Lead Accountant, Commercial Real Estate
Swim Recruiting
Vancouver, BC
1d ago

Fantastic career opportunity for a real estate accountant who is looking for the next step in their career. The Lead Accountant will have 2 to 4 direct reports and will report into the Controller.

Large, well-established, and highly successful real estate development company headquartered in Vancouver, with a large accounting & finance team.

Opportunity for growth and development over the years.

Who- the Company :

Our client is a highly successful and well-established real estate company headquartered in Vancouver . They have created world class real estate properties in BC and beyond- residential, commercial, and mixed-used.

Their projects are known to be of high quality and well-designed. The company is very financially stable with an impressive accounting & finance leader at the helm.

What- the Role :

We are looking for a new Lead Commercial Accountant for the company’s diverse portfolio of properties (predominantly commercial and mixed use, with some residential).

The Lead Commercial Accountant (LCA) will report into the Controller and will be responsible for managing, coaching, and leading two (2) to four (4) direct reports including two (2) property accountants.

The LAA will conduct, and also oversee, full cycle accounting for properties in the Lower Mainland and a few other markets.

Responsibilities are diverse and will include :

  • Preparing and reviewing property financial statements, operating financial statements, and consolidated financial statements, and presenting these financial statements to the Controller and VP Finance (and potentially Board of Directors) for review;
  • Updating and maintaining various general ledgers;
  • Managing intercompany cash balances;
  • Month-end, quarter-end, and year-end close and year-end audit, including working with auditors to resolve any discrepancies;
  • Participating in annual budget and forecast preparation;
  • Wide variety of other ad hoc accounting and finance analysis tasks as assigned, such as system optimization and process improvement.
  • Who- the Candidate :

    This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced accountant who is seeking the next step in their real estate career. We are looking for people who are solutions-oriented, hands-on in their work, and who have a positive attitude and lead by example.

    The new Lead Accountant will hold themselves accountable to a high calibre of work while influencing their team members and colleagues to do the same.

  • 5+ years full cycle accounting experience, including at least 3 years recent and relevant experience in property accounting / real estate accounting , ideally with a mix of commercial and residential properties (but can be one or the other, with willingness to quickly learn).
  • If no true property accounting experience, candidate must have solid exposure to real estate (development & property management) sector with plenty of transferable skills- perhaps gained from public practice.

  • Prior direct people management experience is highly preferred, but we are also open to individuals who have been in an informal supervisory / team lead / training role and who exhibit natural leadership abilities.
  • CPA designation is almost required , although we can consider candidates who are not yet designated but who have deep, relevant property accounting experience.
  • Qualified individuals will be analytical and detail-oriented, with excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Ideally candidates will be very systems savvy , as this company is planning on undertaking a major financial system implementation in the coming years.
  • Strong Excel skills are crucial.

    How Much :

    Total compensation commensurate with accounting experience, education, and skills- please discuss further with Swim.

    Where :

    Vancouver, close to rapid transit and many amenities (shops, restaurants, etc.). Desks are spaced apart and the company is following proper Covid-19 physical distancing and sanitization protocols.

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