Controller, Nova Scotia, East Coast Credit Union

East Coast Credit Union is seeking a Controller to join our team! Build your career at East Coast Credit Union, where you will discover exciting professional opportunities and a collaborative workplace with great benefits and teams that support you!

East Coast Credit Union is a full-service financial cooperative organization that is deeply committed to the communities in which we live and work. With 18 locations from Halifax to Cape Breton and a virtual presence, we offer refreshingly honest banking and take pride in providing an exceptional member experience.

Reporting to the Vice-President, Finance & Corporate Services, the Controller is responsible for overseeing the accounting, payroll and clearing functions and providing leadership, direction and guidance to the finance team. The incumbent leads the preparation of monthly financial statements, annual budget, year-end closing process and ensures compliance with regulatory requirements and operational policies and procedures.

You would…

  • Support the VP, Finance & Corporate Services in the development of corporate strategies by contributing accounting and financial information, analysis, and recommendations to better inform business decisions.
  • Manage the risk and control environment related to the organization’s accounting operations, including the development and ongoing maintenance of a documented system of relevant accounting policies and procedures and appropriate segregation of duties and internal controls.
  • Oversee the work of the finance team including but not limited to accounts payable; payroll; clearing; posting and maintenance of general ledger and subsidiary accounts; third-party finance support. Provide direction and guidance to ensure compliance with regulatory and legal requirements, optimal delivery of member service and internal efficiencies.
  • Provide regular coaching and mentoring to reinforce positive behaviours and support the achievement of business objectives. Conduct regular department meetings to ensure the team is well informed of changes to policies and procedures, company direction, objectives, and important developments.
  • Coordinate and manage the activities of direct reports in the delivery of optimal internal and external member service. Responsibilities include but not limited to participating in the development of a sales and service culture and supporting learning and development opportunities.
  • Manage the year-end close process and oversee the delivery of all supporting information for the corresponding year-end audit, including the annual financial statements and note disclosures in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) guidelines.
  • Maintain internal expertise to address complex accounting and reporting matters especially related to financial instruments (IFRS 9), including expected credit losses, securitization accounting, financial instrument classification, measurement, derecognition, and hedge accounting.
  • Continuously monitor IFRS and regulatory releases to proactively prepare for future financial and regulatory reporting requirements; lead the evaluation and adoption of new accounting and regulatory reporting requirements.
  • Oversee and lead the preparation of monthly financial statements and reports, including budget to actual variance analysis, and complete regulatory reporting as required.
  • Coordinate the preparation of the annual corporate operating and capital budgets for all branches and administration, including financial forecasts, and complete the consolidated budget.
  • Serve as the liaison with system partners, regulators and auditors. Build, manage and maintain positive relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Interact with all levels of the organization; provide support in achieving corporate-wide initiatives and championing innovation, process modernization, a diverse and inclusive culture and superior member experience.
  • Promote the credit union’s image in the community through attendance and participation in community organizations and events. Volunteer and support community initiatives, projects and events.

You have…

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or related field.
  • Professional accounting designation (CPA).
  • A minimum of seven years related experience including a minimum of three years in a leadership role, preferably in a financial institution; or an equivalent combination of training and
  • A proven track record of budgetary and fiscal responsibility.
  • In-depth knowledge of corporate taxation, accounting standards (IFRS) and regulatory requirements applicable to financial institutions.
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to coach, delegate and foster a team environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with proven ability to present complex concepts in a clear and concise manner for all levels of the organization.
  • High level of integrity, ethics and professionalism; proven ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information.
  • Proficiency with data systems, software applications and technology.
  • Experience in Managing Interest Rate Swaps and Mortgage Securitization Programs is considered an asset.

We offer…

  • Outstanding culture and opportunity to join an engaged and community-focused team.
  • Tuition reimbursement, training, and personal development.
  • Potential for flexible work arrangements including Flex Time, Telework and compressed work week.
  • Competitive compensation and benefits with performance-based incentives.
  • Generous benefit package including a Flexible Health and Dental Plan (paid 100% by employer) and up to 9% contribution with employer match in the Defined Contribution Pension Plan.
  • Additional employee perks include but not limited to wellness credit; reduced rates on employee loans/mortgages and paid volunteer time.

Applications will be accepted until September 14, 2023.

Please note that all offers of employment are conditional upon the acceptance of an Individual Fidelity Bond Application which includes a criminal check and a credit check.

Don’t meet every single requirement? At East Coast Credit Union, we believe everyone has potential. If you are excited about this career opportunity and your experience may not perfectly align with every qualification in this job posting, we still encourage you to apply. You may be just the right candidate for this role or other opportunities we may have.

We wish to thank applicants in advance; only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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