Financial Analyst

Date Posted: March 08, 2019
Job Location: Peace River
Job Number: CN 1920
Job Type: Full Time
Start: Immediately
Company: Mercer Peace River
Address: Postal Bag 4400 Pulp Mill Site, Peace River, Alberta, Canada T8S 1V7

Job Description

Mercer Peace River Pulp Ltd. is an integral part of the Canadian forest products industry, providing the North-West, Alberta region with approximately 300 jobs while sustainably managing the forests. A career at Mercer Peace River offers an opportunity for growth, meaningful work and a collaborative learning environment. Throughout your career you will be supported by a team of highly skilled professionals and provided the self-motivating environment needed to make your goals achievable.

Mercer Peace River has an opportunity for a motivated individual to fill the position of Financial Analyst in the Business Services Department. The Financial Analyst is responsible for providing proactive financial and operational analyses for Mercer Peace River’s manufacturing and woodlands divisions to support effective business decisions optimizing investment returns.

Roles & Responsibilities
-Prepare financial information for management decision making while adhering to Mercer Peace River’s policies & practices.
-Provide variance analyses for monthly results (eg. compared to monthly prior year actuals, forecasts and budgets).
-Prepare accurate and timely financial reports for month-end, monthly forecasts, and annual budgets.
-Provide analytical support to identify cost saving opportunities, strategic plans and capital project justifications.
-Develop financial models to support decision making process.
-Provide financial trending, comparative analysis and presentations as required.
-Provide proactive solutions to management by analyzing and interpreting financial information.
-Work with all levels of the organization to answer financial inquiries.
-Assist with the internal and external audits.
-Prepare various journal entries for both day-to-day and month-end transactions.
-Assist with month end accounting close and reporting requirements.
-Maintain and reconcile various general ledger accounts as appropriate.
-Assist with working capital management.
-Assist Corporate Accounting as required to resolve accounting issues.
-Additional duties, as required.

Qualifications and Experience
Candidate must have a completed post secondary education in a related field. Previous accounting experience, preferably in a manufacturing industry would be considered an asset. CPA designation or close to completion is desired. Will consider new graduates interested in a fast paced, challenging work environment willing to pursue professional designation.

Candidates should also have experience with:
-Proficient in MS Office 365; specifically MS Excel (experience using Pivot Tables), Power Point and demonstrated use and understanding of ERP systems.
-Experience with software such as Great Plains, Avantis and Prophix would be an asset.
-Strong leadership abilities, communication, and interpersonal skills.
-Self-starter, proactive, and passionate team player.
-Strong attention to detail with problem solving and analytical abilities.
-Excellent presentation skills to convey analytical findings that lead to recommendations to management.
-Working knowledge of the manufacturing and woodlands’ cost structure and processes would be considered an asset.

Application Process
Open until suitable candidate is found. Please quote competition number CN 1920 with application.
By Mail: Mercer Peace River, Postal Bag 4400, Pulp Mill Site, Peace River, AB, T8S 1V7
Courier Shipments:  #1 Pulp Mill Site Road
By Fax or Email: 780-624-7040 or

  • Minimum experience: 0 to 1 year
  • Minimum educational level: Certificate from a University
  • Language: English