Director of Operations

Director of Operations

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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Accounting & Finance




Angela Degelman, Director of Permanent Search- Accounting and Finance, has teamed up yet again with one of Aplin Saskatoon’s most valued clients. A leader in the Public Accounting space, our client focuses on trusted relationships, business growth and balance for their employees. They have changed the game when it comes to client service in public practice and offer a wide array of services to customers in several different types of industries. Reporting to the Management Committee (acting on behalf of the partners), the Director of Operations is directly responsible for the performance of the organization, the success of its operations, and the implementation of strategic planning. Internally, the Director of Operations will focus on the ongoing improvement of the organization’s business model to ensure maximum productivity and profit.  This individual will also provide financial leadership by managing budgets and monitoring long-term strategic fiscal plans.

  • Regularly report to the Management Committee on the firm's status against, and ability to meet its strategic and operational objectives.
  • Keep the Management Committee informed about business activities, potential threats, opportunities, and recommended actions ensuring there is an effective relationship between managers and the Partners.
  • Direct Management of service lines, Administration Services, Finance, Information Technology & Systems Management, Marketing and Communications.
  • Establish and maintain key relationships with strategic business partners, such as suppliers, contractors, and consultants.
  • Help determine resource allocation within the organization.
  • Collaborate with Human Resources to ensure proper reporting structure within and between all service lines and firm operations.
  • Monitor departmental performance against goals to ensure that progress is being made and that corrective action is taken if necessary.
  • Collaborate with the management team including the service lines, administration, finance, human resources, marketing and communications, and IT to support strategic plans for all aspects of the organization.
  • Implement both short and long-term tactical and strategic plans in accordance with firm goals and objectives.
  • Assist the Controller in managing project budgets, forecasts, and long-term financial plans; ensure corporate adherence to annual budgets.
  • Communicate and collaborate with service line and firm management leaders to control spending, budgeting, reporting, and operational excellence.
  • Provide oversight to all internal firm communication.
  • Monitor legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures applicable to firm operations.
  • Effective relationship management ensuring strong collaborative working relationships with employees at all levels.
  • Act as a culture ambassador, driving and role modelling the core values, promoting, and adhering to the firm culture.
  • Other duties, relevant to the position, shall be assigned as required.
  • A university degree in Accounting, Business or Finance, or MBA is preferred, other experience may be considered.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience within a profitable organization in progressively more responsible positions.
  • Effective leadership skills, with a strong focus on mentoring and motivating an employee base of professionals.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage key relationships, including but not limited to, business partners and government agencies.
  • Able to identify key issues; creatively and strategically overcome internal and external challenges or obstacles.
  • A clear and solid understanding of the issues faced by the organization.
  • Strong knowledge of fiscal management and responsibility, business finance, capital funding, contracts, and partnerships.
  • Sound understanding of risk management.
  • Knowledge of personnel policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Effective attention to detail and a degree of accuracy.
  • High level of integrity, confidentiality, and accountability.
  • Sound analytical thinking, planning, prioritization, and execution skills.
  • A well-defined sense of diplomacy, including solid negotiation, conflict resolution, and people management skills.
  • Experience creating and managing budgets for a distributed organization.
  • Outstanding communication skills, both oral and written.
Core Competencies:
  • Analytical Skills
  • Sound Judgment/Decision Making
  • Integrity
  • Organization/Planning
  • Adaptability
  • Confident Goal Setting and Accountable
  • Change Leadership
  • Communication – Oral and Written
  • Energy, Passion, and Tenacity
  • High degree of emotional intelligence

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