Accounting Manager
Job ID
Service line
GWS Segment
Role type
Areas of Interest
Accounting/Finance, Construction, Consulting, Facilities Management, Property Management
Toronto - Ontario - Canada

Responsible for more complex accounting activities associated with maintaining the general ledger.  Manages a real estate accounting team to provide accurate and timely client reporting for assigned portfolios of CBRE clients and properties. Normally directs a group of accountants.  May participate in complex general accounting projects.  Administers approved accounting policies & practices to ensure that financial & operating reports accurately reflect the condition of the business & provide reliable information necessary to control the operations.  Examines financial statements and documents for conformance with accounting requirements and principles.


Creates month-end accounting entries and reconciles discrepancies; posts to GL and reviews variances to budget.

Examines and evaluates subordinate's work product for accuracy and completeness. Identifies training needs of subordinate staff and provides technical guidance.

Prepares, reviews and approves journal entries prepared by the accounting group.

Responsible for supervision of general and sub ledger maintenance and preparation of operation and financial statements.

Researches and responds to accounting inquiries.

Provides technical advice and training on accounting systems to staff.

Ensures that systems are in compliance with acceptable accounting practices and applicable regulations.

May assist with audit procedures.

Provides technical advice and training on accounting systems to staff.

May review budgets and annual year-end recovery calculations to ensure timely completion.

Ensures that systems and procedures are in compliance with company policies, acceptable accounting practices, and applicable regulations.

Maintains accounting processes and procedures which comply with generally accepted accounting principles, tax requirements, and management reporting requirements.

Other duties as assigned.


Provides formal supervision to individual employees within single functional or operational area. Recommends staff recruitment, selection, promotion, advancement, corrective action and termination. Plans and monitors appropriate staffing levels and utilization of labor, including overtime. Prepares and delivers performance appraisal for staff. Mentors and coaches team members to further develop competencies. Leads by example and models behaviors that are consistent with the company's values. Manages a functional work unit and/or group. Works independently and typically reports to an Assistant Controller or higher.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Full Covid 19 Vaccination and/or approved Covid 19 testing (where accepted as an alternative) is a requirement for the role.


Bachelors Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field; a CPA and/or MBA may be required OR equivalent combination of education and experience. 7+ years experience in public and/or private accounting, including 3+ years experience in progressively responsible supervisory/management positions


CPA preferred.


Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong organizational and analytical skills. Ability to provide efficient, timely, reliable and courteous service to customers. Ability to effectively present information. Ability to respond effectively to sensitive issues. Proven ability to effectively interact with senior management, employees, internal and external auditors. Highly developed written, oral, and presentation skills. Demonstrated financial planning, negotiation, and influencing skills, leadership competencies and ability to plan, coordinate, and supervise employees and all aspects of the accounting systems. Ability to present information to an internal department and/or large groups of employees.


Broad, in-depth understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), theories, & practices. Demonstrated experience & knowledge of financial issues & economic impact beyond technical knowledge. Requires advanced knowledge of financial terms and principles. Conducts advanced financial analysis. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications. Advanced understanding of accounting and bookkeeping concepts. Able to assist with budget and forecast preparation. Administers accounting practices to ensure optimum client satisfaction while guaranteeing CBRE financial interests are protected.


Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret complex documents. Ability to solve problems involving several options in situations. Requires advanced analytical and quantitative skills. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.


Advanced skills in Microsoft suite applications and real estate or other financial accounting software. Thorough knowledge of computer applications related to real estate accounting or financial management systems. Advanced knowledge of computer applications related to real estate accounting or financial management systems.


Decisions made with thorough understanding of procedures, company policies, and business practices to achieve general results and deadlines. Responsible for setting work unit and/or project deadlines. Errors in judgment may cause long-term impact to co-workers, supervisor, department and/or line of business.

CBRE Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) works with clients to make real estate a meaningful contributor to organizational productivity and performance. Our account management model is at the heart of our client-centric approach to delivering integrated real estate solutions. Each client is entrusted with a dedicated leader and is supported by regional and global resources, leveraging the industry's most robust platform. CBRE GWS delivers consistent, measurably superior outcomes for our clients at every stage of the lifecycle, and across industries and geographies.