Wealth Advisor, Summerland Financial Services

Position Overview

Summerland Financial Services (SFS) Wealth Advisor plays an essential role in providing holistic financial advice and assistance to members and clients while strengthening SFS presence in the region.  Building trust and loyalty with each member interaction, the Wealth Advisor utilizes their expertise in the delivery of a financial solutions to enhance member’s overall financial well-being.  The Wealth Advisor has a positive and adaptable approach with strong relationship building and leadership skills that leads to successful and effective relationships both within the organization and externally with members and clients.

A key function of the role is to leverage relationships with credit union employees to contribute to and ensure an exceptional level of service for members as well as networking and enhancing the brand of SFS throughout the region as a respected leader of financial solutions.

Salary: Commensurate with experience, includes commissions, pension program and robust benefits packages.

Key Responsibilities

Sales & Service Leadership

Creating value; growing member relationships; learning and development

  • Working with the leadership team of Wealth Strategies Inc, adopt, implement and maintain the best practices from the “playbook”. Work with Wealth Strategies (CUSO Wealth) to ensure ongoing personal/professional development.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with existing and potential Clients, SCU management and staff and colleagues that are part of the CUSO Wealth network of wealth management professionals
  • Engage with internal / external partners and networks to identify business opportunities and best practices
  • Understand, uncover and meet the needs of members/clients by delivering customized financial solutions which includes a full suite of investment and life insurance products
  • Proactively contact members to retain existing business and to identify new opportunities
  • Contact Clients and potential Clients to arrange appointments, carry out financial needs analyses and updates of same, review existing portfolio and make recommendations
  • Serve, inform and educate Clients with respect to their financial goals and opportunities through the provision of ongoing financial services, KYC annual reviews and other applicable compliance-mandated processes, and/or other Client contact processes
  • Monitor and deliver exceptional performance with agreed upon goals including effective cross referrals to ensure member’s/clients’ needs are fully met.

Member & Community Experience

Building member loyalty; staying informed; building community connections

  • Build member loyalty and trust by exercising sound judgement and thoughtful consideration in delivering exceptional member experience
  • Understand and demonstrate commitment to our enterprise wide Vision, Mission and Values
  • Cultivate new opportunities and enhance long term relationships that contribute to a positive member experience
  • Enhance own profile and professional image in the community by participating in community events, associations and/or partnerships

Employee Experience

Engagement; teamwork; leadership; learning; commitment; accountability

  • Maintain and expand technical knowledge of financial products, systems, and
  • Promote teamwork and cooperation as a peer leader; act as a mentor and role model to share knowledge and skills to assist and support talent development
  • Support staff and encourage collaboration to accomplish common goals
  • Attend industry related product shows industry related courses (as directed by the Employer and as required by applicable governing bodies under continuing education credits)
  • Recognize and celebrate team successes; encourage teamwork and collaboration

Risk Management

Member confidence; risk/loss mitigation

  • Ensure all documentation pertaining to investments and accounts is prepared and/or executed in accordance with established policies, procedures and relevant legislation
  • Demonstrate a high level of risk management knowledge and ensure adherence to all legislative and regulatory requirements
  • Maintain up to date and complete Client files with documentation in hardcopy and/or electronic form as
  • Electronic files are maintained utilizing approved contact management software, approved Client relationship management software and any other required and approved software
  • Display confidence and exercise sound judgement in decision making
  • Take necessary action on issues or concerns arising from internal / external reviews and audits

Skills & Attributes

  • Passion for delivering exceptional member/client service and dedicated to building strong relationships and connections in the community
  • Committed to professional growth and development. Responsible for ensuring skills and knowledge are up to date to meet industry and position requirements
  • Instills confidence and trust of others through thoughtful, clear and open communication
  • Delivers strong business development and advisory services skills
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities and a willingness to tackle new challenges
  • Displays strong awareness of the financial service industry, keeps abreast of the changing environment and understands the components for organizational success
  • Acts as a trusted advisor to members/clients, ensuring their financial well-being is top priority
  • Demonstrates strong attention to detail and accuracy in completing work and providing information
  • Takes a proactive and respectful approach in addressing problems, issues or conflict with a positive view to reaching new and better solutions
  • Commitment to life-long learning
  • Organizes work and assignment of tasks to maximize efficiency, clearly communicates expectations, roles and responsibilities

Experience & Education

  • minimum of five years’ experience in providing financial advice to clients in the areas of financial planning, investment, risk assessment and insurance options
  • CFP designation, life insurance and mutual fund licenses required
  • Combined experience and post-secondary education in the areas that are directly related to industry will be considered.


