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Director, Finance


Job Details

Firm Name: Fasken
Posted: Mon. Feb 11, 2019
Location: Downtown

Job Type

  • Finance

Director, Finance

Fasken is a leading international business law and litigation firm. Our firm’s 700 lawyers are located across offices in Vancouver, Surrey, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Québec City, London, Johannesburg and Beijing. Providing strategic and thoughtful advice in all areas of business law, our broad range of clients include close to half of the Fortune 100 companies, as well as corporate clients, government agencies, regulatory authorities, non-profit bodies and individuals. 

We are a high-achieving, professional, entrepreneurial, team-oriented, and friendly place to work. We are committed to diversity and inclusion, and offer a welcoming environment for all people. While we are here to service our clients and are a deadline-driven industry, we look to be innovative, and there are opportunities to participate in initiatives which make a difference in our firm and community.

Achieve excellence doing work that’s challenging and rewarding, with people you’ll like working with, in an environment that’s welcoming, supportive, entrepreneurial and innovative, where you’re a valued contributor, not just an employee. For additional information about the firm or this position, please visit our website at

DIRECTOR, FINANCE - Ontario Region

Job Summary

An opportunity exists for a Director, Finance in our Toronto office reporting to the Chief Financial Officer. The Director is responsible for directing and supervising both financial and management reporting activities, and project-related activities for the Ontario Region. The Director must ensure integrity, accuracy and relevance of reporting to senior management. The Director must exercise sound judgment related to confidentiality, disclosure, and application of Firm policies and procedures. The Director must be aware of regional and firm-wide implications (if any) of business problems and opportunities in the context of the requirements and recommend action plans for improvement and direction to the CFO that would enable the organization to achieve its goals.

At Fasken, success means:

  • Strong leadership qualities and good business acumen

  • Demonstrate influence and ability to make decisions

  • Keep up to date with changes to industry standards and business processes within the field of Finance and Internal Controls

  • Adaptable to change

  • Strong research and problem solving skills with the ability to exercise judgement to resolve related issues

  • Accuracy with attention to detail

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Superior customer service skills when dealing with internal and external clients; ability to be professional, confident and be tactful

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills

  • Must be able to interact and communicate with individuals at all levels of the firm

  • Highly organized in prioritizing work and consistently meeting deadlines within a fast paced work environment

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Optimize the use of management tools and finance resources to facilitate financial analysis and strategic decision-making based on the financial needs of the Region.

  • Specific operational accountabilities include:

    • Management reporting

    • Monthly, annual financial statement and statutory reporting

    • Account analysis

    • Business partner support

    • Partner accounting

    • Tax

    • Trust

    • Cash receipts

    • Treasury

    • Accounts payable/expense reporting

    • Billing

    • Collections

    • 3E Financial System support for front office users

    • Budgets and forecasts

    • 5 year Plans

  • Manage the Regional rollout of firm-wide projects and reporting tools

  • Assessing processes and practices, recommending changes in internal control procedures to enhance efficiency and effectiveness

  • Lead and develop Finance team

  • Oversee the financial operations of the Region and regional reporting

  • Identify operational improvements and efficiencies for the Ontario region and provide strong business partner support.

  • Establish and maintain appropriate procedures and controls to safeguard Firm assets and to ensure complete and accurate accounting records.

  • Coordinating the annual external audit and supporting the firm’s auditors, as required. Responsible for other external audit by governing bodies e.g LSUC, CRA.

  • Working with Firm-wide finance team on management reports, audit, budget and  other key harmonized financial functions (e.g. taxes, accounting systems)

  • Other duties or projects as assigned by Chief Financial Officer.

Required Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a business discipline

  • 10 years+ experience in a similar role within a professional services firm/partnership

  • Recognized professional designation, i.e., CPA, CA, CGA or CMA

  • Advanced knowledge of : (i) acceptable accounting principles for private companies; (ii) accounting procedures and practices within a professional services environment; and (iii) partnership accounting

  • Solid knowledge of fair employee management practices and principles

  • Sound knowledge of a  computerized accounting system’s reporting features e.g., Elite 3E, and financial and management reporting tools

  • Proficiency with general computer software programs, including MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook).


This role reports to the Chief Financial Officer.

Accessibility and Accommodation

It is important to our Firm that all its members, including those with disabilities, find our workplace to be welcoming and supportive. Reasonable accommodations are available on request for candidates with disabilities taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Background and Reference Checks

Any offer of employment may be conditional upon full background checks including a criminal record check, a credit check and employment and educational verifications. A reference check will also be conducted.

Your Application

Qualified candidates are asked to submit their application by e-mail to  Please indicate the position you are applying for in your cover letter. We appreciate hearing from all qualified candidates, however, only those applicants whose background and experience match our requirements will be contacted. No telephone calls, please.


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