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Performance Expectations

  • Work with the Outsourced Accounting Services team to execute full cycle bookkeeping and payroll functions for WATSON clients

  • Prepare and maintain payroll and related government remittances/filings, recording of sales, accounts receivable, expenses, accounts payable, payroll transactions according to deadlines

  • Set up client files and assist with the completion of budgets, administrative planning and other aspects of accounting work

  • Maintain, monitor and reconcile GL accounts, including but not limited to cash, bank reconciliations, prepaid expenses, accounts receivable, accounts payable, accrued liabilities and intercompany and point of sale (POS)/system uploads

  • Identify issues and errors, investigate discrepancies, discuss with supervisor or engagement partner and develop resolutions

  • Communicate with governments regarding information requests, assessments and installments

  • Work with cloud accounting software, including QuickBooks Online (QBO), Xero and other cloud-based applications

  • Develop and maintain relationships with clients and team members

  • Provide training for clients on best practices and applicable software packages

  • Develop an understanding of WATSON’s services, businesses and industry

  • Contribute to the development of new ideas and approaches to improve work processes

  • Raise awareness of WATSON at community events

  • Attend internal WATSON courses to further develop cloud accounting knowledge



  • Completion of a certificate or diploma in business or accounting is an asset

  • One (1) year of full cycle bookkeeping experience

  • QBO Basic, QBO Advance and other application certifications are an asset

  • Understand and able to administer full cycle accounting in a fast-paced environment

  • Basic knowledge of trial balances, general ledger (GL) databases, financial statement close processes and accounting matters

  • Basic knowledge of corporate tax is preferred

  • Understanding of payroll, bookkeeping and record keeping practices on manual and computerized system(s)

  • Experience working with, or exposure to, accounting software such as QBO and/or Xero is preferred

  • Experience working with desktop software such as QuickBooks Desktop and Sage 50 is preferred

  • Strong computer literacy including advanced skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint


Core Competencies and Personal Characteristics

  • Integrity – professional whose honesty, integrity, confidentiality and high ethical standards contributes to effective leadership and optimal business relationships

  • Communication – effectively expresses ideas and conveys information in business writing, conversations and interactions with others

  • Client Service Excellence – understands the importance of quality client service by being courteous, responding to client requests in a timely manner and monitoring satisfaction

  • Teamwork & Relationship Development – works collaboratively with team members in order to achieve a common goal and develops, maintains and strengthens relationships with others, both inside and outside the Firm

  • Flexibility – effectively manages multiple assignments, adapts to changing priorities and is able to work independently or as part of a team

  • Technical Expertise – demonstrates in-depth professional and technical knowledge when completing tasks

  • Willingness to Learn – enthusiastic and eager to meet challenges and assimilate new concepts

  • Initiative – highly motivated self-starter who takes initiative with minimal supervision 

  • Accuracy – pays close attention to detail and ensures work and information are complete and thorough

  • Research & Analysis – questions inconsistencies in information and generates workable solutions by analyzing, gathering and organizing relevant information

  • Fostering Innovation – develops, sponsors, and/or supports the introduction of new and improved methods, products, procedures and technologies