Manager, Inventory Accounting
at The North West Company

Date Posted 2019-06-06

Job Description

In your role as the Manager, Inventory Accounting with the North West Company (NWC) you will oversee retail inventory management for an international retailer headquartered in Winnipeg. You will manage a team which produces, analyzes and costs NWCs retail inventories. You develop and maintain effective delivery of inventory valuation, counts and review, inventory maintenance and inventory reporting. In this role, you are the main point of contact within the head-office finance team for inventory, for all business groups within our Canadian and International divisions.

Joining NWC gives you the opportunity for growth and development throughout the company, a competitive salary and benefits package, and to be part of a dynamic and diverse culture.

NWC is a leading retailer to under-served rural communities and urban neighbourhood markets in the following regions: Northern Canada, Western Canada, rural Alaska, the South Pacific islands, and the Caribbean. Our stores offer a broad range of products and services with an emphasis on food. Our value offer is to be the best local shopping choice for everyday household and local lifestyle needs. Check out for more information.

Your Role:

• Develop and maintain processes to manage Food and General Merchandise inventories;
• Provide leadership, direction, and training to Inventory Control staff;
• Monitor the function and financial integration of the companys inventory management system (Retek) in both Canadian and International divisions;
• Maintain regular contact with various departments such as procurement, logistics, stores and sales operations to properly maintain and report on inventory levels, problems and results;
• Maintain accurate reports on inventory results, detailed and summary;
• Oversee the month-end process for inventory reporting, ensuring all deadlines are met;
• Analyze, report and make decisions on margin booking and shrink rates;
• Provide inventory related and margin insights to various divisions of the company including senior leaders throughout the organization; and
• Provide support during the annual audit process by working with the external auditors.


• CPA or legacy accounting designation (or candidates enrolled in a professional accounting program) with more than 5 years of accounting experience;
• An aptitude/interest in financial systems;
• Intermediate Microsoft Excel abilities;
• Prior experience managing and troubleshooting reconciliations;
• Strong analytical skills;
• Excellent organization skills, with attention to detail and ability to work in a deadline oriented environment;
• Ability to work effectively with full-commitment on tasks;
• Policy oriented and ability to identify opportunities for continuous improvement;
• Effectively able to support peers according to the vision set by your manager;
• Strong communication skills, efficient and accountable; and
• Supervisory experience is an asset.

Location: Gibraltar House, 77 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB

Reports To: Corporate Controller

You may include your resume and cover letter together as a single document. Opportunities to learn, develop and advance throughout the organization are present. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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About Us

Looking for a Rewarding Career Opportunity?

The North West Company (NWC) has a rich enterprising legacy as one of the longest continuing retail enterprises in the world and we can trace our roots back to 1668 with many of our store locations in Northern Canada and Alaska having been in operation for over 200 years. If you’re looking for a new career, consider NWC as we’re proud to offer a broad range of rewarding opportunities that will allow you to develop and contribute to the growth of our organization.

At NWC, our mission is to be a trusted provider of goods and services within hard-to-reach, underserved and less-developed markets throughout Northern Canada, Western Canada, rural Alaska, the South Pacific islands and the Caribbean. While our stores offer a broad range of products and services with an emphasis on food, we strive to be the best local shopping choice for everyday household and local lifestyle needs. Our stores include; Northern, North Mart, Giant Tiger junior discount store, AC Value Center and Cost-U-Less, Inc.

Between our Canadian and International Operations, we offer a variety of career opportunities across a geographically diverse area. From our Corporate roles, Distribution, Canadian Retail to International opportunities, we provide challenge and meaningful work, growth and development and competitive pay and benefits packages.

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