The Opportunity

Halifax, NS
Accounting and Financial
Competition Number: HW23-74E

Halifax Water is hiring for the job of Manager of Accounting (Term, up to 12 months) in the Corporate Services Department. As a key member of the Corporate Services team, the Manager of Accounting will be responsible timely and accurate financial reporting, financial accounting, financial statements, revenue, and cash flow. The Manager will be responsible for development and implementation of accounting procedures and internal controls, fixed asset accounting, financial analyses, and annual audit. The Manager will Lead development and implementation of accounting policies and internal controls, be responsible for accounting for fixed assets, depreciation, capital cost contributions, and grants in accordance with regulatory and utility policies governing Halifax Water.

What you'll do


As the Manager of Accounting, you will:

  • Be a self-motivated, driven individual who has a passion and demonstrated ability to lead research and development of strategies for corporate accounting, internal control, and process improvements and implement required changes ensuring strong internal control is maintained. Manage projects and initiatives and participate on committees as required.
  • Be part of Halifax Water's management team participating in a variety of management activities including hiring, performance management, discipline, budgeting, and labour relations matters such as collective agreement interpretation and changes as required.
  • Be responsible for the preparation of annual and longer-term budgets for operating revenue, non-operating revenue, depreciation, and non-operating expenses (debt servicing), and provide assistance as required with the preparation of water rate applications submitted for approval to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB).
  • Be the subject matter expert interpreting and ensuring compliance with Provincial Acts and Standards, Federal Legislation, NSUARB Accounting Manual, Utility Regulations, and policies and procedures governing the utility, such as IFRS, WCB, HST Legislation, Public Utilities Act, and Privacy Act.

What you'll need


Minimum qualifications for this position include a post-secondary degree in business, public administration or related field, as well as a professional accounting designation (CPA). In addition, five years of broad and progressively more senior experience in financial management and general office administration, preferably in a utility or customer oriented operation.

This job is a non-union role; you can find the job description and benefits to working at Halifax Water on the Halifax Water website (

Salary range for this job is $84,800 to $106,000.

As part of the selection process, applicants meeting the minimum qualifications for the position will be required to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities for the position through a set of practical applications and an interview.

We're looking for

Core Skills

Project Management Budget preparation Subject Matter Experts Regulatory Requirements Team Leadership Highly-organized Attention to detail

A little bit about us

Halifax Water

Halifax Water is Atlantic Canada's largest water utility, providing integrated water, wastewater and stormwater services for more than 106,000 customers on a daily basis. For more than 70 years we have been proud stewards of the water cycle, providing clean water to customers, and safely conveying it back to the source. Through our One Team - One Water approach, our more than 550 dedicated emloyees provide essential water services to an estimated 383,000 people in HALIFAX.

In addition to a collegial work environment that promotes a work-life balance, Halifax Water offers its employees a challenging and rewarding career with a competitive compensation and benefits package, opportunities for professional development, and incentive programs. As a member of the team at Halifax Water, you will be contributing to the success of the utility while delivering water, wastewater and stormwater services in an integrated, cost-effective and environmentally sound manner with a commitment to long-term sustainability.

Halifax Water’s goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of the community we serve, at all job levels. Halifax Water believes a diverse workforce positively contributes to its success, and the success of our community. We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, LGBTQ+ community, racially visible persons, women in non-traditional positions, persons with disabilities and Indigenous persons. Halifax Water encourages applicants to self-identify in the cover letter.