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Accountant, Finance, U.S. Multi-Family


Overview

Starlight is one of the most exciting real estate firms to work for in Canada with a track record devoted to creating long-term investor value. Starlight co-invests in each asset, creating meaningful alignment in each of its strategies including joint ventures with institutional partners, publicly traded real estate investment trusts and publicly traded real estate investment funds. 

This role reports to the Controller, U.S. Corporate Accounting Team and is dedicated to assisting with the oversight over the financial close of corporate and property level accounting for the U.S. business. As a key member of the U.S. Corporate Accounting Team your specific responsibilities include the review and analysis of property level results, consolidation of financial results, liaising with external partners including property management firms and external auditors, assisting with the preparation of internal and/or external disclosure documents, and assist with the corporate accounting for each investment vehicle. You will also play a key role in the reporting and analysis of our key operational metrics used to evaluate and improve the performance of our business. 

The successful candidate must be able to effectively work with and manage external property management finance teams to ensure accurate and timely presentation of financial results. The candidate needs to be detail oriented, self-motivated, eager to learn, organized and possess the ability to think analytically while managing communication and various stakeholders within our organization.

Starlight is a dynamic and fast paced company. Starlight’s U.S. Residential business manages over 12,000 units in aggregate value at over $4.0B. The properties are managed via different vehicles including publicly traded entities and private / institutional partnerships. This is an excellent opportunity for a CPA with post-qualification experience at the Experienced Senior level to gain hands on experience managing the finance and accounting of multi-portfolio of real estate assets. This individual will have exposure to all levels of management and leadership, as well as working cross-functionally with Asset Management and Investment Teams. We work in a collaborative, open environment and our head office is on the Bloor subway line (we cover Presto passes!). We cover CPA professional dues, provide learning and professional development opportunities, as well as fun team outings and company events throughout the year.

 

Application

Qualified candidates can submit their resume to hr@wposborne.com

Duties and Responsibilities

Property level financial review  

  • Review the monthly financial results of 9-12 properties in the U.S. portfolio to:
  • Highlight key trends to the Starlight Finance Business Team’s and Starlight Financial Planning & Analysis Team
  • Ensure the accuracy of financial results, consistent with Starlight’s standard policies and procedures;
  • Ensure the third-party property managers financial results are accurate, complete and prepared in accordance with Starlight’s standard policies and procedures. 
  • Ensure the third-party property managers financial variance commentary are accurate, complete and accurately reflect the underlying performance of the assets. 
  • Understand Starlight standard policies and procedures and act as a key resource to continuously educate and reinforce policies with our property management firms responsible for day to day accounting of the properties

Corporate accounting and reporting

  • Detailed preparation of consolidated account reconciliations required to support external and internal reporting disclosures.
  • Preparing and reviewing corporate journal entries ensuring they are recorded accurately, in a timely manner and in accordance with Starlight accounting policies and procedures.
  • Assist with completion of monthly bank reconciliations for corporate bank accounts.
  • Key resource for annual audit execution and ongoing audit support for transactions.
  • Assist as necessary with the preparation of financial statements required for public (TSXV), partner and tax reporting.
  • Maintaining general ledger consistent with our legal entity structure, including oversight of intercompany reconciliations for complicated legal structures.
  • Assist with the processing of invoices and payments related to U.S. business
  • Assistance with special projects as required (e.g. public filings, financial statements, financings, acquisitions, dispositions, accounting memos, etc.)

 

Requirements
  • University degree in accounting or finance. CPA designation or currently in pursuit.
  • Thorough understanding of IFRS accounting principles, practices and application.
  • Intermediate Microsoft Excel skills and experience with Yardi software an asset.
  • Able to prioritize, multi-task and work in a changing, fast-paced environment.
  • Strong organizational skills and analytical mindset with ability to think outside of the box.
  • Detail oriented, self-motivated and resourceful, with strong interpersonal and communication skills (written/verbal).
  • Proactive & self-directed with ability to work independently/ as part of a team.
  • Experience with drafting financial statements and notes a strong asset. 
Location

Head office

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