Senior Accountant - Infrastructure & Planning Services

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Job Type Finance /Accounting / Economics
Organization City of Fort Saskatchewan
Competition Number J1122-1682
Closing date
Job Description

Budget & Financial Services

Competition #J1122-1682

One (1) Permanent Full-Time Position

The City of Fort Saskatchewan is seeking a confident, professional, results-orientated individual to join our Team. Reporting to the Manager of Budget & Financial Planning, the Senior Accountant, Infrastructure & Planning Services (IPS), provides account, budgeting and operational analysis and assistance to the IPS division to support the Budget & Financial Planning team. The work undertaken in this role helps gather and report on vital information needed to inform decision-making by subject matter experts, the senior management team and Council. The Senior Accountant promotes the City’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and Truth and Reconciliation within the department, organization and community.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage all aspects of the City’s Utility Rate Model, including ensuring the capital reserve contributions, rate setting, overhead costs, and cost recovery targets are met.
  • Manage and report on the operational budget variances for the IPS division.
  • Undertake revenue projections for specific programs (e.g., Planning & Development revenue), work with operational staff to determine assumptions, adjust User Fees & Charges according to the User Fees & Charges Policy, and create estimates.
  • Support Priority Based Budgeting, including refining costing based on evolving operational processes for programs within the IPS Division.
  • Oversee grant applications and major operational grant programs.
  • Oversee or support the financial analysis for projects with complex financial modelling (e.g., regional transit commission, off-site levy levies).
  • Assist departments with developing multi-year business plans and business cases for new initiatives.
  • Develop cost recovery strategies for specific program areas (e.g., development applications, engineering reviews).
  • Support budget department budget presentations and Council deliberations.

Key Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to ensure clear, concise, and accurate recommendations and information is provided.
  • Exceptional collaboration skills and build strong relationships and trust with subject matter experts.
  • Ability to manage sensitive issues effectively.
  • Excellent listener that engages and learn from operational staff.
  • Strategic thinking and analytical skills to perform data analysis, financial management, problem-solving, develop recommendations, and scrutinize financial reports to ensure consistent and accurate data
  • Systems thinking approach to resolving complex issues within a political setting.
  • Ability to provide guidance, as required, in the appropriate manner.
  • Ability to ensure consistency and accuracy between multiple departments.
  • Advanced excel experience and the ability to interpret financial and statistical data in efficient ways to support decision-making, planning and strategy
  • Ability to work under pressure, manage a variety of projects and initiatives simultaneously while meeting tight deadlines


  • Post-secondary accounting-related Degree.
  • Professional accounting designation or working towards is an asset.
  • Accounting or data analysis experience is an integral component of this position.
  • Understanding of municipal fund accounting and Public Sector Accounting Standards.
  • Advanced skills working with financial systems or data analysis.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience is required, with a progressive increase in responsibilities.
  • Knowledge of general long-range planning, financial and data analysis,
  • Advanced experience with financial applications are required, such as budgeting software, asset management
  • software, and Great Plains.
  • Extensive working knowledge of Microsoft Office 365.

Hours of Work: 37.5 per week; Monday to Friday

The City of Fort Saskatchewan offers a competitive compensation package with a salary range of $88,081 to $103,603 per annum. 

Application Return

Qualified applicants are invited to apply in confidence no later than Tuesday, December 6, 2022 through the Career Portal on the City’s website at

The City of Fort Saskatchewan is a vibrant economic and cultural hub located just 15 minutes northeast of Edmonton on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. Home to nearly 27,000 people, the City proudly manages state of the art recreation, culture and historic amenities including 75 km of outdoor trails, a performing arts theatre and fitness centre within the Dow Centennial Centre and the 1875 – 1885 NWMP Fort Representation in historic downtown.

The City of Fort Saskatchewan thanks all applicants for their interest and advises those applicants under consideration will be contacted.