Senior Accountant, Special Projects (12 Month Term)
Canadian Western Bank Group
Edmonton, AB
9d ago

Position Classification Term (12 Months with Benefits) Closing Date 23-Jul-2018

Integrity. Accountability. Respect. Common sense. Caring.

Canadian Western Bank (CWB) Financial Group is a diversified financial services organization serving businesses and individuals across Canada and is the largest publicly traded Canadian bank headquartered in Western Canada.

Known for our great personal service and award-winning culture, we employ more than 2,000 people in more than 50 communities across Canada.

We are not your typical bank we have a deeply personalized approach to business that is founded on the trust we build with our clients.

Taking the time to understand customer’s goals and aspirations allows us to use a full picture view with the type of support, guidance and service needed to cultivate a successful financial future.

We are looking for a Senior Analyst, Special Projects to focus on the support and execution of Finance-related projects involving complex transactions and business initiatives within the confines of IFRS and other regulatory reporting frameworks.

The successful candidate will liaise with internal and external advisors to ensure satisfaction of business needs and compliance with reporting requirements.


  • Execute on project plans to ensure successful completion of projects led or supported by Finance, including :
  • Provide technical expertise and leadership in the area of IFRS;
  • Develop accounting position papers related to complex transactions and accounting standard changes;
  • Execute and document research and recommendations for approval and communication to the Finance leadership team;
  • Develop processes and procedures to support operational changes within the Finance team;
  • Seek out industry trends and organizational knowledge to understand alternative approaches and / or solutions; and
  • Work with various stakeholders to develop and document new processes and controls.
  • Assist with the planning of projects, including scope and requirement changes.
  • Work with multiple departments, including Finance, to ensure that deliverables satisfy business requirements.
  • Assist with the gathering of business requirements.
  • Assist with project communications including status reports to the Board, executives, stakeholders, business units, vendors, project team, etc.
  • Clearly document assumptions and recommendations in a manner that is traceable and auditable.
  • Work closely with the Finance team and other stakeholders to develop and document applicable accounting policies and procedures.
  • Provide inputs for project progress reports in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Liaise with external advisors to ensure that recommendations are aligned with industry standards.
  • Ability to excel in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment.
  • Confidentiality is a requirement as project work involves sensitive information.
  • Essential Technical and Personal Skills

  • Bachelor of Commerce and / or Business Administration degree required.
  • CPA designation required.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of technical accounting experience with a focus on IFRS.
  • Experience working in a public company considered an asset.
  • Excellent analytical skills, including ability to interpret and research applicable standards and guidelines.
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple projects ensuring timelines as required are met.
  • Ability to work effectively with senior management and support staff to enhance professionalism, productivity and team achievement.
  • Advanced interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Proficient in the use of Excel, Word, Access, and other software programs necessary to complete the work of the position.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to deal with large volumes of data in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Ability to work in a fast pace, team environment while maintaining accuracy, timeliness, responsiveness and insight in all areas of work.
  • What you will get from us :

  • The opportunity to make a difference - our culture thrives on idea-sharing, collaboration and the ability to create impact.
  • Rewarding, enterprising and engaging atmosphere where you will be able to see your contributions at work.
  • Understanding balance : We know our people have places to go, people to see and good times to have when they’re not at work and we support that.
  • An award-winning benefits packages that includes 100% company-funded health coverage (dental, vision and prescriptions), health care spending account, a flexible wellness program and cwbalance day (extra day off with pay!).
  • Our commitment to your success and development : On-going career conversations and personalized professional growth opportunities.
  • Competitive salary.
  • Continual learning opportunities and professional development training to grow your talent and realize your aspirations and potential.
  • Diversity :

    CWB Financial Group is an equal opportunity employer. We are motivated by the new perspectives diversity can bring to our workforce.

    Inclusion and advocacy for a diverse organization can bring excellence at all levels of our business. Regardless of race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or any other factors unrelated to job performance, we are looking for difference makers.

    We are committed to providing equitable treatment to all employees and job applicants.

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