“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence – it is to act with yesterday’s logic.” – Peter Drucker
Drucker’s quote, and the many others that echo his message, all point to the same reality: we are in a business era where the vast majority would agree that what made a business successful in the past is not what will continue to make it successful in the future.
Our client has been running their business with a sharp eye for future trends in their industry for over 40 years. In that time, this privately-owned company has grown from one brand to multiple divisions; they’ve acquired new lines of business that have expanded their market share and introduced them to new customers; and they’ve adjusted their core brands to meet the needs and desires of our rapidly changing economy.
Reporting to an experienced Controller, the Assistant Controller will play an active role in ensuring that the company continues to grow and successfully meet the challenges of a rapidly changing business world. Some key responsibilities will include: overseeing continuous improvement of the accounting and finance processes; supervising a team of direct reports, including facilitating their professional development through cross-training, course work, coaching, etc.; managing the month-end close process, compilation of monthly financial packages, including executive commentaries and high-level analysis, managing income tax provision, as well as reviewing and managing provincial sales tax processes; and working with senior finance team members as well as other departmental managers on special projects as needed.
The successful candidate will possess an accounting designation, preferably a CPA, CA, have 3 to 4 years of similar or related experience in progressively important positions, exceptional communication and inter-personal skills, the ability to drive and manage change, a strong knowledge of financial and ERP systems, extensive experience of corporate accounting, financial management, and external financial reporting (ASPE/IFRS).