EY Senior Consultant, Financial Accounting Advisory Services – Systems, Processes & Analytics (FAASTech & Analytics and Data Intelligence) in Toronto, Ontario

Senior Consultant, Financial Accounting Advisory Services – Systems, Processes & Analytics (FAASTech & Analytics and Data Intelligence)


Requisition # TOR003AC

Post Date Jun 29, 2018

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EY's Financial Accounting Advisory Services – Systems, Processes & Analytics (FAAS – SPA) group specializes in advising Finance leaders on relevant and emerging issues and trends within the Finance function. Central to the effectiveness of the Finance function is its ability to partner with internal and external stakeholders to drive critical business insights and support strategic decision making and growth. We understand the evolving role of the CFO and Finance function and work with our clients to automate and streamline Efficiency, Control and Compliance functions, while simultaneously improving the value Finance provides to the organization. We assist our clients with business and internal finance performance improvement initiatives by providing business advisory services that result in the achievement of measurable benefits in financial and operational effectiveness, controls and strategic decision making.

As a FAAS – SPA Senior Consultant, you will actively establish, maintain and strengthen internal and external relationships. You will help to develop long-term client relationships and networks, as well as develop relationships with team members across all EY practices to service client needs. By drawing on your financial process knowledge and experience, you will provide innovative commercial insights for clients, adapt methods and practices to fit operational team and cultural needs and contribute to thought leadership. You will actively contribute to improving financial processes, operational and reporting efficiency, and in assisting the finance function drive business insight and effective decision support. FAAS – SPA focuses on three main areas including Advanced processes, FAASTech and Analytics and data intelligence. Your role as a FAAS – SPA Senior Consultant will focus on leading projects and business development activities under the FAASTech and Analytics and data intelligence pillars and supporting the activities of our Advanced process teams.

Analytics and data intelligence

IT infrastructure changes significantly and rapidly. New IT applications and infrastructure like big data technologies, predictive and prescriptive analytics and modern mathematical methods are opening up new possibilities for gathering and processing large amounts of data and opportunities to generate value from the client's financial data. This is why analytics is on everybody's agenda.

To be ahead of the game, clients need to be prepared and take advantage of the opportunities analytics offers. EY's FAAS – SPA group is specifically focusing on different types of financial and data analytics to support the CFO agenda. FAAS analytics is the collection, combination and manipulation of financial data to help clients create insights that support the decision-making processes. This allows clients to improve accounting data integrity and quality, enabling them to produce more reliable reports and insights within the accounting, finance, governance and regulatory space.


FAASTech is the EY FAAS business model that unites FAAS' core accounting competencies with IT capabilities to deliver enhanced value to our clients. FAASTech projects typically fall into one of three categories:

· We provide the client with a specialized EY application or tool

· We tailor a commercial application (e.g., MS SharePoint or SAP) to the client's needs

· We assist the client by enabling their existing application or tools

Advanced processes

We provide efficient, sophisticated and reliable control methods, which enable our clients to reduce the cost of process monitoring, add value from available data and establish effective continuous monitoring to reach the next level of process assurance.

In line with our commitment to quality, you'll consistently support CFO agenda discussions and assist in driving projects to completion, by ensuring work products and deliverables are issued timely and are of high quality. Your role in leading work streams and mentoring junior staff on engagements will depend on the size of engagement and will be under the responsibility of higher levels. They will look to you to anticipate and identify risks and escalate issues as appropriate, while ensuring you are building on your experience and subject matter knowledge.

As an influential member of the team, you'll help to create a positive learning culture and will coach and counsel junior team members and help them to develop.

Client responsibilities

  • Participate in external client consulting engagements involving the advancement of the CFO agenda, looking at a company’s internal finance and accounting processes, building and analyzing complex data using a variety of big data technologies and analytics tools, assist in modeling, visualization and communication of key financial and operational metrics, and providing clients with smart solutions to enable reliable reporting, drive insights into the business, and support proactive decision-making

· Stay informed of analytical solutions and standards that affect business processes and apply analytical approaches under the supervision of higher level staff;

· Participate in business development initiatives, including service offering and proposal development;

  • Assist in managing the financial and commercial aspects of engagements by organizing staffing, tracking fees and communicating issues to project leaders; and

  • Build strong internal relationships across EY’s service lines including Assurance, Advisory, Tax and Transaction Services.


To qualify, candidates must possess:

  • Relevant knowledge of data analysis and strong analytical skills in related software, including data extraction and transformation, VBA, Alteryx, ACL, MS SQL Server, Teradata, SQL SSIS, MS Excel/Access

· Relevant knowledge of analytics tools including BI/data visualization, OBIEE, Tableau, QlikView, Spotfire, MicroStrategy - MS Power BI etc.

· Relevant knowledge of RPA software platforms including Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere, UiPath, WorkFusion, Pegasystems etc; and other relevant AI and machine learning toolsets

  • Knowledge of accounting systems application such as SAP, Oracle / PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, MFG Pro, Extensity, etc.

  • Relevant knowledge of emerging blockchain technologies and business applications

· Knowledge and working experience on business processes including record to report, plan-to-perform, order-to-cash, and procure-to-pay

  • Performance measurement and performance management

  • Project and change management

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with an ability to think critically and identify creative solutions outside of the box and thrive on new challenges

  • Dedication to teamwork and leadership, with experience in managing and/or mentoring junior staff and providing direction to team members

  • Excellent communication skills including verbal, written, and presentation

  • A high level of motivation and a self-starting attitude

  • A willingness to travel on short notice to meet client needs

  • Strong academic record including a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and approximately 3 - 5 years of related work experience; or a graduate degree and approximately 3 years of related work experience

  • Professional designation and/or qualification i.e. MBA, CA, CPA and/or relevant Developer Certifications are an asset

EY is committed to inclusiveness, equity and accessibility. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply