Sobeys Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Training Program

Requisition ID:  96582

Career Group:  Corporate Office Careers

Job Category:  Finance

Travel Requirements:  0 – 10%

Part Time or Full Time:  Full Time


Country: Canada (CA)

Province: Nova Scotia (CA-NS)

City: Stellarton

Location: King St. Office


Our family of 127,000 employees and franchise affiliates share a collective passion for delivering exceptional shopping experiences and amazing food to all our customers. Our mission is to nurture the things that make life better – great experiences, families, communities, and our employees. We are a family nurturing families.

A proudly Canadian company, we started in a small town in Nova Scotia but we are now in communities of all sizes across this great country. With over 1500 stores in all 10 provinces, you may know us as Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, Lawton’s Drug Stores or another of our great banners but we are all one extended family.

All career opportunities will be open a minimum of 5 business days from the date of posting.


Are you a Commerce/Business student or graduate looking for a professional career with endless opportunities? Come join the Sobeys Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Training Program.

Are you thinking about getting your CPA?  Why not consider completing your designation in industry with a leading national grocery retailer? Sobeys Inc. is proud to have trained many Chartered Professional Accountants and provides a unique training experience. Upon completion of the program, not only are graduates set up for a successful career in Finance – we also have several opportunities to branch out into other areas of the business where CPA’s can thrive and add significant value. We currently have CPA’s throughout our business in areas such as Marketing, Operations and Merchandising (to name a few!).  Note: This application is for September 2021 intake

Job Description

About the Sobeys CPA Training Program

Our three-year CPA Training Program offers talented accounting graduates the opportunity to learn the business while working towards your CPA designation. While our CPA rotations continue to expand, our current program will see you gain experience and meet all CPA competency requirements by completing challenging job rotations in at least three of the following approved rotations:

  • Financial Reporting
  • Corporate Compliance & Internal Audit
  • Retail Accounting
  • Accounting & Control

Upon program completion you will have the opportunity to join one of the above-mentioned teams or one of our other teams, located across the country (Stellarton, NS, Mississauga, ON, Calgary, AB, Montreal, QC). By joining one of these teams you will provide the in-depth financial analysis, decision-making support, audit, control, and/or governance and risk reviews that your training was designed to facilitate. This experience will allow you to further develop and enhance your skills while pursuing a long-term career with Sobeys.

Support Provided to Students

Sobeys is committed to its students in the CPA Program and offers a great amount of support to its students, including:

  • Financial Support in the form of covering the cost of CPA courses, exams, and related travel expenses
  • Providing external consultants and expert support for various modules
  • Providing experienced mentors to support and guide students through the process of obtaining the necessary education and experience to obtain their CPA
  • A student pool made up of prior students to offer advice and academic support (practice exam marking, etc.)
  •  A dedicated steering committee to oversee developments in the CPA program and ensure continued success of our students
  • Mentorship: Sobeys currently has 15 mentors available who have all completed the CPA or legacy programs. Many are senior employees who are extremely valuable resources throughout the CPA Program and in your career

Job Requirements

What your application will include and demonstrate to us

  • Business or Commerce student (or graduate) with all CPA Canada prerequisite educational requirements to be complete before September 2021
  • A passion for grocery retail and financial management
  • Strong academic performance
  • Demonstration of the pervasive qualities and skills of the CPA designation
  • Ability to successfully multi-task in a deadline-driven environment
  • Proven time management and organization skills
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills within a team environment
  • Solid analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Clear and concise written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Aptitude for understanding technology

Please include a copy of your unofficial transcript/marks with your application.  This is a requirement to be considered for the CPA Student Program.  It is recommended that you include your cover letter, resume, and marks all within one document (either copied into the Resume editor or uploaded as one file).

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a leading Canadian company with a clear vision and focus.  We are only accepting online applications and welcome applications from all qualified people interested in this challenge. We will be contacting only those who will be selected to interview.

Sobeys offers our employees many valuable benefits such as:

  • Growing organization
  • Competitive salary
  • Pension plan
  • Flexible health and dental benefits plan
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Ongoing Training & Development

Sobeys is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process and will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of this process.

While all responses are appreciated only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged.

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