Virtual Bookkeeping Manager / Supervisor based in Canada

Compensation: $30-46/hr, starting as a contractor and becoming an employee after 6-9 months. 100% virtual.

Why Us Over One Of The Bigger Cloud Accounting Firms

#1 Since we don't do taxes, we don't have an insane tax season. You won't have to work crazy hours with us. That's pretty rare! 

The accounting industry is burning people out. Everyone I talk to is working way more than they want to and they feel there is no way out. 

We want you to work what you want to work, as long as it's less than 60 hours a week and preferably about 35-40 hours a week. Why? We want you to have a fulfilling life and we think that means a certain amount of fulfilling work and then time for the rest of life: spending time with family and friends, reading, learning, maybe more exercise or taking up a hobby!

How can we do this? Not doing taxes helps. I'm not a CPA so I'm not interested in building a firm around tax. I'm interested in building a firm that does regular work all year round to support entrepreneurs, so that we can all have a high quality of life. 

Also, we're innovative in our approach. We'll soon be doing what all the growing accounting firms are doing and that is building an offshore team to support our Canadian team. It will likely be in the Phillipines. Canada simply isn't producing enough qualified bookkeepers to match demand. By doing this we should be able to match our capacity to demand and allow our team to work what they want to work. 

#2 You’ll get to have more breadth of ownership and impact with us than at a larger firm. Why do I say that?

We are a smaller firm (seven of us) and we are just under five years old. We still have a lot of our culture and systems yet to define. At a larger firm, your role will be narrowly defined because large firms have to organize that way for efficiency and performance. They have a person for every different role and they have clearly defined boundaries between the roles for the sake of clarity and ownership. They don’t really want you to stray out of your defined role.

We have demanding clients and the challenges that come with that. We need people who are eager to contribute to take initiative to solve problems and we can give you lots more scope and freedom than you’d get at a big firm.

At a larger firm, almost all the processes and systems will have already been built and you’ll just have to follow them. With us you can play a leadership role in building new processes and systems.

At a larger firm, if you have ideas on how to improve things, you’ll be one of dozens of people with ideas. With us, you’ll be leading the charge.

About Us

Back Office Stars is a 4.5 year-old cloud-only bookkeeping company led by a marketing entrepreneur, not an accountant. That makes our culture a little different than your typical cloud accounting firm. We don’t have the cultural baggage of an old-school desktop accounting firm that’s being dragged slowly into the cloud era. We have only ever lived and breathed cloud accounting.

We are flexible and innovative in our approach. We are well-managed, with good clients and you can expect coaching and support from your manager, Jonathan. Jonathan is a former Procter & Gamble Brand Manager with extensive training and experience in managing remote teams.

You can read about Jonathan on his LinkedIn and Strategy Cube pages. We are based in Burlington, ON.

Our team of virtual bookkeepers tell me they appreciate:

  • Being part of a team for support and encouragement.
  • The flexibility of the role which allows them to take care of their families and still enjoy meaningful work and build their careers.
  • The quality of the clients we attract and the rewarding feeling of building good relationships with them over time.
  • The learning they get from exposure to sophisticated clients using cutting-edge accounting and business management tools.
  • The coaching and support I provide.
  • That we use state of the art software tools that they find efficient and useful.

Our clients are smart business owners in software, tech, e-commerce, agencies, professional services, trade service companies, virtual events, real estate, massage therapy, chiropractic or physiotherapy clinics. They are mostly in Ontario  with some in Manitoba and BC.

Successful entrepreneurs are rarely strong at keeping their books organized. You'll be helping some of Canada's brightest entrepreneurs get their books & systems organized so that they can manage their business well and keep their staff, customers and the CRA happy. You'll give them the gift of peace of mind.

We do important work but we have fun doing it and our culture is highly collaborative, supportive and light-hearted.

What You'll Be Doing

  • The primary part of the role is to lead and manage the work of a team of five part-time bookkeepers and make sure they deliver the full scope of work on time and on budget each month.
  • There is a team leadership component with soft skills like vision casting, goal setting, and talent management. You'll need to get to know each team member, understand their unique talents and areas where they may need support.
  • There is also a project management component which requires some technical skill in reporting and report development as well as analysis, often in Excel. We track our hours and we need to make sure our rolling average hours stay close to our time estimates.
  • You'll need to stay on top of bookkeepers who are fall behind but be seen as their helper, not their enemy. We estimate that the team leadership part of this role will be half a day per week or 16 hours per month.
  • The team is an experienced team. No one has less than six years experience and four have over 15 years experience. They are highly responsible and generally get their work done independently with minimal oversight. We are staffing this role to free up the owners time and to prepare for future growth.
  • We use Financial Cents to plan, manage and track our work. It's an amazing tool and will be the key tool you will use to supervise and manage the team. Other tools would be email, Slack, Google Workspace and the practise management tools inside Dext, Xero and QBO. 
  • We only use Xero and QuickBooks Online for accounting.
  • The secondary and flexible part of the role is bookkeeping for our clients. How much you do will depend on your capacity. It could be as little as 5-10 hours per week or as much as 35-40. You will manage your workload through hiring and training additional bookkeepers. 
  • You will be doing general bookkeeping including monthly reconciliations, sales tax management, payables & receivables, payroll, invoicing and bill payment.
  • You need to be comfortable learning new web-based software quickly. In addition to the above, we use Dext, HubDoc, Plooto, Wagepoint, Knit, G-Suite, Slack, Harvest and Zoom but there are new tools coming out on a regular basis and we will always want to help our clients use the latest and best tools.

