Senior Financial Advisor - Capital Regional District
Senior Financial Advisor
Finance & Technology – Financial Planning
Competition Number: 22/243
Employment Type: Regular Full Time
Hours of Work: 70 hours bi-weekly
Rate of Pay: $49.65 to $56.08 per hour (2021 rates) / $90,363 to $102,066 per year
Review of applications begins: 4:00pm on August 21, 2022
Make a difference and become a part of the Capital Regional District’s vibrant future! Located in Victoria, BC, one of the world’s premier places to live, work and visit, the Capital Regional District (CRD) strives to create liveable, vibrant communities, practice exemplary environmental stewardship and build a prosperous and sustainable economy.
The Senior Financial Advisor is an integral member of the Financial Services team. The Senior Financial Advisors act as Controllers for their individual service areas and are responsible for budgeting, accounting and funding in order to advise and support strategic decision making, financial sustainability and efficient delivery of financial services. Working closely with client managers, the Senior Financial Advisors support the development of operating and capital budgets, deal with various funding sources and provide debt management services. This position is also responsible for ensuring that Board approved policies and guidelines and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles as they relate to local governments including Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) principles are being followed.
- CPA designation and a degree in related discipline, such as Commerce or Accounting, plus six (6) years’ experience in a large accounting environment.
- Must possess a valid BC Driver’s Licence (or out-of-province equivalent).
Typical Duties and Responsibilities
People working in this role can expect to be responsible for performing the following duties. This list is not meant to be comprehensive and other related duties similar in scope and complexity may be performed.
- Responsible for the development of numerous budgets both operating and capital, and performs all related funding, accounting, reporting, debt management and forecasting functions.
- Monitors and analyzes operating and capital expenditures, reviews and reports budgetary variances, and prepares regular capital progress reports.
- Provides information and interpretative advice to internal/external stakeholders related to operating and capital budgets, grant funding and cash flows.
- Supports the development of the long term financial plan for a variety of services.
- Consolidates budget submissions from various services, and reviews and prepares them for presentation to the Senior Management Team.
- Works with operational staff to conduct comprehensive reviews of budgets and forecasts to identify funding needs and opportunities for savings and reports on variances.
- Performs period-end and year end duties, prepares working papers and assist in the completion of annual financial statements.
- Ensures that the use of grant funding obtained complies with applicable regulations, and prepares reports to submit claims to various funding agencies.
- Provides support to a number of CRD services to ensure financial controls are maintained in the delivery of their programs.
- Assists in or conducts special studies done by or for the Finance Department, and prepares reports for senior management on such matters as the cost effectiveness of projects and alternative sources of funding.
- Recommends the development of new and amendment of existing policy and procedures, as required.
- Provides advice and guidance to commission and committee members as necessary.
- Works in collaboration with IT and service departments to analyze existing and proposed ERP requirements and system enhancements.
- Follows all policies, procedures and standards of the CRD.
- Performs other related duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
To be successful at the CRD, candidates should have a shared understanding of our Cultural Traits and Statement of Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Additionally, ideal candidates would possess the following role specific knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Excellent communication (verbal and written), interpersonal and customer service skills are required
- Experience with preparation of year-end working papers, financial statements and consolidations, account reconciliations.
- Experience in working with an ERP system, such as SAP.
- Knowledge and experience with related legislation including the Local Government Act, Community Charter and Public Sector Accounting Board principles.
- Ability to evaluate systems and make recommendations for improvements or changes.
- Proven ability in developing and supporting financial and management accounting principles and practices.
- Proficient knowledge of Multi-Fund Accounting in a local government or institutional setting.
- Proven ability in consolidating year-end financial statements and working papers.
- Knowledge of system analysis of computerized accounting systems, preferably Windows based enterprise financial systems.
- Demonstrated ability in accounting terminology and procedures governing centralized processes and standards.
- Knowledge of and ability to use various computer word processing, spreadsheet and project scheduling programs and databases.
- Thorough knowledge of computerized accounting systems.
- Knowledge of financial policy and procedures.
- Ability to work under pressure and set and meet deadlines.
- Ability to assist in the development, integration and sustainment of an enterprise financial system.
To apply for this exciting opportunity, please visit www.crd.bc.ca and submit your application on our careers page.
We welcome all qualified applicants to apply and may consider a combination of experience, education and/or training where possible.
NOTE: For the health and safety of our employees, customers and the communities we serve, the CRD requires verification of your COVID-19 vaccination status as a condition of employment.
What is the CRD?
The Capital Regional District (CRD) is the regional government for 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the surrounding Gulf Islands, serving more than 432,000 people.
Our administrative boundaries span the Traditional Territories of many First Nations, all of whom have a long standing relationship with the land and waters from time immemorial that continues to this day.
We value the diversity of the people we hire and serve. In our commitment to bring differing perspectives to our workplace, and to deliver the best possible service to our customers, we encourage and welcome applications from all people with diverse backgrounds, abilities, and lived experiences.