Finance Manager (Brantford)

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Author pmnationtalk
Date November 10, 2019
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Salary $74,918 - $93,647 - Annual
Location Brantford, ON
Category Finance
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Finance Manager (Brantford)

Posting ID : 11363
Apply By : 11/18/2019
Position Title : Finance Manager (Brantford)
Department : Financial Resources
Job Type : Full-time, Continuing
Campus : Brantford
Reports To : Director, Budget and Planning
Position Summary :

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus, university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research, experiential learning, sustainability and scholarship, which combine to address critical challenges in society, business, the economy and the environment – globally and in the communities we serve. At Laurier’s heart is its strong student focus, which results in exceptional levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community that lives on through the university’s highly engaged alumni.

Laurier takes pride in building meaningful relationships with colleagues and students. The Laurier community supports one another, encourages collaboration and teamwork and respects work/life balance, all while recognizing the importance of a challenging, rewarding and inspiring career. Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto.

Diversity is one of Laurier’s core values. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.

We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as a Finance Manager (Brantford).
The Finance Manager is accountable for providing effective financial management support for the Brantford Campus. Reporting to the Director, Budget and Planning, Financial Resources, the incumbent supports the university budget process, including local implementation and preparation and analysis of the operating budgets for the Brantford campus. The incumbent ensures compliance with University financial management policies and procedures necessary for the Brantford campus’ efficient operation. The incumbent is responsible for providing financial direction to staff and students who work in campus financial operations. The incumbent reports indirectly to the AVP, Campus Administration and Special Constable and works with other Brantford Campus staff in addition to the Financial Resources staff at the Waterloo Campus to ensure effective delivery of local financial services.

Additionally, the incumbent is responsible for providing a broad range of reporting services. He/she will collect, interpret and report on confidential campus information in support of the strategic planning and decision-making activities of Brantford Management. The incumbent provides consultative services to the internal campus community by consolidating and analyzing data in support of special projects. The incumbent will assist with various financial matters, as requested by the AVP, Campus Administration and Special Constable and the Director, Budget and Planning, Financial Resources in support of university-wide initiatives.. He/she will prepare regular and recurring reports to serve the management information needs of internal campus constituents. The  Finance Manager will participate on multi-campus university wide coordinating groups responsible for alignment of multi-campus strategic direction and policy.


Accountabilities : General:

    • As a member of the broader multi-campus University wide Financial and Administration group, consults with the central Finance and Administration office for ensuring alignment with University wide strategic direction, policy, and standards.
    • As a member of the Campus Operations Leadership group, ensures activities are aligned with University strategic direction, policy, and standards. Accountable to the AVP, Campus Administration and Special Constable for day to day operations including the development of Campus specific operating strategies, protocols, and procedures to meet local operating conditions.
    • Implements internal budgetary and financial policy and processes as needed for the campus or as requested by the central Finance office to support University initiatives. Provides advice and oversight to departments regarding contract-related payments and costs and processes.
    • Provides functional support to Financial Resources and other client groups on budgeting, financial and year-end activities as required
    • Serves on committees as appropriate
    • Other duties as assigned

Financial Operations:

    • Recruit, hire and train Financial Operations staff
    • Manage departmental staff, including providing leadership and direction, setting departmental priorities, supervising assigned work, and evaluating performance,
    • Manage departmental budget, approving expenditures and allocating resources as needed.
    • Responsible for reporting and analysis of the campus budgets (operating, specific endowments) on a quarterly basis for dissemination to internal constituents. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of budgets, forecasts and actual results is also required to assist in senior management’s review and decision making.
    • Directs cash management practices and activities for the campus, advises departments on proper handling of cash and electronic payment data and approves the reconciliation of  campus bank accounts.
    • Provide financial consulting services, working closely with other departments to gather, consolidate and analyze data, prepare custom reporting, developing financial models and tools in support of special projects and planning initiatives.
    • Researches, develops and implements internal financial procedures. Monitors performance and implements procedural improvements as necessary.
    • Reviews and approves financial reports prepared by others in the department, ensuring reports are accurate.  Prepares external reports to granting/funding agencies.

Campus Budget:

    • Within the overall University wide budget process, facilitates the annual university budget-building process locally, working with campus senior management to continuously improve process to maximize efficiency and transparency.
    • Using the finance system (Millennium), responsible for maintenance and analysis of campus budgets, managing the continuous updating of all staff position budgets. Reviews and confirms financial feasibility of new hires as needed.
    • Prepares forecasts and reports used for funding requests, displaying information in a meaningful manner for a variety of stakeholders.
    • Coordinates and prepares academic program budgets, multi-year project budgets and forecasts
    • Makes recommendations to the AVP, Campus Administration and Special Constable and other senior management (e.g. Deans) regarding resource allocation.
Qualifications :
    • A CPA designation is required
    • 3-5 years working experience in a financial environment on accounting, budgeting, financial reporting and/or analysis
    • Advanced spreadsheet skills (Excel), and knowledge of other MS office products (Word, Powerpoint, Access) and ERP systems.
    • Knowledge of Millennium, Banner, Cognos is an asset
    • Familiarity with the Ontario post-secondary education system (university or college) is an asset
    • Knowledge and experience in financial modelling and data analysis.
    • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
    • Sound analytical and decision making skills
    • Ability to work independently and to set priorities
    • Proven ability to effectively lead staff
    • Experience preparing and managing a large multi department budget
    • Excellent communication, problem solving, time management, and interpersonal skills with a focus on providing exceptional customer service in a team environment
Grade : MG-2B
Salary : $74,918 – $93,647
Salary Notes : This is a full-time, continuing position.
Please Note :

Please submit a cover letter and resume.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity and Accessibility at We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or


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