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Assistant Accountant in Nanaimo at Western Forest Products

Date Posted: 3/1/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Western Forest Products is hiring for our accounting team at our Nanaimo area locations.

The Assistant Accountant will provide accounting and finance support services for Western's sawmill manufacturing division. The position will be located at one of our sawmill divisions in the Nanaimo, BC area. In this role, the Assistant Account will support the Senior Division Accountant with respect to transactions, reporting requirements, financial and operational analysis, budgeting and forecasting. 

This is a junior to intermediate accounting role and required the completion of a 4 year post secondary degree in accounting and candidates should be actively working on attaining the CPA designation.

Responsibilities within the role will be adapted to the candidate's current level of experience, which could include any or all of the following: 



  • Weekly accountability reporting
  • Manning reports
  • Transaction entry review
  • VOPs


  • Journal Vouchers
  • Balance sheet account reconciliations
  • Assist with Monthly Operating Report preparation and assembly
  • Coverage for Divisional Accountant
  • Track actual vs. forecast performance on capital projects
  • Assistance with variance analysis
  • Maintain forecast templates
  • Update month-end financial statement packages
  • VOPs


  • Boom Gear counts
  • Stores inventory counts


  • Assemble gate forms for maintenance capital projects
  • Support Division Accountants with tracking performance of various projects and KPIs, and optimization analysis.

Job Requirements

Required Professional Designation/Certification:

  • Enrollment in the CPA or legacy (CA, CGA, CMA) accounting designation program would be considered an asset.

 Required Knowledge:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of full cycle accounting.
  • Experience in a financial and/or business services capacity.
  • Working knowledge of relevant business and divisional accounting processes.

Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Improvement oriented and focused on identifying business efficiencies.
  • Strong business acumen and analytical skills.
  • Well-developed communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • A good working knowledge of MS Office applications (Outlook, Excel, Word and Power Point).
  • Detail focused and strong ability to multi-task with strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines using strong problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of the organization.