Confidential Search – Controller

Closed @ProFound Talent Inc.
  • Suite 2020 Scotia Place Tower 1, 10060 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5J 3R8, Canada View on Map
  • Post Date : March 16, 2021
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  • Job ID 3343

Job Description



Our client, a local law firm with longevity in business in Edmonton, has a need for a Controller. This organization is highly established, has a strong reputation in market and continues to grow and thrive. As this is a confidential search, details on the organization will be released only to those short-listed for the opportunity.



The Controller will report directly to the Partners and will be an active part of the firm’s management team. This position will be responsible for the overall financial operations of the firm and will provide accurate and timely financial information to the Partners including budgeting, forecasting, regular monthly financial reporting, and analysis as required.

Ideally, the successful applicant will be an individual with extensive experience and knowledge of corporate accounting and financial management within a law firm or professional organization. This role will have a small team of direct reports and will work closely with management on establishing and maintaining standardization of financial procedures.



  • Develop and maintain timely and accurate financial statements and reports (monthly and quarterly)
  • Develop, implement, and ensure compliance with internal financial and accounting policies and procedures
  • Work with the external auditors in the development of the annual audit plan and manage the execution of the annual audit, including oversight for preparation of the audited financial statements and all supporting working papers
  • Document and maintain complete and accurate supporting information for all financial transactions
  • Establish guidelines for budget and forecast preparation, and prepare the annual budget in consultation with Partners
  • Provide leadership to current accounting team
  • Responsible for management of monthly trust audits
  • Responsible for directing and planning the day-to-day operations of group benefit programs
  • Review, establish and monitor internal controls to protect the firm and ensure regulatory compliance and adherence to policies of the firm
  • Provide advice and guidance on all business and finance matters including financial systems, analysis, and reporting as these relate to the firm’s operations
  • Execute monthly client billing and answer any client inquiries concerning the invoices
  • Prepare staff and attorney payroll and tax filings
  • Process accounts receivable and accounts payable
  • Other duties and assignments as required



  • Build solid, trusting, respectful relationships with Partners and staff
  • Continuity in the financial management of the firm with minimal interruption during transition
  • Accuracy in reporting is demonstrated providing a sense of trust and confidence for the Partners



Given the pivotal role this individual will be expected to play in achieving the strategic objectives of our client and in supporting the success of the organization, it is essential that the successful candidate possess the following education, experience, and personal attributes:


  • CPA designation or equivalent
  • Post-secondary education in business, accounting finance or a related field is required



  • Minimum of 10 years experience in all aspects of corporate accounting and financial management, preferably in a law firm or other professional organization
  • Experience with the Law Society of Alberta accounting rules considered an asset
  • Knowledge and experience with trust accounts and audit of those accounts


Competencies and Knowledge

  • Proven ability to thrive in a team-based environment, establish and build positive relationships at all levels in the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to assess situations to determine the importance, urgency, and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization
  • Ability to effectively communicate with management and employees
  • Analytical with the ability to evaluate multiple scenarios making recommendations for the optimal solutions
  • Detail focused with pride in providing accurate information
  • Can critically evaluate situations and make impartial decisions
  • Skilled at collecting and analyzing information
  • Strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Has a strong grasp on business ethics and ethical workplace behavior
  • Ability to handle multiple competing priorities
  • Ability to review current systems and provide suggestions for improvement
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office and Excel
  • Knowledge of ESILaw 360 considered an asset
  • Trust experience accounting including audit considered an asset


Personal Profile

  • Positive attitude and energy
  • Unquestioned personal and professional integrity
  • Highly accountable
  • Displays ethical leadership
  • Results-driven
  • Effective attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy
  • Respectful of others
  • Leads by example
  • Strategic and operational performer
  • Collaborative and team player
  • Highly organized with good time management skills
  • Critical thinker with problem solving skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Exhibits sound judgment
  • Tech savvy



A competitive compensation package awaits the successful candidate.


Edmonton, AB

How to Apply

For the opportunity to join this organization in the role of the Controller, please email your resume to referencing Position ID # ADCO-758133.

Should you have an inquiry regarding this position, please contact Stacey Laing at 587-200-0114 ext. 104.   For further information on ProFound Talent Inc. please visit the following:


YouTube: ProFound Talent Inc.


* We thank all applicants for your submissions; however, only candidates being considered for this role will be contacted. *