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Example 1

Position: Controller, AHL Operations (Abbotsford) Department: Finance Reports TO: Vice President, Finance Position Summary: Reporting to the Vice President, Finance, the Controller, AHL Operations supports the AHL departments at Canucks Sports & Entertainment (CSE) from a financial perspective. This position also supervises the Finance Team that is located in Abbotsford. Essential Duties AND (Other duties may be assigned as required) Prepare monthly financial statement package Prepare financial statement forecasts, monthly or as required Prepare budgets and forecasts for the AHL entities and departments Provide ongoing financial support to the AHL entities Prepare required head-office reporting, act as liaison with head-office Prepare corporate tax returns and tax working papers for AHL entities Supervise and review the completion of monthly reconciliations and the year end audit binder Provide treasury management and periodic cash flow analysis Prepare year-end financial statements and year-end financial statement packages, including various League reporting requirements Provide any required research and analysis into accounting issues Review, and update where necessary, Finance policies and procedures and internal controls Develop plans for and oversee the adoption of new systems Assist with setting department goals and strategy Review suite and sponsorship agreements, and works with these departments to assist with their reporting needs Oversee the ticketing system, including cash collections, invoicing, etc. Oversee the administration of Hockey Operations cash requirements (per diems, travel advances, etc.) Work with concert promoters to settle events at the end of shows Work closely with food and beverage operations Assist VP Finance with various ad hoc projects Sign cheques for AHL entities Required Experience AND Qualifications: Professional accounting designation (CPA) Minimum 5 years’ finance experience in a management capacity Proven experience supervising, leading and motivating finance and accounting staff Experience with complex budgets, forecasting, internal transactions and executive presentations Superior attention to detail and organizational skills Extensive computer knowledge, including Excel. Knowledge of Microsoft D365 is an asset. Ability to handle conflicting deadlines and prioritize Ability to professionally liaise with high-profile clientele Vancouver is one of the most diverse cities in the world and Canucks Sports & Entertainment strives to create a workforce that is inclusive, equitable, and represents our beautiful, unique community. We value unique perspectives, ideas, and creativity that support a diverse, inclusive, respectful, collaborative, and fun work environment. Canucks Sports & Entertainment is committed to building and supporting a diverse team. This position will remain open until filled.

