Job description

The Role

At Vetstrategy, your work experience will be truly unique. We are looking for an Assistant Controller with strong financial accounting and interpersonal skills to join the dynamic team at our dog-friendly home office in Vaughan. We aim to provide outstanding accounting support to our family of clinics, so that veterinarians can focus on what they do best.

The role will report directly to the Controller and will have several direct reports. If you are looking for a flexible and high growth work environment, this is the role for you!


  • Lead team to complete period-end tasks and meet all reporting deadlines

  • Review reconciliations and promote best practices to ensure proper accounting and controls are in place

  • Prepare memos on the accounting treatment of certain transactions

  • Create new reports & perform analysis to meet changing business needs

  • Process documentation & process improvements

  • Collaborate with other teams/departments on projects that require accounting insight

  • Ensure the Clinic Accounting team provides high quality accounting support to the clinics

  • Coordinate with external auditors and provide necessary supporting documents during year-end audit

  • Hire, onboard, train, and retain skilled accounting staff

  • Ad hoc projects as assigned

Leadership Attributes

  • Responsible for the direct management of the Clinic Accounting Team

  • Responsible for the development and the individual performance reviews that are conducted, and the one to one feedback and annual review sessions with your team to ensure alignment with corporate values

  • Responsible to ensure that cross training is in place for all roles and responsibilities

  • Responsible for the recruitment of high performing staff to the department

Behavioral Requirements

  • Assertive yet friendly enough to constructively share thoughts, issues and solution options with the Managing Director regarding the business, team member issues and demonstrate objectivity

  • Enjoys the challenge in problem solving and continuous looking for areas of to improve efficiencies and grow the business.

  • Mentoring, coaching and supporting team members and encouraging others to give their best performance. To help drive a culture of challenging the status quo.

  • Keen ability to identify opportunities to streamline and document processes, creating efficiencies and cutting unnecessary costs.

Background, Experience and Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive accounting experience

  • At least 2-3 years experience in a leadership role

  • Industry experience is an asset

  • Post Secondary Degree in accounting

  • Solid understanding of ASPE and IFRS

  • Proficient in MS Office with advanced Excel skills

  • NetSuite experience is considered an asset

  • Strong leadership, interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills;

  • demonstrated ability to manage a team

  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to solve problems independently

  • Detail-oriented, organized, good time management skills, and ability to meet deadlines

  • Positive attitude, willingness to be flexible, desire to contribute to team objectives

  • Comfortable working in a dog friendly environment, when visiting the office

Our Ideal Candidate possesses the following:

Cultural Competencies

We are Relationship Focused!

  • In every interaction with the hospitals, we build and maintain personal connections and trust. All relationships matter regardless of different levels, functions, cultures or geography.

We Collaborate!

  • Different perspectives are encouraged as we look for the best way to do things. We collaborate with the hospitals and one another to ensure that all work is in the best interest of the hospital and takes into account the unique needs of each location. We are externally focused on our hospitals rather than only internally focused on our processes.

We Speak the Truth!

  • We are honest and transparent. We can question or challenge without fear of negative repercussions. We support one another and take responsibility for ourselves.

We are Humble!

  • We’re all in this together. There is no room for ego or hierarchy mentality here. We are unpretentious and approachable. We support and appreciate one another. We regularly seek feedback without defensiveness. We reflect on our activities and the impact we have on others.

We Take Care of the Rest!

  • We view everything we do through the lens of the hospitals. We seek to understand first. Every decision we make is based on impact to patient care, client service, and hospitals teams. We do what’s best for the hospitals not just Home Office.

Leadership Competencies:

Focus on Your People

  • Leaders act as coaches, encouraging and empowering their team to reach personal and organizational goals. They are able to communicate and drive the vision & purpose of the organization in a way that inspires action. Leaders foster engagement through team connectivity, feedback and recognition.

Ignite Thought

  • Leaders never rest on ‘good enough’ and continually seek ways to get even better. They encourage their team to question the status quo and bring forth new ideas. They make good and timely decisions that move the organization forward. They look ahead to future possibilities and remain flexible and ready to adapt to business needs.


  • Leaders take on new opportunities with a sense of energy and enthusiasm that is contagious. They focus on continually improving the processes and ways we work. They plan and prioritize to meet the goals of their team and the organization through establishing metrics and milestones. They accept responsibility for all successes and misses for themselves and their team.

Be Your Best Self

  • Leaders show up each day ready to model the behaviour they wish to see from others. They actively seek new ways to develop and are not afraid to take risks and try something different. They stretch in order to grow.


  • Leaders are expert communicators. They deliver timely and helpful communications to their team ensuring that all feel connected and in the loop. They understand that different audiences require different messaging and know the best way to deliver a communication based on the setting; one-on-one, small and large groups or among diverse styles and position levels. They actively listen to others and encourage open expression and diverse ideas.

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