Your First Year

  • For the first two months, you'll do bookkeeping for clients that are managed by one of the senior bookkeepers so you can gain experience doing the work within our systems and so they can confirm your abilities to me. You'll work closely with me and our most experienced bookkeepers, learning the role, our clients, our systems and processes.
  • Once we have confirmed your fit with the team you'll start directly managing their workflow, supporting them and managing reporting to me.
  • We'd look to build the team up from there in line with your capabilities and goals.

Virtual bookkeeping supervisor job fit criteria

To be considered a good fit for this role, you need to meet the following criteria:

  1. You have experience managing people and teams.
  2. You have experience managing bookkeeping or accounting projects with monthly deadlines.
  3. You are looking for at least 10 hours per week of primarily 9-5 daytime work but you can do some of the work in the evening.
  4. You are a qualified, certified bookkeeper with a bookkeeping or accounting certification from a recognized Canadian college or program. We have a strong preference for candidates with the Certified Professional Bookkeeper certification from CPB Canada.
  5. You have a minimum of 5 years of cumulative Canadian bookkeeping experience.
  6. You are legally able to work in Canada and you are physically based in Canada.
  7. You speak, read and write English at a native speaker or fully bilingual level.
  8. You have your own computer, fast internet and a suitable, professional office or quiet room in your home to conduct video conference meetings from during the day.
  9. You want to work as a contractor to start, with the option to become an employee.
  10. You need to be able to update the client's books at least every 2 days and you need to be able to return emails within 2-3 hours on weekdays.
  11. You are certified in Xero or Quickbooks Online. Xero and QBO are the only accounting systems we use. Quickbooks Desktop experience is not sufficient.

Application Form

1 Step 1
Please respond yes or no to each statement
NoYes
I am legally able to work in Canada
I am physically based in Canada for at least 9 months a year
I speak, read and write English at a native speaker level
I have formal bookkeeping education (I am not self-taught)
I have at least 5 years of Canadian bookkeeping experience
I have worked under a Canadian CPA for at least 2 years
I have managed or supervised the work of others for at least a year in the past 5 years
I am looking for between 15 to 40 hours per week of primarily 9-5 daytime, ongoing bookkeeping work
I am very proficient in one or both of Quickbooks Online or Xero. (At least 2 years, multiple clients)
I have my own work-dedicated computer, fast internet and a suitable, professional and quiet place to conduct video conference meetings from during the day

You need to answer yes to every one of the above statements to be eligible for this role. If you answered no to any of them, then you are not eligible for this role. 

Which of these do you haveYou can select multiple

The workload of this role is flexible. It could be as little as 15 hours per week or as much as 35-40 hours per week, client work permitting. Please share your preference.

This role will be flexible at the start. You could work as a contractor or an employee.  Please share your preference. Over time, as you take on more responsibility, it may make sense for you to become an employee. 

Please pick your closest level of expertise for eachIf all you have is the software certification with no experience using it with clients, then choose beginner. Intermediate means >1 year with >2 clients. Strong means >2 years and >4 clients.
NoneBeginnerIntermediateStrong
Xero
Quickbooks Online
Dext
Hubdoc
Wagepoint
Plooto
G-Suite (Drive, Docs)
Hosting Zoom web meetings with clients
Directly managing Canadian client relationships
Estimating work (time to complete)
E-commerce bookkeeping
Delegating to & managing work of other bookkeepers
You may answer the following questions either by writing responses in the fields below or by answering the questions in a video or audio recording as explained below.

Please record a short video or audio clip explaining your bookkeeping experience, your interest in this role and answering the two questions above. A mobile phone or webcam/computer video or audio recording is fine. Please upload the video/audio file to a place I can access it (YouTube, Dropbox, Drive, SoundCloud etc) and paste the link in below, or email it to [email protected] and include your name and contact information. (P.S. Everyone we have hired has taken the time to record us a video.) 

Thank you for taking the time to apply. We are not able to respond to every applicant but if you meet our criteria and we think you would be a good fit, we will get in touch with you to set up an interview.

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