Thompson Rivers University

Thompson Rivers University

Manager Accounting - Payroll


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General Accountability: The Manager, Accounting - Payroll is responsible for Payroll function for all employees as well as the development, daily maintenance, integrity, and operations of a diverse range of systems. The Manager, Accounting - Payroll provides strategic direction, supervision and leadership within the Payroll function. In conjunction with the Director, Financial Services, the Manager is responsible for the development and implementation of internal controls as well as processes to ensure the integrity and accuracy of the financial accounting systems (particularly in the areas of Payroll) while maintaining a high level of customer service for the University's internal and external customers.

Organization and Structure: The Manager, Accounting - Payroll reports to the Director, Financial Services and has direct supervision of the transactional processing areas of the Payroll function.

This position is an integral part of the senior Financial Services team and works collaboratively with all Directors and Managers, on the team, to achieve the strategic and operational goals of the Financial Services division and the University. Specifically, the team is responsible for the full scope of financial services and will work together to prepare financial statements, analysis, internal and external reporting, review and implement new systems, business processes, procurement, warehousing and internal controls.

Nature and Scope: The Manager, Accounting - Payroll is responsible for providing analysis, advice and business support to all levels of management including financial analysis, variance analysis, reporting, collective agreement application and interpretation, and ensuring compliance through current knowledge of applicable tax and payroll legislation and regulations.

The scope of this position includes ongoing assessment and streamlining of services provided to all staff that require the services and support of the Financial Services department, however, the primary group will include: Employees and Managers.


  • Responsible for the daily operational functions and the long-term planning for the Payroll and services to ensure congruency with TRU's vision and the achievement of the Financial Services Division goals and objectives.
  • Responsible for the supervising, directing, hiring, terminating and evaluation of staff.
  • Oversees and manages the University's Payroll Function, by working collaboratively with various other departments specifically People and Culture.
  • Manages collection, timely remittance, and reporting to meet federal and provincial regulations.
  • Provides oversight, support and direction to ensure compliance with applicable laws, government regulations, professional practice, labor standards, collective agreement compliance, payroll legislation and regulations, BC Pension regulations and associated reporting requirements.
  • Collection and analysis of data to enable monitoring and forecasting of expenditures for all members of management and external reporting requirements.
  • Investigate and facilitate best practice methodologies for TRU by providing tools to enable self-sufficiency and operational efficiency.
  • Establishes key performance indicators and benchmarks that are consistent with other universities and public sector operations.
  • Assists in the preparation of financial statements, reports and other items including monthly, quarterly and year-end working papers, continuity schedules and other reports.
  • Ensuring the maintenance of historical Payroll record archives in compliance with legislation and TRU policy.
  • In conjunction with the Director, Financial Services and the Financial Services team, review, develop, monitor and amend systems procedures and business processes to ensure internal controls are appropriate, functional and operational and processes are streamlined and efficient.
  • Other duties, reports or assignments as delegated or assigned.
  • REPORTS TO Director, Financial Services



    Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree (preferably in business)
  • Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) designation from the National Payroll Institute (formally Canadian Payroll Association)
  • Minimum 5 years managerial experience in a complex computerized accounting environment
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered
  • Skills and Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of Canadian Tax law and British Columbia labour standards
  • Able and committed to promote and provide a high value of customer service
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent supervisory, organizational, analytical and communication skills
  • High level of initiative, integrity and honesty
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Pay Band

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    Kamloops, BC CA (Primary)

    # of Hires Needed


    Organizational Unit

    Thompson Rivers University -> Finance -> AVP, Finance

    Diversity and Inclusion Commitment:

    Thompson Rivers University is strongly committed to hiring based on merit with a focus on fostering diversity of thought within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous, Black and People of Colour, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, however applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

    NOTE: To learn more about Thompson Rivers University or living in Kamloops or Williams Lake please visit our Careers website. External Candidates invited to interview will be required to bring a copy of their transcripts to the interview.

    Job details


    Manager Accounting - Payroll


    Thompson Rivers University




    September 15, 2023

    Application deadline

    September 27, 2023

    Job type



    Business and Economics

    About the employer

    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) was established in 1970 as a public academic and Research University. Located in Kamloops, BC, Canada is the main campus of the university. Many global leaders and people in business have graduated from TRU. It has distance and online education programs with TRU Open Learning division.

    The inaugural convocation of TRU was held on March 31, 2005. The first official visit at the university was made by Prime Minister Paul Martin. On-campus, 15,500 students are studying a variety of programs.

    Programs are from these schools and faculties; Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Adventure, School of Business and Economics, School of Nursing, Faculty of Education and Social Work, Culinary Arts and Tourism, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Student Development, and School of Trades and Technology.

    The university is in the vicinity of the commercial districts and residential areas. And next door to Tournament Capital Center that is Kamloops' biggest recreational centre. Also, the University offers various outdoor adventures and cultural activities around its campus.

    With TRU's World division, they have many international partners. With 26,000 studying students on the campus or through distance and online learning, the university provide 140 on-campus programs and 60 open learning programs. It has 2000+ employees including academic faculty, staff and administration.

    TRU provides its students with academic research, extracurricular activities for community services. Most students from are from China, India and Saudi Arabia with other 70 countries.

    33,000+ Canadian Alumni and 15,000+ International Alumni have graduated from TRU's undergraduate, graduate and vocational training programs. The TRU Alum stay connected with AlumNights that happen in Vancouver and Victoria. The notable alumni of TRU are Canadian actor Lorne Cardinal, Canadian novelist and former professor at the University of British Columbia, Steven Galloway; and Kamar Burke, Canadian retired professional basketball player.

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