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Manager, Business Controls (Granville Island)

Granville Island is administered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) on behalf of the Federal Government.  Its mission is to "to stewart this public land for meaningful urban and social experimentation among diverse, creative, cultural and business models, engaging local first nations and communities, and welcoming the world." 


Granville Island and its 300 businesses greet approximately 10 million people per year, employ over 3,000 people full-time, and generate over $260 million in economic activity.  Granville Island is seen as one of the most successful waterfront development in North America aspiring to become the "most inspiring public place in the world".


You want to know more about Granville Island?  Read the Granville Island 2040: Bridging Past & Future report by clicking on this link:



Join the Granville Island team in the position of Controller/Business Controls Manager. This role is an exceptional opportunity to become a member of the Granville Island Leadership team.  You will provide strategic financial and business advice to the management team and formalize strategic partnerships that will enable continuing development of various projects on Granville Island.   



  • Responsible for developing overall strategic and operating plans to ensure the financial viability of the business unit.
  • Leads four distinct teams (finance, procurement, administration and payroll) that support the overall operation and decision-making of the business unit.
  • As a key member of the management team, develops and recommends various scenarios to optimize capital building development and cash flow analyses targeted toward achieving successful implementation of development plans.
  • Provides guidance, advice and recommendations to various internal clients, ranging from middle management to Senior VP's with regards to financial impacts and plans, special initiatives and unique business cases and is accountable for guidelines, policies and risk management.
  • Ensures that the business unit is in compliance with the external audit, including the timely provision of reports, explanations, data, and related information, as required, to external auditors.
  • Leads the preparation of financial statements and related analysis, including the annual financial statement audit process. Leads the preparation and distribution of timely and accurate financial reports and other reports on business activities, including monthly and quarterly status reporting.
  • Leads the annual operating and capital budgeting processes, including preparing submissions and materials for approval by Management Committee and the Board of Directors.
  • Leads the preparation of external reporting to municipal and provincial authorities and organizations.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Undergraduate degree in business administration, finance or commerce.
  • Professional accounting designation, such as CPA, CA, CMA or CGA.
  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience in a financial management/oversight position, including 2-3 years of experience with staff reports.
  • Solid understanding of Financial Statements and generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Demonstrated work experience in technical accounting as well as leading and/or participating in cross-functional project teams.
  • Ability to synthesize data and package coherent recommendations.
  • Knowledge of relevant financial, legislative and regulatory environments.
  • Strong influencing skills for making recommendations to management team and clients.
  • Excellent analytical and project management skills.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Familiarity with commercial property management is an asset.



Posting closing date: Note, the competition will remain active until filled.





On June 14, 2022, the Government of Canada announced that as of June 20, 2022, it will suspend vaccination requirements for federal government employees.  This decision followed a review of the current public health situation, including the evolution of the virus and vaccination rates in Canada. As a result, and consistent with the Government of Canada decision, CMHC has suspended its Vaccination Policy, effective June 20, 2022.  

As a result, at this time, CMHC does not require employees to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.  CMHC will continue to monitor the public health situation and may at any time make adjustments and adopt or reintroduce measures, including mandatory vaccination, attestation and verification requirements. Any such vaccination measures, as updated from time to time, shall form a term and condition of your employment at CMHC.

CMHC is an inclusive workplace where diversity of thought – and of people – are recognized, valued, and considered essential to achieving our aspiration.
We are committed to employment equity and actively encourage applications from women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, veterans and persons of all races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions. We also welcome applications from non-Canadians who are eligible to work in Canada.
We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest, however, please note that only applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted. If selected for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.

Job Requisition ID: 9093  

Starting Base Salary: 97692.52 

Office Location: Vancouver (BC) 

Other Location(s):  

Security Requirement: Reliability Status 

Travel Requirement: Limited