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Title:  Director, Accounting Policy Implementation






Requisition ID: 63819


Join the Global Community of Scotiabankers to help customers become better off.


The Director, Accounting Policy & Procedure Implementation Leads and oversees APPI – Financial Instruments globally (excluding Canadian Banking) and accounting-related issues for GBM units (excluding US entities, non-trading loans / guarantees, and non-FI revenue recognition) ensuring business strategies, plans and initiatives are executed / delivered in compliance with governing regulations, internal policies and procedures.



  • Leads and drives a customer focused culture throughout their team to deepen client relationships and leverage broader Bank relationships, systems and knowledge.
  • Maintains a thorough knowledge of existing and proposed accounting, financial reporting & disclosure requirements relevant to the Bank, with a focus on financial instruments.  This will require staying abreast of proposed changes to IFRS accounting standards, as well as new financial reporting & disclosure required by regulatory bodies (e.g., OSFI, Financial Stability Board).
  • Leads / supervises the implementation of the Bank’s accounting policies & procedures related to financial instruments.  This will involve the design and implementation of new financial reporting processes and controls in order to operationalize and ensure compliance with accounting policies, as well as the accuracy & completeness of financial disclosure requirements.  Adequate supervision of staff is required to ensure implementation is successful, including the review of accounting entries and communication with stakeholders.  It will also involve advising executives of proposed changes and the impact on the all-Bank results.
  • Provides advice and guidance to the Front and Back Office on appropriate operational accounting and financial reporting implications as it relates to specific complex business transactions and new business initiatives related to financial instruments, which could impact income recognition, balance sheet classification, valuation and disclosure requirements.
  • Reviews ongoing financial accounting & reporting of financial instruments to assess accuracy and integrity, particularly as it relates to complex and non-routine transactions.  This will involve reviewing accounting for specific non-routine transactions, products and processes, to ensure financial reporting is in accordance with appropriate policies.
  • Understand how the Bank’s risk appetite and risk culture should be considered in day-to-day activities and decisions.
  • Creates an environment in which his/her team pursues effective and efficient operations of his/her respective areas in accordance with Scotiabank’s Values, its Code of Conduct and the Global Sales Principles, while ensuring the adequacy, adherence to and effectiveness of day-to-day business controls to meet obligations with respect to operational, compliance, AML/ATF/sanctions and conduct risk.
  • Builds a high performance environment and implements a people strategy that attracts, retains, develops and motivates their team by fostering an inclusive work environment and using a coaching mindset and behaviours; communicating vison/values/business strategy; and, managing succession and development planning for the team.


Education and Experience Required

  • Must be an accredited accounting professional, preferably a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant
  • A minimum 5-year experience in the financial services industry and exposure to complex accounting issues
  • Thorough, in-depth knowledge in IFRS, specifically related to financial instruments and FX
  • Knowledgeable of EGL, SmartView, and OBI



Location(s):  Canada : Ontario : Toronto 

As Canada's International Bank, we are a diverse and global team. We speak more than 100 languages with backgrounds from more than 120 countries. We value the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the Bank, and are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone. If you require accommodation (including, but not limited to, an accessible interview site, alternate format documents, ASL Interpreter, or Assistive Technology) during the recruitment and selection process, please let our Recruitment team know. If you require technical assistance please click here. Candidates must apply directly online to be considered for this role. We thank all applicants for their interest in a career at Scotiabank; however, only those candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

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