Director, Financial Services

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The EMTSC is a newly formed regional service commission for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region (EMR) with a mandate of improving regional transit and mobility. On January 26, 2021, the Government of Alberta approved the legal formation of the EMTSC. 

The Commission is composed of eight municipalities in the EMR, each with one seat on the Commission’s board which is filled by an elected official from the municipality. The eight participating municipalities are: The City of Beaumont, Town of Devon, City of Edmonton, City of Fort Saskatchewan, City of Leduc, City of St. Albert, City of Spruce Grove, and Town of Stony Plain. On April 8, 2021, we announced our first employee – our Chief Executive Officer (CEO)!

We are just beginning to build our team and are looking for talent to join us in building the EMTSC from the ground up in close collaboration with our eight member municipalities. If you wish to be part of this exciting opportunity in shaping the future of regional transit and mobility, please submit your resume!   

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) the Director, Financial Services is the chief financial position for the organization responsible for the creation and development of the overall financial aspects for the Commission.  This role will also develop strategic and operational plans in implementing the financial function for the Commission.  The Director leads the development of the areas of risk management, procurement and asset management for the organization in collaboration with the CEO and the leadership team. The Director, Financial Services will provide anticipatory thinking to proactively advise the CEO on financial corporate trends and budgets that are most relevant to achieving the Commission’s goals and evolving needs.

 

WHAT WILL YOU DO?

  • Collaborate with the CEO and Senior Leadership Team, responsible for the preparation of operating and capital budgets.
  • Lead the collection and analysis of financial data for purposes of developing annual budgets.
  • Leverage participating member municipalities and oversee the engagement process required to ensure collective buy-in and approvals to financial budgets.
  • Work closely with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to provide mid to long term planning and strategic direction on Commission’s financial position.
  • Develop and create strong policies, processes that support the financial operations.
  • Lead the development of strategic financial operational plans with the finance team as it relates to current needs and requirements for future growth and opportunities.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with third party stakeholders, auditors, financial institutions and other transit associations and industry partners as required.
  • Responsible for the tracking and closing of the month-end process.
  • Ensure all month-end and year-end financial statements and Board financial packages are prepared within the prescribed timelines.
  • Report on all variances on the financial statements.
  • Responsible for the coordination of the interim and year-end audits.
  • Participate with the executive in creating, evaluating and implementing financial organizational goals.
  • Responsible for leading, mentoring and growing a team of high-performing individuals.
  • Ensure new and existing staff have sufficient training and resources to provide professional and competent service delivery.
  • Manage employee relation issues in the department in accordance with accepted HR practices and policies including performance management.
  • Complete performance reviews and manage employee conduct in the workplace through coaching and mentoring of staff.
  • Ensure the highest possible accounting integrity through the development and monitoring of internal controls.
  • Establish and monitor accounting procedures to enhance internal controls.
  • Oversee the creation, review, update and development of policies, procedures, and processes with the overall objective of risk mitigation and operational efficiency.
  • Responsible for overseeing the development, implementation of procurement and asset management policies, procedures, and standards governing goods, services and procurement and contracting in-line with leading practices.
  • Lead continuous improvement initiatives on all procurement and asset management activities.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the contract and procurement selection, planning, implementation, evaluation and award follows due process.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO SUCCEED?

  • Bachelor of Commerce and/or Business Administration degree or relevant post-secondary diploma.
  • Minimum 8-10 years related experience, preferably with some change management, integrations or mergers and acquisitions experience.
  • Certified Professional Accountant designation is a requirement.
  • Minimum 5-10 years of full cycle accounting experience required.
  • Strong knowledge of accounting standards and regulations including Public Sector Accounting Board (National) and Municipal Government Act (Alberta).
  • Strong knowledge of Enterprise Risk Management.
  • Experience with Asset Management and Procurement Management practices.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong professional relationships with internal and external stakeholders and work effectively with all levels of employees is critical.
  • Ability to interpret and facilitate service contracts.
  • Highly effective project management, prioritization, multi-tasking, and time management skills to meet deadlines.
  • Able to build and maintain lasting relationships with corporate departments and key external stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with QuickBooks accounting software.
  • Familiarity with Deluxe/PayWeb Payroll software, or comparable software for small / medium size organizations.

 

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

  • Competitive benefit plan with a Health Spending Account and pension 
  • Competitive salary
  • An exciting opportunity to start with a brand-new organization 

 

EMTSC is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity and inclusion are values of EMTSC. EMTSC welcomes applications from qualified individuals from all backgrounds. 

EMTSC respectfully operates (albeit virtually) on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, Inuit, and many others whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community. 

 

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

  • Work from home
  • Remote interview process 
  • Personal protective equipment provided or required 
  • Social distancing guidelines in place 
  • Virtual meetings 
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place