Accountant II (Business Unit Accountant)

Requisition ID: 35195 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and Canada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


Main Purpose & Function 
Prepares monthly financial statements and supporting schedules. Interprets complex agreements and prepares specialized payment reports and analysis.  Prepares complex federal, provincial reports and financial statements.  Provides specialized and general analysis support in various accounting processes, and ensures compliance with accounting policies, standards and business processes and systems.  Prepares various reconciliations as required for the year-end external audit.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Financial Accounting

  • Prepares monthly financial statements, supporting schedules, reports and correspondence related to accounting information for the business units.
  • Monitors and prepares monthly, quarterly, and yearend accruals.
  • Prepares year end working papers including schedules, comparatives, and supplementary information required for the annual audit and report.
  • Interprets complex multi-party agreements to calculate payments, royalties, annual benefits, and revenues.
  • Prepares and monitors annual cost allocations including Capital Overhead Rates and Activity Rates.
  • Monitors and allocates reserves to ensure the appropriate transfers are accurate and complete.
  • Prepares and maintains policies and procedure manual for the position.


Department Support

  • Provides advice and guidance to business units on appropriate accounting treatment for transactions and helps to implement efficient financial processes.
  • Works with business units to ensure that all financial transactions are recorded in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Works with business units to ensure compliance and appropriate application of corporate financial policies and standards.
  • Prepares multi-party billing for business units.
  • Provides support and interpretation of the multifaceted billing requirements within complex multi-party agreements.
  • Works with business units and departmental FP&A staff on items such as cost allocations, labour accounting, activity and recovery rates.


Project Work

  • Participates as a subject matter expert in the design, implementation and documentation of various modules and applications of the financial system; undertakes problem-solving and/or project assignments of a financial accounting nature.
  • Undertakes assignments to research, develop options and make recommendations related to accounting and financial reporting issues.
  • Participates in testing, data conversion and implementation of various modules and applications of the financial management system.
  • Reviews, develops and makes recommendations regarding changes to the accounting procedures; implements improvements and documents approved changes.


  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned.



Education and Experience:

  • A professional Canadian accounting designation, such as the CPA, plus 5 years of related experience in a large organization; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Experience within the public sector and union environment is preferred.
  • Experience working with advanced complex financial systems such as an ERP system


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of general accounting
  • Working knowledge of fund accounting, budgeting, costing and financial reporting requirements (PSAB)
  • Working knowledge of problem definition and problem solving techniques applicable to the development of systems and controls.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret various financial data and procedures and to develop solutions to problems.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff of the division as well as other departments and divisions and provide guidance to staff on assigned projects or with particular accounting problems.
  • Ability to prepare working papers, summaries and reports.
  • Effective problem solving ability supplemented by strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Service oriented approach to providing assistance and advice to internal and external customers
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to consistently demonstrate and promote the company’s values by setting an example for others to follow
  • Considerable ability to work with computer programs including word-processing, spreadsheets, databases and scheduling programs


All City of Vancouver employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire and ongoing employment.  Candidates may only be exempted from this requirement if they request and are approved for an accommodation based on a reason related to a Human Rights Code ground (such as disability). Such a request must be made during, not after, the recruitment process. 


Business Unit/Department: Finance, Risk & Supply Chain Management (1150) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: February, 2022 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-027: $43.82 to $51.78 per hour


Application Close: February, 2022

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion


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