Public Sector

Chief Financial Analyst

Permanent

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Chief Financial Analyst Chestermere, Alberta

THE OPPORTUNITY

We have an excellent opportunity for a Chief Financial Analyst to join the City of Chestermere, AB. This is a progressive municipality that is growing and transforming rapidly and prides itself on innovation and continual improvement. Reporting to the Strategic Advisory Group, the Chief Financial Analyst will be responsible for providing senior management with a forecast of the municipalities’ profit and loss and operating performance for the upcoming quarter and forecasting the City’s financials. You will be required to have both an understanding of the City’s historical performance as well as understand the key assumptions and trends that may impact future performance. This requires a broad understand of both accounting and business operations. As a result, you will be required to be in frequent contact with all areas of the municipality including Corporate Services, Community Operations, Community Planning and Development and Community Safety.

THE ORGANIZATION

The City of Chestermere is located east of Calgary in the province of Alberta, within Rocky View County. With a population of approximately 20,732, and its large park and entertainment zone which includes a golf club, a large recreation center, and facilities for boating, Chestermere provides an inviting lifestyle in a beautiful setting that has made the City of Chestermere a welcoming and growing place in which to live, work and play.

For more information visit their website at:  www.chestermere.ca.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop the operating and financial plan.
  • Develop the annual budget that updates once each year.
  • Development of a rolling forecast, in parallel with the annual budget.
  • Advise management on decisions such as how to improve performance, minimize risk or capture new opportunities from both within the organization and within the external environment.
  • Assistance with budget compilation collaborates with department leaders to develop and report budgets; ensures all expenditures are tracked and approved within approved budgets.
  • Monthly reporting on analysis of historical financials, variance explanations, an updated forecast with risks and opportunities to current plan, key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • Identifying potential acquisition targets, buy-side support, integration and divestitures.
  • Identify and improve process inefficiencies in the financial department.
  • Audit process: compiles and prepares year-end reports and reconciliations; manages and oversees the auditing process.
  • Oversees general ledger transactions, property taxes, accounts payable and receptions functions; ensures timely and accurate transactions.
  • Oversees of fixed assets; reconciles annual assets and records; maintains asset inventory; accounts for tangible capital assets including amortization schedules.
  • Oversees the recording tracking payments and reserve transactions for offsite levies.
  • Oversees the Grant Clerk and creates government reporting summaries for the non-ear-marked grants.
  • Provides leadership and builds a cohesive team; provides opportunities so team members know of and value each other’s expertise and skills; encourages passion for work and sense of team.
  • Represents the Financial Services team; acts as a model the desired values, attitudes, skills, and behaviors that contribute to a safe, ethical work environment and healthy team functioning.
  • Provides input into the identification and development of mitigation plans regarding potential financial risks.
  • Participates in the assessment of the current and future needs of Financial Services, gathering input and feedback; participates in annual budget deliberations, communicating any conflicts to Council
  • Appropriate and responsible use of confidential information; maintains confidentiality and security of all information related to the City.
  • Demonstrates City values: A-C-T-I-V-E (Accountable, Connected, Transparent, Inclusive, Viable, Ethical).
  • Ensures a safe and healthy work environment for staff, visitors, the community, and stakeholders, e.g., participates in workplace safety initiatives, participate in formal and informal worksite safety and environment inspections and audits, ensures compliance with the City’s Health and Safety Management System, reports and assists in the analysis of near misses or incidents.
  • Participates as a member of the Chestermere Emergency Response team in preparing and enabling the community to respond in the event of a local or regional disaster.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • University degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, or a related discipline.
  • 8 years of related and progressive experience, including supervisory and budget management experience.
  • Previous experience in a municipal environment.
  • Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.
  • Valid Class 5 Alberta Driver’s License and a recent Driver’s Abstract deemed satisfactory by the City.
  • Criminal Record Check deemed satisfactory by the City.

KEY COMPETENCIES

  • Strategic, analytical, and creative thinking skills; ability to solve problems, make decisions, negotiate, and deal effectively with people.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of governance issues, e.g., policy interpretation.
  • Strong customer service and communication skills, both written and verbal; ability to maintain ongoing communication to anticipate and prevent potential problems, develop, and maintain positive and effective working relationships with staff, the public, and other stakeholders.
  • Proven leadership and supervisory capabilities; ability to motivate staff towards constant improvement and encourage staff to make recommendations, mentoring, performance management and development.
  • Business acumen, including budget management skills, contract management skills and the ability to make effective decisions that are well-informed and that reflect the input gathered from stakeholders.
  • Strong work ethic and highly motivated; ability to work in a fast-paced environment and respond to action requests and competing deadlines in a timely matter.
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and applicable accounting/financial modeling software.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

JESSE JACOBSON | T: 587.453.4242 | E: jesse.jacobson@richardsonsearch.ca | www.richardsonsearch.ca

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