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Controllership, Accounting and Reporting Advisor

Ontario Public Service

Organization: Various Ministries
Division: Corporate Services Management Division and the Business Planning and
Controllership Division
City: Toronto
Job Term: 1 Permanent, 1 Temporary Assignment/contract up to 12 months with
possible extension
Job Code: 5A001 – Finance05
Salary: $68,738.00 – $99,046.00 Per Year
Posting Status: Open Targeted
Job ID: 167211


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
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. 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 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?
You will:
• develop and implement a financial management and internal control framework for the ministry and
to 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,
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

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.

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, to promote effective financial management
through training, and to 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 and 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 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 to 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, the effectiveness of financial control practices, to interpret data to
meet reporting standards and requirements, identify areas of risk, and to asses 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
• 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 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, 720 Bay St, Toronto, Toronto Region, Criminal Record
• 1 Permanent, 315 Front St W, Toronto, Toronto Region
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 $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.


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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