Payroll & Financial Accountant
Payroll & Financial Accountant
Job Category: Full Time
Job Type: Permanent
Job Location: Edmonton; AB

About the role

The Payroll & Financial Accountant is responsible for accurately processing payroll, managing financial records, and ensuring compliance with relevant regulations. This role requires meticulous attention to detail, a strong understanding of accounting principles, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.


  1. Payroll Processing:
  • Calculate and process employee salaries, wages, bonuses, and deductions accurately and on time.
  • Manage the time and attendance system (ADP).
  • Ensure timely and accurate processing of bi-weekly payroll.
  • Maintain payroll records, including timesheets, tax withholdings, and benefits information.
  • Prepare WCB, WSIB and WorkSafeBC filings and returns.
  • Prepare payroll journal entries and monthly payroll accruals.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local payroll tax regulations.
  • Prepare T4’s, T5’s, and other tax returns and schedules, as required.
  • Liaise between group benefits provider and company.
  • Address payroll-related inquiries and discrepancies from employees.
  1. Financial Accounting:
  • Maintain and balance various accounts using computerized bookkeeping systems (SAGE).
  • Record financial transactions, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, and general ledger entries.
  • Reconcile bank statements and financial accounts to ensure accuracy.
  • Post month end journal entries and reconcile balance sheet accounts.
  • Prepare financial reports, including income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements.
  • Assist in the month-end and year-end closing processes.
  1. Compliance and Reporting: 
  • Stay updated on relevant tax laws, labor regulations, and accounting standards.
  • Prepare and submit payroll and tax reports to government agencies as required.
  • Ensure compliance with internal financial policies and procedures.
  1. Data Analysis:
  • Analyze financial data to identify trends, variances, and opportunities for cost savings or revenue generation.
  • Assist in budgeting and forecasting processes.
  • Perform variance analysis on expense accounts as needed
  1. Documentation and Record Keeping:
  • Maintain organized and accurate records of financial transactions and payroll-related information.
  • Assist in audits by providing necessary documentation and explanations.
  1. Other ad hoc projects (process improvement, best practices) as required.
  2. Other duties as assigned by Supervisor or Management


Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or a related field.
  • Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation is a plus.
  • Prior experience in payroll processing and financial accounting.
  • Strong knowledge of payroll software and accounting software (e.g., QuickBooks, SAP, ADP).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and other relevant software applications.
  • Excellent attention to detail and numerical accuracy.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of tax laws, labor regulations, and accounting principles.
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams.
  • High level of integrity and ability to maintain confidentiality.

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