Business Strategy, Decision Support and Fiscal Planning Lead

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ATTENTION, FINANCIAL EXPERTS!

The Ontario Public Service (OPS) is seeking to add new talent to its already dynamic finance community of professionals, who proudly deliver financial analysis and services that enable the achievement of government priorities and business results. Bring your valued financial expertise to this important role and help us enable our clients to reach ministry goals and commitments through quality planning and financial services that add value, and are responsive and accurate.

Do you have strong analytical, evaluation and communication skills and a thorough understanding of multi-year financial planning? Are you results-oriented with the ability to think strategically without losing sight of the details, and do people see you as a business partner because you make the connections between policy, program delivery and finance?

We currently have exciting opportunities in the OPS Finance community to join the teams that coordinate business planning and financial management with the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, where you will identify and develop business plan strategies to meet financial requirements, mitigate/manage risk, and make recommendations on program fiscal management options and direction.

Note: This competition may be used to fill future opportunities within the next year, in accordance with the AMAPCEO collective agreement provisions. Current vacancies are located at 720 Bay Street, Toronto and at 315 Front Street West, Toronto.

About the OPS

The OPS is one of the largest employers in the province, employing more than 60,000 people. Every day, we are modernizing government operations and improving public services. We have a wide range of meaningful and rewarding career opportunities in communities across Ontario. We welcome new ideas and new people, encourage learning and development, and reward achievement. No matter the position, we live the core values of trust, fairness, diversity, excellence, creativity, collaboration, efficiency and responsiveness.

Why you should work for the Ontario Public Service

The OPS is committed to be an employer of first choice, creating a positive and inclusive workplace (https://www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/Pages/EqualOpportunityEmployer.aspx/)

We offer:
• A competitive salary and benefits (https://www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/Pages/Compensation.aspx)  package
• Flexible work arrangements. The OPS is proud to support the Flexible Work Strategy to enable flexibility in when, where and how we work
• Collegial and professional work culture (https://www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/Pages/OurValues.aspx/)
• Career growth and developmental opportunities (https://www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/Pages/Potential.aspx) across multiple business areas
• On-the-job training to support your success in the role

What can I expect to do in this role?

As the key point of corporate business and fiscal planning contact between ministry clients and central agencies, you will:

• support and lead the development of the ministry's business and fiscal plans, and the development of proposals, to secure program resources

• provide strategic business, financial and program planning advice, risk analysis and functional support as a subject matter expert

• lead various project teams, from the initial development of the project framework, to full implementation and completion, always meeting stringent timelines

• support a comprehensive ministry forecasting process throughout the fiscal cycle for in-year, monthly and quarterly expenditure management and reporting process

• provide technical guidance, leadership, training and mentoring to staff

Location: Toronto

How do I qualify?

Mandatory

In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the qualifications as outlined below. Our Tips, Tools and Resources Guide (https://www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/Docs/OPSCoverLetterandResumeWritingGuide.pdf) will help you with preparing your application.

Strategic Business Planning Knowledge:

• you have knowledge of the theories, principles and best practices of business planning, fiscal planning, and strategic planning to provide advice on ministry business/financial plans, proposals, and issues

• you have knowledge of the theories, principles and objectives of program evaluation and performance management to assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of policy and program initiatives, determine the impact of financial and business policies/practices on programs, and make appropriate recommendations.

• you can interpret and apply ministry legislation, policies, standards, priorities, and government policy direction

• you have knowledge of practices, processes and techniques in operational planning, financial and expenditure management, budgeting, forecasting, financial/fiscal analysis, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and risk assessment/management

Financial, Accounting and Computer Skills:

• you have knowledge of, and experience in applying, accounting principles and practices, including budget procedures and practices, capital planning, and asset management to facilitate and ensure financial accountability

• you can gain knowledge of government/ministry business and financial operations, processes and structure, sound business practices, organizational concepts, and systems analysis and evaluation

• you have knowledge of economic and statistical analysis techniques, including evidence-based scenario development in conjunction with research principles/ techniques and quantitative/qualitative methodologies, and project management techniques

• you have knowledge of, and experience using, computer applications (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software) and financial applications (e.g., enterprise financial management and reporting systems) to collect/extract data, conduct research and analysis, and prepare reports, issues notes, presentations and recommendations

Project Management and Leadership Skills:

• you have knowledge of project management and project development and can lead strategic business planning, as well as lead and/or provide advice on various ministry initiatives and projects

• you have leadership skills to lead/coordinate work and mentor/support other planning and financial staff to deliver quality outputs on time

• you can plan, organize, manage, monitor, and juggle multiple projects at the same time with tight and conflicting deadlines that may change frequently without notice or on short notice

• you can deal with changing priorities and conflicting demands

Communication and Interpersonal Skills:

• you have effective oral and written communication skills and can prepare clear and concise reports (technical, detailed and executive summaries), proposals, briefing/issues notes, correspondences, business cases, presentations, and recommendations

• you can communicate and present complex financial/business performance information to a variety of audiences

• you have presentation and persuasion skills to provide convincing explanations on complex risk and prevention issues and strategies to senior management and other stakeholders, negotiate with stakeholders who may have opposing positions/views, and convince stakeholders to accept an alternative response to an issue

• you have consultation and interpersonal skills to consult, and collaborate with, stakeholders and partners, using tact and diplomacy

• you can build and maintain a network of colleagues and external contacts, maintain awareness of emerging trends and coordinate efforts to achieve required outcomes

Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills:

• you can anticipate, identify, interpret and evaluate financial issues and complex situations, determine potential impacts, identify trends, and prioritize strategic business/program performance issues

• you can conduct complex research and analyses, identify options, make strategic recommendations and prepare comprehensive presentations/briefings

• you can reconcile central agency approvals for a ministry's fiscal/multi-year plan with the ministry's current budget/financial systems and communicate business plans and fiscal allocations

• you can evaluate, assess and monitor multi-year ministry financial and program performance, strategic planning processes and systems, and program performance measures/metrics

• you can assess cost efficiency and risk potential of program design options/activities

• you can assess and monitor funding allocations and expenditures

OPS Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti-racism:  

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy (https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-public-service-anti-racism-policy) and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint (https://www.ontario.ca/page/ops-inclusion-diversity-blueprint) pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code (http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/ontario-human-rights-code). Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Salary Range: $74,136 - $109,246 Per Year

Additional Information:

  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 12 months (with possible extension), 315 Front St W, Toronto, Toronto Region, Criminal Record Check
  • 2 Temporary, duration up to 12 months (with possible extension), 720 Bay St, Toronto, Toronto Region, Criminal Record Check

Note:

  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Talent Acquisition Branch (TAB), HR Service Delivery Division (HRSDD) to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.

A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.

  • Effective, October 1st, 2021, the correct salary range for this position will be $74,877 to $110,338 per year in compliance with AMAPCEO collective agreement provisions.
  • The information that you provide for the purpose of this competition and the results from this competition may be used to fill other positions. These positions may be of various tenures, including short-term assignments. Your information and the results from this competition will be retained for the purpose of filling vacancies in accordance with the applicable collective agreement or policy provisions.

Please apply online, only, by Monday, September 27, 2021, by visiting www.ontario.ca/careers and entering Job ID 167210 in the Job ID search field. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at www.gojobs.gov.on.ca/ContactUs.aspx to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

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