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Controller, U.S. Multi-Family (One-Year Contract)


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. As a member of the Starlight U.S. Multi-Family finance team, you will be responsible for the accounting, reporting and analysis of our portfolio of properties, including those owned by our public fund Starlight U.S. Multi-Family (No.1) Core Plus Fund, which currently includes 21 Class “A” multi-family buildings residing in the Southern US sun-belt markets totaling approximately 10,000 multi-family apartment units. 

This role will oversee a team of five CPAs with the primary responsibilities consisting of ownership of month-end accounting, including the review and analysis of investment portfolio and property level results and corporate accounting, and preparation and ownership of external disclosure documents (consolidated financial statements and MD&A – TSXV entities). Other key responsibilities include relationship management with property management partners in the US and managing year-end external audit requirements, as well as internal executive reporting and operational analysis as well as external financial and partner reporting. You will be a key member of the finance team and contributor to the success of the business. 

The successful candidate must be a motivated individual who is a strong communicator and leader, works with an ownership mindset with excellent organizational and team management skills and has the ability to bridge between Senior Management, the broader Finance team and cross-functionally to ensure our business is operating effectively and efficiently. You must possess a strong financial reporting skillset and be willing to get into the details and take responsibility for ensuring deadlines are met in a fast-paced environment. Ideally with a background in public accounting, the successful candidate must be able to effectively work with external and internal partners to ensure accurate and timely presentation of financial results. The candidate needs to be detail oriented and possess the ability to think analytically while managing communication and various stakeholders within our organization.

 

Application

Qualified candidates can submit their resume to humanresources@starlightinvest.com

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Controllership, month-end reporting and close
    • Ownership over the accuracy and timeliness of monthly close process (close completed in 10 working day calendar) for all properties, ensuring Finance team is supported;
    • Oversee and review monthly reporting packages provided by property managers ensuring commentary reflects performance of assets and completeness and accuracy of results
    • Review/approve corporate level journal entries and month-end close checklist items, ensuring recorded in accordance with Starlight accounting policies
    • Review and provide commentary on monthly internal reporting packages, inclusive of Balance sheet, Operational P&L results and Cash flow
    • Key resource to Finance team and property management teams, responsible for policy and process communication and onboarding, continuous education and ongoing support and reinforcement of Starlight accounting policies
    • Continuous identification of month-end and other process improvement opportunities
  • Partnership with Asset Management and Operational reporting
    • Detailed review of the monthly, quarterly and annual operating results v. budget and trend for each property to ensure accuracy as well as provide meaningful insights to improve operations, highlighting key trends to management
    • Resource to our asset management team to highlight operational deficiencies or opportunities to improve the financial results of the properties
    • Assist with preparation of budgets and analysis for budget inputs for properties as well as ensure budgets/underwritings for acquisitions are accurate in accounting software
  • Corporate accounting, financial reporting and transactions
    • Preparation and ownership of all external quarterly and annual financial statements and MD&A (TSXV entities) for review by senior finance leadership and executive team
    • Provide guidance to team and review journal entries for acquisitions, dispositions, refinancing of properties; Ensure post close adjustments are resolved timely / accurately
    • Maintaining general ledger consistent with our legal entity structure including oversight of intercompany reconciliations for complicated legal structures
    • Review monthly consolidated account reconciliations for corporate bank accounts, G&A, etc
    • Assist with any other public filings or ad hoc projects, as required
    • Approve invoices related to corporate expenses and oversee invoice payment process
    • Work with external auditors, overseeing and ensuring a timely and efficient audit process, as well as the preparation of financial statements as required
    • Preparation of technical accounting memo’s, as required
Requirements
  • University degree in Business/Accounting with advanced degree or professional accounting designation (CA, CPA) preferred
  • 7+ years of progressive finance/accounting roles in real estate
  • Articulate with strong communication (written/verbal), interpersonal & organizational skills
  • Very strong knowledge of IFRS accounting principles, practices and application 
  • Experience with drafting financial statements and MD&A for TSXV or TSX entities
  • Willing to get into the detail and take responsibility for ensuring deadlines are met
  • Strong business acumen and analytical mindset with ability to think outside of the box
  • Experience managing / leading / motivating a team and in a team environment
  • Experience overseeing audits performed by external audit firms
  • Ability to interpret, develop and implement standardized, scalable policies / procedures
  • Advanced / expert MS Excel skills required and experience with Yardi a strong asset
Location

Head office

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