Financial Analyst
Swoop
Calgary, AB
Life at Swoop.

When you work for Swoop, you’re a part of an entrepreneurial startup where nimble, bold, collaborative and digitally-focused are just a few of the words we use to summarize how we roll. Swoop is a wholly owned subsidiary of the WestJet Group (TSX: WJA) but make no mistake, we march to the beat of our own drum. At Swoop, our day-to-day operations are vastly different and deliberately separate, but carefully aligned to complement the big picture strategy of the group.

The Role:
At Swoop, the Financial Analyst role is an integral part of our business and success. This individual will aid in the implementation of efficient processes and strong internal controls to ensure continual strategic growth for Swoop. You will be reporting to the Leader of Finance who will leverage your accounting knowledge and analytical insights on our current and future commercial, operational, and strategic initiatives. In this role, you will have a direct influence across Swoop's entire business, as you will be collaborating with various departments and Swoop’s leadership team.

This is an amazing opportunity for a candidate who possesses the ability to look within the numbers and beyond. You will get to work in a start-up environment where rules/procedures have yet to be codified but timelines are always too short, and you're expected to not only do your day job but to also assume additional responsibilities when required. The rewards are unparalleled with exposure across all of Swoop’s functional areas, and a broad range of initiatives and challenges, while working shoulder-to-shoulder with a highly motivated team who want to disrupt the airline industry in Canada.

Candidates looking for stable, well-defined 9-5 role need not apply. But if you’re looking to break into the travel industry, deal with adversity/uncertainty, make your mark on a truly pioneering Canadian airline and work with a can-do team, then we’d love to speak with you!

Key Responsibilities:
Accounting & Monthly Reporting

Lead and manage the accurate month-end close process which includes posting transactions into the general ledger;
Posting monthly accruals and other journal entries;
Completing balance sheet reconciliations and investigating variances;
Research accounting issues and document accounting policy on a periodic basis;
Calculate and remit monthly airport surcharges; and
Generate and present monthly reporting information to senior leadership which includes expense variance analysis vs. prior period, budget and forecast.

Revenue Accounting System

Develop a detailed knowledge of the revenue accounting system by participating in the implementation and ongoing maintenance of the system;

Financial Analysis & Business Partnering

Key finance support to Swoop business departments;
Support Swoop’s ultra-low-cost culture by ensuring that business partners remain accountable to cost performance by providing them meaningful financial reporting and insights;
Meet with key Swoop leaders/other relevant groups and in partnership build forecast and budgeting models to estimate future costs;
Investigate variances to expectation and provide detailed explanations to Management;
Track and analyze key performance indicators; and
Key liaison to WestJet shared services as it relates to Treasury, Tax, Operations and Corporate Accounting departments. Work alongside WestJet resources and provide guidance and support as necessary.

Professional Experience & Qualifications:
Minimum 5+ years of progressive experience in accounting roles;
Previous experience in airline accounting is considered an asset but not requirement;
Ability to quickly analyze business results, identify and clearly summarize key issues;
Highly motivated, energetic and goal-oriented with the ability to work in a fast-paced, team environment;
Willingness and a passion for “Wearing multiple hats” and doing what needs to be done to support the team;
Excel proficiency and a keen interest in learning new technology;
Possess strong communication skills to provide guidance and/or instruction to peers in the organization;
Confident in presenting financial information to senior levels of management; and
Attention to detail, organized and thorough, with a desire for continuous improvement.

Education/Qualifications:
Completion of post-secondary degree in degree in Commerce or Business Administration; and
Completion of an Accounting Designation (e.g. CGA, CA, CMA, CPA) demonstrating thorough knowledge of accounting theory and practice.

What about the Benjamin’s?

At Swoop, we’re committed to offering a fair and competitive total compensation package that starts with a solid base salary, and complemented by perks like performance based profit sharing, a company-matched investment plan, flexible group benefits and of course, flight privileges.

We celebrate differences and diversity.

Swoop is an equal-opportunity employer, and our workplace culture is one where diversity and differences are embraced, appreciated and celebrated. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, colour, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expressions, transgender status, marital or family status, disability, age or convictions for which a pardon has been granted.