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Senior Analyst, Accounting Operations - Contract At BMO Financial Group

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Job Description

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

CAG Accounting Service Delivery
  • Provide timely, accurate, and efficient service delivery in support of ongoing, month-end, quarter-end, and year-end CAG processes in accordance with appropriate principles and standards. These processes are executed using multiple financial platforms (e.g. S4, FC, Smartview, Essbase, BW)
    • Key Accounting Operations activities may include:
      • Journal Entries: Approve / post journal entries
      • Reconciliations: Review and approve complex account & bank reconciliations according to “segregation of duties” standards
      • Financial Close: Prepare financial statements and schedules for Parent Bank (SLERP) and various entities within BMOFG and for Equity reporting including FX, Investments, hedge accounting, share capital, retained earnings, AOCI.
      • Consolidation: Consolidation of total bank results, including intrabank wash accounts.
      • Contribute to governance of legal entity transfer pricing, “TSA” process.
      • Prepare financial statements and/or financial reporting information for various entities within the BMOFG
  • Investigate and resolve or escalate issues with respect to financial data quality, unusual transactions, incomplete data, outstanding items, and reconciliations.
  • Accountable to support the month-end and quarter-end close process including regulatory and external reports and attestation to the validity of the results.
  • Deal directly with finance colleagues in Canada, US and abroad to resolve intra-company transaction reporting issues within very tight deadlines to ensure the consolidated results of the Bank are correct
  • Review analysis of financial statements, investment accounts, and risk reports, etc. prepared in support of partners/clients.
  • Within the scope of established Service Level Agreements, respond to partner/client requests.
  • Escalate discretionary requests to the Senior Manager for filtering and prioritization.
  • Review and approve the work of other Analysts as to accuracy and quality control and to maintain “segregation of duties”.
  • Provide support to other CAG teams as defined by the Senior Manager in order to optimize resource efficiency and balance workload across CAG.
  • Develop and maintain expertise in accounting and/or reporting
  • Collaborate on investment, funding and tax initiatives to ensure the timely flow of funds and accurate recording of accounting entries.
Relationship Management
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with partner/client staff to process transactions and fulfill service delivery expectations.
  • Understand the clients’ accounting needs and assist in developing effective processes to achieve those needs
  • On behalf of the group liaise with various areas of the Bank including Taxation, Corporate Treasury, T&S, Group Finances, Corporate Controllers, Corporate Financial Information Services, subsidiary companies, and back offices to resolve operational issues
  • Escalate client issues and conflicts to the Senior Manager as appropriate.
Provide advice and technical expertise, within the scope of assigned tasks, to the immediate team, CAG colleagues, partners/clients, and for enterprise initiatives, as required.
Continuous Improvement
  • Provide input, analysis, and recommendations for the continuous improvement of CAG processes and procedures within the scope of the work team and participate in the planning and implementation of new processes.
    Areas of significant focus
  • Recommendations for standardization of processing platforms and procedures
  • Input and recommendations for efficiencies to processes during the monthly and quarterly processing cycles to ensure it is completed successfully within extremely tight time constraints
Be knowledgeable of changing requirements for accounting and manage the changes into the groups and into work processes
Maintain a current knowledge of accounting and regulatory requirements and communicate the potential accounting/operational impacts and associated accounting disclosure issues to the Senior Manager Accounting
Governance and Control
  • Provide support to internal audits, external audits, and independent audits by providing documentation, information, or responding directly to queries
  • Be knowledgeable of changing requirements for accounting and manage the changes into the groups and into work processes
  • Maintain a current knowledge of accounting and regulatory requirements and communicate the potential accounting/operational impacts and associated accounting disclosure issues to the Senior Manager.
  • Ensure compliance with SOX and other controls to mitigate financial and operational risk.
  • Escalate issues to the Senior Manager for action or resolution.
Managerial Support
· Assist the Senior Manager by performing activities such as: coordination and scheduling of work, resource forecasting, quality control, and resolution of team-wide issues.
  • Mentor and train junior members of the group.
Provide input on employee performance to the Senior Manager

Qualifications

Knowledge:
  • Attained or actively pursuing an accounting designation
  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting, or related discipline
  • 5+ years relevant experience
  • Expert in the application of accounting concepts pertinent to finance shared services
  • Advanced knowledge in the use of financial software applications, databases, spreadsheets and/or word processing is desirable.
  • Expert knowledge of the Bank’s governance and control frameworks as well as Bank systems
Skills:
  • Strong operational, governance and analytical background
  • Excellent ability to evaluate processes, identify potential problems and recommend feasible solutions
  • Strong ability to communicate and network with others to convey information effectively
  • Good ability to manage diverse relationships with partners/clients
  • Excellent analytical skills; the ability to discern large amounts of data and focus on the critical business issues
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Respect for highly confidential information
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight timeframes
We’re here to help

At BMO we have a shared purpose; we put the customer at the centre of everything we do – helping people is in our DNA. For 200 years we have thought about the future—the future of our customers, our communities and our people. We help our customers and our communities by working together, innovating and pushing boundaries to bring them our very best every day. Together we’re changing the way people think about a bank.

As a member of the BMO team you are valued, respected and heard, and you have more ways to grow and make an impact. We strive to help you make an impact from day one – for yourself and our customers. We’ll support you with the tools and resources you need to reach new milestones, as you help our customers reach theirs. From in-depth training and coaching, to manager support and network-building opportunities, we’ll help you gain valuable experience, and broaden your skillset.

To find out more visit us at https://bmocareers.com.
BMO is committed to an inclusive, equitable and accessible workplace. By learning from each other’s differences, we gain strength through our people and our perspectives. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. To request accommodation, please contact your recruiter.

Job

Financial Planning & Analysis

Primary Location

Canada-Ontario-Toronto

Organisation

Finance-X000074

Schedule

full-time

Job Posting

04/24/19

Unposting Date

Ongoing