Financial Analyst

Kitchener, Ontario
$85,529 – $106,911
May 8, 2024
May 29, 2024
Job Type
Full-time, Permanent
CPA status
CPA Member

Administrative Full-time New Position

The Financial Analyst is a key position in the Finance Department and reports to the Manager of Budgeting & Reporting. The incumbent takes responsibility to provide insights from financial analysis and to ensure the quality of financial and non-financial data. The primary function of the incumbent is to participate in overseeing the financial health of the College through analysis, data quality, and internal/external reporting.

In addition, the Analyst will assemble and analyze various complex financial, statistical, and operational data using non-routine approaches, the annual budget, and the revised budget cycle. The incumbent maintains historical and current project financial records and builds strong relationships with management and staff across the College to ensure reporting aligns with stakeholder’s expectations, including financial, capital, and human resources. 

Successful candidates will be required to conduct work within Ontario and must be available to work on campus as required. It is anticipated that this position will meet the needs of the department through a hybrid work arrangement with 1-2 days on-site and 3-4 days remote, with availability to work on other campuses as required.


  • Reviewing and analysing college data in various formats to provide ongoing insights and maintaining data quality, keeping in mind GAAP, CRA rules, and College policies
  • Overseeing journal entry validation and investigation, ensuring accuracy, grant, or donation agreement compliance, and source data (cost driver) from program areas
  • Working as a financial business partner with various (financial and non-financial) users to resolve financial and statistical queries to support data quality
  • Providing ongoing regular reviews to support administrative and maintenance tasks for various College operating systems
  • Developing and maintaining a strong knowledge of College financial systems, such as PA1 (budgeting system), Great Plains (GP), Enrolment Planning, Employee Portal, Student Information System (SIS), Payroll Approval Tables, and any future College systems Overseeing external funding and reporting systems and portals, including the processes and procedures to ensure compliance with the regulations and guidelines that govern reporting in a college environment
  • Under the direction of the Manager of Budgeting & Reporting, preparing and analyzing internal metrics reporting and external reporting, following consistent internal metrics preparation and analysis at the College and School/Department levels
  • In collaboration with the Finance team, Academic leaders, and Faculty, engaging in grant or donation-funded projects to coordinate external financial reporting, using a working knowledge of all aspects of the College budget, including payroll and staffing matters
  • In support of the Manager, providing budget review and recommendations for CFO sign-off Liaising with external clients to determine needs/requirements, including other levels of government and external working groups
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with external funding agencies
  • Involvement with the annual budgeting and revised budgeting cycle Supporting academic and/or administrative leaders with the preparation of the budget, in addition to supporting with assumptions, justifications, and analysis
  • Other related duties as assigned, such as working on annual and non-recurring complex analytical special projects, systems upgrades, new ERP, etc.


  • Three-year Diploma/Degree in Accounting or related field of study
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Designation is required
  • Five years of financial analysis or accounting experience and project reporting expertise
  • Comprehensive knowledge of accounting
  • Experience working in a post-secondary education institution is a definite asset
  • Above-average computer skills are required, and high proficiency in the use of computerized financial systems, reporting, and analysis tools, such as Cognos and Excel
  • Ability to deal confidently with senior College management, funders, industry partners, and Ministry representatives
  • Able to support and project values compatible with the organization
  • Capacity to think and act independently to assess and mitigate risk and to resolve complex problems with good judgment and diplomacy
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and effectively, within tightly prescribed timelines and approved project budgets, is also essential
  • Ability to respond positively and adapt easily to change, including reprioritization and re-planning workloads under time constraints
  • Good interpersonal skills are required to constructively challenge College staff while providing accounting and budget assistance and advice
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbally in explaining accounting, budget issues, and procedures

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