Manager Financial Operations

Our client, Vecima Networks, Inc. (TSE: VCM) is a world-class designer and manufacturer of advanced broadband telecommunications products. Their products are shipped around the world and are used by major international companies to deliver Digital TV, Video-on-Demand, Broadband Internet Service and Telematics in over 30 countries.

Building on three decades of consecutive profitable operations and a track record of strong engineering and manufacturing capabilities, Vecima’s products are in widespread demand. They are fueled by the innovation, leadership and passion of today’s top talent. Join Vecima and work in an environment that values teamwork and communication, rewards innovation and achievement, and fosters growth and opportunity in your career.

Position Summary:

The Manager, Financial Operations will be the key finance interface for all inventory and product costs within the business. The position is responsible for supporting the manufacturing financial performance of the business which includes product costs, variance analysis, inventory valuation and allowances, margin analysis and forecasting.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the ongoing workload and performance of the Financial Operations group to ensure all business requirements are met in an effective and timely manner.
  • Responsible for all product costing and variance analysis.
  • Responsible for accurate inventory valuation and allowance reporting.
  • Assist with identifying cost savings and performance improvement opportunities within the manufacturing environment.
  • Support product gross margin analysis. Highlights and drives root cause on low margin products.
  • Conduct standard product cost reviews quarterly.
  • Conduct standard overhead and labor rates annually.
  • Work with operations and finance to ensure that costs are attributed and reported in the appropriate cost buckets to allow effective analysis and control of these costs.
  • Maintain transactional integrity of all inventory flow.
  • Implement/execute accounting policies and procedures surrounding internal controls related to inventory, product costing and allowances.
  • Oversee and provide guidance for inventory audits and counts.
  • Develop operating budgets for cost of sales, inventory, allowances and ops admin.
  • Support sales departments with costing requests (Quotes, New Product, Current Costs).
  • Assist with product costing from R&D through NPI to manufacturing.
  • Assist in testing/troubleshooting of software as it pertains to costs.
  • Perform Ad-hoc cost analysis as requested.


  • Canadian CPA designation in good standing.
  • Experience with cost accounting within a manufacturing environment.
  • 5+ years managerial experience.

Core Competencies:

  • Solid applied understanding of cost management and accounting systems in a standard cost ERP system.
  • Advanced MS Office skills with emphasis on expert excel proficiency.
  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills with the ability to prioritize workload and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Must be able to investigate complex issues and conduct root cause analysis to resolve problems.
  • Self-motivated, independent thinker, possessing excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to project a professional image and interact effectively with all levels and functions within the organization.
  • Knowledge of IFRS for inventory.
  • Knowledge of Great Plains (Microsoft Dynamics GP) manufacturing preferred.
  • Knowledge of COSO/CSOX preferred.

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to contact Essence Recruitment directly. Contact Joanne Oliver at: 306.652.5233/  /


Business Development Specialist


Reporting to the Regional Manager, SK., the Business Development Specialist will be responsible for developing and managing lead generation, qualifying clients and looking for opportunities in a business-to-business environment. This person will need to work independently to produce substantial results using a varying mixture of lead sources including research, networking, and cold calling into targeted companies; you will contact appropriate prospective clients in the designated marketplace.

A great fit for this organization would be someone who would like to be part of a collaborative, innovative team. They will be a personable, ambitious, self motivate person who is passionate, and takes pride in their work.


Supports the achievement of corporate, regional and individual revenue targets and margin targets

Identifies and qualifies new prospective clients and opportunities to maximize business opportunities.

Focuses on building relationships through outside selling skills, attending conferences/seminars, hosting lunch and learns with prospective clients, etc.

Establishes and builds relationships with senior executives and line managers of prospective and established customers

Closes new business opportunities by working with both internal and external customers.

Maintains proactive relationship management and regular/consistent contact

Maintains an awareness of competitors strategies, providing feedback internally to enhance positioning in the marketplace

Provides feedback to sales management and business owners to ensure company’s solutions continue to meet client needs.

Manages and maintains prospect database.

Works with Project Managers, other departments and management team to develop quotations and project proposals

Thinks like an owner and is directly involved in seeking out and executing rapid improvement projects.


  • Degree or Diploma in business, marketing, or related field is ideal.
  • 2-3 years of business-to-business sales experience in a lengthy sales process, preferably in power, oil and gas, construction, engineering or related field.
  • Knowledge of costing and estimation best practices from the construction industry.
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office Skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Project). Working with a CRM system is a definite asset.
  • Knowledge of business principles involved in resource allocation, production methods and coordination of people and resources.


  • Positive Relationship/Network Building
  • Presenting to an Audience
  • Planning and Organization
  • Analytical Thinking and Judgement
  • Effective Interactive Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Reading an Audience
  • Conceptual Thinking

For further information or to apply, contact Tracy Arno at Essence Recruitment directly.

Publishing Assistant

Within the newly created publishing division of Banda Marketing Group, the PUBLISHING ASSISTANT will assist the publisher with a wide range of tasks to support the division’s short- and long-term goals. The projects themselves may include ongoing business activities or one or more specific shorter-term projects, each with multiple deadlines requiring a great deal of coordination. As a critical thinker, this person will manage a flow of work that includes dealing with suppliers, ensuring activities are completed on time, performing online research to collect appropriate data, and following the task or project through to completion.

Responsibilities can include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with project management through coordination of resources, scheduling meetings, and ensuring effective communication on project details with all parties involved.
  • Ensuring that contracts are in place for advertisers and that appropriate files are delivered to the design studio on time.
  • Updating contact database and exporting data for advertising campaigns or similar.
  • Posting information on the company’s website and social media platforms.
  • Conducting online research to find information to support management decisions.

