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Accounting Manager – Grande Prairie, AB

Apr 19, 2019

Excellent people make excellent business

Norbord is the leading global manufacturer of Oriented Strand Board (OSB) with 17 production facilities located in Canada, USA and Europe.  Our success comes from hiring skilled and talented team members in all areas of our business.  We are dedicated to developing and retaining a strong and committed workforce that ensures we remain at the forefront of manufacturing excellence.  At Norbord we are committed to teamwork and safety without compromise.  We are currently seeking an exceptional individual for the following position:


The Accounting Manager is an integral part of the Grande Prairie Lead Team and will oversee the financial and accounting functions of the Grande Prairie OSB facility.  This position reports to the mill General Manager and indirectly reports to the Director of Finance in Norbord’s corporate office located in Toronto.  The Accounting Manager acts as business advisor providing valuable insight to the GM and site management team.

Primary duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Management of the Accounting team
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements and forecasting for the Mill.
  • Prepare & review spending and variance analysis reports compared to plan and forecasts; identify expenditure trends and business improvement opportunities.
  • Provide oversight and final preparation of the annual budgeting activity for the site.
  • Provide hands-on oversight of site inventories, including month-end physical inventory counts.
  • Ensure financial records and system controls are in place and operating effectively, in compliance with IFRS, SOX and Company policies.
  • Reconcile balance sheet accounts to General Ledger and resolve accounting discrepancies and irregularities.
  • Provide leadership in the management of working capital, including review and oversight of stores inventory management, and the optimization of payables without negatively impacting operations.
  • Help drive the focus on continuous improvement and the sharing of best practices by developing KPIs and analyses that identify opportunity areas; assist in reporting the results of these initiatives.
  • Support mill management in fixed asset management by: evaluating financial benefits and payback of capital projects; quantifying expected savings or returns on investment; preparing accurate monthly capital asset continuity schedules including depreciation calculations; and, post- completion project audits.
  • Prepare for, manage, and support the site audits – internal and external.
  • Actively participate in finance group projects, assuming the role of project leader at the site.
  • Gain a working knowledge of the OSB manufacturing process in order to provide thoughtful leadership guidance in areas such as capital project plans, budgeting & forecasting and cost controls.

Qualifications required:

  • Minimum five (5) years of relevant financial management experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience with full cycle accounting, cost accounting and financial analysis
  • Completed accounting designation (CPA, CMA, CGA, or CA)
  • Familiarity with IFRS
  • Experience with computerized accounting systems, including advanced knowledge of Excel

Key Competencies for this position:

  • Strong work ethic and sound judgment
  • High attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong communication skills
  • Problem identification, analysis, and solution skills
  • Ability to multitask through planning and organizing
  • Flexibility and ability to embrace change

About Grande Prairie:

  • With a population of over 69 000, Grande Prairie is one of Canada’s fastest growing cities
  • Located less than 5 hours north of Edmonton in the “Peace Country Region”; Grande Prairie is the “hub” for northern Alberta & north eastern BC; with infrastructure to support a population base of over 300 000
  • State of the art recreational facilities, variety of outdoor activities, museums, incredible library and vast assortment of most major retailers – Grande Prairie has everything you need….and more

Please submit your letter of application and resume, in confidence to:

Chris Wiseman – Human Resources Manager
Fax: 780 831 2519

We would like to thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.