Jobs Listing

Title Financial Controller
Posting Date 2019-11-25
Close Date 2019-12-31
Location Peterborough Office
Job Information

Financial Controller


Darling Insurance and its affiliated companies has been a household name in Eastern Ontario since 1928. We are an insurance brokerage offering Home, Auto, Business and Life insurance products from 9 offices. Darling Insurance focuses on providing exceptional service to our clients. Our culture of continuous learning, accountability, collaboration, and transparency allows us to be proud of what we do, and who we are.


We are seeking an experienced Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) to join our growing business, based out of our Peterborough office.


The Controller will provide accurate information to the President and Management Team, including analysis, budgeting, forecasting and preparation of financial reports. The Controller will also be responsible for directing and managing the company’s accounting functions, including establishing and maintaining accounting principles, practices and procedures.


The successful applicant will have 10 years of business accounting experience, and a CPA designation or equivalent is mandatory. You will have a vast knowledge of accounting processes, have a strong ability to multi task and experience leading a team. You are extremely detail oriented with a demonstrated ability to accurately calculate, post, correct and manage financial records with a high degree of accuracy. You will be growth oriented as you bring forth suggestions, provide guidance and assist in the continued success and future acquisitions of our insurance brokerage. This position requires innovative thinking in a fast paced atmosphere. The successful candidate will have a high degree of integrity, ethics and passion for their work. Advanced working knowledge of Excel, Word, and Outlook are required.


This position includes a competitive compensation and benefits package.


Please submit your resumé detailing work experience and salary expectations to:


Attn: Julie Poff

Darling Insurance Realty Limited,

Box 385, Peterborough, ON K9J 6Z3



Darling Insurance welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.




Position Full-Time Controller
Employee To be determined
Start Date To be determined
Salary To be determined based on experience
Reports to Peter Blodgett, President
Summary The Controller holds responsibility for managing the overall financial operations of Darling Insurance and its Affiliated Companies, and will provide accurate information to the President and Management Teams, including analysis, budgeting, forecasting and preparing financial reports. The Controller will be responsible for directing and managing the company’s accounting functions, including establishing and maintaining accounting principles, practices, and procedures as well as the preparation of financial statements and reporting to top management and externally. The Controller also maintains the company’s accounting systems and implements changes as required. This position will require hours outside of 9am to 5pm on occasion.
Job Duties &


  • Manage the accounting operations including the review of journal entries, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and statutory reporting.
  • Establish and monitor internal controls to ensure that accounting activities are in accordance with established legal regulatory and company policies and procedures.
  • Budgeting and forecasting.
  • Prepare, analyze and present monthly, quarterly and annual operating results for each department.
  • Work with operations to define, measure, analyze, improve and control current processes which impact customer quality and influence internal operating efficiency.
  • Provide strategic analysis as required to drive improved decision making.
  • Manage activities of auditors, ensuring all audit issues are resolved, all compliance issues are met, and the preparation of the annual financial statements are in accordance with all applicable legislations.
  • Prepare and present financial information for quarterly and annual reports.
  • Responsible for the accuracy and timeliness of financial information.
  • Implementation and management of internal controls with respect to financial policies, processes and procedures.
  • Provides advice and guidance on all accounting matters including financial systems, record keeping, analysis, and reporting.
  • Sets the priorities within the accounting department.
  • Coordinating the year-end audit and preparation of audited financial statements.
  • Responsible for the preparation of monthly financial statements and external reporting to financial institutions, ensuring that all reporting requirements are met.
  • All other financial reporting to various companies and agencies.
  • Generation of reports of performance against budgets.
  • Supporting new systems or project selections and implementation from a strategic finance and internal control perspective.
  • Ensures rapid and consistent collection of receivables by refining and implementing control mechanisms.
  • Assigns and authorizes cheques, purchase orders and invoices.
  • Promotes and maintains positive corporate relations with the financial community.
  • Hiring, training, mentoring and supervising accounting staff.
  • Final or next-to-final accountability for key organizational outcomes and expected results.
  • Other related duties as required or assigned by the President and the Management Team.






Directly responsible for the activities of all Support Staff including the Accounting and Human Resources departments (approximately 5 staff members)


Communication External Corporation/Department
·         Clients

·         General Public

·         Business Representatives

Internal Department/Position
·         All Employees
Job Requirements Education Level ·         CPA designation or equivalent is a mandatory requirement

·         University Education with emphasis in Accounting/Financial Management

·         Encourage completion of Registered Insurance Broker of Ontario (RIBO) Certification

