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Tiger Tanks Trinidad Unlimited is seeking the best candidate to manage their accounting
function. The Incumbent will provide the general manager with meaningful and timely
information on the status of the company's performance. They will also be required to
assist proactively with cost containment, revenue enhancement, profit improvement
opportunities and safeguarding of the company's assets.
o Maintains proper and complete accounting records that are accurate and correct at all times.
o Supervises accounting staff, ensuring proper accounting records and accounting policies
are adhered to for all transactions, reviewing data entry to ensure complete and accurate.
o Implements all necessary controls to safeguard assets.
o Prepares and interprets the financial statements and reports.
o Provides financial information to management as tools for maximizing profits and
planning for the future. Reports which should stimulate management action.
o Compiles, together with the General Manager, budgets and forecasts covering all activities.
o Ensures that there are, at all times, proper procedures and controls for receipt of cash,
purchasing, receiving, stores and requisitioning.
We will consider various combinations of experience and/or qualifications. Our basic
guideline on what is required is as follows:
o ACCA Level II or equivalent, or relevant Bachelor's Degree with significant experience.
o Excellent knowledge of accounting principles and practices
o Attention to detail and accuracy
o Very effective organizational and time management skills
o Effective verbal, listening and written communications skills
o Excellent interpersonal, analytical, problem solving and decision making skills
o Computer skills including the Microsoft Office (Word & Excel), e-mail at a highly
proficient level, knowledge of Peachtree would also be an asset.
o Honest and trustworthy
Better be ready
Are you ready for aflood?
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
Contact the Red Cross: Headquarters - 627-8215/8128, Northern branch - 627-8214, Southern branch - 652-2024, Tobago branch - 639-2781
Floods are the leading cause of
disaster-related death in the
Caribbean, but since most can be
forecast, you should have time to
prepare. Your Red Cross urges you
to get ready. There are simple
steps you can take to help protect
your family from a flood.
Know your area's flood risk. If
unsure, call your Red Cross or
Emergency Management Agency.
If you are in a risk area, investigate
the feasibility of flood insurance.
Know the location of the main elec-
trical breaker and the gas and water
valves in your home and ensure you
have a clear path to easily access
them so that you can shut them off
When a Flood
Warning is issued:
Monitor the radio for weather
updates and evacuate immediately if
you are told to do so.
Move your furniture and valuables to
higher floors of your home or place
them high if possible.
Bring in all loose items from outside,
like garbage cans and yard furniture
for safe keeping.
Turn off the main electrical switch
and other utilities.
Place important documents and
valuables in plastic and store them
in a safe place.
Flood water dangers:
Do not walk through flowing water.
Just six inches of moving water can
knock you off your feet.
Never attempt to cross a swollen
stream, river or gully by foot or
vehicle. The force of these water-
ways can have deadly consequences.
If your vehicle stalls in rising water,
abandon it immediately and climb to
higher ground. A mere two feet of
water can float a large vehicle, even
After a flood:
Clean and dry everything water-
soaked. Flood waters can pick up
sewerage and chemicals from roads,
farms and factories. Spoiled food
and flooded medicines are health
hazards. When in doubt, throw them
Check appliances and motors for
damage and do not use them until
they have been cleaned and dried.
Watch out for wild animals. Snakes
and centipedes that have been
flooded out of their homes may seek
shelter in yours. Use a pole or a
stick to poke and turn items over
and scare them away.
If your home was seriously affected
by the floods and you suspect your
electrical wiring may have been
damaged, have it checked by a quali-
fied person before turning on the
main electrical switch.
Punch holes in all containers left
outside to prevent water from set-
tling and these from becoming
breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Purify water before using. Use chlo-
rine bleach or water purifying
tablets. Boil tap water for ten min-
T&T Red Cross Society
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Communicate more and in more
ways. I wish I had a dollar for every
leader who has said to me in an exas-
perated tone, "I don t understand,
I sent them an e-mail." As a leader,
you must communicate key mes-
Which means you must complete
the communicate loop -- you must
ensure that the message sent is
received. Doing so, especially as your
team grows, requires communicating
more frequently and in different
modes, so your message is heard and
Talk less, talk later and listen more.
At first this may seem contradictory
to the last resolution. As with most
complex things in life, balance is the
key. In trying to make sure their
point is made, or to stimulate a dis-
cussion, leaders will often share all
of their ideas and then ask the rest
of the team for input.
At that point it is often too late.
If your boss just spent ten minutes
sharing their ideas, then asked for
you input, how likely would you be
to chime in? When you want the
team s input and ideas, you must
ask questions and shut up! Let the
group share their ideas as a means
of team building.
Be patient and give them time. If
they don t think of a key idea or
piece of information, you can share
it later in the conversation with
greater effect. This approach also
helps you listen better and be a better
boss -- because it is hard to listen
while you are talking!
Focus feedback on the future. You
want people to improve. In almost
every case, people want to improve
and do great work. Yet most work-
place feedback is focused on some-
thing that can t be changed -- the
past. If you want to be a more effec-
tive coach to your team and help
them make improvements in their
skills and results, give them feedback,
advice and wise counsel about what
they can do next time. And be sure
you regularly conduct employee per-
Be a model. Your team is watching
and emulating you. Are your behav-
iours the ones you want them
exhibiting? Are your attitude, work
habits, and customer focus what you
want them to exhibit?
Looking at the attitudes and
behaviours of your team is in part
like looking in the mirror. If you like
what you see, great! If not, look in
the mirror more carefully and recog-
nise that the source of your frus-
tration with other s behavior likely
starts with you.
These resolutions remind you that
you are not a just business owner
thinking about a new customer, prof-
it margin or monthly profit and loss
-- you are also a leader. All of these
small business tips, when put into
practice, will make you a more effec-
tive leader and a more successful
business owner too.
Like many New Year s resolutions,
this list may seem a bit daunting.
Remember that they don t neces-
sarily require any special skills. They
may require a change in mindset
and most likely a change in habits.
The effort involved is worth it --
for you, your team and, ultimately,
Small business management
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