Architecture49 Inc. – Division Controller
Architecture49 Inc. (A49) is a preferred business partner of WSP. WSP is a Canadian engineering and architectural consulting leader, providing a full range of professional services including Buildings, Infrastructure, Transportation, Environmental, Energy, Industrial, Telecommunications and Architecture field. WSP is a publically listed company with offices worldwide.
The Division Controller for A49 will be positioned in Winnipeg and will be responsible for both the financial management and business performance of the National Architectural Group. The primary responsibilities with A49 will be in the capacity as Company Controller leading and managing a 5 to 8 person finance team and will involve developing relationships and working with regional finance staff and Managing Principals on business issues and business improvement strategies company-wide. The Controller is responsible for tracking the financial results of the Business Unit(s) every reporting period and analyzing project earnings.
This role will report to the National Buildings Controller and form a close working partnership with the President of A49.
- Takes an ownership role with the operational leadership team in managing the P&L and specific Balance Sheet accounts while leading the monthly forecasting, annual budgeting and strategic planning processes.
- Understands cash management activities and coordinates with operations and the working capital manager in establishing and updating goals for DSO, cash collections and billings.
- Proactively and positively engage with other members of senior management to facilitate cross-discipline collaboration and ensure the timely and effective collection of financial data.
- Provide strategic leadership, mentor/coach and conduct annual performance reviews for a 6-10 person Finance & Accounting group.
- Manage and monitor performance throughout the month and during the month end close process to achieve KPI metrics established for net revenue, multiplier, utilization, overhead spending, etc. Provide accurate forecasts as required and communicate goals for the business unit in achieving the financial metrics.
- Maintain appropriate reserves (i.e. AR, E&O, Forward Loss, WIP, etc.) and monitor specific metrics related to earnings, cash, pipeline and others to help efficiently run the business.
- Takes leadership in partnering with operations to drive cash collections efforts and results through cash calls and strategy sessions in collecting cash.
- Partner with the operations group and understand their needs with respect to financial performance. Identify trends and issues which might impact their current or future operations.
- Continuously review, improve and streamline business processes. Structure the financial management reporting and processes to support the growth and future needs of the business.
- Identifying risks and opportunities in the District and developing plans to manage them.
- Implementing internal controls ensuring that company policy and risk management procedures are understood and implemented.
National Architecture Platform Responsibilities
- Understand the operational and financial challenges faced by all architecture companies across Canada.
- Monitor and challenge financial and operational performance across the platform. Provide timely financial analysis and recommendations for corrective action, as appropriate.
- Continue developing and improving the monthly reporting package, including key performance indicators.
- Prepare the combined national annual business plan / budget and forecasts.
- A minimum of 7 – 10 years of managerial and leadership experience in a senior financial role.
- A degree in business related field with an accounting designation (CPA)
- Ability to obtain public works Level II Security Clearance will be required as a condition of employment.
- Experience in a professional services organization running a large billing organization and implementing new technologies and practices to streamline processes
- Intermediate to advanced knowledge using Excel, PowerPoint and other Microsoft Office products
- Knowledge of Deltek Vision would be considered an asset.
- Experience collaborating with multiple business partners and professionals
- Ability to analyze short and long term financial impacts of various strategic options
- Ability to develop financial strategies / models to support strategic objectives
- Strategic leadership skills.
- Strong business skills and judgement. Demonstrates a keen interest in learning about how the A&E profession operates, manages projects and earns income.
- Participate as a business partner and not as a service provider.
- Autonomous yet a team player / collaborative with strong analytical, communication and interpersonal skills.
- Champions integrity and trust, coupled with strong work-ethics and is able to multi-tasks and juggle multiple priorities simultaneously
- Willingness and ability to interact with a wide variety of personalities and recognizes that co-operative relationships are crucial to the success of the firm.
- Ability to translate financial results, information and ideas to non-financial professionals.
Offers of employment for safety-sensitive positions involving fieldwork are contingent upon candidates being able to perform key physical tasks of the job as described in the job posting and interview. This may include the ability to work in a variety of environmental conditions, such as remote or isolated areas, working alone, and in inclement weather (within safe and reasonable limits).
To learn more about our firm and the projects we have been involved in, please visit our World of Possibilities website listed below.
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