Job Title
Labour Cost Manager
Employment Type
Full Time
2 to 5 years
R60000 to R85000
Job Published
18 August 2022
Job Reference No.

Job Description


A leading well-established security services company based in Centurion is looking for a experienced Labour Cost Manager to join their team. The key purpose of the role is workforce capacity management and labour cost management (specifically but not limited to overtime) which involves the dynamic and strategic management of future labour capacity requirements and costs.


Duties & Responsibilities

The role will be required to:

  • Interact with Operations, Sales and Human Resources departments to plan for future capacity requirements;
  • Streamline business processes between various departments to facilitate the production of coherent management information relating to direct labour;
  • Review and analyse direct costs, with specific focus on direct labour cost by applying analysis and critical thinking to identify cost savings opportunities;
  • Provide cost information to assist management with the calculation of costs for tenders and quotes.


1. Headcount management

  • Strategic planning of headcount requirement: interact with Operations, Sales and Human Resources departments to identify future capacity requirements
  • Analysing actual headcount in relation to required headcount and deriving action plans for headcount management
  • Specifically where surplus of shortages in manpower has been identified, communicate to Human Resources to enable them to start retrenchment or recruitment processes when necessary

2.Process improvement

  • Implementation of process improvements for leave and reserve management and disciplinary actions
  • Interacting with Human Resources to enable them to take the necessary action relating to leave and disciplinary actions
  • Streamlining of business processes between Sales Operations and Human Resources specifically relating to job grades and job titles.

3.Labour cost management

  • Management of overtime cost and deriving plans to minimise and limit overtime expenses to operational minimums
  • Calculating the optimal wage cost for the business
  • Performing a monthly wage cost analysis to identify reasons for variances between optimal and actual cost
  • Distributing wage cost analysis to Operations, Sales, Finance and Human Resources
  • Deriving action plans for wage cost management
  • Communicating plans to various stakeholders and tracking the implementation of these plans and actions
  • Updating ‘live’ wage models to always be able to compare optimal wages with budget & actual
  • Scheduling of leave for direct labour force in accordance with available leave balances

4.Quotations & costings

  • Maintaining and providing cost information to the Sales and Commercial departments for use in bids and quotes

5.Price increases

  • Providing cost information to the sales teams for PI calculations
  • Assisting with calculation of optimal price increases (PIs)

6.Commercial customer files

  • Maintenance and distribution of the master operational contract data

7.Generating financial data / reports at month end

  • Generating financial packs and analytical reports relating to direct labour information only

8. Triangle balancing

  • Responsible for the production of the monthly reconciliation of revenue, operations (Nimbus) and payroll (triangle balancing) to meet GFC standards

9. Assist with budget and forecast process

  • Compare actual results to budget / forecast for direct labour costs and identify reasons for variances
  • Provide budget input for direct labour costs

10. Others

  • Assistance with bid costing & mobilization cost tracking
  • Assistance with business plans and models


Desired Experience & Qualification

Minimum qualification & experience

  • Minimum B. Com degree in Finance / Cost Accounting / Management Accounting
  • 2 to 5 years financial management and/or cost accounting experience would be deemed suitable for the level of the position


  • Knowledge of Financial principles and practices
  • Knowledge of financial controls and audit standards
  • Deep understanding of accounting and ERP systems
  • Knowledge of how to perform reconciliations
  • Knowledge and/or understanding of different costing principles
  • Working knowledge around direct labour management preferred


  • MS Office Computer skills (Excel Advanced)
  • Analytical skills
  • Working with complexity and large volumes of data
  • Planning and Coordination
  • Managing conflict
  • Delivering efficiency
  • Delivering performance
  • Managing professionally
  • Time management


  • Awareness of the market environment
  • Acting professionally
  • Driving change
  • Leading people
  • Customer thinking
  • Collaborating and coo-operating
  • Working across functions


Package & Remuneration

R 750 000 - R 1000 000 CTC per annum.



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