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Financial Controller

Science North Sudbury

Company: Science North
Job Type: Permanent Full
Salary Range: starting at $75,000 to $100,000 per year
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Science North is a global leader in our unique approach to award-winning and robust visitor experiences. Operating two full science centres, two satellite offices, expansive Outreach programming, a thriving international sales and touring business and numerous retail and food venues keeps our finance team on it’s toes. Do you thrive in a busy environment and are energized by facing new challenges and changes? Do you enjoy working collaboratively with peers and exchanging ideas? Are you passionate about being able to effect real change in a company’s financial environment while also ensuring things run like a well-oiled machine? If any of this resonates with you then keep reading and you might just find the perfect fit!

As Science North’s Financial Controller you will oversee all aspects of financial management including corporate accounting, regulatory and financial reporting, internal control policies and financial risk management. You will also have direct oversight of staff responsible for Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, Project Accounting as well as risk and procurement.

Position Highlights:

-Leads the financial management of the Centre including budget setting process in consultation with Directors, provides financial support to the Business Affairs Committee/Board
-Leads audit file preparation and ensures accountability for compliance, control, and sound financial management reporting to the audit committee
-Champions sound financial management practices and fiscal responsibility across the organization
-Oversees the day-to-day activities of all financial areas and transactions including those related to general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, procurement, tendering process, benefits administration, job/labour costing, inventory management and control, insurance, contracts, fixed assets, grant budgeting and reporting
-Evaluates financial reporting systems, accounting procedures; recommends and implements changes to procedures and other financial control functions
-Provides financial advice, training, guidance, and support in financial implications of business decisions, preparation of budgets and related activities at all levels of the organization
-Performs/initiates financial analysis and conducts reviews in areas such as forecasting, budgeting, cost reductions, operational performance, and efficiencies of operating units
-Manages financial technology systems including installation, maintenance, and upgrades
-Explores opportunities to improve efficiency and productivity through user friendly information technology enhancements
-Advises on taxation; develops tax strategies; develops systems to track creditable expenditures and maximize tax/credit exemptions
-Coordinates and prepares financial and regulatory reports required by law including Ministry reporting
-Manages capital infrastructure grants cycle
-Works cross functionally to maximize financial success of grants, programs, and businesses
-Recruits, selects, trains, and manages the performance of employees
-Sets, monitors and evaluates individual and team strategic and operational objectives
-Coaches, motivates, and develops team, ensures growth and engagement of team members
-Provides leadership in all financial areas for new business initiatives
-Incorporates and maintains legal structures for ancillary businesses
-Sets up accounting, payroll, and financial reporting structures to take into consideration funding providers, tax credit requirements, budgeting requirements and cash flow monitoring and analysis


-Bachelor’s Degree in in business, accounting, finance, or any related field
CPA designation
-5+ years senior finance experience progressive experience gained at a senior level in the private or public sector
-In-depth knowledge of accounting principles, procedures, and banking

Keys to success:

-Experience in payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable functions
-Sound knowledge of advanced accounting and financial concepts related to Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB), complex payrolls and fund accounting
-Familiarity with Ontario provincial agency accountability requirements
-Able to establish credibility, trust and build relationships with people of all levels of an organization Proven expertise in financial project management
-Demonstrated ability to effectively deliver high quality work under pressure
-Knowledge of Federal regulation on taxes and reporting
-Extensive experience in creating financial statements and general ledger functions
-Superior skills and experience with accounting software (including advanced administration) and Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Excel
-Superior organizational, communication (written and verbal), presentation and analytical skills
-Experience in grant reporting considered an asset
-As a Leader, you are an active listener. You are empathetic. You can share clear messages and make complex ideas easy to understand. You are a strategic thinker, you are inspirational, and are flexible to the needs of others

Compensation Highlights:

-Full-time permanent opportunity
-Competitive salary starting at $75,000 to $100,000 per year
-Annual performance and merit increase consideration
-Participation in the Science North Employee Incentive Plan
-Flexible work arrangements
-Comprehensive group benefit package including medical, dental, vision, life/travel insurance, short and long-term disability coverage, 24/7 telemedicine access, wellness spending account
-Pension plan following one year (6% employee / 9% employer contribution)
-Science North annual family membership
-Free or discounted admission to other attractions outside Sudbury, Science North facilities and program discounts, fitness membership contribution, on-site parking, on-site gym
-Professional development opportunities
-Minimum 4 weeks vacation with incremental entitlements of one week after 5 and 10 yrs of service

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