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Mount Royal University

Financial Operations Accountant



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Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University has built a reputation on a strong, liberal education foundation. Our vision is to provide an exceptional undergraduate educational experience for our students.


Recognizing that Mount Royal University is located within the traditional lands of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney), Tsuut’ina and Metis nations, MRU is committed to meeting the educational needs of all Indigenous peoples and their allies. By fostering an inclusive learning environment that values and respects Indigenous ways of knowing and learning, MRU is dedicated to providing an exceptional undergraduate experience for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.


We are a community of engaged citizens, providing personalized, experiential and outcome-based learning in an environment of inclusion, diversity and mutual respect. Through our focus on teaching and learning informed by scholarship, we are preparing our graduates for success in their careers and lives.


Mount Royal University presently offers 12 four-year baccalaureate degrees with 31 majors, with a view to grow this mix to 15 degrees and 60 majors by 2025. Current degree offerings are unique, and include four-year bachelor degrees in interior design, midwifery, child studies and health and physical education, as well as arts, criminal justice, business administration, communication, computer information systems, education, nursing and science. Mount Royal also offers robust continuing education programming as well as an internationally-renowned music conservatory.

Our faculty provide a teaching and learning environment that welcomes challenging ideas. Our staff are dedicated to supporting our campus so that students are provided with an exceptional educational experience. Our management team provides leadership throughout the University, and inspires others at all levels to be leaders in their own important sectors.  In support of our students, and in response to our broader community, we know that investing in our employees benefits the University as a whole. Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. Our faculty, staff and management are united in creating a thriving learning environment for our students. Mount Royal University is an exceptional community focused on our people.

Job Description

Financial Operations Accountant

Financial Services




Competition Number: 7601ES


The Financial Services Department is responsible for the accurate and timely capture, analysis and reporting of all financial information for Mount Royal University, Mount Royal Foundation and Mount Royal Childcare Centre.


Guided by the departmental and institutional strategic plan, the Financial Operations Accountant recommends and implements change, through developing business process improvements, identifying potential risks, along with developing strategic opportunities for business improvements and identifying training requirements.


The Financial Operations Accountant must also meet the unique needs of the individual departments and related activities to ensure the institutional perspective is considered, along with all relevant constraints (e.g. regulatory compliance) are followed through appropriate accounting treatment, effective internal controls, and reporting of its business activities. Flexibility is required, as the incumbent must constantly evaluate and re-prioritize workload as new initiatives and requirements emerge, all within strict deadlines and varying business cycles.


Reporting to the Director, Financial Operations, the Financial Operations Accountant is a senior-level professionally designated accountant providing expertise on all general accounting, internal controls and best practices. The incumbent will also provide expertise on general accounting requirements, ensuring relevant, timely and accurate financial reporting for the University is achieved.



  • Provide expert advice on general accounting and best practices related to internal controls, financial and operational system design and products, with specific relevance to university commerce business units
  • Provide expert level support to business areas through communication and training on available software tools and processes
  • Advise on information systems implementation projects regarding accounting related controls, segregation of duties, reconciliation requirements
  • Provide expert level advice to all dedicated business areas for the ultimate preparation of audit-ready financial statements and all required external reporting (i.e. Provincial Ministry, conditional funding agencies, other government agencies)
  • Provide expert advice on the interpretation, testing, and impact of all relevant financial operational, University wide policies, procedures, government regulations to support and enhance business areas’ operations and strategic initiatives.


  • Bachelor degree in Business Administration with an accounting major or equivalent (B.Comm) and a current Professional Accounting Designation (CPA) in combination with a minimum of six (6) years’ related experience
  • Superior and demonstrated financial accounting knowledge and experience
  • Expertise in internal and technology controls,  business process analysis, and audit compliance
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Access) and accounting software (CaseWare)
  • Excellent technical writing and documentation skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a collaborative environment



Closing Date                         May 29, 2017


Reply To:                               Mount Royal University

                                                Department of Human Resources

                                                e:  webapply@mtroyal.ca


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Mount Royal University
Posting Date: 09-May-2017EducationAccounting and Finance Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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