Mid-Downstream supply

Our Supply Managers and Operators provide direct support to the Sales Team, Business Unit Managers and Business Development representatives in each region to ensure that the Sales department is able to meet its growth and profitability targets. This includes, but is not limited to, analysis, costings, quote approvals, and the efficient coordination of fuel suppliers to ensure the timely delivery of our high quality products. Our supply market strategies ensure that the organisation’s supply chain is one of the most competitive in the oil and lubricants industry. Supply is one of our key business functions.

Supply professionals have diverse responsibilities, and can be involved in anything from pricing and stock progressions to logistics and client interaction. They are instrumental in managing supplier performance, from initial market assessments through to contract award and beyond, always ensuring the organisation receives the best value from its contractors and suppliers.

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A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa in Metals & Minerals

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Country: South Africa - Johannesburg
Education: IAE – Lyon – Business School
History: 2 years in Warehousing and Logistics
Interests: Soccer, Dining out in restaurants



A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa

07:30

My day always starts with a scan of emails so that I can start planning and prioritizing my workload around scheduled meetings.



A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa

08:30

My first task in the morning is to check the operating margins of all the entities in Africa. Usually I focus my analysis on the previous day. I verify the margins are accurate and review them. When I detect a problem I immediately send an email to the Financial Manager of the country and then follow-up with a call to discuss. /Together we explore and resolve the problem. Daily management of operating margins is very important. Any anomalies in business activities are flagged to senior management on a daily basis.



A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa

10:00

Management requires a high-level ‘Flash’ report on a weekly basis. This document details the respective weekly margins for the entire month to date which is then compared to the budget. If there are significant variations, I have to investigate this in conjunction with the Finance Team of the country and ensure I fully understand the difference. This is a really interesting exercise because I currently work alongside both the Supply Team at a regional level and also the local team to analyze all the elements that our business comprises: cost of product, cost of transport, customs duties, and selling prices are some of those items that need to be understood to make sure the business is well-managed.



A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa

11:30

I usually have a chat with the Finance Manager of Africa, to whom I report directly, about the various pending issues. It is really important to have a close working relationship with my boss because I can benefit from his experience and his advice. He in turn appreciates my perspective and welcomes my ideas.



A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa

12:00

Lunchtime with a colleague. It is always good to go for lunch with colleagues and exchange information about the business. Everybody can have an impact on our finance work and it is interesting to understand how. I also see this time as an opportunity to discuss other topics such as sport, family or travelling.



A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa

13:00

I usually return to my desk and review the prioritisation of the various items that are still pending and plan how to spend the 2nd half of the day. My attention is not purely on the margin. Indeed, I review all aspects that comprise a Profit and Loss Statement and a Balance Sheet. The checking of fixed costs, accruals, foreign exchange gain/loss, depreciation and taxes are also part of my job. Reviewing the full Balance Sheet is important to ensure that all the balances are understood and cleared.



A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa

16:00

Preparation for the Business Review presentation. A Business Review is produced once a month and presented to the Executive Committee. This document presents the results of the month, including any explanatory comments that need to be provided. Various analyses need to be prepared in order to be discussed by management as this review informs their decision-making process.



A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa

18:00

I usually spend an hour talking to the different Finance Managers/Controllers of each country over the phone to discuss how their day has gone. I really insist on this communication over the phone and not only by email. It is very important to work closely as a team in order to face upcoming challenges and ensure we meet our targets.



A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa

19:00

A final scan through emails to ensure I have handled the most important items. Prioritization of work is key and no one day is ever the same. Off home for the evening to spend some quality time with my girlfriend. Spending some time via Skype with my family in Europe is also good. Then I prepare my bag for the next day to travel to Tanzania to meet the Finance Team there!



  • A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa in Metals & Minerals

    undefined

    Country: South Africa - Johannesburg
    Education: IAE – Lyon – Business School
    History: 2 years in Warehousing and Logistics
    Interests: Soccer, Dining out in restaurants



  • A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa

    07:30

    My day always starts with a scan of emails so that I can start planning and prioritizing my workload around scheduled meetings.



  • A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa

    08:30

    My first task in the morning is to check the operating margins of all the entities in Africa. Usually I focus my analysis on the previous day. I verify the margins are accurate and review them. When I detect a problem I immediately send an email to the Financial Manager of the country and then follow-up with a call to discuss. /Together we explore and resolve the problem. Daily management of operating margins is very important. Any anomalies in business activities are flagged to senior management on a daily basis.



  • A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa

    10:00

    Management requires a high-level ‘Flash’ report on a weekly basis. This document details the respective weekly margins for the entire month to date which is then compared to the budget. If there are significant variations, I have to investigate this in conjunction with the Finance Team of the country and ensure I fully understand the difference. This is a really interesting exercise because I currently work alongside both the Supply Team at a regional level and also the local team to analyze all the elements that our business comprises: cost of product, cost of transport, customs duties, and selling prices are some of those items that need to be understood to make sure the business is well-managed.



  • A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa

    11:30

    I usually have a chat with the Finance Manager of Africa, to whom I report directly, about the various pending issues. It is really important to have a close working relationship with my boss because I can benefit from his experience and his advice. He in turn appreciates my perspective and welcomes my ideas.



  • A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa

    12:00

    Lunchtime with a colleague. It is always good to go for lunch with colleagues and exchange information about the business. Everybody can have an impact on our finance work and it is interesting to understand how. I also see this time as an opportunity to discuss other topics such as sport, family or travelling.



