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Accounting Manager


The Company

With over a century’s tradition of providing the best possible service, Southern Railway of British Columbia Limited (SRY) is a major transporter of freight in British Columbia providing services to markets throughout North America.  SRY is based in New Westminster, BC, while Southern Railway of Vancouver Island Limited (SVI) is an operating subsidiary of SRY based in Nanaimo, BC.  SRY’s mission is to safely deliver the best rail-based solutions to its customers and partners.

Almost one half of the traffic handled by SRY originates or terminates on Annacis Island, where major automobile and forest product distribution facilities are located. SRY’s diverse customer base includes over 150 shippers of automobile, forest, building, agricultural, chemical, consumer, and steel products.

SRY handles approximately 65,000 carloads annually and is responsible for over 125 miles of track, of which 62 miles are mainline and interchange with four North American Class I railroads at six locations. SRY is market driven and customer-oriented, and provides neutral short line service. Combined with their long-haul partners, CN, BNSF, CPR, and UP, they have connections to all rail-served destinations in North America.

In addition to maintaining a fleet of 29 locomotives, SRY’s locomotive and car shops provide repair services to both Canadian and U.S. customers. SRY provides specialty railcars to customers and currently has over 700 cars in its fleet. Southern Railway of British Columbia is part of the Rail Link System of the Washington Companies.


The Opportunity

Reporting to the Manager, Business Analysis, this position will focus on financial accounting, variance reporting and budget preparation for multiple business units. This position will also contribute to the continued development and efficient application of all financial processes.

Specific areas of responsibility will include but not limited to:

  • Full cycle accounting of multiple business units;
  • Support year-end reporting requirements for both audit and tax;
  • Detailed involvement with Company budgets and forecasts;
  • Preparation of reconciliations;
  • Report and explain variances to budget;
  • Support development of financial models for growth opportunities;
  • Maintain capital asset records and ensure proper application of acquisitions, maintenance and disposal of capital assets for multiple business units;
  • Monitor inventory process to ensure accurate inventory, costing and counts;
  • Provide job coverage to other finance positions as required; and
  • Prepare ad-hoc reporting and other finance duties as assigned.


The Person

  • Recent CPA graduate or have started the CPA professional education program;
  • Minimum of 2 years related work experience;
  • Supervisory experience is preferred;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Detail oriented with strong analytical and presentation skills;
  • Ability to conduct self-confidently and professionally with various levels of management;
  • Well organized and self-motivated individual who can plan and coordinate the demands of various departments;
  • Exceptional computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Share-Point, Power Point); and
  • Knowledge of Oracle (Enterprise 1) accounting software would be an asset.

All new hires will be required to undergo reference, pre-employment medical, criminal record and credit checks.

This is an exempt management position and as such will be offered a competitive salary and benefits package.

If you are interested in joining a dynamic fast-paced organization, please email your cover letter and resume quoting “Accounting Manager” to hr@sryraillink.com.  This posting will be open until position is filled. While we thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Southern Railway of British Columbia Limited (SRY) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.