Assistant Controller

Date Posted May 14, 2019
  • Department Finance
  • Location Toronto, ON
  • Job ID 50227

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, West 49, Urban Kids, Suzy Shier, and Bluenotes.

The Assistant Controller performs a critical role in the Group’s Finance Shared Services team.  The Assistant Controller supports the 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.

Financial Reporting

  • Oversee and manage the month end close process;
  • Manage the compilation of the monthly financial packages including executive commentaries and high-level variance analyses and reporting to Senior Management;
  • Responsible for reviewing all major Balance Sheet reconciliations and sub-ledgers to ensure all balances are complete, accurate and are fully supported and ensuring all issues are followed up in a timely manner;
  • Manage the income tax provision and liaise with external tax advisors to manage corporation tax returns
  • Ensure compliance with internal and external financial policies and regulations;
  • 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;
  • Responsible for supporting external and Government audits.

Team Management

  • Ensure all day-to-day tasks of the team members are monitored and supported;
  • Coach and mentor team members and complete performance management processes in accordance with corporate requirements;
  • Recruitment, selection and training of all direct reports;
  • Ensure all major processes within the team are cross-trained;
  • Ensure all key processes, controls and policies of the team are documented and maintained;
  • 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.


  • Where applicable, participate in projects as a subject matter expert;
  • Provide backup for other members of the senior finance team as necessary.


  • Proven work experience as an Assistant Controller
  • 5 – 10 years of overall combined accounting and finance experience
  • CPA preferred
  • Experience in a privately owned business preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in both Canada and the US.
  • Direct experience in automated financial and accounting reporting systems.
  • Knowledge of federal and provincial/state financial and tax regulations.
  • Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and projections.

YM Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals. We thank all applicants for their interest: However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 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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