At Sobeys, we offer career opportunities across the country in retail stores, retail support centres and corporate offices, all requiring an array of skill and education levels. We believe in training and promoting our employees from within our organization. This is why we are very proud to be one of the first companies in Canada, the first company in Nova Scotia and first grocery retailer to be approved as a CA Training Office in industry.
With the impending merger between the national accounting bodies, Sobeys is excited to continue our tradition of training designated accountants under the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) banner.
After the completion of the CPA program, there are a number of career opportunities available within the company. At Sobeys, we have over 100 employees who are either working towards designations, or already designated professional accountants within various areas of the business. These professionals use the experience gained while training for their accounting designations in their new roles as Analysts, Senior Analysts, Managers, Directors or Vice Presidents.
With opportunities for roles in Finance, Tax, Merchandising, Marketing, Category Management, Information Technology, Human Resources and/or Retail Operations, the sky is the limit for those with a passion for this business and who drive for success!
During your CPA training at Sobeys, you will have the opportunity to work in other areas of the business typically unavailable through accounting firm programs. For example, Internal Audit will give you insight into the planning, execution and reporting of various audits that relate to potential organization risks. Working in our Real Estate or Retail Accounting teams you will be responsible for accounting for properties and/or stores, identifying, preparing and analyzing reports to be presented to various levels of management. At Sobeys, we know your practical experience drives your passion for the business. Practical work experience is a key element in becoming a CPA.
The CPA program is an intense program and that is why Sobeys assigns each of their students a mentor. These mentors are recent graduates themselves and are there for support during the CPA modules and the Common Final Evaluation.
Further, each student is assigned a more senior professional (Counseling Member) who works with the student at least twice a year to ensure the student is meeting the practical experience required for the CPA program.
Meet The Ca
Ryan achieved his CA designation in 2007 and started working at Sobeys shortly thereafter in 2008 as a Senior Financial Analyst. Ryan used his knowledge of the company and his CA training to later move into the role of Manager, Financial Reporting later that same year. There he is responsible for Management Discussion and Analysis, Pension Plan Reporting and Stats Canada Filings. Ryan is now an active mentor in Sobeys Chartered Accountant Training Program to help current students as they work towards earning their designation.
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