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Director Corporate Accounting

Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) are now CPKC. As the only truly North American railway, we are making big moves! Drawing on our strong foundations and heritage, CPKC moves essential goods across our 20,000-mile network to support economic growth throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Be a part of history as we connect a continent and create exciting career opportunities across our new transnational network. Visit to learn about the CPKC advantage, our purpose and culture.


The Director Corporate Accounting leads and develops teams of professional accountants that sustain and improve accounting and reporting activities associated with treasury, compensation, leasing, investments, and other corporate activities. 



  • Oversee the detailed accounting and reporting activities in order to support rapid and accurate period-end close and continuous improvement thereto
  • Maintain exemplary relationships with the multiple stakeholders that support the accounting and reporting process (treasury, HR, Payroll, labour relations, business groups, taxation, information systems, investees) or require its output (forecasting, business groups)
  • Provide secondary support for review of journal entries and reconciliations, as needed
  • Review financial analysis on monthly and quarterly data
  • Review quarterly and annual external disclosures associated with team scopes, and XBRL reporting of the financial statements
  • Oversee the development and execution of comprehensive workplans:
    • identifying monthly, quarterly and annual activities for the team
    • identifying and prioritizing risks and opportunities, and designing adequate responses
    • designing and implementing new controls, including periodic report testing
    • documenting activities
    • developing and improving value of analysis and reporting to internal users
  • Coach, supervise and develop direct reports
  • Oversee and review assessments of technical accounting literature in relationship to significant financial transactions, identify alternatives, and document positions
  • Ensure accounting and reporting processes comply with applicable internal control (SOX) requirements
  • Review budgets and forecasts prepared by teams under scope and drive continuous improvements thereto
  • Oversee the design and sustainment of processes associated with integration of new entities
  • Ensure financial reporting and disclosures related to team scope are in compliance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (US GAAP), tax, securities regulation, and SOX



  • Must possess an Accounting Designation: CPA, with 10+ years of experience, including public company financial reporting and/or audit experience
  • Knowledge of US GAAP/IFRS
  • Ability to interpret complex accounting policies and accounting treatment and translate to business application
  • Previous railway knowledge including Rail Industry accounting would be considered an asset
  • Application Expertise (desirable): SAP, BPC, Excel, Workiva, Blackline;
  • Communication Skills both verbal and written
  • Management and leadership skills including coaching, motivating, resilience, team building, change management, and process reviews
  • Possess a strong attention to detail and accuracy, Ability to set and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work as a key team member in cross functional teams, obtain consensus / agreement on recommendations
  • Previous railway knowledge including Rail Industry accounting would be considered an asset



  • Flexible and competitive benefits package
  • Competitive company pension plan
  • Employee Share Purchase Plan
  • Performance Incentive Program
  • Annual Fitness Subsidy
  • Part-time Studies Program



As an employer with national presence, the possibility does exist that the location of your position may be changed based on organizational requirements.


Background Investigation:

The successful candidate will need to successfully complete the following clearances:    

  • Criminal history check
  • Reference check


Management Conductor Program:

Becoming a qualified conductor or locomotive engineer is the single best way for a management employee to learn the business at CPKC. You may be required to obtain a certification or to maintain your current certification/qualification as a conductor or locomotive engineer.


CPKC is an equal opportunity employer committed to the principles of employment equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals. All applicant information will be managed in accordance with the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act ("PIPEDA").


  • Req ID: 100816
  • Department: Finance & Accounting
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: Calgary, Alberta
  • Country: Canada
  • % of Travel: 0-10%
  • # of Positions: 1
  • Job Grade: 2
  • Job Available to: Internal & External




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