Manager Accounting

City of Thunder Bay

125 Syndicate Avenue South, Suite 42Thunder Bay, OntarioP7E6H8

Under the direction of the City Treasurer is responsible for the effective and efficient management of the accounting, financial reporting, accounts payable, banking and investment requirements of the Corporation.

Full Time









1. Participates as a member of the Office of the City Treasurer Management Team in the development of strategic initiatives for the Division consistent with the overall strategic direction of the Corporate Services Department and the Corporation; provides input into the identification and development of Divisional policies, strategic initiatives, projects and priorities.

2. Responsible for the accurate and timely preparation of the annual Financial Information Return as required by the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

3. Responsible for the accurate and timely preparation of annual consolidated financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles under the Public Sector Accounting Board of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and such other financial reporting as may be required by Federal and Provincial government agencies.

4. Develops, implements and monitors Section and Corporate policies and procedures for the accounting systems and preparation and control of the annual financial reports of the Corporation consistent with legislative requirements and Corporate objectives and provide direction to City departments accordingly.

5. Responsible for monitoring the status of all reserves, reserve funds and trust funds.

6. Represents the Division on various committees and cross-functional teams.

7. Responsible for the accurate and timely processing of commodity tax returns, ensuring compliance with legislative requirements and communication of commodity tax rules to all affected City departments.

8. Coordinates, oversees, reviews and verifies the accuracy of regular commodity tax reviews and federal/provincial commodity tax audits as they occur.

9. Initiates studies and investigations affecting normal Sectional operations so as to enhance and improve upon existing methods of operations.

10. Liaises with federal and provincial auditors and City departments as required to assist in the completion of the reviews and audits.

11. Participates in the review, evaluation, development and implementation of Corporate financial systems.

12. Liaises with City departments, general public, federal, provincial and municipal auditors, bankers, fiscal agents and outside agencies as required.

13. Ensures excellent customer service is provided to customers at all times.

14. Acts for and/or represents the City Treasurer, as required.


1. Manages the direction and the day-to-day operation of the Accounting Section of the Division.

2. Assesses Section staffing needs, makes recommendation on complement amendments and organizational structure, participates in recruitment processes, and makes effective hiring decisions.

3. Manages Section staff including staff development, performance management/review, coaching/mentoring, health and safety, collective agreement administration, discipline, and termination decisions.

4. Develops, plans, implements and monitors short and long range Sectional goals and objectives consistent with the Division’s strategic initiatives, projects and work priorities, ensuring the highest level of service possible within available funding; develops and maintains standard practices and instructions covering systems and procedures within the Section.

5. Prepares and controls the Sectional Budget.

6. Conducts research and prepares various financial reports and analyses.

7. Performs such other related duties as may be assigned.


1. Ensures compliance with related legislation and applicable regulations.

2. Maintains thorough knowledge of all legislation and bills governing accounting and financial reporting and banking and investments and ensures compliance by the Accounting Section and City departments.


• Degree in business administration, commerce, mathematics, or a related discipline together with a professional accounting designation and a minimum of five years’ progressively responsible management experience in municipal finance or business management; or

• Diploma in business administration or a related discipline together with a professional accounting designation and a minimum of seven years’ progressively responsible management experience in municipal finance or business management


• Knowledge of regulations/legislation and processes related to financial reporting for local governments, generally accepted accounting principles for the public sector as prescribed by the Public Sector Accounting Board of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada

• Superior ability to communicate effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing

• Superior ability to deliver presentations and respond skillfully to questions from City Council, senior officials and special interest groups

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with members of City Council, private and public officials, direct reports, co-workers and the general public

• Ability to think and act strategically in the public sector environment, including the ability to conceptualize and implement departmental change strategies

• Excellent project/time management, analytical/critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills

• Strong leadership skills including the ability to direct, motivate, evaluate and recognize staff; proven ability to share skills and knowledge with others

• Proven acumen in business and financial management, with the ability to improve Sectional effectiveness and efficiency through the management and utilization of human, financial and physical resources

• Proficiency with office computer equipment and software

• Must be competent within the meaning of the Occupational Health & Safety Act


• Must undergo a successful Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check (CRJMC)

• Must work and attend meetings outside regular working hours

• Will be required to travel to various work locations and provide own transportation

• Must sign and abide by Employee Confidentiality Statement

Competition Number: CSLT-75-23

Department: Corporate Services & Long Term Care

Min: CAD $112,851.93/Yr.

Max: CAD $132,767.01/Yr.


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