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Financial Services Officer 2



Competition # : 32205 

Department: Agriculture

Location: BIBLE HILL

Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 8/5/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


The Department of Agriculture’s mandate is the development of competitive, sustainable and profitable agriculture and agri-business industries that contribute to the economic, environmental and social prosperity of Nova Scotia’s rural and urban communities. Our vision is of a Nova Scotia agriculture and agri-food industry that is diversified, market-focused and profitable. We envision an industry recognized for its adaptable, collaborative business approach.

About Our Opportunity


The Programs and Business Risk Management (PBRM) Division provides leadership, direction, and expertise to design and administer a suite of agricultural development supports including provincial-only and a range of federal/provincial/territorial (FPT) cost-shared programs. PBRM also helps farmers protect their income and manage risks such as adverse weather, low prices, and increased input costs through business risk management programs – AgriInvest, AgriStability and AgriRecovery; as well as AgriInsurance (Crop Insurance) delivered by the Nova Scotia Crop and Livestock Insurance Commission.


Two senior financial services officer positions will be filled in our Bible Hill offices though this competition, one with the Programs Section and one with the Nova Scotia Crop and Livestock Insurance Commission.


Primary Accountabilities


The Senior Financial Services Officers provide a complete range of independent, specialized, financial management services and support to the division. Under the general direction of the Manager of Programs or the CEO of the Crop and Livestock Insurance Commission, the Financial Services Officer is key in providing financial analysis, advice and technical support to the Management team on matters related to budget estimates and forecasting, year-end audit reporting, and federal/provincial financial obligations. S/he manages the general accounting function, coordinating and performing a multitude of accounting activities, facilitating a large variety and volume of financial transactions and ensuring accurate and timely recording and reporting of all financial results for the division. S/he manages multiple accounting systems, processes insurance coverage and premium billing, conducts claim calculations and processing, monitors, analyses and reports on operational budget estimates (revenue and expenses), conducts monthly recoveries of federal/provincial cost-shared premiums and funding, year-end evaluations, variance analysis and adjustments and prepares all month-end, year-end and ad hoc financial reports to meet federal and provincial financial regulatory reporting and statistical requirements.


The Senior Financial Services Officers provide internal quality assurance and monitoring of financial control, systems and processes to ensure compliance and conformity with financial industry regulations, rules, policies and procedures (GAAP, PSAB) and standards as well as to ensure accuracy and effectiveness of results. S/he collaborates in the development and implementation of improved information management systems and procedures including complex, interrelated electronic data processing applications to meet the unique operational requirements of the underwriting and accounting systems of the Commission and the CRM/SAP grants management system.


The Senior Financial Services Officer liaises, facilitates and provides comprehensive support in response to federal and/or provincial audits including identification, recommendations and of response regarding potential remedial actions.

Qualifications and Experience


As our next Financial Services Officer, you have completed three (3) years of post‐secondary professional accounting training and at least five (5) years of related accounting/financial experience.


As the ideal candidate, you have a sound working knowledge of all aspects of accounting, finance procedures and policies. You have demonstrated experience completing financial reconciliations and providing accurate budgeting and forecasting advice. You have a demonstrated experience utilizing complex spreadsheet applications, preparing reports and handling administrative detail and are comfortable working independently and as part of a team.


You possess sound judgement and problem-solving skills that allow you to accurately interpret information problem solve and determine appropriate courses of action.  In this role, your organizational skills and ability to strategically manage multiple deadlines is essential.  You comfortably manage and produce complex spreadsheets and financial reports. You are proficient in computer-based accounting software (Sage), e-mail, and Microsoft Office programs including Excel, Access, Word, and PowerPoint.


You are guided by Generally Accepted Accounting (GAAP) as well as Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) Principles in your work. You possess exceptional time management skills and are detail oriented. You also have strong time management skills to manage multiple assignments with competing priorities. You are comfortable working with minimal supervision, with demonstrated initiative.

You have previous experience providing advice and direction with regards to financial matters, using discretion when dealing with confidential and sensitive information. You also possess exceptional communication skills (written and verbal) and are comfortable communicating with both internal and external stakeholders, clients.


 Knowledge of and familiarity with SAP would be considered an asset.


We will assess the above qualifications and competencies using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.



Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must demonstrate such equivalencies in their application.


Based on the employment status and Union agreement, the Government of Nova Scotia offers its employees a wide range of benefits such as  Health, Dental, Life Insurance, Pension, General Illness (Short and Long Term), Vacation and Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Click here to learn more about our various benefits offering and eligibility criteria. 

Working Conditions


Most of your time is spent in a comfortable office setting. Your normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day.

Additional Information


This competition is being advertised for 2 Term Employment opportunities with anticipated end date of August 31, 2022. The appointment status (‘term’, ‘temporary’ or ‘casual’) is dependent on the start date of the successful candidate.

What We Offer


  • Career Development where you have access to career guidance, tools, resources, and ongoing training for every stage of your career.
  • Engaging workplace. Our Employees feel valued, respected, connected, and tuned in. We have forward-thinking policies and strategies.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians. 
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.


Pay Grade:  TE 22  

Salary Range:  $2,052.93 - $2,414.26 Bi-Weekly


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


This is a bargaining unit position initially restricted to current civil service employees represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union (NSGEU). If applying from outside a government office, employees must apply correctly via this link:



 Failure to apply correctly means that your application will not be given first consideration as a bargaining unit applicant, and will only be included if external applications are pursued. 


External applicants and current casual employees will only be considered if there are no qualified civil service bargaining unit candidates. PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information. 


Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to