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Pacific National Exhibition

Controller, Finance

Vancouver, BC
Full Time

Full-Time, Permanent

Date Posted: May 1, 2023

Who we are…

The Pacific National Exhibition is an iconic institution in BC, famous for bringing generations of people together to celebrate and build memories. This 113-year-old, non-profit organization has an annual operating budget of over $70 million dollars and generates revenue through four activity streams:  the 15-day annual summer Fair and winter Fair which average more than 700,000 people annually, Playland amusement park which welcomes 400,000 guests annually including Fright Nights, and a busy year-round portfolio of events including concerts, trade shows and film, cultural and community events.  In total we bring over 2 million people through the site each year. The fourth activity stream is park care and facility maintenance.  The PNE is proud of the work it does at Hastings Park and has a vibrant team that is passionate about events, guest experience and delivering memorable experiences.

At the PNE, we strive to create an environment that reflects our organization’s core values: Enthusiasm, Excellence and Evolution. With a focus on these core values, we are committed to achieving our mission which is to “Deliver Memorable Experiences” for all who interact with the PNE whether it is our guests, our employees, or the community.

We are looking for a talented individual to join our PNE Finance Team. The Controller will help the Director, Finance in different projects, accounting processes and financial analysis to improve the financial position of the organization.

Why join our Team?

  • Exhilarating and fun-loving culture
  • Flexible work environment
  • Health and wellness employee events – put your hiking boots on, or enjoy an evening out with your favorite colleagues
  • Opportunity for free or discounted tickets to shows, events, sports games, and much more
  • Staff discounts for Playland, The Fair, and Fright Nights, as well as all PNE Food Stands
  • Competitive compensation package
  • Opportunity to create lasting memories and friendships


What will you do this year?

In your role as a Controller, Finance your primary accountabilities will be to:

  • Assist in the development of internal control standards and procedures covering all revenue, cash handling, inventories, gaming activities and other expenditures in accordance with accounting standards.
  • Monthly variance analysis of revenues and expenses compared to annual business plan.
  • Assist with budgeting process as required.
  • Validate & reconcile GST and PST remittances.
  • Review of daily seller reports, identify and communicate variances to the operational teams.
  • Review of monthly merchant statements and work with the operations department in case variances are identified.
  • Monthly Gift Card reconciliations.
  • Revenue reconciliations for Fair and Playland operations.
  • Assist with working capital review and gather all related backup files for the same.
  • Along with the Director, Finance and Accounting Managers liaise and coordinate the annual audit with the external auditors.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


What else?

  • Professional accounting designation (CPA) and 5-10 years progressive accounting and operations experience
  • Previous experience preferred working in Food and Beverage operations (POS and Inventory Management)
  • Professional knowledge of Canadian public sector accounting standards.
  • Excellent planning, organizational, analytical and administrative skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with staff, peers, and industry colleagues /contacts in a team environment.
  • Excellent computer skills, particularly with Excel, including Power Queries and Power Pivots, and the ability to learn new computer programs efficiently.
  • Ability to function independently and under pressure while managing various projects at the same time.
  • Emotional regulation, stress and frustration tolerance.
  • Ability to work extended hours and work weeks as required, specifically around the annual Fair.
  • Candidates must undergo a Criminal Record Check.


Who are you?

  • Proactive
  • Reliable
  • Analytical
  • Detail-oriented
  • Diligent


Where and when to APPLY?

Applications can be submitted via the PNE website at and will be accepted until the role is filled.

Preference will be given to candidates who submit their resume/cover letter before Sunday, May 28. We look forward to hearing from you!

The PNE is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating an inclusive workforce that reflects the diverse community we proudly serve. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or age. If you require any support or accommodations throughout any stage of the recruitment process, please contact the People & Culture Department at

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