• Accountant - Leases

    Job Locations CA-SK-Saskatoon
    Posted Date 4 months ago(10/3/2018 9:31 AM)
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    Job Category
    Accounting & Finance
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  • Job Description

    Accountant, Leases - Saskatoon, SK

    Why work at Nutrien? Great question!

    Safety is a core value at Nutrien. Keeping every employee safe, healthy and secure is our top priority. Nothing is more important than seeing our people go home safe at the end of every single day.

    While working here you will have the opportunity to grow your career while helping us feed the future. We pride ourselves in hiring from a variety of backgrounds and truly believe that it is our differences that make us stronger so we hope you will join us.

    In addition to exciting and challenging opportunities, Nutrien offers competitive salaries, great benefits and performance based incentives.

    Outside of the skills and necessary qualifications, you will be committed to sustaining our safe and positive work environment while welcoming working side by side others in a diverse culture. Culture at Nutrien is the core of everything we do and all employees are respectful of diverse opinions and views.

    Reporting to the Senior Manager, Corporate Accounting, the Lease Accountant will be a key member of the team responsible for the lease accounting function globally within Nutrien. They will focus on the accounting, reporting, analysis and compliance aspects of the Corporate and NPK lease portfolio and be responsible for process improvement and participation in lease related projects as they arise.

    The Lease Accountant will be located in Saskatoon and will collaborate with varied stakeholder groups entering lease agreements at both an Operational and Corporate level, ensuring consistent application of accounting policies and procedures relating to the treatment of leases. This role currently does not exist, with the requirement arising because of the implementation of a new accounting standard, IFRS 16, with a transition date of January 1, 2019.

    Key Tasks:

    • Perform the appropriate accounting and reporting of lease activity (including real estate leases, equipment leases e.g. Rail Cars, lease modifications/renewals, subleases, and acquired leases, etc.) in accordance with GAAP.
    • Communicate lease agreement assessments to impacted stakeholders (e.g. Procurement, Plant and Site Administration and Transportation & Logistics) to help ensure accurate accounting and reporting.
    • Collaborate with the Retail Finance team to ensure consistent application of lease accounting and reporting processes and procedures across Nutrien.
    • Responsibility for documentation and implementation of lease assessment procedures for new lease agreements.
    • Assist Corporate Accounting with the month-end and quarter-end closing of the general ledger, prepare month-end journal entries, and perform analysis of relevant GL accounts to enable reconciliations.
    • Ensure consistent functional compliance with internal controls, SOX controls and external regulatory environment to maintain accuracy and reliability of financial information.
    • Assist External Reporting in preparation of disclosures for Nutrien's financial statements.


    • Ability to understand multiple IFRS standards and concepts including IFRS16, research issues using various tools, and apply research to real life scenarios. Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply accounting literature and legal concepts to complex accounting transactions.
    • Ability to multi-task and shift priorities.
    • Strong communication and analytical skills to draft memos and presentations.
    • Team player who is detail oriented, with ability to plan work effectively, meet the deadlines assigned, and make sound decisions with little direction.
    • Experience with operational accounting would be ideal, however, a combination of corporate and operational experience will be considered;
    • Competent and proficient understanding of a variety of technology platforms, including ERP’s, current Microsoft and Internet technologies. Knowledge of lease management tools would also be considered an asset.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Undergraduate degree most likely in business, accounting or finance;
    • Professional accounting designation;
    • Min. 3-5 years accounting experience.

    Nutrien is committed to creating an inclusive workplace.  We encourage applications from all well qualified candidates who reflect the diversity of the regions where we operate.  This includes recognizing the voluntary identification of status such as gender, sexual orientation, visible minority, Indigenous status, persons with disabilities, and veterans, where applicable.

    If this sounds like a good match, apply now.  This job will remain posted until filled. You may be required to undergo a background check and substance test in accordance with Nutrien policies. 

    While we appreciate all applications we receive, we advise that only candidates under consideration will be contacted.


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