Agriculture

FarmCash Program Finance Specialist

Permanent

Richardson Executive Search

FarmCash Program Finance Specialist Calgary, Alberta

THE OPPORTUNITY

We have an exciting opportunity for a FarmCash Program Finance Specialist to join the Alberta Wheat Commission in Calgary, Alberta.  This team does work in-office and has an amazing team and culture that you would be part of.  If you’re passionate about agriculture and supporting farms and have a strong finance background, this role is for you!

THE ORGANIZATION

The Alberta Wheat Commission is a provincial grower organization that represents 14,000 wheat farmers in Alberta, and invests in major program areas such as research, communications and extension, market development, farm business management and policy advocacy. This is a small but dynamic team, and its organizational culture thrives on innovation and a spirit of entrepreneurialism.

FarmCash is a cash advance program administered by the Alberta Wheat Commission and offered through the Advance Payments Program. The Alberta Wheat Commission is one of approximately 30 farm organizations across Canada who administer the Government of Canada Advance Payments Program, which offers Canadian farmers marketing flexibility through interest-free and low interest cash advances. FarmCash is a simple, convenient program which offers loans of up to $1 million on over 50 agricultural commodities. 

For more information about the Alberta Wheat Commission and FarmCash, please visit their websites at:  www.albertawheatbarley.com and www.farmcashadvance.com.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Working within the strategic priorities of the Alberta Wheat Commission as a whole, this position is part of a team responsible for executing the Advance Payments Program (APP) operations.
  • Review, assess and process FarmCash applications.
  • Ensure the advances are issued in an accurate, efficient, and timely manner.
  • Enter the advances into the database.
  • Register and cancel the security on a product through Personal Property Registry.
  • Responsible for tracking, monitoring, and collecting payments from producers.
  • Register the Business Risk Management assignments with Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC) or Global Ag Risk Solutions (GARS), Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC), Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC) &/or BC Production Insurance.
  • Follow up with applicants in regard to outstanding documents.
  • Prepare and issue monthly statements of accounts to producers
  • Prepare and send reminders to producers on their account’s status – outstanding balances (principal, interest, penalties) and proof of sales reminders.
  • Assist in preparation of monthly reports for submission to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).
  • Enter monthly defaulted producer’s penalties in AAFC’s system.
  • Assist in performing all tasks necessary to achieve the FarmCash objectives and growth plans.
  • Monitor bank transactions daily and reconcile bank accounts monthly.
  • Prepare monthly reconciliations of Program Years accounts and submit to AAFC – monthly reconciliations include interest expense reconciliation, bank reconciliation, Banker’s Acceptance (BA) reconciliation, advances reconciliation and repayments reconciliation.
  • Enter advances information into Great Plains software.
  • Maintain a filing system for all advances.
  • Ensure the confidentiality and security of all financial and producer files.
  • Complete projects and tasks focusing on loan issuance, credit risk assessment, and related administrative responsibilities.
  • Production of monthly reports including reconciliations for use by Executive management.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the FarmCash Program Manager or the FarmCash Customer Relations Manager or the Chief Operating Officer.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 2+ years of experience in lending/banking/financing.
  • Degree/Diploma in accounting or finance or business administration or equivalent experience.
  • Lender/Bank Account Manager experience.
  • Non-for-Profit experience would be an asset.
  • A passion for agriculture and enjoy working in a diverse, flexible, and team-based environment.

KEY COMPETENCIES

  • Superior communication, written and oral presentation skills.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills, with the ability to multi-task and prioritize.
  • Superb time management skills and able to prioritize tasks and competing priorities.
  • Well-developed project management skills.
  • Analytical skills and knowledge of, or experience in, banking products and investments.
  • In-depth understanding of credit risk assessment.
  • Knowledge in Internal Business Management.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced in-person and virtual work environment.
  • Firm understanding of agricultural research, grant writing and project management.
  • Flexible, very well-organized and detail oriented.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

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

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