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Accounting Technician 1 / 2 / 3 (Permanent Position)

Job Description


The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service is currently recruiting for a candidate that is actively pursuing a Chartered Professional Accountant designation to fill the role of an Accounting Technician. Accounting Technicians fall within a three (3) level series whereby the duties and responsibilities increase in scope and complexity as you progress through the series. Progression through the Accounting Technician series is dependent on qualifications, and operational requirements.

Under the general supervision of the Coordinator of Financial Planning and Services, the Accounting Technician 1 / 2 / 3 will be responsible for various accounting functions related to the processing and maintenance of financial records. This may include processing/preparation/correction of journal entries, preparation of financial statements and worksheets (from routine to complex), analysis and balancing of accounts, performing accounting functions for a fund or account, and supervision of junior Accounting Technicians and/or clerical staff.

As the Accounting Technician 1 / 2 / 3 you will:

Maintain, analyze and balance a variety of accounts, tracking discrepancies and preparing corrections, as required or appropriate.

Monitor flow of data to general ledger accounts ensuring all information is processed according to established policies and procedures.

Prepare regular and as required journal entries performing necessary calculations and file maintenance, ensuring proper documentation and authorization, etc.

Maintain or assist in the maintenance of subsidiary ledgers, reviewing and reconciling to the general ledger and preparing adjustments, as required.

Prepare routine to complex financial reports and statements.

Prepare (or assist in the preparation of) business plans, budgets, financial projections and year-end working papers and financial statements.

Supervise (or provide oversight to) clerical staff (or their assignments) (i.e. purchasing, payables, cash, and receivables) to ensure financial information is provided in a timely fashion and recorded in an accurate and efficient manner.

Prepare, review and authorize various payments in accordance with Financial Management Administrative Standards.

Provide financial support to other divisions with respect to projections, budgeting, and various other accounting processes according to established policies and procedures.

Perform other related duties consistent with the classification, as required.

Your education and qualifications include:

Grade 12 High School Diploma according to Canadian Provincial Standards, GED or equivalent. Applicants who were educated outside of Canada must have their academic credentials assessed in order to determine and submit a Canadian Grade 12 equivalent. For more information, please visit https://www.cicic.ca/1374/obtain-an-academic-credential-assessment-for-general-purposes/index.canada.

- Completion of six (6) modules in the CPA PREP program (including Introduction to Financial Accounting, Introduction to Management Accounting, Economics and Statistics plus two additional courses from the program), for AT1; OR nine (9) modules in CPA PREP program (including Financial Reporting 1 and 2), for AT2; OR equivalent through university degree program and continued enrollment in pursuance of enrollment in CPA PEP program towards obtaining their CPA designation; OR enrollment in CPA PREP Program, for AT3.

- Two years of related accounting experience, for AT1; OR minimum of one (1) year experience as an Accountant Technician 1 or equivalent accounting experience of approximately 3 years, for AT2; OR minimum of 3 years of accounting experience in the City of Winnipeg’s Accountant Technician series or equivalent accounting experience of approximately 5 years, for AT3.

- Knowledge of accounting procedures and practices, in particular municipal accounting. *General (AT1), Good (AT2), Advanced (AT3).

Knowledge of the City of Winnipeg’s PeopleSoft Financial Reporting System and proficiency working in the system or comparable knowledge and proficiency with financial reporting systems. Required knowledge and proficiency of PeopleSoft must be gained within 6 months of appointment. *General (AT1), Good (AT2), Working (AT3).

Ability to prepare *financial reports and statements. *Routine (AT1), Semi-complex (AT2), Complex (AT3).

Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing across multiple levels and stakeholders.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Ability to control and balance various accounting records and summaries.

Demonstrated ability to plan and organize work effectively and to identify and resolve problems.

Ability to work effectively with financial computer applications and demonstrated proficiency in the use of various computer software programs pertinent to this position’s responsibilities (i.e. Microsoft Office suite software packages Outlook, Word, and Excel) at an advanced level (80%).

Excellent time management and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize conflicting workloads.

Ability to meet established daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly deadlines.

Ability to perform work under considerable stress, while continuing to meet strict deadlines and exercise sound judgment.

Ability to deal with the public and peers professionally and courteously.

Ability to make a positive contribution within a team environment and work effectively through others.

High level interpersonal skills are required to perform appropriately in difficult and stressful situations.

Ability to work effectively, using initiative, discretion, and good judgment.

Ability to acquire within three (3) months working knowledge of the City and the WFPS’s:

Standards, directives, guidelines, protocols, policies, procedures, and practices relevant to this position’s responsibilities.

Familiarity with the specific systems and processes in place within WFPS.

To be considered for an AT2, your education and experience includes all of the above as well as:

Experience in the control and balance of various accounting records and summaries.

Experience preparing journal entries, recording transactions, maintaining records, and making calculations requiring accuracy and attention to detail.

To be considered for an AT3, your education and experience includes all of the above as well as:

Experience managing and coordinating multiple tasks while delivering results on time.

Ability to effectively supervise and mentor junior staff.

Conditions of employment:

The successful applicant must possess and maintain legal eligibility to work in Canada.

Police Information Check (original copy) from the City of Winnipeg Police Service (RCMP or provincial equivalent), satisfactory to the employer may be required from the successful candidate, at their expense. For more information please visit: https://winnipeg.ca/police/pr/PIC.stm#online.

Continued enrollment towards Chartered Professional Accountant designation in accordance with established timelines for each level in the series; specifically:

AT1 condition of employment:

Continuing Education with the successful completion of three additional PREP modules: a minimum completion of 1 course every 18 months.

AT2 condition of employment:

Continuing education with successful completion of the remaining PREP modules: a minimum completion of 1 course every 18 months.

AT3 condition of employment:

Must complete their CPA designation within 60 months. A minimum completion of 1 course every 18 months is required.


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