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Finance Manager

Lannick Group of Companies

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted September 6, 2017.

Our client is looking for a Finance Manager to join their team on a permanent basis. Finance Manager Our client is a major financial institution located in downtown Toronto, and they are looking for a recently designated CPA, CA to join their growing team. The Finance Manager provides subject matter expertise to support the month-end, quarter-end and year-end close process, including regulatory and external reports and attestation to the validity of the results. The role is accountable to collaborate with others internally and externally (e.g. Line of Business Finance end-users, departments in the Chief Accountant’s Group, Corporate Treasury, Capital Markets Finance and Technology and Operations) to resolve issues that cut across functional lines and provide solutions ensuring timely, accurate, efficient and effective service delivery. This includes reviewing and/or personally performing some service delivery, processing activities that are highly complex in nature. The role ensures proper processes are in place to effectively execute activities in line with accounting and regulatory, enterprise, and Finance standards as well as the Bank’s governance policies. The Finance Manager will liaise with all levels of management in various areas of the bank. About the Opportunity Relationship Management Maintain strong relationships with the Managers and Senior Managers in Finance (i.e., CAG, Groups, and Corporate), Technology & Operations, and Line of Business to manage and execute the reporting/accounting needs in support of their objectives Understand clients’ immediate reporting needs and assist the Line of Business and Groups, when called upon, in the development of strategies they can implement to achieve their goals When called upon, work in partnership with Line of Business and other corporate service areas to assist in optimal structuring and execution of new initiatives and strategies from an accounting, risk and regulatory perspective Ensure that structures comply with accounting and regulatory rules and guidelines Liaise with internal auditors, external auditors and regulators to provide necessary information on arising issues and ensure queries are responded to accordingly Provide advice and technical expertise, within the scope of assigned tasks, to colleagues, partners/clients, and enterprise initiatives, as required Manage and control possible client issues and conflicts to ensure resolution or escalate as necessary Functional Expertise, Advisory and Innovation Accountable for month/quarter-end and ad hoc reporting as required Provide accounting advice for acquisitions, divestitures, new initiatives, and unusual transactions including defining the framework needed to incorporate acquired business units’ results into legal entities or consolidated bank results and procedures for divestitures Execute and coordinate formal segregation of duties between preparation and review of highly complex reporting and month-end activities (i.e. journal entries in relation to netting of derivatives and regulatory filings as required by regulators or policy, which includes personally reviewing and/or approving certain items as required Oversee and approve input, analysis, and recommendations for the continuous improvement of processes and procedures with the scope of the work team and participate in the planning and implementation of projects Continuous Improvement and Change Management Recommend and implement continuous improvement and change initiatives on an ongoing basis to operational methods and workflows within the Group Controllership team Foster an environment of continuous improvement of controllership processes and procedures and encourage all employees on the team to identify process improvements/new ideas and adopt best practices Risk Management and Control Recommend and develop standards and processes to ensure consistency in financial entries and reporting where possible Be knowledgeable of changing requirements for accounting/regulatory/ risk and manage the changes into the groups and into work processes Monitor, review and report on the operation and effectiveness of accounting controls Maintain a current knowledge of accounting, regulatory requirements and escalate the potential reporting/accounting/operational impacts and associated accounting issues Provide support to internal audits, external audits, and regulatory audits by ensuring documentation and information is provided or queries are responded to by the appropriate staff in a timely manner About You Post-secondary education in Finance, Accounting, or related discipline Attained accounting designation preferred (CPA, CA) Minimum 5-7 years of relevant experience in the banking or financial industry Advanced knowledge in application of accounting concepts pertinent to Chief Accountant’s Group Advanced knowledge in the use of financial software applications, databases, spreadsheets (such as Microsoft Excel) and/or word processing Advanced understanding of the group’s risk and regulatory requirements In-depth knowledge of the systems and reporting requirements of all financial products Excellent operational and analytical background Advanced analytical, critical thinking skills, and integrative skills Strong ability to evaluate processes, question the rationale to identify potential problems and recommend feasible solutions Strong ability to communicate and network with others to convey information effectively at senior management level Ability to deliver in an environment with competing priorities Excellent analytical skills; the ability to discern large amounts of data and focus on the critical business issues Excellent attention to detail and accuracy Strong communication and organizational skills Respect for highly confidential information Ability to work under pressure and tight timeframes Ability to build a collaborative, team environment Ability to work independently and efficiently multi-task Salary Range $90,000-$100,000/year