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Manager, Commodity Tax

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 successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Leading direct report(s) to ensure compliance with all commodity tax laws (including GST/HST, QST, PST, fuel taxes, carbon taxes, excise taxes, and insurance premium taxes) with effective business process and in compliance with SOX controls
  • Providing commodity tax advice to client departments on daily business transactions, including reviewing of related documentation and agreements
  • Assisting in commodity tax audits including resolution of audit issues with government taxing authorities and assisting Director Commodity Tax in filing of appeals
  • Assisting Director Commodity Tax in major projects and tax planning opportunities to optimize the company’s tax position that aligns with corporate strategy and direction


Candidates with less experience will be considered as Specialist, Commodity Tax and will have opportunities to expand knowledge bases in other commodity tax areas such as customs duties, U.S. sales and use taxes, U.S. fuel taxes as well as non-commodity tax areas such as withholding taxes.



  • Compliance and Recovery: Managing and continually improving Canadian commodity tax compliance process, recovery (e.g., refund) program, and related controls to ensure alignment with corporate requirement including SOX; Providing technical expertise and coaching to direct report(s) to achieve the highest standards of tax compliance and to develop staff tax knowledge
  • Advisory: Advising client departments with respect to the company’s daily business through effective interpretation of legislation; Evaluating the tax impact of daily business transactions and making recommendations to maximize tax savings and to minimize tax exposure
  • System: Assisting client departments to establish and validate system tax logic for business processes to enhance effective tax compliance
  • Audit: Assisting in federal, provincial, and internal commodity tax audits to ensure timely completion, including replying audit queries, reviewing proposed assessments, preparing objection/appeal, resolving disputes, and implementing corrective action plans
  • Development: Keeping current with new and proposed tax law changes and their impact on the company and assisting Director in establishing tax policy and procedures to ensure compliance



  • Professional accounting designation with specialization in tax and completion of CPA Canada In-Depth GST and PST Courses or equivalent CRA training courses      
  • Strong Canadian commodity tax knowledge and minimum 10-year progressive experience in commodity tax compliance, rulings, refunds, audit, appeals, and statutory interpretation research (Candidates with very strong tax research skills or strong SAP or tax logic knowledge but with less experience will also be considered as Manager; Candidate with lesser experience will be considered as Specialist, Commodity Tax)
  • Strong analytical and communication skills
  • Passion for learning
  • Strong knowledge of SAP and basic understanding of tax logic would be 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 North American 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 employment equity employer committed to the principles of employment equity and inclusion. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply including women, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities. Accommodations for the job application process can be provided, as appropriate, upon request. All applicant information will be managed in accordance with the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).  



  • Req ID: 102179
  • 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: 3
  • Job Available to: Internal & External



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