Manager of Financial Services

Wheatland County

Manager of Financial Services        

Position Reports To:  General Manager Corporate and Financial Services                     

Position Summary:
The Manager of Financial Services is responsible for day-to-day accounting / financial services including the business planning and budgeting process, and supporting the General Manager with risk management and insurance services.  

The Manager of Financial Services has the following direct reports:  Accounting Clerk, Tax Assessment Clerk, A/P Clerk, Utilities A/R Clerk, Grant Writer, and Receptionist.

Key Responsibilities:
  • As a manager with direct reports, participate in the recruitment and selection process, conduct new employee onboarding / orientation, train, coach, performance manage, participate in the progressive disciplinary process up to and including terminations, participate in employees’ career development, and actively participate in other corporate-endorsed human resource management processes and procedures.
  • Provide reports and information regarding financial services and attend meetings of the Council, Council Committees and Boards, as required.
  • Organize and meet regularly (e.g., weekly) with direct reports to keep abreast of accounting and financial operations; facilitate two-way information exchange and provide input for operational critique and improvements.
  • Ensure adherence to all applicable Wheatland County policies and bylaws.
  • Relate to and communicate with senior management, Council, colleagues, direct reports, customers, external agencies, government, and vendors sincerely, clearly, tactfully, promptly and courteously; respond to inquiries and complaints promptly and professionally.
  • Perform tasks, consistent with the position, including special projects / assignments, as may be required on an ad hoc basis, and as assigned by the General Manager Corporate and Financial Services.

Financial Services and County Budget:
  • Establish objectives, oversee and monitor the following:results of municipal financial management and reporting processes; financial and accounting practices implemented with respect to accounts payable, tangible capital assets, tax roll and utilities; taxation processes and services; and, grant reporting.
  • Working with Finance team members, prepare audit working papers and account reconciliations; liaise with financial statement auditors.
  • Manage the implementation of effective and efficient banking procedures.
  • Establish, implement and evaluate internal controls.
  • Approve journal entries prepared by Finance team members.
  • Approve monthly reconciling reports (utilities, taxation, accounts payable and bank reconciliations).
  • Manage the County’s budgeting process.
  • Answer inquiries from staff members regarding financial related questions.
  • Review and establish internal controls for financial safeguarding of assets.
  • Review, establish and streamline internal procedures for staff.

Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S):
  • Maintain own compliance with OH&S and ensure all applicable employees are in compliance with OH&S including employee attendance at regular safety meetings, employees being properly trained in OH&S related topics, and ensuring employees complete work in a safe manner.

  • A degree or diploma from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in the field of finance or accounting along with an accounting designation (e.g., CPA CA, CMA, CGA)
  • Minimum of five (5) years related experience with progressively more responsibility ideally with a rural municipality
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of supervisory experience
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel) including Diamond Municipal Solutions
  • Excellent communication skills including written, verbal / interpersonal, and presentation skills
  • Effective problem solving and decision making skills
  • Effective organizational and time management skills; comfortable managing many different priorities concurrently in a fast paced environment
  • Valid Class 5 Alberta drivers’ licence

Working Conditions:
  • This position works a 5 day work week, Monday to Friday, with one day off in a 3 week cycle; hours of work: standard 37.5 hour work week

Closing Date: September 28, 2018 at 4 p.m.

Please submit resume to:
Human Resources (Marked confidential)
Wheatland County
RR1 Hwy 1
Strathmore, Alberta T1P 1J6
Fax (403) 934-4889 or

In accordance with Wheatland County’s Personnel Policy, the successful candidate will be required to submit to a Criminal Records Check, and must be legally entitled to work for any employer in Canada. Must have a valid Class 5 Alberta Drivers’ License. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Organization: Wheatland County
Location: Strathmore, AB
Region: Calgary
Professional Category(s): Financial Administration
Posted: September 7, 2018, 9:49 am
Expires: September 28, 2018, 4:00 pm

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