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Controller -

Posted February 6, 2013, by Sprott Shaw College.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President, the Controller provides leadership to the finance department of two operating subsidiaries of a TSX/NYSE listed public company, and develops strong relationships with senior management. The Controller will be the trusted financial advisor to the management team and provide both operational and sales management teams with critical business information, analysis, and advice. In addition, the Controller is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the administrative and accounting departments at corporate head office in Port Coquitlam, BC.


Management Support
• Advise, mentor and develop strong relationships with the management team
• Prepare ad hoc financial analysis for management on a timely basis
• Offer strategic advice during the planning process

Controllership and Internal Reporting
• Oversee daily operations of the finance department and provide leadership and direction for subsidiary accountants
• Conduct thorough analytical review of monthly financial results
• Continually develop new and improved reporting tools
• Prepare monthly consolidation and multi-unit internal reporting for management
• Oversee tax compliance

External Financial Reporting and Audit Preparedness
• Prepare quarterly and annual consolidation and financial reports, and review and analyze results
• Ensure all reporting is IFRS compliant and the Company is abreast of new accounting policies
• Act as the first point of contact for the auditors, ensure working papers are prepared timely, and questions are answered efficiently
• Lead on any recommendations that are suggested in the audit report

Budgeting and Planning
• Manage the process of developing and reviewing budgets
• Prepare monthly budget reports and provide accurate cash-flow projections for management
• Work closely with management to enable them to make accurate decisions.

Accounting Policies, Internal Controls, and IT systems
• Ensure accounting and finance policies are being adhered to as set out in the company guidelines
• Ensure the accounting policies are current and the Company is proactive on changes to accounting pronouncements
• Ensure all financial records are kept accurately and securely and in line with legislative and company requirements
• Ensure that company acts in a manner to minimize fraud
• Develop and maintain thorough internal controls, including IT general controls, and ensure their consistent use across the operating units
• Collaborate with the IT team on the evaluation, testing, launch, and adoption of new ERP software solutions

Corporate Responsibilities
• Ensure correspondence from head office is understood, acted upon when necessary and communicated to appropriate people where required
• Maintain effective working relationships with the Company’s external partners
• Other duties as assigned by Executive Management and CFO


• Successful completion of a recognized accounting designation (CA, CGA or CMA)
• Minimum 5 years as Controller in a medium to large sized public company
• Up to date on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
• Proven track record in reviewing financial and business processes to ensure efficiency, economy and effectiveness
• Previous experience supervising several accounting team members
• In depth knowledge of accounting software, preferably Great Plains


High Degree of Accuracy | Attention to Detail | Excellent Knowledge of MS Excel and Database Systems | Excellent Communication and Interpersonal Skills | Supervisory Experience |


Ethics | Professionalism | Integrity | Quality | Reliability | Trust |


Accountability | Communication | Critical Thinking | Problem Solving | Risk Management | Strategic Management | Teamwork |


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