Arrow Transportation Systems Inc.

Financial Controller - BioNorth Energy

Job Locations CA-BC
Company BioNorth Energy


Located in beautiful Fort St. James, BC where outdoor recreation is in abundance and home prices are affordable, BioNorth Energy is looking for an Financial Controller to join the family for a 1 year term.  


BioNorth Energy, formerly the Veolia Fort St. James Green Energy Project, is a joint-venture partnership between the Arrow Group of Companies (Arrow), the Nak’azdli Development Corporation (NDC), the economic development arm of the Nak’azdli First Nation (Nak’azdli), and low-carbon infrastructure developer, Nexus PMG (Nexus). 


The Energy Plant is a 40-megawatt biomass power generation facility which began commercial operation in late 2017, under a 30-year electricity purchase agreement (EPA) with BC Hydro.


Making use of forest biomass, such as biologs, wood waste and hog fuel to make electricity is a way for the Province to meet the energy objectives of its CleanBC plan and shift BC to a lower carbon economy. By combining the knowledge and complimentary skillsets of Arrow, the NDC and Nak’azdli, and Nexus PMG, we are ideally positioned to turn the plant into a successful energy producing facility.  


The financial Controller will have financial oversight with respect to Accounting processes, policies and strategies of the Energy Plant working with it's over 30 employees.


Fort St. James Scenic - Church and Lake    BioNorth

We Offer

  • Competitive Compensation
  • Shift: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm
  • Full extended medical benefits for you and your dependents/family
  • Pension matching program (up to 4%)
  • Relocation assistance will be provided
  • We promote from within! A career with a growing company.
  • The ability to make your mark and affect change
  • The ability to work and live in a beautiful and affordable community! 


Reporting to and working closely with the General Manager Operations, the Financial Controller’s principal role is to update, create, review, audit, analyze and optimize all financial processes, documentation and financial reporting for the Division. The controller will also be responsible for implementing, managing and maintaining fibre delivery, inventory control, payment and reconciliation process for all fibre-related transactions.


The controller will assist fibre team with contractual oversite, and be responsible for financial reconciliations of all fibre suppliers, log purchases, log sales and the Forest Management and Operations Agreement.  


More specifically, the Financial Controller will be responsible for the BC Hydro Billing process as set forth within the Energy Purchase Agreement between BioNorth Energy LP (BNE) and British Columbia Hydro.


The Financial Controller will ensure information is reported accurately and appropriately to BNE management as it relates to all activities in the division. This role ensures processes are followed and items completed in various software applications on an ongoing basis and as per accounting cycle deadlines. The Financial Controller may also be responsible for reception, office management and general office duties.


Major Responsibilities

  • Prepare Monthly Financial Statements for BNE and related stakeholders that are consistent with Canadian GAAP.
  • Ensure all information pertaining to (Electrical, Fibre) Revenue is accurately invoiced in appropriate software, is regularly updated and reviewed for accuracy and is regularly audited and reconciled.
  • Ensure all Credit Agreement covenants are adhered as set forth within the Credit Agreement between BNEand its Lenders.
  • Ensure all information pertaining to Payables are audited and reflect accurately.
  • Perform comprehensive reconciliations of accounts including insurance claims, pension, health & welfare, BC Hydro Receivables, fibre deliveries and fibre conversions.
  • In conjunction with management team, prepare annual budget and business plan for BNE, work with management team to create cost tracking tools for major maintenance activities and capital expenditures.
  • In conjunction with the General Manager Operations, ensure that documented Incident claims are entered in appropriate software and managed.
  • Code, total, batch, enter, verify and reconcile transactions such as accounts payable, receivable, payroll, purchase orders, invoices, petty cash transactions and bank statements in the appropriate computer systems.
  • Calculate, prepare and issue documents related to accounts such as bills, invoices, inventory reports, account statements, lease operator statements and other financial statements using computerized and manual systems.
  • Develop and track KPI’s for the site leadership team (including the Availability, Heat Rate, Capacity Factor, Harvesting / Chip Plant components of the business.
  • Ensure proper coding of expenses within the Procurement module. Responsible for the tracking / counts around the various inventory types (i.e. parts, hog fuel,pulplogs, biologs, sawlogs)
  • Assist with the set-up of the harvesting module within a Fibre Management System.
  • Create effective process integrations which are in compliance with Arrow’s standards.
  • Support complex transactions (i.e. trading, sales, cost allocation)
  • Close entries at month end and batch processing / tracking (invoicing)
  • Actively communicate with Fibre team regarding fibre-related process issues (scale, invoice rec, month end etc...) and to ensure schedules / standards / accuracy uploads are maintained.
  • When conducting oneself at the division and while reviewing employee and other paperwork, ensure full compliance with safety policy and procedures. When required bring potential safety compliance gaps to the attention of the General Manager Operations.
  • Follow all workplace safety policies and compliance regulations participate in identifying hazards.
  • Prepare analysis and/or reports as required by division, internal and/or external customers.
  • Ensure all HR/Hiring and related paperwork is completed and filed appropriately whether internally or with 3rd parties (i.e. required Teamsters paperwork where applicable).
  • Ensure all files are organized and maintained and all office processes are streamlined for most efficient and effective operation.
  • Other duties as assigned by Manager.

You Possess

  • A CPA or equivalent professional designation
  • Relevant post-secondary courses, diploma or degree an asset
  • Strong understanding of and experience with the accounting cycle i.e. Accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll, month end and year end processes
  • Proficiency with all Microsoft Office programs
  • Working knowledge of an Inventory Management software tool along with previous experience in Procurement related module would be an asset
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and written
  • Organizational skills with a keen attention to detail
  • Internal and external customer service skills
  • Strong concern for the accuracy and quality of work
  • Problem solving ability and proven initiative
  • Strong safety mindset
  • Strong work ethic and positive team attitude
  • Highly flexible, with solid interpersonal skills that allow one to work effectively in a diverse working environment
  • Professional demeanor whether in person, via email or on the phone


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