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Senior Accountant (6 months)

Requisition #2328131
Job LocationCanada-British Columbia-Burnaby
Job StreamAccounting
Job TypeTemporary, Full-Time
Contract Duration12  Weeks
Number of Positions Open1
Start Date of Employment ASAP
Posting Date02-Jul-2019
Travel RequiredNot Required
Educational RequirementsN/A
Languages RequiredEnglish
Job Description

Pacific Blue Cross has been British Columbia's leading benefits provider for 75 years. We are an independent, not-for-profit society with strong roots in BC’s health care system. Together with our subsidiary BC Life, we provide health, dental, life, disability and travel coverage to 1 in 3 British Columbians through employee group plans and individual plans.


We are fueled by a commitment to keep health care sustainable for all British Columbians. Through our Pacific Blue Cross Health Foundation, we also provide funding to community organizations with a focus on alleviating mental illness and chronic disease. We're interested in finding people who want to make a difference and who will take advantage of every opportunity to build a career with us.



Job Description


Under the broad managerial direction of the Manager Finance, provides leadership to assigned team members to promote motivation and teamwork and to ensure the provision of a skilled accounting workforce. Oversees the execution of training activities and participates as a member of the selection team in new hire interviews and selection processes. Oversees the effective utilization of accounting team resources to ensure staffing levels are maintained and meets regularly with team leaders, supervisors and managers in internal departments using or interfacing with Finance. Participates in the review, design, development and implementation of new work methods. Participates in the development of annual strategic goals for the department and contributes to the annual Finance budget process. Prepares monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements and provides analysis and interpretation. Oversees daily treasury activities. May perform a variety of accounting activities related to third party plan administration. Oversees and monitors the routine maintenance of in-house accounting software, and financial reporting tools and acts as super user for the bank reconciliation system. Performs various administrative duties that support the effective operation of the areas supervised.


Job Duties


Team Leadership, Staff Development and Performance Coaching


Provides leadership to assigned team members to promote motivation and teamwork and to ensure the provision of a skilled accounting workforce by: 

  1. monitoring skills and abilities of team members through quality audits and observation, identifying strengths and challenges, and providing informal coaching and mentoring support on an ongoing basis to recognize results and eliminate performance gaps; 
  2. communicating organization and department goals and expectations to the team;
  3. conducting regular team meetings to facilitate open communication, advise on new policies and procedures, generate team discussion on ideas being implemented in other departments and introduce new initiatives.

In consultation with Senior Accountant colleagues, oversees the execution of training activities for assigned staff to ensure new staff are trained and proficient. Ensures learning tools such as training manuals and job aids are in place, are current and meet learning needs of accounting staff. Prepares and delivers training modules as required. 

  1. Participates as a member of the selection team in new hire interviews and selection processes; provides related recommendations to the team on selection decisions.
  2. Approves vacation and flex time schedules and recommends approval of overtime within established guidelines; reviews leave requests and forwards to the Manager for final approval.


Workforce Management and Department Effectiveness 

  1. Oversees the effective utilization of assigned team resources to ensure staffing levels are maintained, accounting tasks are administered in accordance with service level objectives and department operation is efficient and productive by: 
  2. Participates as required on special projects as a subject matter expert on accounting processes and requirements from project inception through implementation, communication and training of team members.
  3. Recommends strategies such as flex time and overtime to promote cost effective use of staff resources.


Financial Reporting and Analysis


Prepares monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) by: 

    • calculating and preparing journal entries to record investment purchases, sales, accrued interest, amortization, dividends and other financial transactions;
    • reviewing entries for reasonableness, investigating discrepancies and correcting as required. 
    • Provides analysis and interpretation of the prepared financial statements by identifying trends, researching variances which may result from accounting errors or missing transactions and by responding to queries from senior leadership. 
  1. Oversees the preparation, balancing and posting of department cost statements for managers and responds to management queries.
  2. Ensures that all journal entries are accurately prepared by deadlines and that general ledger accounts are reconciled on a timely basis; reviews, approves, and posts team members’ journal entries and reconciliations.
  3. Prepares quarterly and annual external reporting requirements including annual financial reports, premium tax remittances and FICOM reporting, and communicates with these external organizations and regulatory bodies as required.   


General Team and Department Support


  1. Participates in the development of the annual Finance and subsidiary budgets by analyzing historical costs, forecasting future requirements, recommending capital purchases and providing support to department managers during the budget process.
  2. Supports the semi-annual external audit process by being the primary staff contact for the external auditors, providing information on processes as well as data, and responding to their queries as required. Maintains liaison with internal auditors for Accounts Payable and expense transactions. 
  3. May conduct department tours for potential clients, visitors and new employees; on a voluntary basis, may attend client meetings, conferences, breakfast meetings or other public forums as a representative of Pacific Blue Cross.  
  4. On an occasional relief basis, performs duties of the Intermediate Accountant, Accounts Receivable Administrator, Finance Administrator and Client Accounting Clerk.
  5. Performs other assigned duties related to the provision of supervisory leadership, accounting services and/or administrative support which do not affect the rating of the job.



  • Completion of a recognized Accounting designation such as a Chartered Professional Accountant
  • Completion of a Basic Supervision Course (36 hours or equivalent)
  • Completion of an Intermediate/Advanced Supervision Course (36 hours or equivalent)
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Basic Word and Advanced Excel
  • A minimum of five years previous related experience, including 2 years as an Intermediate Accountant or equivalent
  • Demonstrated experience using Financial Accounting Software
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising and leading others
  • Demonstrated experience with financial reporting and analysis