GL Accountant - Treasury Operations - (18 Month Contract) - Hiram Walker and Sons Limited

Pernod Ricard Deutschland - Windsor, ON (30+ days ago)

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Company Name: Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd.

Location:Windsor, ON.

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Position Summary:
Responsible for all core processes related to North America treasury operations.

Performs day-to-day treasury activities to meet financial obligations of the North American companies: including those related to cash flow forecasts, borrowings and currency requirements. Allocates and manages cash balances locally and within local banking structures, as well as managing daily cash-on hand needs within Pernod Ricard parameters.

Key liaison with HQ Treasury team, located in Paris, for routine and daily matters. Communicating short-term forecasts and daily cash needs. Responsible for maintaining compliance with Pernod Ricard treasury guidelines.

Knowledgeable of treasury best practices and internal controls over treasury operations. Ensure policies and procedures meet the organization’s objectives and needs. Maintains bank documentation and responsible for account maintenance, including administration and security for banking applications. Key liaison for local banking relationships – trouble shooting issues and assessing new business needs.

Responsible for developing short-term cash forecasts within a complex account structure for North American entities, working with larger accounting team to gather input and improve accuracy. Reconciling forecasts to actuals on a daily or weekly basis and trouble-shooting gaps.

Key Responsibilities:
OHSA - Ensure compliance of Occupational Health & Safety Act (section 25, 26, 27, and 28) per Hiram Walker & Son’s Ltd Policy- Management-Supervision-Worker Safety Responsibilities.
Daily banking transactions including – wire release for Canada and US (manual, tax payments, payroll transfer) and regular bank deposits.
Responsible for the daily cash disbursement issue resolution with our banking partner.
Develops reports and maintains templates within our banking software
Leads banking related change initiatives, working with bank, Finance and IT to develop test plans and documentation
Prepares and monitors daily cash flow forecasts for all entities.
Prepares bank confirmations for all bank accounts for annual audit and other audit support.
Responsible for updating signature cards for all bank accounts to ensure that deletions and additions are handled in a timely manner.
Support to GL team with transactional data as needed and complete monthly treasury close.

Required Skills & Abilities:
Technical savvy - ability to understand and clearly articulate business processes to IT personnel in order to resolve system issues
Good working knowledge of the integration of business transactions within the ERP system
Strong knowledge of accounting procedures and controls related to cash and treasury best practices
Strong leadership, influencing, communication and prioritization skills.
Proficient in Microsoft Office software and JDE Enterprise One. High degree of initiative, achievement drive, change orientation, team commitment.
5-6 years’ experience in a Finance and ERP environment
Must be able to contribute to a culture of continuous improvement and challenge the status quo.
Must be able to deliver high quality results to a strict timetable, organized and awareness of deadlines. Overtime required at month end and during projects
Able to work within a complex financial structure
Team oriented

Functional Competencies:
Reporting & Analysis
Analyses basic data in a reliable manner
Obtains accurate information, controls data, and produces timely basic financial reports
Uses reporting tools for basic data extraction and analysis
Comments main financial ratios and statements (P&L, balance sheet, cash flows) and provides basic variance analysis
Communicates findings in an articulate manner
Financial Accounting & Consolidation

Understands and correctly applies basic accounting principles and subsidiary policies and procedures
Uses the Chart of Accounts accurately (accounting transactions, account reconciliations)
Assists in statutory closing related activities by ensuring all closing entries are posted and controls are performed
Provides clear explanations on documents delivered to financial stakeholders
Tax Management

Demonstrates knowledge of local tax concepts and explains basic concepts to others
Analyses tax related data to control tax compliance
Understands the impacts and inter-relations of accounting principles and tax concepts
Risk Management & Internal Control

Understands the key concepts of risk management (identification, assessment including frameworks, mitigation)
Identifies basic business risks related to his/her job
Identifies inconsistency in basic internal controls (e.g.: accountability) of his/her scope
Understands and applies internal control procedures and basic control processes (e.g.: reconciliation, segregation of tasks) in his/her scope
Cash Management & Financing

Knows key Finance and Treasury concepts (treasury management, banking services and conditions, balance sheet & cash-flow statement, key financial ratios)
Understands KPIs for the Treasury processes (rotation ratio, Working Capital Needs…) and key drivers of operational cash flows
Understands and uses Pernod Ricard Tools (netting, cash pooling…) or local Treasury Tools (electronic Bank)
Understands the impact of business activities on cash flows
Process & Information Systems

Masters advanced functionalities of systems and understands their capabilities & interactions
Analyzes systems, workflows and processes current capabilities and identifies opportunities for their improvement (speed and quality)
Explains and trains colleagues on how to use systems and follow processes
Networks with co-users of systems and processes in order to identify and share best practices
Project Management

Assists a project manager with project management basics (task list, meetings, write wrap-up report …)
Coordinates information flows between project participants in a few departments
Reports project progress with accuracy
Understands what is at stake in the project (risks and opportunities)
Relationship Building & Communication

Proactively communicates across departments in order to improve cooperation
Takes into account other people’s perspectives, in order to build trusting relationships
Builds quality relationships, understanding organization and individual issues, through strong interpersonal skills
Identifies potential conflicts and escalates them to the appropriate level
Is comfortable dealing with people at all levels of the organization
Business Acumen

Demonstrates general awareness of the Business Environment
Understands the key drivers and challenges of the company
Has a basic knowledge of local organizational structures and functions

Le adership Competencies:

Proposes new ideas/methods on how to improve performance
Maintains a positive, can-do attitude even during difficult times
Influences others to gain support for an idea or cause

Results Orientation

Assigns tasks and accountabilities for work outputs to the most appropriate
individuals, when needed
Displays a sense of urgency in accomplishing goals and takes corrective actions to ensure results
Maintains composure and high performance standards in a challenging environment
Achieves own individuals objectives, applying professional excellence standards, and delivers high quality work

Live the Values

Maintains high professional standards that are aligned with the organization’s values, ethics, and Charter
Demonstrates commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) priorities by promoting group and local initiatives
Establishes a mutual trust environment by communicating in an honest, straight forward transparent manner with colleagues at all levels
Displays enthusiasm and values contribution of each employee to the success of Pernod Ricard

University Degree: Business / Accounting background required, Treasury / Banking and Project Management specific education preferred.

Financial Responsibility:
May track or report data and handle administrative tasks
We welcome and encourage applications from individuals from all groups, including aboriginal, women, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, creed, family status, national origin, age and gender.

Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd. is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Should you require accommodation during any phase of the recruitment process or wish to view our accommodation policies, please contact the Human Resources Department at (519) 254-5171 or by email at

Thank you for your interest in Pernod Ricard and its subsidiaries, Corby Spirit and Wine Limited and Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd. All resumes submitted will be reviewed by our recruitment team and kept on file for six months in consideration for this and future opportunities. Please note that only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Please do not contact provincial offices directly as all recruitment is coordinated through the Corporate Office in Toronto.