Controllership, Accounting and Reporting Advisor

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ATTENTION, ACCOUNTING AND CONTROLLERSHIP EXPERTS!

Are you a motivated professional and clear communicator who is client focused, with strong competencies in leadership, controllership and accounting analysis, risk management and project management? If so, consider joining the team that ensures effective financial management, accounting and control of programs, activities, and resources, by providing timely, accurate advice.

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. We currently have permanent and temporary opportunities with the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, in the OPS Finance community.

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 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?

You will:

• develop and implement a financial management and internal control framework for the ministry and provide advice, guidelines and support to senior management and program managers on the application of directives, procedures and guidelines, to ensure effective ministry financial management systems and internal corporate controllership and financial reporting

• coordinate, oversee, and monitor financial policies, tools, systems and procedures that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the ministry's financial reporting

• advise and report on public sector accounting and reporting requirements and accountability, and financial controllership and accountability

• oversee compliance with government standards, policies and directions, to prevent fraud and ensure optimal control and protection of ministry assets

• provide analysis and advice in support of the ministry's financial controllership function

• review ministry policies, processes, and practices to ensure they include financial and internal control processes and promote accountability and risk management

• coordinate and provide training on internal control policies and best practices, modern controllership and risk management principles/practices, and the delegation of authority procedures

• prepare in-depth reports on controllership oversight

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.

Financial and Risk Management Knowledge:

• you have knowledge of government financial management, including capital accounting knowledge, reporting and internal control principles, policies and practices, and generally accepted accounting principles for public sector organizations, including Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Public Sector Accounting and Board (PSAB) standards, and Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO) internal control standards, normally acquired through professional accounting studies

• you have knowledge of accounting, auditing and financial principles, concepts, and best practices in the areas of financial management, variance analysis, controllership and risk management (e.g. entity-level controls, operations controls, and IT controls

• you can develop effective internal control methodologies and approaches, and identify and analyze ministry financial control and accountability issues

• you have knowledge of/ability to gain knowledge of ministry operations risks, corresponding controls and monitoring activities

• you have knowledge of operations risk management principles, practices, standards, methodologies and current trends

• you have knowledge of/ability to gain knowledge of ministry programs and organizational structures, to develop internal control frameworks that meet specific ministry business requirements and respect relevant legislation and corporate directives - ability to provide controllership oversight and related advice

• you can identify the impact of new/updated legislation, policies directives and procedures on ministry program controls and identify/recommend solutions to areas of risk

Communication and Interpersonal Skills:

• you have oral, written, and persuasive communication skills to advise/guide others on financial/controllership/procurement issues and processes

• you are able to make presentations to client managers, promote effective financial management through training, and prepare and present briefing notes, business cases, financial reports/data to senior management and central agencies

• you have interpersonal skills to build and maintain effective working relationships with others to support horizontal, collaborative approaches to problem-solving

• you have presentation and persuasion skills to provide explanations of complex risk issues and recommend mitigation strategies, discuss the implications of audit findings with clients and senior management, and recommend changes to financial controls, policies and procedures to ensure appropriate protection of assets

Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills:

• you have proven experience conducting in-depth research and analysis of legislation, complex data, variance reports, emerging trends, and other related matters

• you are able to assess current controllership, accounting and reporting practices and policies, and the implications of changes to corporate directives/policies on reporting and public sector accounting standards, ministry programs and control requirements, and recommend changes

• you are able to develop performance measures and indicators to evaluate the effectiveness of the ministry's internal control framework

• you are able to identify areas of risk and drive mitigation strategies and options, and provide input to changes in corporate policies

• you are able to prepare submission of the ministry's consolidated financial statements

• you are able to evaluate financial performance, assess cost effectiveness, and advise on accounting requirements for reporting

Project Management Skills:

• you have project management skills to establish/document the ministry's operative control strategies and structures in identified risk areas and to participate in strategic and operational planning/implementation of concurrent controllership projects

• you have negotiation skills to participate in a variety of controllership-related projects with, and for, stakeholders, and promote cost-effective control measure to address requirements

Specialized Computer Skills:

• you are able to gain knowledge of OPS financial and related systems (e.g. IFIS) to monitor financial data to assess accuracy of data, and the effectiveness of financial control practices, interpret data to meet reporting standards and requirements, identify areas of risk, and assess overall system effectiveness within the controllership framework

• you have knowledge of specialized computer applications (e.g. audit software) to identify discrepancies in large quantities of data, determine areas of risk, and provide effective controllership oversight

• you have knowledge of PC computer operations and standard word-processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation applications to maintain and analyze information and produce reports and presentations

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: $68,738 - $99,046 Per Year

Additional Information:

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

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 $69,425 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 167211 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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