Example 2

Project Controller - ( [phone number]DO ) Description Grounded in safety, quality, and ethics, our experts lead their fields and guide our work with rigor, a creative spirit, and vision for growth. We draw from more than 20 technical specialties around the globe and are committed to fostering an inclusive community of diverse talents, backgrounds, and expertise. We are a place to apply your passion and collaborate with top environmental talents on work that’s critical to our clients and the communities we support. Join a team that has the environment down to a science. Your Opportunity This is a permanent employment opportunity. As project controller you will be working closely with the team of Project Managers in the Alberta Water group to provide financial and change management support on scope, schedule, and cost throughout the life cycle of projects. Projects are multi-discipline engineering water and wastewater infrastructure projects that can include some or all of the following project phases: conceptual, preliminary design, detailed design, and construction phases. Your Key Responsibilities Support the development of Work Breakdown Structures and Cost Breakdown Structures Contribute to proposal development to ensure contractual compliance and operation needs are met. Assist with budget development, work with subject matter experts to ensure budget accuracy and be responsible for commercial deliverables to client Support in development of the Project Plan Setup and track scope, schedule, and cost against baseline Provides accurate cost management reporting including budget, spend and forecast to the project team Monitor project change management needs related to scope, schedule and cost while supporting mitigation actions required Prepare project progress reporting based on earned value management Prepare client financial reporting including cash flow analysis, cost tracking, risk management, schedule updates and ad-hoc requests as required Coordinates and supports project financial management needs with Financial Project Administrators including invoicing, AR management, provision management, and maintaining contractual compliance Support risk analysis and management with Project Manager Assist with coordination of QA/QC on all deliverables Perform project internal audits and financial reconciliations Understand and monitor project contractual obligations for compliance and client specific requirements Support development, administration and monitoring of project sub- consultant agreements Working with internal business units such as Buildings, Environmental Services and Infrastructure Qualifications Your Capabilities and Credentials Experience is required in the management of project and/or program budget and cost control functions including budgeting, commitment management, change management, estimating, forecasting, and earned value management Thorough understanding of project accounting and accrual collection Solid understanding of principles and methods related to Earned Value Management Ability to functionally coordinate with both internal and external business processes and to blend the requirements of both Superior computer skills in the Microsoft Office Suite (specifically in MS Excel). Must be detail-oriented with exceptional organizational and time management skills Able to adapt quickly to changing work demands without compromising accuracy and quality of work Excellent communication skills Education and Experience Degree/Diploma or equivalent in business, engineering, or related field Minimum of 5 years of experience in Project Controls or Finance Project Management Professional (PMP) designation is considered an asset This description is not a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required of the employee and other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned or may be changed at any time with or without notice. Stantec is a place where the best and brightest come to build on each other’s talents, do exciting work, and make an impact on the world around us. Join us and redefine your personal best. Primary Location : Job : Project Cost Control Organization : BC-[phone number]Water-CA Alberta North Employee Status : Regular Job Level : Individual Contributor Travel : No Schedule : Full-time Job Posting : Jun 14, [phone number], 2:13:17 PM Req ID: [phone number]DO Stantec provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants for future and current employment and prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We prohibit discrimination in decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, referral, promotion, compensation, fringe benefits, job training, terminations or any other condition of employment. Stantec is in compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations and ensures equitable opportunities in all aspects of employment. EEO including Veterans

Example 3

The role: The Sr. Consultant, Climate Business works closely with the Director, Climate Strategy and Performance and other relevant stakeholders to develop and execute a framework to accelerate the decarbonisation of Vancity's loans and mortgages in line with targets, while helping to drive growth in Vancity’s community business and retail portfolios. This role will work closely with member-facing colleagues, and other stakeholders such as Community Investment, to support Vancity to originate climate business, and to support members to decarbonise. A typical day would involve: Designing and implementing strategies to deliver initiatives that will decarbonise Vancity’s lending portfolio, and lower member GHG footprint. Developing enablement tools, such as training and materials, to support the lines of business in helping members lower their GHG footprint. Remaining at the forefront of the emerging field of sustainable finance and keeping pace with the global financial sector’s ongoing progress in reducing financed emissions and supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy. Identifying opportunities to leverage data and research to generate climate and equity-linked insights, which to strengthen Vancity’s internal strategies and promote thoughtful external relations. Supporting the Director and lines of business leaders in the provision of consistent climate business advice and support. Supporting the development of partnerships that will help to create a low-carbon economy and decarbonise Vancity’s lending. Collaborating with key colleagues to generate data related to climate business to support decision making and reporting. Joining relevant working groups and other external collaboration forums relevant to sustainable finance, to inform Vancity’s efforts in this space and to share relevant expertise You are: Knowledgeable about the field of sustainable finance, and possessing commercial acumen. A relationship builder who can connect across different levels and areas. A continuous learner who can translate new knowledge into action. An excellent communicator, both written and verbal. A team player who collaborates with peers to ensure business objectives can be met. You have: A minimum of 3-5 years of relevant work experience relating to consulting, sustainable finance, and/or GHG accounting. Previous industry experience, ideally in banking or financial institutions, including client engagement. Knowledge of climate change and the transition to a low carbon economy, and the key climate, related regulatory, supervisory, and market [website] net zero) drivers for our members. A bachelors, or higher, degree in a related field. Exceptional written and oral communication skills. Solid organizational and problem-solving skills. The team: In this role, you will report into the Director, Climate Strategy and Performance Posting Deadline: Please apply by 04:00 PM PST, June 25, [phone number]About Vancity: When you join Vancity as an employee and a member, you join a movement that believes that when we use money for what’s right, we truly are a financial force for change. Our vision is to redefine wealth—and we are doing so by using the tools of finance to prioritize the wellbeing of our members and our communities by tackling the climate crisis and we are proving every day that sustainable is profitable. We are the largest private-sector Living Wage Employer in Canada and have been consistently recognized as one of the Top Employers in Canada. Come join our team of 2,600 diverse individuals and access competitive rewards & benefits, all while knowing you are apart of a greater movement. Start your Vancity career journey with us even if you’re new to financial services! We provide in-house paid training to gain general financial knowledge, and to learn about our products & services. We encourage opportunities to learn & develop to prepare you for career success, which in turn continuously impresses how we serve our membership. Vancity is committed to a diverse workplace and values Integrity, Innovation, Responsibility and Reconciliation. While we review all applicants, we will be prioritizing applicants who self-identify as Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Inuit, and Metis), Members of visible minorities, and Persons with disabilities. To learn more about Vancity, please visit

