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Canadian Western Bank

Senior Accounting Policy Specialist


Downtown #369/17-1503890

Company Information

Canadian Western Bank offers a full range of business and personal banking services across the four western provinces and is the largest publicly traded Canadian bank headquartered in Western Canada. CWB and its subsidiaries, together known as CWB Group, offer a diversified range of financial services in banking, trust services and wealth management. Known for our great personal service and award-winning culture, we employ more than 2,000 people in more than 50 communities across Canada.

Building trust with clients is key to our unique brand of personal service. We’ll take the time to understand your goals and aspirations so we can ensure you get the support, guidance and service you need to be successful. Count on us to share your sense of urgency, deliver on our promises and offer common-sense solutions that meet your financial services needs.

Our service promise is rooted in our genuine care for our clients’ success. We approach every client relationship as a partnership – when you succeed, we do too.

Job Description

Position Focus

This position’s primary responsibility is researching and implementing the application of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) to changing business activities, including hedge accounting, for the CWB Financial Group and its subsidiaries. To satisfy this objective, the position is required to:

  • Work closely with the Finance senior leadership team and other areas of CWB to prepare documentation for technical and complex accounting topics, as requested.
  • Lead/participate in Finance sponsored and non-Finance sponsored projects involving stakeholders from numerous departments.
  • Keep up-to-date with IFRS changes and supporting projects related to the implementation of new standards.
  • Prepare policy and procedures relevant to the new IFRS or to the new business activities requiring new accounting policies or processes.

*Possibility of relocation*


  • Provide technical experience and leadership in the area of IFRS.
  • Execute and document IFRS research and recommendations for approval, and communicate to senior Finance staff, Treasury, and other members of the Finance Team for implementation.
  • Prepare hedging documentation and analysis for CWB Group and the partner companies.
  • Incorporate feedback and information from internal and external stakeholders into research and documentation.
  • Prepare or review journal entries related to complex accounting matters as required.
  • Assist in drafting financial statement note disclosures in accordance with IFRS as required.
  • Participate in Finance sponsored projects driven by new accounting standards (such as IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers), updates to existing standards and complex transactions.
  • Promote cooperation and commitment within the CWB Group towards the attainment of common goals enabling productive group interactions.
  • Clearly document assumptions and recommendations in a manner that is traceable and auditable
  • Work closely with Finance team to develop and document applicable accounting policies on complex accounting matters as required.
  • Demonstrate adaptability to perform other duties as assigned.
  • Liaise with external consultants to ensure procedures are aligned with IFRS and industry standards.
  • Provide support to direct manager and Senior Finance Leaders.
  • Communicate with other departments when assessing complex accounting issues.
  • Confidentiality is required as project work involves sensitive information.  



  • Bachelor of Commerce / Business Administration degree
  • CPA (CA, CMA or CGA) designation

Professional Experience

  • A minimum of two (2) years of post-designation advanced accounting experience with a focus on IFRS
  • Financial institution and public company experience are considered assets
  • Prior experience with derivatives and hedge accounting is desirable but not required

Personal Competencies

  • Excels in a fast-paced, team environment
  • Ability to work independently in a fast pace, team environment while maintaining accuracy, timeliness, responsiveness and insight in all areas of work.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills (oral and written)
  • Excellent analytical capability and the ability to comprehend complex business transactions.
  • Ability to work within very tight deadlines around quarter-end and year-end.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple concurrent projects concurrently.
  • Proficient in the use of Excel and Word.

Contact Information

Canadian Western Bank
Carmen Pollock
Posting Date: 27-Mar-2017BankingAccounting and Finance Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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