Travel Alberta

Specialist, Accounts Payable

Dec 16, 2017
Dec 4, 2017
Travel Alberta
Travel Alberta is the tourism marketing agency of the Government of Alberta. A team of youthfully spirited adventurers lead in marketing Alberta’s authentic experiences in breathtaking landscapes around the world. Our mission: to create economic value and prosperity with compelling invitations to explore Alberta. Travel Alberta strives to empower individual passion and build inspirational leadership as ONE TEAM. If you want to be part of an award-winning organization with strong corporate values, passionate team members and a great culture, Travel Alberta is the destination for you.

Position Summary

Reporting directly to the Director, Finance, the Specialist, Accounts Payable directly supports the Finance team in the processing and payment of supplier invoices and expense claims; ensure accuracy of processing within approved purchase orders and contracts; ensure allocation to the proper projects general ledger accounts; reconcile vendor statements; process and reconcile team member credit card purchases and in-market reps expense claims. Perform other related general accounting functions as required.

Responsibilities and Requirements

  • Sets up and manage vendor information and standard payment terms
  • Process supplier invoices
  • Prepare/process/reconcile weekly, monthly payments
  • Assist other business units and vendors with accounts payable queries
  • Manage the reconciliation and processing of the monthly Corporate Credit card statement and Employee expense claims
  • Manage the reconciliation and processing of in-market reps expense claims
  • General accounting and other finance related duties
  • Provide back-up and support to the Finance team on administration and other finance related duties
  • Special Projects and Duties as required
  • Able to interpret, obtain, select, analyze, and explain information to resolve complex issues efficiently and effectively.
  • While using sound accounting judgment, being able to act in compliance with complex policies and procedures in order to provide a high quality financial information and meet the needs of stakeholders in a timely manner
  • Ensure data accuracy and timely processing and reporting
  • Be innovative and problem solving oriented 
  • Find more efficient and effective ways of working within a process based environment
  • Planning, reporting and analyzing effectively, focusing on historical, current and future trends
  • Use reason, logic and innovation to present and explain data and procedures according to audience.
  • Support accounting processes/policies and provide assistance to other business units and vendors concerning accounts payable function
  • Ability to influence AP/other accounting related decision making and help resolve issues
  • Maintain confidential and sensitive information

Additional Requirements

  • Knowledge is acquired through an Accounting, Business, Administration or related program and minimum two years of professional accounting diploma or bachelor degree
  • Working towards an Accounting Designation (CPA) is an asset
  • Knowledge of Canadian GAAP accounting theory, concepts, practices and principles are critical
  • Knowledge of full cycle accounting in order to run comprehensive accounting reports involving accounts payable and other financial reports
  • Prior experience in full cycle of Accounts Payable is a must
  • Prior experience with admin/accounting processes is critical
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills are critical to work successfully in a Finance department
  • Strong creative and analytical skills are important in developing and interpreting reports
  • Ability to understand technical manuals and related materials pertaining to the responsibilities of the job, including experience in working with different accounting software applications
  • Ability to understand and interpret complex accounting policies and procedures and financial documents
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; proficient in oral and written communication 
  • Ability to multi-task, problem-solve, analyse and interpret data
  • Experience working with internal and external partners is beneficial
  • Experience with the Tourism Industry is beneficial
  • Experience with Government policies and procedures is beneficial
  • Minimum of two years of administrative and accounting experience in a corporate environment

Other Information

This position is based in Calgary, Alberta
Employment status: Full Time
Salary: $60,216 - $78,288 per annum

This position offers an excellent benefits package with SunLife Financial, including extended health and dental coverage, life insurance, travel insurance, long term disability and a flexible spending account. This individual will also participate in a defined benefit plan with the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP), have free and confidential access to Sun Life’s RightDirections Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and be a part of Travel Alberta’s learning and development program, which includes up to 100% reimbursement to further education.

Since becoming a Crown corporation in 2009, Travel Alberta has been recognized with more than 50 awards for brand and marketing and excellence.

If you have the qualifications to succeed in this role, submit a cover letter, resume and your salary expectations, with the title in the subject line of your email to If applicable, please indicate the name of the Travel Alberta Team Member who referred you to this role.

We wish to express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest and advise that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Any personal information submitted will be managed with the strictest of confidentiality.