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Assistant Controller

Location

Head Office

Overview

Reporting to the Controller, Finance, the Assistant Controller will be directly responsible for managing the overall financial operations of various entities and responsible to provide accurate information, including analysis, budgeting, forecasting and preparation of financial reports. They will also be responsible for leading the team on the assigned entities and providing direction to the property managers, as required.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage the accounting operations including the detailed review of journal entries, balance sheet account reconciliations and financial statements.
  • Detailed review of the monthly, quarterly and annual operating results for each property. This includes reviewing the work of the property managers, and ensuring they are reporting on time and accurately.
  • Work with external auditors, including the preparation of audit working papers and financial statements.
  • Overseeing the preparation of tax returns (Canadian) completed by tax COE and tax advisors to ensure critical deadlines are met.
  • Generate financial information for quarterly and annual reports and responsible for the accuracy and timeliness of financial information.
  • Detailed review of monthly cash calls from the property managers to ensure accuracy and that the requests are within company guidelines.
  • Review of the weekly cash flow analysis performed by accountants.
  • Assist the Controller, Finance in managing various treasury functions.
  • Detailed review of account reconciliations completed by the accounting manager and accountants.
  • Responsible for monthly financial statements review and external reporting to financial institutions, ensuring all reporting requirements are met.
  • Responsible for the preparation of quarterly and annual financial statements and all corresponding notes to the financial statements.
  • Review financial performance against budget and comparative periods, analysis of variances and communication to various stakeholders.
  • Lead, guide, and coach a team of professional Accountants. Ensure the team meets the assigned deadlines and that entities are reported on time.
  • Review the recording of the trust ledgers and work with the legal team to ensure complete and timely information.
  • Responsible for gathering accurate information to assist in the statement of adjustments for property dispositions.
  • Detailed review of acquisition, disposal, and refinancing journal entries. Assume responsibility for journal entry preparation for complex transactions.
  • Special projects as required, including acquisitions, disposals, financing transactions and process improvements.

Requirements

  • University degree in Business/​Accounting
  • Professional accounting designation (CPA, CMA or CGA)
  • Minimum of 5 years progressive experience with real estate or relevant industry, including at least 2 – 3 years in a leadership role
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, time management and prioritization skills
  • Experience overseeing audits performed by external audit firms
  • Knowledge of accounting principles, practices and applications
  • Advanced skills in Excel and other MS Office products
  • People management experience. Starlight is an approved CPA training office, may need to work closely with staff towards obtaining CPA designation
  • A strong leader who can guide the team to the end goal, support their development along the way, while also ensuring reporting deadlines are met
  • Professional written and verbal communications skills
  • Good problem-solving skills, ability to make informed decisions to move forward the work at hand
  • Ability to adapt to and learn new software and technologies
  • Able to work efficiently as a part of a team as well as contributing independently
  • Thriving in a fast-paced work environment and able to handle pressure
  • Ability to interpret and implement company policies and procedures
  • Strong sense of ownership and accountability