Specialist, Accounting Policy

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Pursuant to the Government of Canada’s mandate that all federally regulated employers require their employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, CP requires all prospective employees to confirm their vaccination status as part of the hiring process and as a condition of continued employment.

Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to major ports on the west and east coasts, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of CP.


Reporting to the Manager Accounting Policy, you will be a key member of the Finance team, working with internal stakeholders to meet strategic goals by providing clear and concise accounting guidance as it affects specific transactions and policies of the company.  You will ensure that CP’s accounting policies are appropriate to meet business needs and practices, and that unusual and complex transactions are accounted for in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and regulatory requirements.  You will also be responsible for monitoring and reporting the anticipated impact to CP of emerging Accounting Standards and industry issues. 


  • Perform and document accounting research to determine accounting implications of specific, unusual and complex transactions. Assist in the resolution of accounting matters, including the coordination of cross functional participants and external auditors or accounting advisors, as required.
  • Review new significant contracts for potential complex accounting implications and provide guidance on required accounting to Finance and business representatives.
  • Monitor and document new and emerging accounting pronouncements and regulatory requirements and prepare guidance to management of potential impacts to CP.
  • Provide leadership to, or act as key member of, cross functional team implementing new accounting standards and developing and maintaining CP Accounting Policies, including providing training on these policies to Finance and business representatives.
  • Organize Accounting Policy Committee, including preparing and presenting materials and recording minutes.
  • Prepare quarterly and annual reporting, disclosure and audit requirements.
  • Assist with preparation of comment letters to standard setters for new accounting pronouncements and/or in response to comment letters issued specifically to CP.
  • Lead process improvement initiatives within the Accounting Policy function.
  • Assist with maintenance and application of CP’s policy for Delegation of Monetary Authority.


  • A CPA Accounting designation is preferred.  Candidates in process of gaining CPA designation may be considered.
  • Knowledge of US GAAP/IFRS;
  • Communication Skills both verbal and written;
  • Ability to interpret complex accounting policies and accounting treatment and translate to business application;
  • Ability to work as a key team member and, as required, provide leadership to cross functional teams, obtain consensus / agreement on recommendations;
  • Ability to interact with management across the Company;
  • Previous railway knowledge including Rail Industry accounting would be considered an asset.


  • Flexible and competitive benefits package
  • Competitive company pension plan
  • Employee Share Purchase Plan
  • Performance Incentive Program 
  • Annual Fitness Subsidy


As an employer with national presence, the possibility does exist that the location of your position may be changed based on organizational requirements.

Background Investigation:

The successful candidate will need to successfully complete the following clearances:    

  • Criminal history check
  • Reference check

Management Conductor Program:

Becoming a qualified conductor or locomotive engineer is the single best way for a management employee to learn the business at CP. You may be required to obtain a certification or to maintain your current certification/qualification as a conductor or locomotive engineer.

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