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Assistant Controller

Location: Edmonton

Salary/Rate: Competitive Salary

Type: Permanent

Closing Date:

Job Reference: 1098200


Your new company

Founded on more than a century of combined entrepreneurial spirit and industry experience, SMS Equipment is a solutions leader for the construction, forestry, mining, and utility industries.

Your job applications are diverse, and so is your territory. We sell and service a broad range of top heavy-duty equipment brands across Canada, Alaska and Mongolia.

Your new role

Responsible for the timely, accurate and complete preparation of the Company’s financial reporting on a standalone and consolidated basis
  • Responsible for accounting records being prepared and maintained in accordance with the Company’s accounting policies.
  • Coordinate with Shareholder to ensure adequate review of consolidation, and ensure results are reported on timely basis
  • Coordinates and develops ongoing reporting development and enhancements
  • Prepares accounting research of complex and non-complex issues as they arise
  • Ensuring maintenance of the company’s ERP as it relates to the financial information
  • Accountable to ensure the ongoing development of the Companies internal controls system
  • Evaluates compliance with internal controls through discussions with branch operations. Implements established policies and procedures. Advises on procedural gaps and makes recommendations to remediate.
  • Responsible for ensuring JSOX compliance within accounting department
  • Ensures accounting team members have the knowledge to provide financial leadership and guidance on financial performance matters, compliance, and appropriate internal controls.

Analyzes operational performance to plan and interprets major variances from budget. Communication of this analysis with senior management in operations and finance
  • Lead trend analyses, incorporating data from different areas, taking into account strategic objectives and KPIs. Share findings in meaningful manner with stakeholders.
  • Creates ad-hoc reports and other tools for decision support, analyzing performance opportunities and trends related to customers, pricing, margin, etc. Recommends solutions and takes action to address issues found.

Supports the taxation process from planning, installments, and preparation of the Corporate tax returns.
  • Broad understanding of income tax and regulatory rules, including GST

Responsible for planning and executing the Year End Audit in a timely manner:
  • Key point of contact for auditors, ensuring to maintain a positive relationship with audit team. Keep Corporate Controller and VP-Finance apprised of status, and issues.
  • Coordinates the planning of the yearly audit with external auditors and internal resources.
  • Directs accounting team to prepare PBCs and ensure information for audit is prepared timely, accurately, and completely.
  • Investigates and coordinates resources to support audit queries.
  • Supports auditor review of accounting processes and transaction flow to demonstrate controls
  • Strives to continuously improve the efficiency of the yearly audit

Supervision of Financial Analysts
  • Provides day-to-day leadership including advice, guidance, and coordination to accounting staff.
  • Motivates and encourages staff development through coaching, mentoring, and training
  • Maintains a positive, respectful, and professional environment for all department members.
  • Identifies and provides developmental opportunities with support of Corporate Controller to the accounting team

Plans for and encourages continual improvements of efficiency and effectiveness of the accounting group
  • Motivates team to research and examine leading practices for potential adoption by SMS.
  • Establishes and implements department standards and policies including those for safety, health, and the environment.
  • Strives to continuously improve the effectiveness and efficiency within the corporate accounting department. This includes leading practices in other organizations for adoption in SMS.
  • Develops accounting processes to improve the accuracy, efficiency, and availability of information to stakeholders.

Manages all compliance audits and is the main point of contact Responsible to collaborate with Operations and I.T to ensure new process developments align with financial reporting needs. Proactively anticipates and develops future information requirements to measure operational performance.

What you'll need to succeed

Required Education & Experience
  • University degree in finance or accounting or similar post-secondary education
  • Professional accounting designation
  • 6 years of progressive accounting experience
  • Management/ supervisory experience would be considered an asset

Specific Skills:
  • Extensive knowledge in accounting principles and practices including International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and/or Accounting Standards for Private Enterprise (ASPE)
  • Self-directed while personally performing and overseeing all financial and accounting activities. The ability to work independently, take initiative, set priorities and see projects through to completion is required
  • Highly organized and able to manage multiple deliverables
  • Assertive with excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with an ERP system
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Experience with an account reconciliation software would be considered an asset
  • Strategic thinker with strong business and financial acumen who stays focused on the big picture and strategy while effectively managing diverse, dynamic, competing priorities in day-to-day operational accountabilities
  • Collaborative team player who can cultivate strong relationships and influence others, including senior leaders
  • Ability to communicate and develop rapport with operations and finance personnel
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing financial statements for management such as period-end reporting, financial highlights and preparation of management discussion and analysis.
  • Experience in managing a financial audit
  • Ability to work in a demanding environment with strict deadlines and tight schedules.
  • Ability to effectively manage both entry level and designated professional staff.


What you'll get in return

The company is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer, offering competitive wages, comprehensive benefits, learning opportunities, apprenticeship programs, company matched RRSP and more! Perks include discount programs, wellness program, social club, and free parking.

What you need to do now
If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.
If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.

Contact: Ricardo Higuera

Office: 8 King Street East, 20th Floor

Phone: 4162031925

Email: ricardo.higuera@hays.com

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