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University of Alberta

Senior Financial Accountant



Job Description

University of Alberta
Financial Services - Accounting and Reporting

Senior Financial Accountant

Competition No.  -   A106432997
Closing Date  -   Will remain open until filled.


The Financial Accounting & Reporting unit is accountable for ensuring the accuracy of the university’s financial information and is therefore accountable for providing the overall direction, planning and coordination necessary for an accurate, strategic and efficient financial accounting and reporting environment.  To achieve its accountabilities, the unit has a significant role in developing and maintaining the university’s financial framework which includes: chart of accounts, internal financial reporting, financial controls, financial systems, internal documentation, Guide to Financial Management (Guide), financial University of Alberta Policies and Procedures (UAPPOL).

The unit supports the university’s planning and decision-making process and operational reporting needs by providing a team of professionals who offer leadership, consultation and support in the areas of financial accounting and reporting, financial analysis, procedure/policy development and financial controls.

The unit is responsible for the preparation of the University’s annual audited consolidated financial statements. The University of Alberta is a complex financial statement reporting environment. The University prepares its financial statements in accordance with Canadian Public Sector accounting Standards (PSAS). The University’s consolidated financial statements are consolidated into the Government of Alberta – Ministry of Advanced Education’s consolidated financial statements.

This Senior Financial Accountant position is one of five reporting to the Chief Accountant & Associate Director.

Key unit responsibilities are:

  • Preparation of the university’s annual audited financial statements
  • Preparation of numerous other external institutional financial reporting requirements and internal financial reporting to senior management and board committees
  • Research and prepare accounting issues position papers
  • Prepare analysis, working papers, reasonability assessments
  • Preparation of institutional accounting journal entries  (e.g. tangible capital assets, portfolio investments)
  • General Ledger business owner (administration and controls)
  • Maintain the chart of accounts, reporting trees and internal financial reporting templates (nVision)
  • Assess the adequacy of financial controls
  • Coordinate the Auditor General consolidated financial statement audits
  • Coordinate the year end and quarter end financial schedules

All Senior Financial Accountants are responsible for the following:

  • Support the financial statement process by providing the analysis, working papers, audit requirements, reasonability assessments
  • Keep current with relevant developments and trends in the accounting profession. Perform analysis, develop positon papers on new/changes to PSAS standards or when issues arise (including recommendations and implementation plans)
  • Identify where improvements can be made and implement improvements to:
    • Accuracy of financial reportin
    • Financial accounting and reporting processe
    • Financial control
    • Develop and maintain documentatio
    • Provide consultative or other assistance to other units/stakeholders

The Financial Accounting and Reporting unit is a flexible team-based environment.  Each SFA is assigned specific responsibility areas (expertize areas).  Other areas of work will be assigned and are dependent upon capacity of position as well as other unit initiatives and priorities.

The specific responsibilities and areas of expertise assigned to this Senior Financial Accountant positon include:

  • Accounting, financial reporting and analysis for the university’s investments and endowments
  • Developing and maintaining an accurate and efficient journal entry environment with the appropriate levels of financial control

The successful candidate will have:

  • CPA professional accounting designation and a related University degree
  • 10 or more years of progressively responsible experience in a large organization with at least 5 years’ experience in a financial accounting and reporting role
  • High level of proficiency in Excel, data base query tools
  • Experience with PeopleSoft Financials and Caseware is an asset
  • Demonstrated initiative and judgement
  • Attention to detail and produce accurate results
  • Strong planning, organizational and time management skills and an ability to work to deadlines
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to write documentation for various levels of users

This full-time continuing position is in accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer agreement and offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be found at www.hrs.ualberta.ca with an annual salary range of $69,627 to $116,043.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter that describes why you feel your experience makes you the right candidate for this position, along with a resume and a list of three professional references.

Please note this competition will remain open until a successful candidate is selected. Online applications are accepted as long as the position remains posted.  Review of applications will commence three weeks from the initial posting date.  We thank all candidates for applying however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Interested applicants may apply to:


The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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University of Alberta
Staffing & Executive Search
Posting Date: 06-Jun-2017EducationAccounting and Finance Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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