Assistant Controller

Date Posted December 10, 2019
  • Department Finance
  • Location Toronto
  • Job ID 67672
  • Corporate
  • Toronto

YM Inc.

YM Inc. was founded on the strength of a single retail store in the heart of downtown Toronto in 1975, under the name Stitches. Today we are one of North America’s leading apparel retailers operating over 600 stores across Canada and the United States under the following banners: Stitches, Urban Planet, Urban Behavior, Sirens, Urban Kids, Suzy Shier, Bluenotes, West 49, Mandee and Charlotte Russe.


Position Overview:


The Assistant Controller performs a critical role in the Company’s Finance Shared Services team. This role supports various business units through a combination of strong technical accounting and reporting skills, completing work with a high degree of accuracy and timeliness while demonstrating excellent customer service skills. The position also requires proven leadership skills, a talent for excellent oral and written communication and the ability to manage, coach and mentor staff in order to develop a strong team.  The Assistant Controller role has been identified as being on the succession plan for the VP Finance & Controller role.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage a team of 8 financial professionals responsible for all monthly close and reporting activities
  • Manage compilation of the monthly financial packages, executive commentaries and high-level variance analyses and prepare reports to Senior Management
  • Ensure compliance with internal and external financial policies and regulations including all major Balance Sheet reconciliations and sub-ledgers
  • Primary responsibility for year-end audits and liaising with external tax advisors to manage corporation tax returns
  • Review and manage Sales Tax processes and technical applications in all corporate jurisdictions
  • Oversee the continuous improvement of Accounting and Financial processes and the development of the team to achieve best practices and the highest level of customer support
  • Support external and Government audits
  • Monitor and support all day-to-day tasks of the team members
  • Coach and mentor team members and complete performance management processes in accordance with corporate requirements
  • Hire, train and evaluate employees to enhance their performance, development and work product. Address performance issues when needed
  • Ensure all major processes within the team are cross-trained
  • Handle people management issues with high degree of professionalism, superior communication skills and diplomacy
  • Assist and support other department managers in achieving best practices across the Finance Shared Service function
  • Participate in projects as a subject matter expert, where applicable
  • Provide backup for other members of the senior finance team if necessary


  • CPA or international equivalent required
  • 10+ years of relevant professional experience
  • Strong knowledge of accounting principles and practices including ASPE, US GAAP and IFRS
  • Experience with relevant accounting packages and Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Excel, Word)

Related Work Skills

  • Highly detail oriented and organized in work
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to meet assigned deadlines
  • Ability to maintain highly confidential information
  • Ability to motivate teams to produce quality materials
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with all levels of employees, Management and external agencies
  • Understand business goals and work closely with key leadership to strategize
  • Sound analytical ability coupled with creative problem-solving skills
  • Ongoing ability to make tactical decisions positively affecting day-to-day operations
  • Self-starter, ability to work independently and perform at optimum levels
  • Sense of urgency
  • High attention to detail and accuracy

YM Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. If chosen to participate in the selection process, accommodations are available upon request. We will consult with the applicant to provide or arrange suitable accommodation in a manner that takes into account the applicant’s accessibility needs.


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