The Financial Analyst is responsible for analyzing the financial status of the County by collecting, monitoring, and studying data to support and recommend actions to management.
This position works a 5-day work week, Monday to Friday, with one day off in a 3 week cycle with the flexibility to work from home; hours of work: standard 37.5 hour work week
Key Responsibilities Include:
Identifies financial status by comparing and analyzing actual results with budgeted forecasts.
Guides cost analysis process by establishing and enforcing policies and procedures; providing trends and forecasts; explaining processes and techniques; recommending actions.
Improves financial status by analyzing results; monitoring variances; identifying trends; recommending actions to management.
Reconciles transactions by comparing and correcting data.
Maintains database by entering, verifying, and backing up data.
Recommends actions by analyzing and interpreting data and making comparative analyses; studying proposed changes in methods and materials.
Increases productivity by developing automated accounting applications; coordinating information requirements.
Maintains technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing publications.
Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
Working with Finance team members, prepare audit working papers and account reconciliations; liaise with financial statement auditors.
Work with Manager of Financial Services on the County’s budgeting process.
Answer inquiries from staff members regarding financial related questions.
Provide internal and external financial reports to various staff.
Serve as senior member of Financial Services team, and as back-up to Manager of Financial Services
Ensure adherence to all applicable Wheatland County policies and bylaws.
Relate to and communicate with senior management, Council, colleagues, direct reports, customers, external agencies, government, and vendors sincerely, clearly, tactfully, promptly and courteously; respond to inquiries and complaints promptly and professionally.
Perform tasks, consistent with the position, including special projects / assignments, as may be required on an ad hoc basis, and as assigned by the Manager of Financial Services.
A degree or diploma from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in the field of finance or accounting, along with an accounting designation (CPA)
Minimum of five (5) years related experience with progressively more responsibility, ideally with a rural municipality
Expertise using the following software programs:
Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Dynamics GP
Statistical analysis and reporting research results
Excellent communication skills including written, verbal / interpersonal, and presentation skills
Attention to detail and a high level of accuracy
Effective problem solving and decision making skills
Effective organizational and time management skills; comfortable managing many different priorities concurrently in a fast paced environment