Accounting Generalist (Payroll)

April 28 2020
Industries IT: Software
Categories Accounting, Finance, HR, Training, Payroll, Payroll
Vancouver, BC

Our Business

FISPAN is an Enterprise SaaS FinTech start-up that allows for banks to deploy embedded financial products and services to create a seamless banking connection for their corporate clients. Our product aims to provide instant scale and reach for banks who want to remove friction and add value by enabling their commercial banking clients to access banking services through their preferred operational software. Founded in 2016 by respected and renowned entrepreneur Lisa Shields, FISPAN is on a mission to create the best product in the FinTech industry, and fundamentally change the way that companies bank. Being the market leader in ERP-banking, we work with the world’s Tier 1 banks with assets exceeding up to $3T, including J.P. Morgan Chase.


With our rapid growth and global expansion, we are looking for dynamic and passionate individuals to join our team and inclusive culture. FISPAN recognizes that the differences in each of us is what makes FISPAN a different kind of business. Being a Vancouver based start-up, our modern and scenic office is located in downtown’s historic Marine Building. The interview process for this position will be entirely remote. Most HQ employees are working from home due to COVID-19. When it’s safe to return to the office, we have flexible solutions if you want to be in the office a lot, sometimes, or not at all.


The Position

We are currently looking for an Accounting Generalist.

  • Not your typical accounting office - we are hybrid, paperless, tech savvy!
  • Headcount is growing rapidly, meaning there are constant updates and changes within the org
  • Autonomy: You will manage the preparation, distribution, and reporting of payroll information, including preparing account reconciliations, lead the year-end process for reporting and filing of tax forms and government filing, and support internal and external audits. You will also interact with department heads in setting their annual budgets as well as reviewing on a regular basis with such
  • Accountability: Research, recommend and implement new or enhanced policies, procedures and processes to improve operational effectiveness that support business needs
  • Working closely with Finance, and People & Culture to develop and improve controls around payroll processing, secure data validation and system interfaces.


60% of the role:

  • Serve as the FP&A manager for all things personnel related and interact with finance department on projects and continuous improvements to processes


40% of the role:

  • Serve as the payroll subject matter expert for Canada (90%), the US, and other countries


Key Responsibilities

60% FP&A:

  • Support monthly, quarterly, and annual financial analytics via variance and trend analysis
  • Interpretation of key metrics and KPIs to assist with decision making
  • Support performa planning and forecasting
  • Securities analysis out of applicable software
  • Budgeting and planning for personnel growth with various department heads
  • Develops and maintains financial controls and procedures
  • Maintaining employee records in FP&A software


40% Payroll:

  • Prepare accurate and timely semi monthly payroll for all hourly and salaried Canadian, US, and Global employees via Payworks, Deel, and other softwares
  • Assistance with annual filings (EBC: Eligible Business Corporation, SRED: Canadian Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program) by pulling and analyzing employee data, and government grants, Worksafe BC, BC EHT registrations and filings
  • Questions from Employees regarding deductions and other payroll inquiries
  • RRSP & TFSA matching program management
  • Process and submit ROE forms, year end T4 issuance and other tax forms
  • Ensure compliance with all related federal, state/provincial legislation, and corporate policies as they relate to administration of payroll, including salaries, commissions, bonuses, termination payments, and other special payments.
  • Issuance and maintenance of securities to employees and other stakeholders


*This is a new position to the company, so there is plenty of opportunity to carve out a role specific to your interests and capabilities. As we are a start up, this is a taste of what a day in the life would look like, but we all wear many hats and thus duties can change when necessary.


Key Requirements

  • Role requires the candidate to manage a fast-paced and deadline driven environment
  • Possess a continuous improvement mindset and work to deliver solutions that meet the needs of a fast-paced high-growth company
  • Advanced G Suite and/or Microsoft Excel skills to reconcile and analyze payroll variances and discrepancies and provide detailed reporting & analytics
  • Thorough understanding of the Employment Standards Act and Canadian payroll processes. Including but not limited to: withholding taxes, source deductions, other deductions, benefits, ROE forms, T4 slips and more
  • 1+ years of payroll experience
  • PCP is an asset, but not a requirement (willingness to become certified)
  • Experience using Payworks is an asset, but ability to learn new systems is a must
  • Willingness to learn and research payroll requirements for different countries
  • Ability to multi-task, process high volume of transactions and meet deadlines.
  • Must be meticulous and detail oriented.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Basic knowledge of accounting
  • Works well independently as well as within a team.
  • Excellent customer service skills with ability to deal effectively with all levels of staff.


Why Work With Us?

  • Experienced team

Our CEO’s previous venture, Hyperwallet, was purchased by Paypal and ranks as one of the largest Canadian acquisitions! All of our Co-Founders are seasoned professionals within their field. Join our team to build your network and engage in mentorship opportunities.


  • Start-Up Environment

FISPAN’s start-up nature implies autonomy and leadership over projects. Our employees hold a higher level of responsibility and are presented with various hands-on opportunities from the get-go. We want our team to reach their full potential and career aspirations.


  • Rich Culture

We understand that personal growth happens on multiple levels, which is why we encourage a work-life balance to have family time, explore new ideas and develop hobbies. At FISPAN, you can also expect various (virtual) company-wide events and clubs to drive engagement.


  • Perks

Our prime downtown Vancouver office is close to a Skytrain, prestige shopping, and coastal views. FISPAN employees have access to our building fitness center and amenities, fully stocked cupboards, weekly team lunches, and daily coffee runs. We also set our employees up for success by providing the most modern MacBook and Apple equipment.

  • Compensation & Vacation

FISPAN offers industry-researched and competitive pay, annual compensation reviews, options, incentive plans, and health & wellness benefits. Also, enjoy four weeks accruing vacation per annum. We believe in rewarding our driven and hardworking team.


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

As FISPAN continues to grow, we are committed to celebrating diversity, endorsing equity, and encouraging inclusion. This starts in the recruitment process. All job postings are first evaluated in a gender decoding platform to ensure fair candidate pools. Human Resources and hiring managers also engage in blind-hiring and resume review practices to ensure we are being objective and mitigating any potential biases.


FISPAN’S underrepresented groups stand at over 50% with an equal gender balance in our upper manager team, as well. Notably, this position is within the Customer Experience department which has over 50% female and underrepresented groups representation. We aim to make FISPAN the best place to start, explore, and grow a career for everyone.


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