Regional Lumber Controller

Closing Date:

Jun 28, 2019

Student Position:


Job Category:

Accounting & Finance







West Fraser is a leading North American forest products company. Our goals are straightforward – leadership through profit, responsibility in communities, excellence in people and strength in products. Listed on the TSX, West Fraser is a leading diversified North American forest products company. Recognized for the sixth time as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers, we continue to grow. Our Quesnel Corporate location has an opportunity for a highly motivated:


As a regional lumber controller, you will have responsibility for a group of our lumber manufacturing mills in Western Canada.  Based in Quesnel, you will lead all aspects of the finance and accounting responsibilities for your group of mills.

People development

The Regional Lumber Controller will manage the preparation and execution of development plans for all team members working up, down and across key constituencies and provide regular feedback to division controllers with mill managers.  You will work with the other regional and segment controllers and leads to recruit, develop, retain and promote accounting and finance staff including development plans, succession planning and mentoring high potential candidates.  You will regularly visit mill locations to interface with your division controllers and will also facilitate regular sessions of Financial Training 1 and new controller training.

Accounting and Reporting

As a seasoned accountant, you will manage all aspects of region accounting, reporting and compliance including review of mid-month snap shot, review of month end work papers and reports, support divisional controllers through month end accounting issues and review new accounting issues for compliance with accounting principles and WF policies and procedures; coordinating with other segment controllers for consistency.  The Lumber Regional Controller will also support Bill 198 activities and all related compliance activities including completion of quarterly disclosure checklist.  The ideal candidate will also forge strong collaborative relationships with corporate and segment / region functions and leaders and foster a culture of continuous improvement and promote standardization of accounting practices across mill operations and share best practices with other segments / regions.

Budget and Planning

The Regional Lumber Controller will oversee and coordinate annual budgeting process for their divisions including attending division budget review meetings as financial lead.  You will also lead the preparation of segment budget presentation materials and actively participate in setting the strategic plan for capital and operating strategy for the region.

Financial Analysis

You will also have responsibility for guiding your division controllers through the preparation of regular and ad hoc financial analysis for various business initiatives including supporting the monitoring of progress against Project 1000, partnering with the Woods group in the evaluation of return to log modeling and inventory analysis and other operational metrics as required.  The Regional Lumber Controller will assist in validation of economics of large capital projects and conduct regular updates on post completion analysis

West Fraser believes strongly in promoting from within and we are looking for an individual who is interested in a full-time, long-term career. The successful candidate should be interested in future growth opportunities within the company.  We offer an excellent compensation package including excellent benefits, an outstanding pension plan and relocation package.

Quesnel is a family-friendly community of 25,000 located in central British Columbia.  Quesnel offers affordable housing, modern recreational and educational facilities, regular community events, as well as unlimited recreational activities for the outdoor enthusiast. It doesn’t take long to feel part of Quesnel’s welcoming community!

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We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.