Ballard Power Systems Finance Department has an opportunity for an Accounts Payable Team Lead, with a wide range of responsibilities, including the stabilization of the Accounts Payable department following the implementation of Oracle Cloud ERP. This role will oversee multiple modules including Accounts Payable, Cash Management, Receipt Accounting and Expenses. This role will be a key member of the Finance Team, whilst also working closely with IT to help develop and refine new processes within an ERP environment. The role will also include month end responsibilities, support of financial reporting requirements, and special projects to improve the efficiency and function of our new ERP system. The position has the following responsibilities and requirements:
Provide overall direction, support and leadership to the Accounts Payable Team
An ERP super-user; identify improvement opportunities, research solutions and implement changes to improve Accounts Payable, Receipt Accounting and Cash Management processes
Monitor, research and resolve outstanding Accounts Payable items. Resolve unusual and unique Accounts Payable situations as necessary
Establish and maintain effective working relationship with vendors, banks, internal customers, and supply chain management
Hands on role which includes processing of supplier invoices in a high volume environment
Prepare month-end accruals, journal entries, Accounts Payable account reconciliations, and perform other Accounts Payable related month-end procedures
Oversee payment processing including but not limited to: cheque runs, manual cheques, wire payments, etc. while balancing cash management requirements
Maintain and comply with internal controls as part of the corporate compliance with Sarbanes Oxley
The ideal candidate has demonstrated excellent analytical skills, a strong understanding of technical accounting concepts and able to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills which can be leveraged to resolve systems and process related issues in a timely manner will round out the successful candidate.
5+ years of directly related experience in Accounts Payable in a high-pressure, multi company, multi-currency environment
Knowledge of basic accounting concepts as they relate to Accounts Payable processes (certifications or accounting courses would be an asset)
Strong ability to prioritize tasks, inspire excellence and provide leadership and guidance to the Accounts Payable Team
Excellent analytical abilities, high attention to detail, and ability to identify and resolve issues in a timely manner
Ability to take ownership of processes and procedures
Results oriented, with a focus on quality
Strong software skills with both accounting systems and the Microsoft suite of products. Previous experience in an ERP implementation is an asset.
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ballard values diversity in the workplace and is committed to Employment Equity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates.