Finance & Operations Manager

Carscallen LLP is an independent local Calgary legal firm.  We strive to deliver value above and beyond what can be measured by an invoice. Our success is defined by the strength of our relationships and the tangible ways we are able to support – or better yet advance – our clients’ business goals and personal interests. Carscallen is recruiting for the role of Finance and Operations Manager.


As a member of the Firm’s leadership team, reporting to the Managing Partner; this role leads the Firm’s accounting & IT systems integration practices, provides insights through financial and operational analyses to inform business decision-making process, and optimizes the administrative team and operational processes.

Job Type

  • Full-time
  • Permanent

The successful candidate

The successful candidate will contribute to an environment of teamwork and collaboration, the Finance and Operations Manager:

  • Leads and mentors a team of professionals, enabling and promoting a high level of performance in accounting, IT and business administration.
  • Develops initiatives and strategies for financial planning, processes & policies, and business intelligence systems that optimise costs and improve internal and external reporting.
  • Prepares long-term fiscal plans and forecasts, annual operating and capital budgets; manages & monitors budget performance, and conducts profitability analyses.
  • Develops and monitors data quality metrics and ensures business data and reporting needs are met, undertakes financial and statistical analysis of client databases, market trends, and lawyer or practice areas, and makes recommendations for decision making.
  • Audits and establishes financial controls and guidelines to optimize cost effectiveness and profitability, implements improvements on financial systems, processes and reports.
  • Develops/maintains effective accounting, administrative, year end and audit processes.
  • Maintains adequate & appropriate commercial, liability, cyber and other relevant insurances.
  • Liaises with banks regarding requirements to comply with banking regulations;
  • Maintains oversight of partnership agreements, year end reports, payment processes, and Trust
  • In collaboration with HR, ensures effective payroll / benefits and related accounting processes.
  • Manages cost effective facility leasehold and property maintenance agreements and processes.
  • Working with the IT Committee and external vendors; directs the evaluation and enhancement of existing and future computer and telecommunications hardware and software systems, equipment and service levels; oversees and facilitates IT purchases and related budgeting.

Qualifications include:

  • Degree in a related field; accounting/finance, commerce, business, CPA designation an asset
  • 8-10 years of experience in finance/accounting with increasing responsibility; ideally in a law firm or a professional services company.
  • Proven analytical background, track record in managing and leading a finance/accounting team
  • Extensive knowledge of business accounting reports, accounting principles and practices with understanding of key performance indicators.
  • Strong technical skills to evaluate, investigate and interpret information related to budgets, financial administration, forecasting and costing theories, techniques, and processes.
  • Strong understanding of regulatory and reporting requirements, particularly within a legal firm and a partnership structure.
  • IT management experience involving system management and security and working knowledge of operating information systems as used in a law firm environment.
  • Strong analytical, people and project management and leadership skills.

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