Example 4

*About EuroLine Windows* EuroLine Windows Inc., founded in [phone number], is an innovative designer and manufacturer of custom-made, high-end, high-performance uPVC tilt & turn windows and doors for private residences and commercial buildings. Our superior product, installation and customer service have garnered us a reputation as a premium window company in the industry, both with homeowners as well as building professionals. As a result of continued growth, EuroLine Windows has an opportunity for a *Controller *to join our team! *Position Summary* We are looking to hire a Controller reporting to the VP of Finance. In this role, the successful candidate will be responsible for financial reporting, planning, assisting in the implementation of a financial systems. The successful candidate will manage the accounting and administrative team and will be responsible for regular reporting on operational metrics, maintaining internal controls, implementing process improvements, banking and cash management and liaising with the parent company. The role will require someone who can implement new systems, processes, and structure to meet the evolving needs of the organization. There will also be an opportunity to work on special projects. The ideal candidate will have an accounting designation and at least 5 years of post-designation experience. In addition, the successful candidate will have experience in a manufacturing environment, cost accounting, strong computer skills, the ability to work with high volumes of data, and to summarize and interpret information to enable sound business decision making. A professional demeanor, positive attitude, and willingness to work in a team environment are also key to being successful in this role. *Responsibilities* * Monthly financial reporting to management team, parent company, others * Financial planning and forecasting, consolidation of accounting results * Assisting in the selection and implementation of a new ERP system and financial reporting system * Implementing other tools, as required, to improve efficiency and modernize the financial function * Manage key financial processes and internal controls, inventory tracking, and other initiatives * Manage the finance and administration team in multiple locations with a hands-on approach * Other duties as assigned by the company’s President. *Qualifications* * Strong communication and interpersonal skills * Accounting designation with a minimum of 5 years of post-designation experience * At least 2 years working in the accounting department of a manufacturing company with hands * on experience working with payroll, accounting systems, cost accounting, inventory management * Strong leadership and mentoring skills and demonstrated initiative in improving systems and tools * Experience implementing an ERP system and other technology improvements an asset * Strong computer skills, data modelling, Microsoft Excel, ability to summarize large volume of data * Reliable, organized, able to focus attention on details and summarize complexity * Ability to multi-task in a fun and fast-paced environment *Application* We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We will keep your resume on file and contact you if a future opportunity arises. Thank you for your interest in EuroLine. Visit [website] for more information about our company! EuroLine Windows supports diversity, equity and a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We are committed to providing accommodation for people with disabilities. If you require accommodation during any stages of the selection process, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs. Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Benefits: * Dental care * Disability insurance * Extended health care * Life insurance * RRSP match * Vision care Schedule: * Monday to Friday Education: * Bachelor's Degree (preferred) Experience: * Accounting: 5 years (preferred) * Manufacturing industry: 3 years (preferred) * CPA Designation (preferred)

