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Manager, Corporate Accounting and Financial Reporting

Manager, Corporate Accounting and Financial Reporting

Requisition ID 
Job Category  
5290 - Finance
Job Status 
Regular Full-Time
Hiring Range 
$81,618 - $102,023

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The Manager, Corporate Accounting and Financial Reporting is accountable to the Controller for the accurate and timely recording and reporting of the University’s financial data to internal and external stakeholders.


Responsible for accurate and timely recording of all corporate transactions:

  • Manage relevant policies, procedures and processes and implement best practices to maintain a strong internal control framework and ensure the accurate recording of financial transactions
  • Provide expertise and direction to the university community regarding increasingly complex business and financial transactions
  • Ensure accurate recording in the university’s capital fund including fixed assets, building construction and major renovations
  • Manage the preparation of complex accounting entries and analysis including, but not limited to, long-term debt, deferred contributions, and employee future benefits
  • Approve and manage charges between university departments
  • Oversee journal entries posted directly to the general ledger
  • Manage the fixed assets subledger
  • Provide accounting and business advice and expertise to the university campus on various policy and procedural issues
  • Manage the accounting for external entities under the university’s control
  • Apply professional judgment in situations where clear direction is not available and/or interpretation is required

 Responsible for accurate and timely reporting of university financial information:

  • Oversee the bank reconciliation process
  • Manage the accurate completion of external reports including StatsCan reports and COFO report within specified deadlines
  • Respond to requests for internal financial information
  • Assist with the year-end financial statement reporting and audit process to deliver working papers and supporting documentation to the external auditors
  • Coordinate any external audits by external parties for research projects, enrolment, etc.
  • Manage the reporting for external entities under the university’s control

 Provide leadership and direction to staff:

  • Oversee day-to-day activity and assignments of staff in the Corporate Accounting and Financial Reporting group within the Finance department
  • Manage the hiring, developing, and performance of staff and provide direction
  • Promote opportunities for training and professional development through goal-setting and support
  • Hold employees accountable for performance through informal methods, such as regular feedback and coaching and the formal performance appraisal process
  • Ensure appropriate staffing levels, including back-up and cross-training, to balance workloads and meet the expectations required for smooth and efficient daily operations of the group

 Provide functional expertise Record to Reporting (R2R) system processes:

  • Responsible for understanding and advising on R2R module system configuration ensuring optimum functionality and performance
  • Recommend improvements and best practices related to current and new system features
  • Lead participation in system upgrade and testing project teams
  • Ensure that appropriate system controls are identified and implemented


  • Promote a culture of continuous improvement in terms of efficiencies and leveraging financial systems capabilities and new technologies
  • Act as a member of the management team responsible for developing and implementing the strategic direction of the financial operations group within Finance
  • Participate in other department projects as required


  • University undergraduate degree or equivalent education and experience
  • Chartered Professional Accounting (CPA) designation
  • Minimum 5 years’ progressive experience in an accounting/finance related role
  • Extensive experience in an enterprise wide computerized accounting environment is preferred
  • Experience in managing or coaching staff
  • Experience in a not-for-profit environment is preferred
  • Conceptual thinker with strategic planning skills and initiative
  • Works independently with a strong work ethic
  • Strong analytical, technical and problem solving skills
  • Superior interpersonal, communication and listening skills
  • Demonstrated leadership and mentoring skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Understanding of generally accepted accounting principles and their application to not-for profits
  • High degree of judgment, tact and diplomacy