Accountant

Department/Agency of position: 
City of Spruce Grove Finance Department
Location of position: 
Spruce Grove, AB
Wage/Salary: 
$66,106 - $81,660
Date Posted: 
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Closing Date: 
Monday, January 6, 2020
Job Description: 

The City of Spruce Grove is a fast growing, dynamic city committed to building and maintaining a fiscally responsible community that serves its residents, attracts visitors and promotes future growth. We are a vibrant city about 11 km west of Edmonton, offering housing options for everyone, excellent schools, sports, culture and recreation facilities and a mix of businesses ranging from national retailers, shops, locally owned and chain restaurants and professional services.

The Accountant is responsible for assisting in the provision of robust, timely and efficient accounting processes, financial reporting and financial planning that meets the needs of both internal and external stakeholders. The incumbent will be responsible for providing support to the organization through training, advice and analysis as a technical expert on generally accepted accounting principles. He/She will also work with key internal stakeholders to discuss and clarify issues with respect to corporate planning initiatives.

Responsibilities: Financial Reporting

  • Participate in the implementation of robust and efficient accounting processes that allow for accurate and timely delivery of financial reporting to internal and external stakeholders
  • Prepare quarterly and annual financial statements in accordance with Public Sector Accounting Standards (PSAS), the Municipal Government Act (MGA) and City policies and procedures.
  • Analyze quarterly and annual financial statements to identify trends over time, provide feedback for future budget cycles and determine the completeness and accuracy of the information reported.
  • Prepare supporting documentation necessary for a detailed review and audit of all financial statement balances and significant transactions.
  • Prepare the municipal financial information return and reporting to external parties under various contracts and agreements.
  • Support the audit process for City operations, the consolidated entity, and FCSS.
  • Prepare other reporting such as Statistics Canada and Alberta Health Services (AHS) quarterly reports.
  • Develop and implement reporting enhancements with the Senior Accountants, and Controller, as required.
  • Monitor and maintain detailed financial data such as capital asset inventories and transactions, ensuring completeness and accuracy.

Financial Planning

  • Participate in the implementation of robust and efficient financial planning processes that allow for accurate and timely delivery of budget and associated financial planning reports and deliverables to internal stakeholders.
  • Prepare annual budget and associated financial reporting in accordance with PSAS, the MGA, and City policies and procedures.
  • Analyze business unit budget inputs and forecasting to identify trends over time, or unusual variances, and work with business units to refine estimates to accurately reflect expectations.
  • Review and confirm the status and accuracy of budgets and plans for major capital projects, including the update of estimates and identify the need for any amendments.
  • Identify and escalate issues to the Senior Accountants, and the Controller, where there appear to be inaccuracies or incomplete budget inputs.
  • Coordinate the coding and funding of corporate plan initiatives and service changes (including grant allocations).
  • Complete overall budget analysis once Senior Management has finalized a budget for recommendation to Council.
  • Prepare division and department financial statements for inclusion in the City's Corporate Plan.

Grant Administration

  • Prepare grant applications and required reporting for grant agencies.

Organization Support

  • Provide support to the organization through training, advice and analysis as the technical expert on generally accepted accounting principles, City policies, internal controls and financial analysis.

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary degree in Accounting with three (3) to six (6) years of related experience; or
  • Accounting diploma from a college/technical institute with a minimum of eight (8) years of related experience, or equivalent.
  • Municipal experience is considered an asset but not a requirement.
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation is considered an asset but not a requirement; CPA candidate is preferred.
  • Public Sector Financial Reporting and Accounting course(s) or equivalent is considered an asset but not required.
  • Project management training or prior experience in project management is considered an asset but not required.