Senior Financial Analyst
Canadian National Railway Company
Montreal, Quebec, CA
6d ago

WHY YOU WANT THIS JOBYou are responsible for the financial management of a segment of CN’s IT portfolio. In addition, because CN operates on such a vast network with a wide range of technologies and a variety of different initiatives, this is a dynamic and diverse portfolio.

To thrive in this role, you are highly customer-focused, and your client group can count on you for next-level financial management thanks to your strong analytics expertise.

You also have previous exposure to technological fields, and you can articulate technical and financial concepts and how they fit together to make projects happen.

What’s more, you need to be able to work under pressure and hit the ground running, because the IT domain and the railroad industry present many complex challenges.


  • Act as financial partner and trusted advisor for the assigned IT portfolio, by maintaining a strong understanding of its activities and key performance indicators, and by influencing IT management and portfolio stakeholders to ensure decisions are aligned with corporate objectives
  • Collaborate with other departments (Accounting, Financial Planning, Taxation, Supply Management) for all queries related to the assigned portfolio
  • Financial Management

  • Manage all financial aspects of assigned portfolio, including planning, budgeting, analysis and controlling
  • Proactively monitor and control actual financial results and portfolio activities to identify any corrective measures required to achieve financial targets
  • Ensure compliance to policies, regulations and Accounting standards (US GAAP) by implementing and enforcing effective processes and controls
  • Analysis and Support

  • Perform annual budget, monthly actuals and year-end outlooks (YEOs), financial reporting and analysis, and deliver actionable insights to portfolio stakeholders
  • Provide guidance and support to the assigned IT portfolio on any queries related to financial matters, including accounting treatment, policies, budgets and financial performance
  • Identify opportunities for optimization or cost savings and ensure that the assigned IT portfolio delivers the most value for CN
  • Business Case Management and Support

  • Lead the development, review and submission of all AFEs (Approvals For Expenditure) within the assigned IT portfolio
  • Act as liaison with Financial Planning and within IT for any queries related to business cases under your responsibility
  • Process Improvement and special projects

  • Identify and implement process improvements and automation opportunities
  • Assist with additional analysis and support of special projects, as required

  • 3+ years experience as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)
  • Strong financial management and accounting skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to manage relationships at various levels within the organization
  • Ability to communicate technical and financial terms into business language and vice-versa
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Superior problem solving, analytical and investigative skills
  • Ability to analyze, manipulate and extract relevant information from large data sets
  • Thorough, conscientious, results-oriented and autonomous
  • Bilingualism in both English and French (spoken and written)

  • Previous exposure to and / or interest in the IT industry and related domains (telecommunications, infrastructure, security, data center operations, etc.)
  • Strong knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge of SAP (Finance and Controlling modules) and SAP Business Warehouse
  • Knowledge of railroad operations and equipment
  • CN is an employment equity employer and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

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