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Senior Financial Analyst

  • Work TypeContract/Temp
  • Positions1 Position
  • Job no: EBCKM
  • Category: Finance/Accounting

For a 6 month assignment, our Crown Agency client has an immediate need for a Senior Financial Analyst with proven leadership skills


  • Provide financial oversight related to a client portfolio of regional hub(s) by analyzing financial information, identifying cases where financial performance does not meet its target and conduct investigations to determine the cause of variance
  • Perform monthly/quarterly/yearly financial review (actual results vs plan and prior year). Investigate, analyze and report on variances, work with regional hub managers to support them in providing options and recommendations to support decision-making.
  • Perform analytical review of P&L, balance sheet and cash flow; ensure financial accuracy, help prepare consolidated budgets/forecasts, liaise with regional hub(s) and Controllership team during quarterly and annual financial close
  • Take the lead in understanding key financial components in P&L statements and explain key drivers for material changes in the financial results. Draw insights and make recommendations to regional hub(s) on opportunities for improvement.
  • Prepare and present monthly/quarterly financial package and analysis to the Director of Strategic Financial Planning. Track identified risks and opportunities (versus the budget/forecast) and support Finance in efforts to close any gaps to plan.
  • Provide value-added financial analysis followed up with sound recommendations to drive accurate variance explanations
  • Develop and maintain analytical tools, modeling, and processes to support a deeper level of analysis to achieve targeted financial results.
  • Prepare standard and ad hoc reports and analysis (in Excel and PowerPoint) for internal finance needs as well for regional hubs. Develop, improve, and administer the budgeting/forecasting and reporting process in Workday Adaptive Planning.
  • Conduct account reconciliations and prepare accounting entries using Dynamics Great Plains (GP) and Analysis Cubes. Validate, review and approve journal entries from the regional hubs.
  • Develop and implement financial process and procedures to meet the requirements of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Government Not-for-profit Public Sector Accounting Board (GNFPO-PSAB).
  • Assist regional hubs with the budgeting process and the preparation of budgets. Lead and coordinate in the design, development and delivery of training on OCWA’s financials tools
  • Ensures a high level of customer service in all interactions with both internal and external clients.
  • Prepare presentations for Management and makes presentations on behalf of Management as required.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Theoretical and practical understanding and knowledge of Financial Accounting and Variance Analysis including accrual accounting.
  • Must have advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office – Excel (advanced formulas, macros), designing Excel-based models and reports, automating reports in Excel using vast amount of data. Other MS office tools - PowerPoint, Word, Outlook.
  • Must have proficiency in the use and administration of FP&A tools - Workday Adaptive Planning (preferred)/Vena Solutions/Hyperion Planning/Cognos. Good working knowledge of databases, business intelligence, and SQL based reporting
  • Experience in FP&A tool implementation – current state diagnosis, requirements gathering, design, delivery, QA, post go-live maintenance
  • Have good understanding and knowledge of ERP systems – MS Dynamics GP 2018 (preferred)
  • Knowledge of financial theories, practices and standards in financial planning and analysis (FP&A) and controllership processes.
  • General Accounting Principles and Practices, standards and practices of the Public Sector Accounting Board and International Financial Reporting Standards.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of budget planning principles and budget analysis, government financial planning and management policies, directives, guidelines and procedures (e.g. Multi-Year Planning process)
  • Ability to provide advice, input and recommendations on appropriate accounting/reporting approaches to meet client needs.
  • Monitor in-year expenditures of assigned Program Areas, identify and reconcile revenue and expenditure to ensure accuracy and integrity of financial information.
  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or Master’s degree in Finance/Accounting/Business
  • Canadian CPA/CMA/CGA (preferred) or foreign equivalent

Interpersonal, Communication and Analytical Skills:

  • Organizational and leadership skills to lead and/or coordinate special projects and provide assistance to other team members and prioritize several projects concurrently.
  • Oral and written communication to conduct meetings and brief senior management, lead training sessions, prepare financial reports, briefing notes, correspondence and develop presentation/ other materials
  • Customer service skills that ensure interactions with both internal and external clients are reflective of a high level of consultation, negotiating, counseling and presentation ability.
  • Communication, facilitation and advisory skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships, to provide advice and to conduct meetings and training with senior management, operations management and staff, board of directors, clients and other stakeholders.
  • Presentation skills, to provide senior management/staff with information/interpretation on financial management issues and strategies.
  • Consultation, collaboration and advisory skills to develop and maintain good working relationships with various stakeholders.
  • Lead teams on assigned project/initiatives.


Founded in 1957, the Ian Martin Group is one of North America's leading consulting and project recruitment firms. We thank all who apply, however, only those selected for an initial interview will be contacted.