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Lead Accountant (Contractor)

Req id:  37616

Waterloo, ON, CA



As the Information Company, our mission at OpenText is to create software solutions and deliver services that redefine the future of digital. Be part of a winning team that leads the way in Enterprise Information Management. 



The Opportunity:

***this is a 9-month contract position 

As a member of OpenText’s Corporate Accounting team, you will support and lead the team in their daily tasks and serve as the primary representative for cross-functional projects and process improvement.  You will take a lead role in preparing timely and accurate management and operational financial reports. This will include recording, reviewing and analyzing the company expense related to employees in the company GL and account reconciliations. You will also assist in ensuring standard processes are properly documented and functioning as expected. You will identify areas for process improvement and lead integration projects from Corporate Accounting perspective. You may also be called upon to work on special projects throughout the year.


As a Lead Corporate Accountant, you will:

  • Prepare, review and approve monthly payroll journal entries to record the company expense related to employees into the company GL
  • Analyze month over month and quarter over quarter variances of relevant payroll accounts and prepare commentary for management reporting purposes
  • Ensure payroll related balance sheet reconciliations are up to date, easy to understand and that historical items are cleared in a timely manner.
  • Liaise with internal and external auditors as part of the quarter end review process.
  • Develop close working relationships with cross functional teams.
  • Onboard and train new team members
  • Review team SOPs on a scheduled basis ensuring compliance with existing SOX controls and make updates as required.
  • Act as Corporate Accounting lead on acquisitions, mergers, integrations and other special projects as required.



You are great at:

  • Detail-oriented work, and able to perform under tight timelines and with competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently with minimum supervision and as a co-operative team member.
  • Effectively communicating information and ideas, particularly in written correspondence.
  • Considering various options and taking a holistic view to contribute to solutions.
  • Demonstrating logic and analytical skills with the ability to identify and solve problems.



What it takes:

  • Bachelor’s or College degree in Accounting
  • Candidate must possess a CPA designation (or current enrollment). 
  • 8+ years of related experience with solid US GAAP/ accounting knowledge
  • Strong understanding of payroll processes is an asset.
  • Computer literate with high proficiency in MS Office applications – Excel is required.
  • Experience in SAP is required
  • Project management experience is a plus.





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