SENIOR ACCOUNTANT

Who We Are:

The Western Irrigation District provides irrigation water to over 400 farms and 96,000 acres of land and supplies municipal water to over 12,000 people in four different communities through 1,200 km of canals and pipelines. Like other irrigation districts in Alberta, the WID operates under the Irrigation Districts Act's rules and procedures. The WID is headquartered in Strathmore, Alberta, which is approximately 40 kilometers east of Calgary.


Where We Work and Live:
This position is based in the Town of Strathmore at our main office. Our Team: With approximately 40-45 employees making up the very experienced administration and operations teams, WID is a diversified irrigation district with essential water supply services, earthworks construction, pipeline construction, canal construction, irrigation development and enhancements, equipment operations, irrigation maintenance, and customer servicing.

The Senior Accountant will report to General Manager 


Job Overview
The SENIOR ACCOUNTANT is responsible for supporting the Finance department Capital Planning. This position will oversee the finances of day-to-day operations along with fiscal forecasting, budgeting, cash management and audit facilitation

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Stakeholder Management; Ensures that the Management Team and Board have sufficient up-to-date financial information, oversee partnership agreement terms and monitor the investment policy

  • Changing Financial & Operating Regulations; Maintains an awareness of changes occurring in the operating environment and ensures the future financial impact of these changes are anticipated and responded to

  • Strategy; Participates in key decisions relating to strategic initiatives and develops activity-based analysis to provide insight into the organization’s operations and business plans

  • Financial Control; Ensures financial systems and controls are in place and operating effectively including monthly preparation of financial statements for Board presentation

  • Cash Management; Oversees cash flow planning to ensure availability of funds as needed for operations, capital funding and debt servicing

  • Budgeting: Leads the preparation of the annual budget for the organization

  • Capital; Facilitates strategy, and provides input into the asset management and capital planning process

  • Lender Relationships; Implements financing strategies and activities

  • Audit Relationship; Ensures financial statements are delivered on a timely basis and to a high standard and ensure an appropriate internal audit program is in place and operating effectively, facilitating the process of follow up and implementation of internal audit recommendations

 

Qualifications

  • University degree in Accounting/Finance/Business and Professional Accounting Designation (CPA)

  • Minimum of 5 years of functional accounting experience

  • Minimum of 2 years of management experience

  • Experience in fund accounting an asset

  • Strong knowledge of Canadian GAAS and internal controls

  • Effective communication and presentation skills

  • Flexible and adaptable to change

We want to thank everyone for their application; however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

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