Senior Corporate Analyst – Financial Reporting

The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with over 120,000 people located in the heart of Southern Ontario, just one hours driving distance from Toronto.  Set in a picturesque natural setting, Guelph is known for its rich architectural heritage, growing economy and excellent quality of life – all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.

Job summary

Resumes are being accepted for the position of Senior Corporate Analyst – Financial Reporting within the Finance Department. Reporting to the Manager, Financial Reporting & Accounting, the successful candidate will be responsible for the preparation of the City and associated entities’ audited financial statements and provincial information returns, as well as regular review of internal controls over general ledger data; the Senior Corporate Analyst will also provide suggestions for and participation in continuous improvement activities within their scope of responsibility. Guided by the strategic priorities and directions in the City of Guelph Strategic Plan, and committed to the corporate values of integrity, service, inclusion, wellness, and learning, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the vision of an inclusive, connected, prosperous city where we look after each other and our environment. The City of Guelph is working to embed a culture of continuous improvement in all aspects of its operations, and is seeking candidates that embody this mindset.

Duties

  • Coordinate the City’s annual external financial statement audit including preparation of working paper file and coordination of all supporting documentation from various stakeholders within and outside of the Finance department.
  • Coordinate the GJR annual external financial statement audit including preparation of working paper file and coordination of all supporting documentation from GJR management and staff and City Finance, Legal, and Human Resources staff.
  • Coordinate the GMHI annual external financial statement audit including preparation of working paper file and coordination with various internal and external stakeholders.
  • Prepare annual audited consolidated financial statements for the City, and it’s wholly owned subsidiaries (GMHI and GJR) and prepare related reports for Council.
  • Budgeting, bookkeeping oversight, and quarterly Board reporting for the City’s wholly owned subsidiaries (GMHI and GJR).
  • Implement audit recommendations proposed by the external auditors as needed.
  • Prepare Provincial Financial Information Return, including coordination of supporting schedules.
  • Develop financial reporting policies as required.
  • Identify and assess potential risks in the City’s financial reporting systems and provide assistance to the Managers regarding the design and implementation of effective control-related policies and procedures.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of control policies and procedures and resolve problems identified.
  • Participate in and advise on systems implementation and integrations from a finance and accounting perspective.
  • Oversight and maintenance of general ledger structure.
  • Prepare reports for Committee of the Whole and Council as required.
  • Attend Committee of the Whole and Council meetings and provide support as required.
  • Liaise with financial planning staff to ensure budget information can be incorporated on a consistent basis with PSAB financial reporting in the audited financial reports.
  • Investigate best practices, conduct research and report results to align with departmental goals.
  • Identify and assess potential areas of improvement within own job function or with other areas of the business providing input to the financial reports.
  • Partner with other areas of the business to identify and bring forward areas of improvement into consideration and action, and provide leadership for improvement initiatives within own functional area.
  • Lead special projects as required.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Extensive experience related to the duties listed above, normally acquired through a professional accounting designation, preferably as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), completion of a related university degree and several years of progressive post designation accounting experience in public accounting or in a municipal/public sector environment dealing with complex accounting issues. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Experience coordinating annual external financial statement audits is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing consolidated financial statements for a similar sized organization.
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of Public Sector Accounting Board Standards (PSAB) and relevant accounting practices including how they differ from municipal budgeting.
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and relevant accounting practices (GMHI and GJR report under IFRS).
  • Understanding of risk management principles and application.
  • Understanding of financial systems and process cycles including revenue collection, procurement, payroll, accounting, and treasury functions.
  • Ability to analyze and investigate problems, identify alternatives and make recommendations in order to implement procedures and policies.
  • Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) designation an asset.
  • Proven analytical, organizational, project management and report writing skills.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders including the ability to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Advanced skills in JD Edwards, CaseWare working papers and CaseView financial statements software preferred.
  • Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work independently and to prioritize to meet strict deadlines.
  • Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Rate

$83,184.28 – $103,980.35

How to apply

Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Thursday, April 15, 2021. Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage.

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