This dynamic role is an attractive career for the right person as there is opportunity for continued education and career development. This role is a great fit for someone who enjoys working on a variety of projects simultaneously, is excited about research, and loves working within technical systems and databases. The successful candidate will be able to learn about new industries and work independently. This person will have a strong work ethic demonstrating pride in and accountability for the quality of their work.

For further information or to apply, contact Tracy Arno, Essence Recruitment directly. All inquiries are welcome.


Associate Vice President, Information Technology Services

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is the Province’s only polytechnic and the primary institution for postsecondary applied education and research. Proudly sharing land located in the homeland of the Metis people and on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 Territory, we serve more than 26,000 students through campuses located in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon. Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers more than 150 certificate diploma and degree programs, including two collaborative baccalaureate degree programs and a collaborative master’s degree program, basic education and academic upgrading, credit and non-credit extension courses, apprenticeship training, televised, hybrid, online, distance and offcampus programming. Our programs are led by a most accomplished and innovative faculty. As a member of Polytechnics Canada, we are committed to offering a broad range of educational experiences that are student-centered and industry responsive.

Our people are key to our success – the role of AVP, Information Technology is to guide and lead an exceptional ITS team in their commitment to our students, services and shared strategic priorities.
As a member of the administrative services council and the senior leadership team, this position plays a key role in administrative leadership and strategic planning across the institution. With a budget of over $10 million, the AVP, Information Technology leads a team comprised of over 80 full-time staff across four campuses in Saskatchewan.
This a great fit for someone with demonstrated leadership in the development and alignment of information technology/strategies, policies, opportunities, initiatives, and services. This person will be collaborative and have excellent relationship building skills, bringing people of all levels together, as well as possessing extensive knowledge and future vision of leveraging information and technology to support of our mandate, mission and goals.

Education and Experience:
• A post-secondary degree in information technology or related field supplemented with business and/or management training.
• Ten years in a leadership role.
• Familiarity with the higher education would be an asset.
• Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered

Competencies and Skills:
• Collaborate with executive leadership and lead the development of the Information Technology strategy and roadmap, ensuring its integration with the Saskatchewan Polytechnic strategic planning process and the resulting business strategy and plans.
• Provide leadership related to latest information technology opportunities, platforms, solutions and initiatives respond to and enable the Saskatchewan Polytechnic strategy.
• Participates in and contributes to the assessment of technology opportunities and threats, and internal technology capabilities required to support of Saskatchewan Polytechnic overall goals and objectives.
• Develop and maintain an IT workforce with the appropriate skills and competencies ensuring the core IT functions are reliable, stable and efficient.
• Foster and support strategic and working partnerships with Saskatchewan Polytechnic technology consumers such as Learning Technologies ensuring a collaborative and consistent alignment of technology plans and initiatives.
• Demonstrates an ability to communicate with clarity and impact in a wide variety of settings.
• Demonstrates a high level of focus on client service, setting priorities based on client needs and continuously seeking ways to meet and exceed client expectations.
• Demonstrates the ability to work cooperatively within a team, and with individuals throughout the organization, to achieve optimal results.
• Demonstrates proficiency in the knowledge and skills specific to the position and uses expertise to serve the objectives of both the department and organization as a whole.
• Demonstrates the promotion of a workplace where diversity in background, thought and practice is welcomed and valued.
• A demonstrated ability to (a) recognize internal and external patterns and trends in the organization’s environment (b) understand the organization’s capabilities and then (c) use this knowledge to develop strategies that ensure the organization’s success.
• Demonstrates an ability to identify patterns or connections that may not be obvious and identify key or underlying issues in order to offer explanations, resolve problems or identify solutions.
• Encourages self and others to challenge conventional practices, employing information from unusual sources and generating innovative ways of doing business that improve outcomes.

For further information or to apply contact Essence Recruitment: Joanne Oliver: 306-652-5209 / / Applications remain open until position filled.

Project Manager

Project Manager

Our client Meridian, is an industry leader in real estate development and is at the forefront of construction practices.  Meridian is looking for a passionate individual to help them foster creativity and innovation in the planning and execution of their residential and commercial construction projects.  For further information about Meridian, visit their website at

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the project manager is responsible for the project’s overall performance including safety, quality, budget, schedule, and customer satisfaction.  This is a great fit for a project manager that is experienced in residential and commercial construction and wants to work with a local, successful and innovative company.


  • Develop and review a project schedule with senior management and all other staff that will be affected by the project activities; revise the schedule as required;
  • Determine and estimate a project budget that includes all resources required to complete the project;
  • Ensure that projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget;
  • Ensure adherence to all health and safety standards and report issues;
  • Manage and support project team including answering questions and providing guidance when needed;
  • Review the quality of the work completed with the project team to ensure it meets the project standards;
  • Provide support in supervision of the job site;


Education & Experience

  • Post-Secondary Degree in Engineering or similar
  • PMP or equivalent certification will be a benefit
  • 10 plus years’ in residential and commercial construction project management experience that includes basic engineering and building construction skills as well as structural design, blueprint reading, building layout surveying and quantity surveying
  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Office

Skills & Competencies

  • Ability to lead, supervise, and manage others to achieve the desired results of the organization
  • Exceptional communication skills, both verbally and written
  • Planning and time management skills to ensure projects are being completed within outlined time frame
  • Strong interpersonal skills along with the ability to problem solve and deal with conflict resolution in a professional manner
  • Extremely organized, able to prioritize with a high attention to detail

Personal Attributes:

Leader, confidant, personable, organized, professional, reliable

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to contact Essence Recruitment. Contact Joanne Oliver directly at: 306.652.5209