Example 5

Island Ford is looking for an Automotive Dealership Controller to manage the accounting and reporting functions and accounting process and procedure requirements for the dealership. Island Ford staff enjoy a progressive culture with an incredible team atmosphere. Most of our employees have been working for the dealership in excess of 5 years, as one of the best places to work on Vancouver Island. We are active in the community, committing time and resources to our local non-profit organizations. The successful candidate will report directly to the GM/Ownership and be a key member of the senior management team and participate actively in the both the financial and operational functions of the Dealership. Start Date: ASAP (Existing Controller is retiring and available to help with a successful transition. *Skills Required* · Strong knowledge of Excel is a must · Accounting designation required · Strong leadership and interpersonal skills required · Strong communication skills required · Prior experience in an accounting oversight role required · Previous car dealership accounting experience considered an asset · Strong knowledge of Reynolds or CDK/ADP is considered an asset · Experience working with Caseware is considered an asset *Key Responsibilities* · Financial planning, budgeting and expense control · Attend senior management meetings including but not limited to forecast and budget meetings. · Oversee or perform tasks to ensure the financial functions are reconciled monthly including (but not limited to): cash, accounts receivables, prepaid expenses, fixed assets, accounts payables, manufacturer statements, payroll administration, vehicle deal commissioning, intercompany accounts, etc. · Meeting all monthly, quarterly and annual deadlines as required by Head Office and the GM including: monthly reconciliations, monthly and quarterly reporting to Head Office, covenant calculations, financial analysis, year-end reporting, etc. · Ensure all tax requirements are handled properly. · Management of dealership accounting team including assistant controller or office manager, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, human resource, etc. · Other include: coach, mentor and train accounting team members, ad hoc analysis, aid in legal matters, Ford Canada requirements are met, liaise with head office team and all senior members of management. · Completing analysis or requests made by Head Office, the GM/Ownership. Island Ford does not require mandatory vaccination at this time. Salary is $75,000 to $90,000 depending on experience, plus possible bonus and generous benefits. *_This is a very exciting opportunity for the right candidate and if this position sounds interesting, we want to hear from you! We thank all applicants for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted._* Application deadline: [phone number]12-03 Expected start date: [phone number]12-03 Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: per year Additional pay: * Bonus pay Benefits: * Casual dress * Company car * Company events * Dental care * Disability insurance * Employee assistance program * Extended health care * Life insurance * On-site parking * Paid time off * RRSP match * Store discount * Vision care Schedule: * 8 hour shift * Monday to Friday COVID-19 considerations: Island Ford follows Public Health Orders from the BC Government. Application question(s): * On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being excellent), rate your Excel skills. Education: * Bachelor's Degree (preferred) Experience: * accounting: 3 years (preferred) Work remotely: * No

Controller job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Controller job summary

Our agency is in search of a self-directed and experienced Controller to oversee all financial, accounting and human resources activities. The successful candidate will be responsible for budget management, financial analysis, payroll, forecasting, accounts payable, accounts receivable and financial reporting. Key areas within the human resources department will also be managed by the Controller, including policy and procedure compliance and ongoing maintenance of HR practices. This is a fantastic opportunity for a professional who thrives in a busy work place, and is well-versed in working closely with senior management.

Controller responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

  • Participate in the development of and support the company’s strategic plans
  • Monitor the financial performance of the company
  • Compile and analyze financial reporting packages
  • Prepare monthly and annual operating budgets
  • Develop and manage financial controls in accordance with the company’s procedures
  • Communicate financial metrics to senior management
  • Provide leadership and support to accounts receivable and accounts payable departments
  • Manage the preparation of payroll for personnel
  • Keep up-to-date on current HR trends

Controller qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Accounting, Finance or related discipline
  • Accounting designation (CMA, CGA or CA), or an equivalent combination of related experience and education
  • Minimum 10 years accounting experience in a senior accounting or financial management role with at least 5 years� experience in human resources
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Impeccable analytical and organizational skills
  • Self-motivated and self-directed
  • Ability to work closely with a senior management team
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