Senior Project Accountant
Job Description SummaryAre you a detailed and experienced Project Accountant looking to join one of the Best Managed Companies? STEMCELL Technologies is the largest and one of the fastest growing biotech companies in Canada.
As the Senior Project Accountant you will be an Individual contributor working under the supervision of the Accounting Manager. In this role you are responsible for developing a project-based discipline at STEMCELL and for all aspects of STEMCELL’s project-related accounting and reporting. This includes working consultatively with key business stakeholders to successfully deliver projects on time, understanding business or project change needs, assessing the impact of those changes to the project costs, and analyzing and reporting on project cost variances. In addition, this position is required to lead, train, and mentor Project Accountant(s) and establish project accounting procedures and policies.
Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for the end-to-end process related to projects (including the continued refinement and development of a reporting tool and project-related KPIs), and review of project details to ensure accounting treatments are in accordance with ASPE
Serve as a key finance partner for the Project Management team in responding to various queries regarding project costs, payment status, and budget variances
Design and maintain project related master data in our ERP system that align with business needs, STEMCELL’s accounting procedures, and local regulations during project cycle from project initiation to project close out
Maintain project-related documentation and requirements including contracts, modifications, holdbacks, approvals, LOC etc. Spot, investigate, and report on project variances and budget status to senior management and project stakeholders; suggest ways to improve efficiency on project spending
Monitor and review all project transactions, costs and related administration for accuracy and completeness; ensure project cost effectiveness and profitability are maximized. Identify areas of potential project gross margin improvement; ensure accurate recovery of all costs
Knowledge and Responsibilities
Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, Business Administration or a related field, CPA (CA, CMA, or CGA) required, plus 6+ years of experience in project accounting in a manufacturing or similar industrial environment; biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry experience is an asset.
Experience leading, coaching, and providing direct management to a team as well as experience reporting to government agencies is considered an asset.
Advanced proficiency using MS Office, specifically Excel including use of pivot tables and Google Suites.
Ability to think strategically, analytically and conceptually and collaborate cross functionally to solve complex problems effectively and ensure smooth execution of solutions.
Detail-oriented with a strong work ethic, good tolerance for ambiguity and ability to manage multiple projects and adapt to changing priorities and deadlines in a fast paced environment.
Demonstrated experience building strong relationships with senior management, external providers, business partners, stakeholders, etc. with the ability to strategically partner cross-functionally and globally.
STEMCELL Technologies is a privately-owned biotechnology company based in Vancouver that helps power leading-edge life science research around the world. Scientists performing stem cell, immunology, cancer, regenerative medicine and cellular therapy research are among those who rely on our cell culture media, cell separation products, instruments, ancillary reagents and contract assay services. We create novel, useful, standardized products of unfailing quality and deliver them to more than 70 countries via our many regional offices plus distribution centres in Vancouver, Seattle, Grenoble and Singapore. Driven by our love of science and our passion for quality, we see ourselves simply as “Scientists Helping Scientists” – standing by our customers to provide outstanding products, technical support and training. We have over 1000 science-oriented employees globally, including 250 PhDs/MScs, with most others holding a BSc or engineering degree. STEMCELL is proud to be the largest Biotechnology employer in Canada.
This is an opportunity to work with highly motivated colleagues in a science-oriented, creative, and dynamic environment. We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and meaningful career development opportunities.
STEMCELL is well recognized for exceptional leadership and business practices. We are one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and operate an ISO 14001-certified environmental management system to measure and reduce our environmental impact.
As an equal opportunity employer, STEMCELL is dedicated to ensuring that every employee feels safe, valued, and respected for who they are. We know that scientific progress and innovation occur when diverse, creative minds come together and we are committed to nurturing a culture of inclusivity and belonging. STEMCELL enforces a zero-tolerance policy for any form of discrimination. Selection decisions are solely based on job-related factors.
NOTE: STEMCELL’s vaccination policy requires that all candidates for this role be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including boosters), as currently recommended or required by local health authorities and public health orders, unless an exemption from this policy is approved through our accommodation request process.
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