Staff Accountant

Montreal, QC

Start date As soon as possible

Job type

Full-time Categories Hospitality, Administration

Staff Accountant  


Division: Finance 

Department: Finance 

Reports to: Assistant Director of Finance  


*Due to local laws, we prioritize applicants who have permission to work in Canada, and are fluent in both English and French, both orally and in writing. 

The Four Seasons Hotel Montreal is looking for someone who shares our passion for excellence and seeks to create a memorable experience for our employees and guests. We are looking for a person who has a strong work ethic, a high level of integrity, a concern for quality, a cultural sensitivity and a sense of customer service. 


Job Summary  


The Staff Accountant is responsible for assisting the Assistant Director of Finance in maintaining the general ledger and balance sheet reconciliations. Additionally, the Staff Accountant may be responsible for supervising other areas within the Finance Department under the direction of the Assistant Director of Finance, including payroll, accounts payable, and general cashiering in accordance with all related local and corporate policies and procedures.  


Core Responsibilities 


  • Assist Assistant Director of Finance with maintaining the effectiveness of internal controls to safeguard the assets and resources of the hotel; 

  • Actively support other department managers with matters dealing with labor standards, payroll, and other issues that may arise regarding the finance department;  

  • Direct and supervise the efforts, quality, and timeliness of all aspects of payroll, accounts payable, and general cashiering or other areas as directed by the Assistant Director of Finance and Senior Director of Finance; 

  • Assist in other areas of the accounting office as needed;  

  • Understand and possess a working knowledge of the Accounting & Finance Manual; 

  • Good understanding of Month-End Process, including but not limited to preparation of financial statements, accruals and journal entries, maintain reconciliations for all balance sheet accounts in established corporate formats and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principals; 

  • Assist the Assistant Director of Finance in preparation of all budgets and forecasts; 

  • Understand the current Edition of USALI; 

  • Prepare and coordinate the monthly reconciliations for all balance sheet accounts and all bank reconciliations, ensuring all outstanding reconciling items are investigated and resolved satisfactorily; 

  • Perform all daily, monthly, and other periodic accounting and financial reporting in an accurate and timely nature; 

  • Participate in the physical inventory counts and the subsequent accuracy of count, price, and valuation; 

  • Safeguard the cash assets through monthly bank reconciliations, cash counts of all issued Banks, including general cashier, and reporting any discrepancies to the Assistant DOF; 

  • Assist with month end adjustment journal entries and balance sheet reconciliations; 

  • Prepare periodic vacation and medical deduction audits; 

  • Prepare required backup or work papers in order to provide analysis and control over balance sheet and P&L accounts and to serve the purpose of internal and external audits; 

  • Have a working knowledge of all areas in Finance to ensure that coverage can be provided for employees on vacation or leave; 

  • Be familiar with the program of records control, security, retention and disposal in accordance with hotel policy and procedures; 

  • Ensure that income is properly recorded and an accurate and timely Daily Business Report is generated; 

  • Meet with Division and Department Heads and observe the actual work being performed in each department in order to establish labor standards for all job categories within the hotel; review each department at least twice per year to determine the adequacy of their labor standards, propose changes when necessary and implement with proper approval;  

  • Review daily/weekly labor report and explain the major variances to established labor standards; 

  • Assist Department Heads and Division Heads in researching any discrepancies or problems highlighted by the daily, weekly and monthly labor productivity reports; 

  • Assist the Assistant Director of Finance in Forecasting/Budgeting and assist the Department Heads in producing their annual labor budgets; 

  • Perform any additional duties as assigned by the Director of Finance or Assistant Director of Finance; 


Desired Qualifications and Skills  

  • Two (2) to five (5) years experience with a Finance Department, preferably within a hotel 

  • Ability to communicate fluently in English and French, both orally and in writing; 

  • Highest level of integrity and transparency; 

  • Strategic, analytical and solid business acumen knowledge; 

  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills to work with cross-functional teams; 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to prepare and deliver reports, effective presentations and to facilitate meetings; 

  • Promote a continuous learning environment that creates an atmosphere for professional development opportunities; 

  • Apply an ethical approach to influence the outcome of situations; 

  • Serve as a role model for others by demonstrating appropriate business conduct and ethical principles; 

  • Continuously seek to improve/develop the performance of others and continuously strive to improve own performance; 

  • Work in a safe, prudent and organized manner; 

  • Clear understanding of the purpose and reasons for internal controls; 

  • Understand and be familiar with hotel quality standards and service standards; 

  • Strong commitment to service; 

  • Require a working technical knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles.  Working knowledge is generally learned on-the-job or through a series of professional certifications; 

  • Require knowledge of and the ability to operate computer equipment and Microsoft Office Suite software. Sun and Opera Systems knowledge would be ideal and greatly valued;  


What’s in it for you?     

  • Extended Health Coverage (dental, vision, life insurance, RMT, prescription drugs, etc.).  

  • Discounts at our MARCUS Restaurant and our 5 Star Spa.    

  • Employee themed recognition days and events such as Employee of the month, Service milestone celebrations, birthday events, and more!  

  • Complimentary meal per shift in our employee dining room (Café 1440).    

  • Retirement plan with employer contribution.    

  • Paid time off including sick days, vacation days and 2 additional floating holidays per year.    

  • Excellent training, development, and mobility opportunities. 

  • Employee Travel Program, including complimentary stays at Four Seasons globally (by length of service and subject to availability).   

  • And so much more! 


The list of tasks specified above is not exhaustive, the function will require a constant adaptation to situations of high activity and specific management of customer relations. 


*Our organization is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability or any other basis protected under provincial or federal laws. 

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