·         Encourage completion of CAIB and/or CIP

·         Valid Driver’s License

  • Extensive experience and knowledge of all aspects of corporate accounting and financial management
  • Thorough knowledge of all relevant Federal, Provincial and local requirements regarding financial records
  • Proficient communication, interpersonal and organizational skills are vital to the role
  • Experience overseeing audits performed by external audit firms
  • Financial analysis, budgeting and some strategic planning experience
  • Knowledge of accounting principles, practices and applications
  • Knowledge of budget preparation and analysis techniques
  • Management and or supervisory experience
  • Good project management skills and the ability to motivate teams to produce quality work within tight timeframes
  • Professional written and verbal communication skills
  • Good problem solving skills and the ability to make the necessary decisions to move forward the work at hand
  • Excellent leadership, communication, presentation, problem solving and organizational skills are essential
  • Ability to adapt to and learn new software
  • Able to work efficiently as a part of a team as well as independently
  • High level of critical and logical thinking, analysis, and/or reasoning to identify underlying principles, reasons, or facts
  • Able to work well under pressure and meet set deadlines
  • Good organizational, time management and prioritizing skills
  • Ability to interpret and implement company policies and procedures
  • Attention to detail in all areas of work
Computer Skills ·         Advanced computer skills and experience with common office equipment

·         Advanced knowledge of MS Office Applications, specifically Excel, Outlook and Word

·         Advanced knowledge of QuickBooks

·         Ability to develop a deep understanding of our Broker Management Systems & Insurance Company Portals

Key Knowledge, Skills & Abilities ·         Proficient spoken & written English

·         Keyboarding/Typing and operating office equipment

·         Time Management

·         Multi-tasking

·         Critical Thinking

·         Creative and Innovative Thinking

·         Development and Continual Learning

·         Problem Solving

·         Conflict Management

·         Effective listening

·         Mediating and negotiating

·         Coaching and mentoring

·         Teamwork

·         Accountability and Dependability

·         Research and Analysis

·         Decision making and judgement

·         Provides consultation

·         Ethics and integrity

·         Planning and organizing

·         Mathematical reasoning

·         Enforces law, rules and regulations

·         Positive Attitude

Professional Experience 10 years of related experience, with 5 years of experience in a financial leadership role
Working Conditions Office Environment with occasional trips to other Branch Offices, meeting with lawyers, and financial advisors etc.
Competencies Concern for Order and Quality

Develops Systems: Develops and uses complex systems to organize and keep track of information. Provides an opportunity to maximize the quality and order of organizational outputs.


Continuous Learning and Improvement

Models a Learning Orientation: Readily critiques own abilities and invites the same from others. Can admit mistakes, learn from them, and change course. Focuses on enhancing performance, not ‘saving face’. Encourages and supports others in developing new skills to enhance the organization’s performance. Can critique, mold and champion others’ ideas into implemented cost effective solutions. Encourages a continuous improvement culture in team members.


Client Service Focus

Acts as Client’s Advocate: Persistently lobbies for client’s perspective within the Company where there is long-term financial benefit to the organization.


Financial Understanding

Innovates to Increase Value: Has a deep understanding of the fundamental value drivers within the organization and devises goals, objectives, and performance measures to increase shareholder value in spite of business risk, personal risk, or organizational resistance. Proposes or leads new initiatives that can make a dramatic impact on the business unit, and the organization’s profitability. May undertake significant re-engineering to improve fundamental financial value of the business. Consistently acts in the interests of the organization.


Flexible, Resilient & Resourceful

Adapts Personal Tactics: Recognizes the value of diverse and creative approaches. Alters processes in own area, incorporating new approaches to make long-term, systemic improvements to increase flexibility/adaptability. Changes the overall goal or plan to fit the situation.




Demands Integrity from Others: Demands employees show respect to each other and display it publicly under stress. Demonstrates trustworthiness and leads others by own consistency of principles in actions for all circumstances.


Relationship Management

Influences Direction: Through the strength of internal relationships, is recognized as a specialist in the industry, segment, or area and shapes future direction. Is called upon by Management to provide trusted financial advice and guidance that impacts overall business direction.


Teamwork & Cooperation

Supports Team Success/Resolves Conflict: Proactively looks for opportunities to contribute or support the effective and timely completion of ongoing work or projects led by others. Recognizes value created by the group. Brings conflict within the team into the open and encourages or facilitates a beneficial resolution of conflicts. Does not hide or avoid issues.


Conceptual/Strategic Thinking

Creates New Concepts: Creates new concepts or models to explain situations or resolve problems. Generates and tests multiple concepts, theories or possible explanations for a given situation as related to long-term performance.


Developing Others/Coaching

Delegates Fully for Development: After assessing abilities, delegates fully to allow worker to do a task in their own way, including the opportunity to make and learn from mistakes in a non-critical setting, for developmental purposes.


Market/Environmental Awareness

Thinks Broadly: Thinks broadly about the industry and integrates industry-specific issues into one frame of reference. Uses a wide variety of information to identify and describe trends.


Organizational Commitment

Advocates Organizational Success: Takes actions to balance personal or business unit opportunities with organizational benefits. Strives for optimal organizational success. Similarly, balances short-term and long-term goals on the part of the business unit.

Last Updated November 25th, 2019


Apply Now