The Opportunity

Bedford, NS
Financial Services
Full-time - Permanent

Clearwater Seafoods is one of the world's largest vertically integrated seafood companies with over 1,900 employees in offices, plants and vessels across the globe. The Canadian company operates from ocean-to- plate, owning its own fishing licenses, vessels and processing facilities, while also providing delivery to its customers worldwide. Clearwater is recognized globally for its superior quality, food safety and diversity of premium wild-caught seafood, including scallops, lobster, langoustine, clams, whelk, shrimp, and crabs.

Since its founding, Clearwater has invested in science, communities, people and technological innovation, as well as resource management to sustain and grow its seafood resource. This commitment has allowed the company to remain a leader in today's global seafood market and in sustainable seafood excellence.

In 2021, Clearwater was acquired by a partnership between Premium Brands Holding Corporation ("PBHC") and the Mi'kmaq Coalition, comprised of seven Mi'kmaq communities in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Today, Clearwater is proudly Indigenous-owned, committed to creating a sustainable seafood future for generations to come.

Clearwater Seafoods' Finance department requires a Senior Finance Manager, Internal controls The position is a Full-Time position and is located in Bedford, N.S.

Purpose of Position

The Senior Finance Manager, Internal controls is responsible for establishing and maintaining, in consultation with managing partner requirements and Clearwater Executive, disclosure controls and procedures, and

internal controls over financial reporting ("ICFR"). The Senior Finance Manager will lead the development and have managing oversight of governance and corporate-level policies and procedures, ensuring their implementation and monitoring compliance.

This position will provide essential support to the CFO, the VP, Corporate Reporting & Accounting, and the Executive management team in measuring objectives and creating efficiencies. The Senior Finance Manager will also be called upon to support the business intelligence and other initiatives of Clearwater including project support, such as those initiated by the VP Finance, Continuous Improvement and the Group Director, Information Systems & Services, and support for the corporation's ESG initiatives.

Reporting Structure

This position reports in a matrix reporting framework to the VP, Corporate Reporting & Accounting and Chief Financial Officer of Clearwater.

Major Responsibilities

  • With managing partner support and CFO input, develop a long-term strategy for the internal ICFR function.
  • Lead the design and maintenance of disclosure controls and internal controls over financial reporting.
  • Evaluate compliance with established procedures and internal controls by leading the testing of operational control activities, including leveraging, overseeing, and facilitating the annual internal audit.
  • Assist areas of business growth, both organic and M&A to establish ICFR alignment with the corporate office.
  • Plan, manage and execute operational and financial audits, as necessary.
  • Proactively monitor for changes that can impact ICFR (e.g., evolving regulations, operating environment, systems, and business changes) and in response, work with management to promote control continuity.

  • Stay current on disclosure and ICFR regulations and best practices to ensure effective and efficient compliance.

  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with management, other members of the finance team and the managing partner.

  • Prepare reports for management, PBHC and the Mi'kmaq Coalition that outline findings and recommend appropriate corrective actions.

  • Identify and address training and development needs to fill compliance gaps.

  • Coordinate with external auditors, internal auditors and process owners to deliver the control documentation required to support the financial statement audit and promote efficiencies between external and internal auditors.

  • Work with risk owners to develop action plans to mitigate financial reporting errors and potential losses.

  • Support and/or lead initiatives to streamline business processes and reporting.

Key Behavioral Competencies

  • Dedicated, hardworking and strong attention to detail
  • Excellent management and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to influence cross-functional and diversely skilled teams
  • Ability to communicate with senior management
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Self-motivated and driven to succeed
  • Ability to teach others and coach for performance
  • Ability to initiate and guide process improvements
  • Flexible in their work schedule and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Must be willing to work in a fast paced and deadline driven team environment

Working Conditions

  • Location: Bedford, NS
  • Travel: Some travel will be required to other Clearwater locations as required (primarily within Nova Scotia and Newfoundland with some international travel)


  • CPA and/or CIA designation
  • Minimum 5 years ICFR experience
  • Demonstrated experience in continuous improvement initiatives, root cause analysis and project management
  • In-depth knowledge of ICFR principles
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • SAP user knowledge is an asset
  • Clear and effective communication skills, both verbally and written
  • Excellent problem-solving skills

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Clearwater Seafoods

Clearwater Seafoods is one of North America's largest vertically-integrated seafood companies and the largest holder of shellfish licenses and quotas in Canada. It is recognized globally for its superior quality, food safety, diversity of species and reliable worldwide delivery of premium wild, eco-certified seafood, including scallops, lobster, clams, coldwater shrimp, sea cucumber, langoustine, whelk and crab.

Since its founding in 1976, Clearwater has invested in science, people and technological innovation, as well as resource ownership and management to sustain and grow its seafood resource. This commitment has allowed it to remain a leader in the global seafood market and in sustainable seafood excellence.