Job Status: Filled

Controller (Wine Jobs: Management & Administration)

Full Time

  Hillside Winery (

  Penticton, British Columbia

A full-time Controller position for a Chartered Professional Accountant with a minimum of six years post-designation experience at a senior level.  As an integral member of the Hillside management team, this position will report to the General Manager and will supervise an Accounting Assistant.

The Controller is responsible for all aspects of financial management, including corporate accounting, financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, investments and banking plus risk management.  In addition to operational duties, this position will have a long-term strategic focus that will foster growth of the Hillside brand to increase revenues and profitability.


  • Plan, direct and coordinate all accounting functions.
  • Establish, monitor, and enforce internal financial controls to protect Hillside's assets.
  • Develop financial reporting procedures to produce monthly, quarterly and annual reports for internal and Board of Directors use.
  • Analyze financial results to ensure management team has timely information to track to budgets plus key financial and operations department goals.
  • Work collaboratively with management team to build budgets, monitor compliance, manage variances and develop corrective actions and update forecasts.
  • Design, develop and implement internal controls to protect Hillside’s assets and ensure compliance with applicable legislation.
  • Work with external accountant as necessary.
  • Oversee Payroll, A/P and A/R.
  • Tax management strategies; identify grants, rebates and other tax savings and incentive opportunities.
  • Ensure that regulatory filings and remittances are made to local, provincial, and federal agencies in a timely manner.


Planning & Analysis

  • Work with management on the Strategic and Business Plan to support Hillside’s goals from a financial perspective. Build long-term and short- term financial plans to achieve these goals.
  • Working with managers, lead the planning, coordination, and development of the annual capital expenditure and operating budgets.
  • Review and develop existing KPIs to monitor of financial performance in key areas such as inventory and labor.
  • Develop business and performance metrics.
  • Analyze financial and production data to provide current operational data.
  • Prepare forecast updates to operating budgets, CAPEX budgets, cash management projections and strategic plans based upon changes in business environment and Business Plan.


  • Actively manage cash flow by projecting working capital needs and the related impact on the Company's balance sheet and cash flow requirements.
  • Maintain banking and strategic vendor partner relationships.
  • Ensure external partnerships are strategic and cost effective.

Risk Management & Compliance

  • Collaborate with management team to anticipate and address potential risks as appropriate and work with department leaders on risk mitigation strategies.
  • Proactively analyze and mitigate financial risk to the Company; stay apprised of the changing business landscape and help position the Company for sustained financial health.
  • Oversee and manage compliance with legislative requirements for alcohol production, business operation licenses, permits and registrations.
  • Work with insurance provider for annual property and liability insurance.


Education, Skills & Abilities

  • C.P.A. designation with a minimum of 6 years of experience post-designation in a management/supervisory role.
  • Experience in the wine industry and knowledge of overall winery operations including vineyard, winemaking, tasting room operations, onsite restaurant and sales/marketing.
  • Team player that is flexible and responsive and has a sense of humor.
  • Strong relationship building skills with a high degree of confidential, integrity and ethics.
  • Openness to feedback and collaborative problem solving across all levels of the Company.
  • Bottom-line and metrics-driven.
  • Strong analytical skills and financially literate from an overall business perspective.
  • Detail oriented, accurate and organized.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills that are clear, friendly, and professional.
  • Comfortable presenting to a wide audience with the ability to distill complex concepts to easily understandable language.
  • Strong business acumen; ability to multi-task and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Hands-on experience developing financial models and preparing financial reports.
  • Experience working with an external Board of Directors.
  • Extensive experience with Microsoft Office, particularly Excel. Experience with Windward accounting software an asset.
  • Technologically savvy and able to demonstrate competence in a variety of technological platforms and processes.
  • Strategic thinker with a creative and innovative approach to problem solving.

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