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Business Strategy, Decision Support and Fiscal Planning Lead

  • Temp F/T
  • Toronto
  • Closing date: Sep 30, 2021

Ontario Public Service

Organization: Various Ministries
Division: Corporate Services Division
City: Toronto
Job Term: 3 Temporary Assignments/contracts up to 12 months with possible extension
Job Code: 6A001 – Finance06
Salary: $74,136.00 – $109,246.00 Per Year
Posting Status: Open Targeted
Job ID: 167210


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 these important roles and help us enable our clients to reach
ministry goals and commitments through quality planning and financial services that add value, 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
We offer:
• A competitive salary and benefits 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
Career growth and developmental opportunities 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

How do I qualify?
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 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, to determine the impact of financial and business policies/practices on
programs, and to 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, systems analysis and evaluation
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 communications and can prepare clear and concise reports
(technical, detailed and executive summary), 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, to negotiate
with stakeholders who may have opposing positions/views, and to 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
• 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 to 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 and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion 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. Refer to the application
instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Additional Information
• 1 Temporary, duration up to 12 months, 315 Front St W, Toronto, Toronto Region
• 2 Temporary, duration up to 12 months, 720 Bay St, Toronto, Toronto Region, Criminal Record

Compensation Group: Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown
Employees of Ontario
Schedule: 6
Category: Finance and Economics
Posted on: Tuesday, September 7, 2021

• 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.


How to apply:
1. You must apply online by visiting You must enter the job id number in
the Job ID search field to locate the job ad.
2. Your cover letter and resume combined should not exceed five (5) pages. For tips and tools on
how to write a concise cover letter and resume, review the Writing a Cover Letter and Resume:
Tips, Tools and Resources.
3. Customize your cover letter and resume to the qualifications listed on the job ad. Using
concrete examples, you must show how you demonstrated the requirements for this job. We
rely on the information you provide to us.
4. Read the job description to make sure you understand this job.
5. OPS employees are required to quote their WIN EMPLOYEE ID number when applying.
6. If you require a disability related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment
process, please Contact Us to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will
contact you within 48 hours.

All external applicants (including former employees of the Ontario Public Service) applying to
a competition in a ministry or Commission public body must disclose (either in the cover
letter or resume) previous employment with the Ontario Public Service. Disclosure must
include positions held, dates of employment and any active restrictions as applicable from
being rehired by the Ontario Public Service. Active restrictions can include time and/or
ministry-specific restrictions currently in force, and may preclude a former employee from
being offered a position with the Ontario Public Service for a specific time period (e.g. one
year), or from being offered a position with a specific ministry (either for a pre-determined
time period or indefinitely). The circumstances around an employee’s exit will be considered
prior to an offer of employment.

Remember: The deadline to apply is Monday, September 27, 2021 11:59 pm EDT. Late
applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer.
Accommodation is available under the Ontario Human Rights Code .

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