Manager, Accounting (Corporate Accounting) (Title Under Review) (PB442)

by City of London

Reference #: COL00606-2017
Position Type: Full-time
Location: London, Ontario
Date Posted: Nov 19, 2021
City of London

Job Description

Summary of Duties

Reporting to the Manager, Accounting Services or designate, the Manager, Accounting contributes to the strategic and operational goals of the Corporate Accounting Unit; provides effective and efficient support within the Corporate Accounting Unit, with accountabilities for contributing to year-end processes, maintaining the General Ledger, financial reporting and related processes.  Additionally, the Manager, Accounting manages a team of employees, oversees related operations and conducts information sessions for employees throughout the Corporation.

Work Performed

  • Provide leadership in the coordination and delivery of programs, initiatives, policies, projects, planning that contribute to the implementation of strategic initiatives for the Financial Services Division to meet Council’s Strategic Plan.

  • Manage the Corporate Accounting Unit ensuring that both centralized and decentralized areas are provided with direction on processes, policies and other mandatory requirements and controls related to the General Ledger (G/L).

  • Provide leadership in the execution and delivery of services and programs in the following areas of accountability:
    • Regularly review and update Corporate Accounting system controls, policies and procedures. Identify and recommend internal controls in relation to the general and specific risks of the Corporation; ensure internal controls are implemented, monitored and reported on specific to the Corporate Accounting Unit.

    • Prepare and organize information sessions to inform employees of Corporate Accounting policies and procedures.

    • Ensure effective financial controls are in place. Monitor and report on compliance issues to Manager, Accounting Services and/or Director, Financial Services.

    • Participate in the planning and development of the Corporate Accounting process and system enhancements. Conduct related research and recommend systems, procedures, and methodologies to maximize the use of resources.

    • Advise City employees regarding the implementation of changes in Corporate Accounting related government legislation or guidelines (e.g. sales tax, withholding tax and public sector directives).

    • Ensure the effective administration of the Corporate Year-end process, including completion of the financial statements, Financial Information Return (FIR) and Consolidated audit.

    • Liaise with City employees and customers to resolve processing issues and assist with implementing corrections and process enhancements.

    • Develop, implement, and manage short and long-term objectives and plans which are in alignment with corporate goals and strategies; evaluates progress in achieving these plans.

    • Maintain a thorough knowledge of and adhere to pertinent guidelines, regulations and legislation for the respective area.

    • Ensure that Corporate Accounting information required by City employees and outside agencies related to financial reporting, performance indicators and statistical purposes is provided in a timely and accurate manner. Track performance measures for deliverables using appropriate data collection and analytics.

  • Manage employees including hiring, administration, training and performance aspects of reporting employees. Respond to and refer sensitive and confidential human resource issues as required.

  • Encourage and support employee participation and commitment to divisional and organizational objectives. Actively mentor, provide development opportunities and build team performance with direct reports.

  • Promote and foster working relationships with employees and bargaining units and ensure consistent application of the collective agreements.

  • Fairly and consistently administer provisions of various collective agreements to promote resolution of grievances.

  • Build and encourage employee commitment to a high level of performance in all areas of customer service, employee safety and delivery of individual goals and objectives, with an emphasis on problem-solving and innovation.

  • Provide updates, information and recommendations to the Manager, Accounting Services or designate on priorities with responsibility to operationalize identified goals and strategies.

  • Engage in opportunities to work across Divisions and Service Areas in support of enterprise-wide collaboration.

  • Demonstrate commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, and human rights through interactions with stakeholders, employees and individuals and promote programs and initiatives that reflect this commitment.

  • Demonstrate commitment and adherence to Health and Safety legislation and programs; actively promote a culture of safety.

  • Prepare reports for Council and various Committees as required.

  • Perform related duties as assigned.


  • Completion of a University Degree together with a Chartered Professional Accountant designation and 5 (five) years of experience in an accounting environment, or an equivalent combination of related professional and lived community experience.  Previous supervisory or team leadership experience.  

    Skills and abilities in the following areas are necessary:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in public sector accounting, generally accepted accounting principles, financial statement reporting and disclosures with an understanding of the Unit’s programs and services and how the work of the area aligns with the objectives of the Division.

  • Strong verbal, written, interpersonal, communication, facilitation, and presentation skills.

  • Demonstrated analytical and business planning skills with a proven track record for effectively implementing and monitoring programs and services.

  • Demonstrated positive and proactive leadership capabilities, adept at leading a group of employees, contracted services and consultants; demonstrated commitment to developing high performance teams.

  • Demonstrated ability to inspire the people they lead through productive and honest dialogue, with personal integrity and actions.

  • Ability to be a trusted advisor and/or advocate in sensitive and/or emotionally charged situations.

  • Demonstrated perseverance and resilience in addressing and escalating as required, challenges and emergent issues.

  • Proven commitment to the safety of employees with knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and applicable regulations as it relates to the position.

  • Ability to provide a high level of attention to detail, make sense of data and solve problems.

  • Highly developed interpersonal and customer services skills, including conflict resolution and problem solving; demonstrated success leading or supervising employees.

  • Ability to understand and convey the importance of service delivery; and develop and implement initiatives that support customer service.

  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and customer services skills, including conflict resolution and problem solving; demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with diverse populations.

  • Proficient in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook), with demonstrated experience using advanced functions within Excel. Proficiency with other financial program applications, including JDEdwards (Enterprise Resource Planning System), CaseWare (Accounting Software) and Cognos (Business Intelligence Software).

Compensation and Other Information

$80,845 to $109,487

This is a permanent position being filled on a temporary basis for up to 2 years.

Our hiring process is in accordance with the City of London’s Mandatory Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Administrative Policy

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Application Contact Information

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