Rajiv Maharaj In 60 Seconds

I held a CFO role with a major diversified industrial company where I gained broad experience over thirty years in successive financial and operational roles in the automotive, financing, construction/mining equipment, rental, power solutions and latterly FMCG logistics businesses. I have worked with complex regulatory environments for operations in South and Southern Africa.

Specialist Skills

Cash flow Improvement

Oversaw tight management of working capital by driving financial metrics

Financial Operations

Led diverse financial teams to focus on achieving strategic goals

Business Planning

Collaborated with business to negotiate acceptable performance targets


Mitigated currency devaluation risks through hedging strategies

Profit Improvement

Sharp focus on margin retention and cost reduction

Track Record Highlights

  • Met and constantly exceeded cash generation targets promoting positive reporting, particularly at financial year ends.
  • Cohesively aligned the finance function across multiple operations in southern Africa to the Centre's best practices. Achieved through strong team leadership and mentorship where necessary.
  • Ably led the implementation of dual currency SAP general ledgers in southern African operations, meeting statutory compliance in the respective countries.
  • Successfully navigated the regulatory environment and legal framework to remit cash trapped in Angola.
  • Implemented operational controls and procedures to drive cost reductions in South African operations.
  • Innovated a new risk based credit policy for the equipment Rental business to stem the increasing risk of irrecoverable debts.
  • Enabled major USD deal flow by introducing financial structuring to a Mozambique client.

Sector Experience

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining Resources & Energy
  • Transport & Logistics
  • Automotive

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