Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC)

Today’s Research. Tomorrow’s Medicine.

The GSC is a department of the BC Cancer Research Institute and a high-throughput genome sequencing facility. We are leaders in genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics in pursuit of novel treatment strategies for cancers and other diseases.

Among the world’s first genome centres to be established within a cancer clinic, for more than two decades our scientists and innovators have been designing and deploying cutting-edge technologies to benefit health and advance clinical research.

Among the GSC’s most significant accomplishments are the first publication to demonstrate the use of whole-genome sequencing to inform cancer treatment planning, the first published sequence of the SARS coronavirus genome and major contributions to the first physical map of the human genome as part of the Human Genome Project.

By joining the GSC you will become part of an exceptional and diverse team of scientists, clinicians, experts and professionals operating at the leading edge of clinical research. We look for people who share our core values—science, timeliness, respect—to join us on our mission to use genome science for the betterment of health and society.


Job reference number: RPM2_R00024_2021_10_18_Finance

Are you proactive, an expert at multi-tasking, and have outstanding attention to details? Do you have experience working with research grant management? Are you interested in contributing to enabling and supporting world-leading cancer research in a dynamic and inclusive team environment? If so, keep on reading as the GSC has an amazing opportunity for a seasoned leader in finance!

The GSC is looking for a new leader for its Finance team.

The GSC has a complex portfolio of projects, funders and partners, with more than 100 accounts and several dozen funders. As Team Leader for Finance, you will lead a team of five finance coordinators in the accounting team for all project accounts for the department, including reconciliation, reporting, accounts payable and receivable, expense authorizations and audit response. You will also be a key member of the Management and Administration Group, working closely with the leaders of project management, people systems, sourcing and procurement and operations. Team leadership includes performance management and ongoing supervision and mentorship of team members, as well as recruitment of new team members as needed. You may also be included in recruitment for other teams, and have opportunities to contribute to and participate in professional development.



  • Communicates with the various departments and levels of management within PHSA, UBC and SFU to ensure we have the most up to date policies and information for the various accounts, cost centres, financial analysis and reports.
  • Monitors expenditures on a regular basis. Reviews all financial information for GSC core operating and grant funds to ensure transactions are eligible and in compliance with funding agencies, BC Cancer, UBC, and SFU etc.
  • Ensures that monthly reconciliation of accounts and records are maintained and summarized for senior management to review.
  • Ensures core and grant-funded budgets remain within allowable spending limits. Manages the follow-up of accounts over budget by initiating remedial action, including withholding allocation to cost centres and communicating potential risks to scientists and senior staff.
  • Provides input into financial policies regarding the appropriate use of funds, approval process, records and reports to ensure the data integrity.
  • Participates in the creation and maintenance of internal controls.
  • Liaises with other groups within the GSC and the Management team to improve processes and procedures.
  • Supervises staff by providing clear responsibilities. Ensures team is provided with excellent training and mentoring opportunities. Monitors workload and ensures work levels meet operational requirements.
  • Provides period and year-end schedule to help coordinate tasks to ensure information is accurate and completed by reporting deadlines. 
  • Works with BC Cancer Research Finance to provide appropriate information required for internal and external audits.

Skills & Abilities

  • Baccalaureate degree from a recognized University in Business Administration and a Professional Accounting designation (CPA), plus 5 to 7 years of recent related experience in grant fund management; or a combination of skills and experience.
  • Experience managing a team of finance professionals.
  • Strong knowledge and working experience with generally accepted accounting principles and finances.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills; strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to be flexible to meet and adapt to changes in organizational priorities in a fast paced environment.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills, particularly Excel.


Please submit a detailed cover letter and resume to using Job Reference No: RPM2_R00024_2021_10_18_Finance in the subject line of your email.

This posting will remain online until filled.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the position would require working remotely within British Columbia on a temporary basis with an ability to come to the normal workplace within reasonable notice. This restriction would be re-evaluated after finalization of reopening plans. As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

We believe that equity, diversity and inclusivity are essential for the advancement of human knowledge and science.

We welcome all applicants and provide all employees with equal opportunity for advancement, regardless of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, conviction of a criminal or summary conviction offence unrelated to their employment.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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