Position: Mid-Senior level

Job type: Full-time

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Controller (Contract) - Darmouth, Nova Scotia

Do you want to work for a company with engaged and passionate employees who lean in everyday?

Now, imagine working for a company where you can positively impact the health and growth of all living things while protecting the environment.

That’s what the employees of Acadian Seaplants are proud to do each and every day.

For Twenty consecutive years, Acadian Seaplants Limited has secured the designation as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies! In fact, Acadian Seaplants has achieved Platinum Status for the past nine years!


The Controller (Contract) will plan, organize and recommend best practices to all accounting operational functions, handle the accumulation and consolidation of financial data for internal and external financial statements, evaluate accounting and internal control systems, and develop departmental staff. The Controller will be expected to effectively manage self and others within strict time constraints, lead while also being a team player, generate innovative ideas, and challenge the status quo.


  • Planning, directing and coordinating all accounting operational functions
  • Managing the accumulation and consolidation of all financial data necessary for an accurate accounting of consolidated business results
  • Coordinating and preparing internal and external financial statements
  • Coordinating activities of external auditors
  • Providing management with information vital to the decision-making process
  • Assist with the budget process where applicable.
  • Assessing current accounting operations, offering recommendations for improvement and implementing new processes
  • Evaluating accounting and internal control systems
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of accounting software and supporting database, as needed
  • Overseeing regulatory reporting, frequently including tax planning and compliance
  • Training and retaining skilled accounting staff
  • Support the company’s vision and policies regarding Health & Safety, Corporate Culture, and Environmental Management by displaying the appropriate behaviors and leadership towards meeting the company’s objectives in these areas.


Education and Experience

  • 10+ years of progressive accounting experience, including time as a Controller
  • CPA/MBA required
  • 5+ years in a management position

Technical Requirements

  • Excellent technology, analytics and management experience required
  • The ideal candidate will be highly-skilled with exceptional analytical, quantitative and social skills
  • Ability to work well in matrix organization and dealing with ambiguity
  • Outstanding skills in analyzing financial data and promptly generating accurate reports
  • Deep understanding of Consolidated Financial Statements and knowledge of accounting principles and procedures
  • Experience with Audited Financial Statements
  • Ability to be self-motivated, work independently, as well as being part of a team
  • Ability to complete detailed analysis in accordance with established policies & procedures.
  • Driven to consistently meet deadlines.
  • Very strong analytical skills are a must.
  • Participate in and support a positive work environment.
  • Experience with general ledger functions and the month-end/year end close process.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to handle a high demand work environment and multiple duties.
  • Quick learner and able to juggle priorities to meet month end schedule.
  • Experience with SAP business One preferred.
  • Strong Microsoft office product application and spreadsheet efficiency.

Note: This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties that may be required to be performed now or in future. S/He will be required to follow any additional instructions deemed appropriate by the Manager.

If this job sounds like it was made for you, we’d like to meet you. To further explore this opportunity, just submit your application to Careers@acadian.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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Deadline: 06-03-2024

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