issues with the manager/senior that may require modification to the planned work
Gather all pertinent information for the notes to the financial statements, that are relevant to your sections of the file, and gather management/client service letter points
Summarize agreements/documents; identify all relevant points
Complete the tax matters schedule
Initiate discussions with the manager/senior to make him/her aware of the status of your sections
Monitor the time spent on any individual section of the file by recording actual time incurred
Accumulate questions for the client and discuss them with the manager/senior before discussing with client
Prepare a list of outstanding issues for each of your sections of the file and indicate a follow up plan
Draft the tax return for review by the manager/senior and clear related review notes
Follow up on any outstanding issues and assist the manager/senior in the completion of the file
Update Caseware/Caseview and working papers adjusting entries as provided by the manager/senior
List significant issues for manager/senior consideration
Update list of outstanding items with a follow-up plan
Ensure all working papers are updated to reflect the final version of the financial statements
Ability to prepare and complete working papers, financial statements and tax returns according to Firm and regulatory standards for clients in a variety of businesses and non-profit enterprises.
Apply relevant technical proficiency and knowledge acquired through their assigned work, self study, participation in courses, and study of current technical reports and information.
Build effective working relationships with client contacts, and respond effectively to client requests and suggestions related to the engagement.
Share their knowledge and experience with peers.

Complete additional projects or related duties as required.
Support the Vision of the Firm by ensuring the demonstration of our CMI Values and Expectations.

Education and Professional Skills/Knowledge

Pursuing or have obtained a professional designation (CA, ACCA, CPA or CMA).
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Results oriented.
Proficiency with MS Office (including Word and Excel).
Previous experience with an accounting or tax program such as Caseware, Caseview or Taxprep.
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and deadlines.
Has 0-2 years of experience in Auditing/Accounting.
Working Environment

Typically working in an office environment, with minimal physical activity. May require long periods of sitting and concentration when working with data.
This role may require regular travel to other offices and/or client sites, and can increase in frequency depending on client and/or business needs.

CMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and if you meet the requirements of the position, please address your application letter to: The Managing Director, CMI Solutions, Plot 12 Lunzua Road, Rhodespark, P/B E851, Lusaka, Zambia  and  e-mail your application letter with your CV to : /

The deadline for receiving applications is November 30, 2016.
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