  • A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa

    13:00

    I usually return to my desk and review the prioritisation of the various items that are still pending and plan how to spend the 2nd half of the day. My attention is not purely on the margin. Indeed, I review all aspects that comprise a Profit and Loss Statement and a Balance Sheet. The checking of fixed costs, accruals, foreign exchange gain/loss, depreciation and taxes are also part of my job. Reviewing the full Balance Sheet is important to ensure that all the balances are understood and cleared.



  • A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa

    16:00

    Preparation for the Business Review presentation. A Business Review is produced once a month and presented to the Executive Committee. This document presents the results of the month, including any explanatory comments that need to be provided. Various analyses need to be prepared in order to be discussed by management as this review informs their decision-making process.



  • A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa

    18:00

    I usually spend an hour talking to the different Finance Managers/Controllers of each country over the phone to discuss how their day has gone. I really insist on this communication over the phone and not only by email. It is very important to work closely as a team in order to face upcoming challenges and ensure we meet our targets.



  • A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa

    19:00

    A final scan through emails to ensure I have handled the most important items. Prioritization of work is key and no one day is ever the same. Off home for the evening to spend some quality time with my girlfriend. Spending some time via Skype with my family in Europe is also good. Then I prepare my bag for the next day to travel to Tanzania to meet the Finance Team there!



A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa in Oils & its Derivatives

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Country: South Africa - Johannesburg
Education: IAE – Lyon – Business School
History: 2 years in Warehousing and Logistics
Interests: Soccer, Dining out in restaurants



A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa 2

06:30

An early start to the day. I did a quick jog in the morning to get ready for the day ahead. Geneva is a perfect place to enjoy the outdoors and I am trying to make the most of the opportunities the city has to offer.



A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa 2

08:15

Leave for the office, Geneva isn’t huge so it’s a lovely walk across the park to the office.



A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa 2

08:30

Get in to the office. Trafigura’s open office architecture allows for quick and efficient communication across the floor. I sit next to the global head of corporate finance so participating in conversations and learning from my experienced colleagues is a great privilege and a real asset of the company’s graduate programme.



A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa 2

09:30

Meeting with our legal department to discuss documentation on a deal we are about to close. Trafigura’s success depends in no small part on the smooth transfer of tasks between different departments. Everyone is open-minded and driven – it’s a great environment to learn the ropes of Trafigura’s business.



A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa 2

10:30

Coordinating with our group company secretarial staff to implement the issues just discussed in the meeting with our lawyers.



A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa 2

11:30

Telephone conference with our book-running banks on our flagship European RCF. We get an update of a deal that closes at an approximate $4.3 bn. My responsibility is to update senior finance management of the syndication process of the RCF.



A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa 2

12:00

Checking hedge levels for a cross currency swap.



A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa 2

14:00

Things can always go wrong and there is certainly no big room for error. Everyone has high expectations – the learning curve is steep and it’s a great feeling to get things done and to be recognized for it!



A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa 2

17:30

I get a request to prepare a presentation of our financials for a bank in Asia. The corporate finance department fronts Trafigura’s relationship with financial stakeholders, a big responsibility. Attention to detail and constant cross-checking of information are paramount to ensure the Group’s continued business success.



A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa 2

19:30

It is Geneva finance commodity week, a great set of events and informal get-togethers happening on an annual basis. Tonight is Trafigura’s event and we have invited our banks for drinks at a bar in town, a great opportunity to connect with some of the people I am communicating with on a regular basis via email and telephone.



  • A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa in Oils & its Derivatives

    undefined

    Country: South Africa - Johannesburg
    Education: IAE – Lyon – Business School
    History: 2 years in Warehousing and Logistics
    Interests: Soccer, Dining out in restaurants



  • A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa 2

    06:30

    An early start to the day. I did a quick jog in the morning to get ready for the day ahead. Geneva is a perfect place to enjoy the outdoors and I am trying to make the most of the opportunities the city has to offer.



  • A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa 2

    08:15

    Leave for the office, Geneva isn’t huge so it’s a lovely walk across the park to the office.



  • A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa 2

    08:30

    Get in to the office. Trafigura’s open office architecture allows for quick and efficient communication across the floor. I sit next to the global head of corporate finance so participating in conversations and learning from my experienced colleagues is a great privilege and a real asset of the company’s graduate programme.



  • A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa 2

    09:30

    Meeting with our legal department to discuss documentation on a deal we are about to close. Trafigura’s success depends in no small part on the smooth transfer of tasks between different departments. Everyone is open-minded and driven – it’s a great environment to learn the ropes of Trafigura’s business.



  • A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa 2

    10:30

    Coordinating with our group company secretarial staff to implement the issues just discussed in the meeting with our lawyers.



  • A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa 2

    11:30

    Telephone conference with our book-running banks on our flagship European RCF. We get an update of a deal that closes at an approximate $4.3 bn. My responsibility is to update senior finance management of the syndication process of the RCF.



  • A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa 2

    12:00

    Checking hedge levels for a cross currency swap.



  • A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa 2

    14:00

    Things can always go wrong and there is certainly no big room for error. Everyone has high expectations – the learning curve is steep and it’s a great feeling to get things done and to be recognized for it!



  • A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa 2

    17:30

    I get a request to prepare a presentation of our financials for a bank in Asia. The corporate finance department fronts Trafigura’s relationship with financial stakeholders, a big responsibility. Attention to detail and constant cross-checking of information are paramount to ensure the Group’s continued business success.



  • A day in the life of a Financial Controller in Africa 2

    19:30

    It is Geneva finance commodity week, a great set of events and informal get-togethers happening on an annual basis. Tonight is Trafigura’s event and we have invited our banks for drinks at a bar in town, a great opportunity to connect with some of the people I am communicating with on a regular basis via email and telephone.