Interested applicants can submit cover letter and resume to careers@sdcu.com. Please visit our website at www.sdcu.com/careers for the complete role description.

Vice President Finance & Risk

Become part of a dynamic and successful credit union located in the community of Summerland and nestled in the beautiful Okanagan Valley.

Under direction of the President & CEO, the Vice President of Finance and Risk manages and oversees financial forecasting activities, budgeting reporting and maintenance, fixed asset and depreciation schedules, tax reporting/filing, accounting, general ledger management, asset/liability management, liquidity, investment management/treasury functions, foreign exchange, financial statement preparation, regulatory filings, statistical reports, stress testing, enterprise risk management and provincial regulatory and legislative compliance activities for the credit union.

The VP of Finance and Risk actively participates in the development of corporate strategies and provides strategic leadership and advice on all financial, enterprise risk, and audit matters, directly supervises staff and provides system administration support for operations.


  • Provide overall direction, control and planning for finance, accounting, tax, audit, budget, asset liability management and treasury/investment functions of the credit union.
  • Maintains the Credit Union’s financial records; prepares financial and statistical reports for the Credit Union; prepares and files reports with regulatory bodies; prepares the Credit Union budget in accordance with guidelines from the President & CEO and Board of Directors.
  • Regularly reviews the effectiveness of the accounting and cash management systems and recommends improvements to maintain integrity.
  • Analyzes business, economic, financial conditions and their impact on credit union’s operations; makes recommendations to enhance performance or to mitigate losses including developing and running hypothetical stress tests.
  • Leads the risk management function in the development, reporting and maintenance of corporate strategies and policies.
  • Provides overall direction, control and planning for the enterprise risk management framework. Ensure practices align with policies and procedures and recommend changes to further improve efficiencies and risk.  Follow up on any compliance deficiencies.
  • Manages borrowings, credit limits and securitizations.
  • Manages key relationships with BCFSA and ensures compliance to legislation, regulation and suitable guidelines based on the size and complexity of the credit union.
  • Directly supervises staff by monitoring activities to ensure productivity, efficiency and ensure administrative tasks are completed on schedule. Responsibility includes; hiring, directing job assignments, monitoring performance, coaching, counselling, training, compliance with regulatory requirements and organizational mission, vision and values, policies and work rules.  Review performance and provide recommendations for compensation, promotion and termination, as appropriate.
  • Participates as an active member of the management team by:
    • attending regular management meetings to exchange information on department activities, discuss short- and long-term goals, identify and resolve operational issues and problems using a collaborative approach;
    • attending planning sessions and setting overall goals, objectives and strategies for future growth and development;
    • acting as an advisor to management team in all issues relating to accounting and security,
    • Leads the ALCO discussion at the management meeting
  • Displays knowledge of services offered by the Credit Union; considers and evaluates new services in relation to their financial impact on the Credit Union. Considers, evaluates, recommends and implement improvements where applicable.
  • As Security Officer, ensures the adherence of security procedures with respect to cash holdings by ensuring that cash handling procedures are in accordance with established risk management procedures. Ensures that cash counts are conducted and staff are audited with respect to following security procedures.  Adheres to security procedures as they pertain to the position.
  • Oversees the preparation of financial reporting of subsidiaries.
  • Maintain fixed asset records and the accompanying depreciation schedules.
  • Conducts financial reporting in compliance with International Financial Reporting Standards.
  • Acts as a voting member of the Management Credit Committee.
  • Represents the credit union at external functions.

The above reflects the general details to describe the principal functions of the job and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in this job.



  • Bachelor’s Degree or Professional Accounting Designation
  • Four to six years job related experience



  •  Advanced understanding of International Reporting Standards, audit and financial reporting controls
  • Advanced understanding of Enterprise Risk Management and risk management principles
  • Advanced computer skills
  • Strong governance skills and business acumen
  • Strong leadership and communication skills and possesses a high “EQ”.
  • Working knowledge of Security requirements and procedures

Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter to sdcu@sdcu.com.

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