Accountant

Reporting to the Director Finance & Operations, this role is responsible for the full cycle day-to-day transactional accounting of the Firm in accordance with Law Society rules. The ideal candidate has a strong attention to detail, is highly organized and has experience in a similar role.

Key outcomes

  • Daily, monthly and annual transactional accounting activities
  • Support reporting, reconciliation and analysis including journal entries
  • Oversee some accounting related duties performed by the administrative team

Duties & responsibilities

  • Process transactions for all areas including: Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Expense Reports and Client Billing and Trust
  • Process client bills including verifying authorization levels for write offs and reversals, processing of write-offs, transfers or other corrections
  • Process vendor invoices and rush cheque requests including checking authorization, general ledger, cost and tax coding, ensuring compliance with firm best practices and reconciling vendor statements
  • Process Accounts Receivable payments including posting receipts and processing bank and credit card deposits
  • Process trust transactions including deposits, payments and incoming and outgoing wire transfers as needed
  • Under the guidance of the Director Finance & Operations, file the Law Society annual report and Trust Safety annual filings
  • Process and reconcile disbursements
  • Reconcile credit card statements
  • Calculate and post journal entries including month end entries and GST filings
  • Complete the AB Motor Vehicle Registry (AMVR) annual renewal
  • Provide the Director Finance & Operations with assistance in compiling analytical data
  • Provide back-up support for bi-monthly payroll
  • Assist the team with various special projects and department initiatives
  • Analyze, evaluate and document potential changes to processes and procedures to increase efficiencies within the department

Competencies & behaviors

  • Solid knowledge of accounting principles and full cycle accounting
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; able to communicate at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize workload
  • Organized and accurate, with a high attention to detail

Education & experience

  • Accounting diploma or degree required
  • 3-5+ years’ relevant accounting experience in a similar role at a mid-size law firm
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency with MS Excel
  • Sound experience with law firm accounting and practice management systems (examples: Esilaw, Prolaw, Acumin, Cosmolex, Clio)
  • Understanding and experience with Law Society accounting rules
  • Ability to guide and influence the process outcomes of others

Key success factors

  • Aptitude to learn; ability to take direction
  • Go-getter with a “can-do” attitude 
  • Ability to flex in a process improvement environment
  • Ability to work overtime when necessary (i.e. month-end and year-end)

Benefits

  • Employer paid health & wellness benefits
  • 35 hour work week
  • Extended statutory holiday schedule
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Employer RRSP contributions
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Active social committee and events

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