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Alliance Pipeline Ltd.

Finance Project Controls Analyst



Company Information

Pipeline systems are the safest method of transporting hydrocarbon products. Because maintaining the safety and integrity of the relatively new Alliance Pipeline system began during the design phase, we had an advantage.

When Alliance went into service in 2000, it incorporated the numerous advances in pipeline technology and design that had occurred prior to construction of our system. For example, our pipeline walls are 20 to 50 percent thicker than the walls of most other operating pipelines, which helps prevent damage from external forces and reduces the possibility of failure caused by corrosion. Alliance’s wall thickness also enables our ability ship gas at higher compression. The pipeline is remotely operated and monitored from a central site.

The Alliance Pipeline system is very different from its predecessors. Commercially, the Alliance system combines richer gas composition, which is easier to compress, and high-pressure operations. This unique ability to increase compression of the rich gas in our pipeline creates a "dense gas", allowing producers to ship more of the energy they produce and to receive greater compensation for their product.

Alliance is also an active member on a number of technical committees and industry associations dedicated to continual improvements in pipeline integrity and operations.

As technology evolves and knowledge improves, so will Alliance.  ​​​​

Job Description

Located in Calgary, Alberta and reporting to the Enterprise Project Controls Manager, the Finance Project Controls Analyst will support Alliance projects and project management accountabilities. This role will be accountable and responsible for providing timely and quality project financial controls, accounting, financial estimates, financial impacts and well researched advice for project stakeholders. This includes the assessment, design, impact and implementation of related business processes or procedures required in the provision of those accountabilities.

Under the direction of the Enterprise Project Controls Manager, the incumbent will act as the primary financial advocate for project teams and the organization regarding information, guidance, facilitation, and coordination for the assigned projects. This role is required to work for and with all levels of the organization to accomplish project goals. This includes personally undertaking detailed ground level activities and facilitating others to do the same.

This role will have a primary working relationship with Engineering Project Controls, Project Managers, Project Teams and other departments within Finance. Other key relationships include Operations, Information Services, Legal, Regulatory, and Compliance.


  • Accountable for living and promoting “one” P2P Team that operates collaboratively in the pursuit and achievement of our goals.

  • Accept and promote a common Finance & Human Resources philosophy by modelling the principles of:

    • Service orientation including respect, integrity and empathy;

    • Working together;

    • Showing initiative; and,

    • Being energetic and resilient.

  • Under the direction of the Enterprise Project Controls Manager, be the primary source for financial information, cost control and accounting advice relating to the assigned projects. Be the financial resource person for the project group or team, regardless of subject matter.

  • In collaboration with Engineering Project Controls, and other project coordination roles in other departments (e.g. Finance, IS, Operations) perform the following:

    • Develop, maintain, and update project spending profiles and forecast on a monthly basis by working with project managers to manage monthly accruals, commitments, estimates to complete, and overall accurate cost reporting;

    • Contribute and deliver as a member of the Project Team while maintaining an independent review and presentation of project progress (historical and forecasted);

    • Provide various types of management and financial reports, analysis and recommendations for use by Project Managers, Engineering Project Controls, Finance and management. Prepare and maintain working papers to support same;

    • Make recommendations to stakeholders for improvement activities in the project controls function; and,

    • Participate with the implementation of selected initiatives ensuring sound and organized approach.

  • Deliver the provision of accounting and cost management services including the compliance requirements that may affect or be affected by project financials.

  • Exercise independent judgment, in consultation with the Team Lead, Project Controls and Accounting to facilitate decision making at any level of the organization regarding project financial data and conclusions.

  • Contribute and deliver as a member of the Project Team while maintaining an independent review and presentation of project cost (historical and forecasted).

  • Provide financial leadership in the form of facilitation, coordination, review and documentation with the Project Manager and Project Team in any budget development or reforecast of cost and activities.

  • Perform ongoing review of appropriate processes and procedures to influence and affect the accurate capture, generation, recording, and reporting of project financial information. As a project progresses, this becomes increasingly more discretionary and involves reliance on understanding of cost reporting and control issues and methodology.

  • Under direction of The Team Lead, Project Controls & Accounting, this role will participate in the implementation and institutionalizing of project cost accounting and cost management approaches, processes and practices.



  • Diploma or degree complemented by a 4th level professional accounting designation equivalency is preferred.

  • A minimum of 5 years of varied financial or project related experience with exposure to project controls and cost accounting.  Specifically, experience in providing such for an owner company.

  • Additional exposure to the provision of recommendations, advice used to influence middle and senior levels of an organization, project management, cost controls or project cost accounting is an asset.

  • Considerable experience using various SAP modules (FI/CO, PS, MM) is an asset. Demonstrated affinity for other integrated systems will also be considered.



  • Knowledgeable in financial aspects of a project (work breakdown structures, budgets, commitments, expenditures, accruals, contracts, schedules and estimates to complete).

  • Exhibit the ability to independently meet productivity and quality targets.

  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with clients and to understand their business.

  • Possess the ability to educate and secure cooperation in the maintenance of appropriate process and financial controls.

  • Demonstrated initiative to present well thought out options.

  • Strong analytical skills with strong attention to detail and presentation.

  • Superior written communication skills.

  • High level working knowledge of integrated financial systems as well as MS Office Excel (advanced formulas, pivot reporting and models).



  • Periodic overtime may be required at peak periods (i.e. month end).

  • Long periods of time working at the computer.

  • Infrequent travel may be required (5%).





Alliance Pipeline offers a competitive compensation package, which includes bonuses, benefits and relocation plans.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume quoting competition #17-119 to hr@alliancepipeline.com by the deadline date of July 21, 2017.

As an equal opportunity employer, Alliance is committed to diversity in the workplace. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those under consideration will be contacted for an interview.

Contact Information

Alliance Pipeline Ltd.
Oil & Gas/Mining – Services
Posting Date: 11-Jul-2017Oil & Gas/Mining – ServicesAccounting and Finance Permanent, Full-Time Open 1 ASAP
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