Assistant Controller

4 days ago(1/18/2018 3:43 PM)
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Assistant Controller

Job Location: Ottawa, ON (office-based)

Reports to: Controller

Department: Finance


Why Pythian?


Founded in 1997, Pythian is a global IT services company that helps businesses adopt disruptive technologies to advance innovation and increase agility. Our consulting, implementation and managed services solutions help businesses realize value from their data assets, accelerate software delivery, and enjoy more reliable, scalable IT systems. Pythian’s Platform Business is focused on productizing and scaling this expertise by orders of magnitude.




The successful candidate will report to the Controller and will be primarily responsible for the company’s Platform Business.  This will include the monthly and quarterly closing processes as they pertain to financial reporting, including monthly departmental financial reporting and review, maintenance of all accounting records, general accounting, overseeing transactional accounting cycles (payables and receivables, general ledger), monthly internal financial statement preparation and analysis, payroll preparation and tax return compliance.  Preparation of annual and quarterly financial statements and related disclosures, and coordination of audit with external auditors, as well as the budgeting and forecasting processes will also be important elements of this role.  


As Assistant Controller, you will be responsible for:


  • Establishing and maintaining accounting policies, procedures and systems to ensure timely and accurate reporting;  
  • Assist with internal financial reporting and reporting to the Board of Directors;
  • Conduct technical accounting research as required and prepare accounting policy position papers and research memos as needed;  
  • Researching issues, analyzing problems, determining approaches, compiling data and preparing reports are all part of everyday functions in this role;
  • Provide assistance to the Controller, Manager of Financial Reporting and VP, Finance with comprehensive analysis, forecasting and decision support as needed;
  • Interfacing with and coordinating activities between various internal functions and groups;
  • Identify opportunities to improve departmental processes and productivity;
  • Other duties as assigned by management.




  • Advanced knowledge of current accounting principles and reporting requirements, particularly IFRS and US GAAP;
  • Proficiency with Word, Powerpoint, Google Docs, and Google Sheets;
  • Advanced MS Excel skills (pivot tables, lookups, macros);
  • In depth knowledge of financial, ERP and integrated accounting/business systems;
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and time management skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment, adapt to and embrace changes.



  • A professional accounting designation: CPA.
  • 5 – 10 years of related experience, preferably in a services or technology environment. Public company experience would be considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of internal controls frameworks would be considered an asset.

An equivalent combination of education and experience, which results in demonstrated ability to apply skills will also be considered. Pythian is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will need to fulfill the requirements necessary to obtain a background check.


Pythian welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities.  Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


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