CPA Program Accountant

CPA Program Accountant    

Job Number:   35411  

Listen to this brief interview with Stephanie McDougald, Senior Accountant, as she gives you more insight into the CPA pre-approved program.

Are you a recent accounting graduate looking for the opportunity to complete your CPA? Interested in diversifying your knowledge in many of the financial services areas of the public sector? The City of Edmonton is now offering a Chartered Professional Accounting (CPA) pre-approved training program! This 30-month rotational training program will give you practical experience in financial reporting, financial support for management decision-making, and internal audit.

In this position, you will perform increasingly complex work assignments that align with the competence expected throughout the CPA program. Your work placement will consist of approximately 12 months with Financial Services, 12 months with Financial Strategies and Budget, and 6 months with the Office of the City Auditor. At the end of 30 months you will be transitioned, through a competitive process, into a suitable permanent accountant position with the City.  

The practical experience and job duties you will perform will include the following:

Financial Services (12 months)

  • Perform daily, monthly, quarterly and annual financial accounting and reporting

  • Prepare, process, and record transactions as required

  • Apply public sector accounting standards and City accounting policies to daily practices

  • Prepare working papers and support for external audit requirements

  • Assist in the preparation of the City’s consolidated financial statements

Financial Strategies & Budget (12 months)

  • Support operational business partners through the analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of financial data, variances, cost drivers, and monthly and yearly budget and actuals

  • Conduct analysis of data and provide support to the Senior Accountant/Finance Manager by gathering data and developing spreadsheet reports for budget proposals, service packages, recommendations, and business cases

  • Participate in the review of proposed capital profiles developed as part of the Capital Budget process, analyze variance from budget, and evaluate the actual performance level against established targets/KPI’s

  • Perform budget consolidation and update information in the City’s budgeting system (COBS)

Office of the City Auditor (6 months)

  • Assist with the audit plan, determining objectives, criteria, risks, scope, and work program required to complete the audit

  • With the assistance of the Senior Auditor, perform the audit work plan including review of relevant legislation, policies, and procedures, analyze operational processes, and benchmark the City against external programs in order to evaluate performance and identify major operational and organizational risks

  • Document audit findings and opinions for presentation to management

Qualifications :

  • Completed Accounting Degree or graduating in spring of 2019 from a recognized post-secondary institution and eligible to register and start the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP) May 4, 2019

  • 1 year of progressively responsible full cycle (month-end and year-end accounting, budgeting and variance analysis) accounting experience

  • Candidates with less experience may be considered

  • Knowledge, experience and excellent proficiency with Microsoft Applications (Excel, Word, etc.) is a must, and knowledge and experience with Google Applications (Sheets, Docs, etc.) is an asset

  • Knowledge of major financial and analytical software systems, and financial systems related to the position (SAP, COBS) is an asset

  • Knowledge of public sector accounting standards, requirements, and practices is an asset

  • Understanding of acceptable business practices, internal controls, and policies within a large corporate environment is an asset

  • Strong conceptual skills, problem solving skills, the ability to work independently, and the ability to maintain sustained attention to detail in checking, recording and analyzing financial transactions

  • Excellent customer service skills while ensuring adherence to professional standards

  • Ability to effectively and clearly communicate and maintain working relationships

  • Ability to commute to various work locations, including outside of the downtown core

  • Applicants may be tested


We are an equal opportunity employer.

We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified individuals.

Up to 1 permanent full-time position

Hours of work: 33.75 hours per week, Monday to Friday, Target Start Date: May 2019.

Opportunity Concept Salary: $36.808 - $42.248 (Hourly); $64,846.490 - $74,430.420 (Annually)

Recruitment Consultant: GS/VV

Classification Title :   Accountant (OC)

Posting Date :   Mar 5, 2019

Closing Date:   Mar 19, 2019 11:59:00 PM (MDT)

Number of Openings (up to) :   1   -   Permanent   Full-time

Union :   CSU 52

Department :   Financial Services

Work Location(s) :  Chancery Hall, 6th Floor, 3 Sir Winston Churchill Square Edmonton   T5J 2C3

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