Controller and Chief Accountant


START DATE: Mar 2019 (or as negotiated)
REPORTS TO: President & CEO

Summary of Responsibilities

The Controller and Chief Accountant provides accounting, financial control, business planning/budgeting and support to the organization and is responsible for the overall financial management of both BGC and the BGC Foundation. The Controller and Chief Accountant supervises the finance staff, has oversight of the Employment Accounting area and is a member of the BGC Leadership Team, participating in short and long-range planning, and ensuring integration and collaboration with program streams and centralized supports.

The Controller and Chief Accountant is responsible for the production of financial statements and supporting analysis. The position ensures a system is available to support budgeting, forecasting, and preparing financial reports, as well as maintaining BGC’s accounting systems, principles, practices, and procedures.

Job Duties

  • Ensures the accuracy and timeliness of all BGC and BGC Foundation financial reporting activities.
  • Provides advice and guidance on all accounting matters including financial systems, record keeping, analysis, and reporting.
  • Hires, trains, and supervises accounting staff.
  • Ensures that all banking is completed as required (i.e., deposits, transfers, and other transactions).
  • Ensures adequate cash flow to meet the organization’s needs.
  • Transfers the payroll records to the bank for processing twice monthly.
  • Ensures that accounts payable are maintained and that cheques are prepared for payment in a timely manner.
  • Ensures the timely collection of receivables; receives all cash and cheques and ensures that receipts are issued.
  • With input from the CEO, establishes internal controls to ensure that accounting activities are in accordance with established legal, regulatory, and BGC policies and procedures.
  • Implements and manages all financial policies, processes, and procedures.
    Works with the Leadership Team in the development of annual operating budgets.
  • Prepares and analyzes monthly statements for BGC and the BGC Foundation, and distributes to appropriate senior staff for review.
  • Works with external auditors, the Finance and Investment Committee (BGC Foundation), and the Finance Committee (BGC).
  • Coordinates all financial audits, including the year-end audit and preparation of audited financial statements.
  • Prepares and presents financial information for Annual Reports.
  • Works with staff at special events to ensure that the necessary cash management procedures and/or audit controls are in place.
  • Other related duties as required or assigned.
  • Requirements

  • Clean Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector).
  • Professional accounting designation (CPA) required and a demonstrated history of strong analytical skills.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of all aspects of accounting and financial management, including accounting principles, practices and applications.
  • Thorough knowledge of all relevant federal, provincial, and local requirements regarding financial records.
  • Experience overseeing audits performed by external audit firms.
  • Advanced knowledge of accounting software and Microsoft excel.
  • Management and/or supervisory experience.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, presentation, problem-solving, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively as a part of a team as well as independently.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet set deadlines.
  • Attention to detail in all areas of work.
  • Note

    This is a full time (37.5 hours per week) salary position with group health benefits after 6 months and pension after one year.

    Thank in advance to all persons who apply for this position. Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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