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Capital Markets Officer (Financial Services Officer 1)

Date: Feb 16, 2021

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 2N3

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 29137 

Department: Finance and Treasury Board

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 3/2/2021​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


At the Department of Finance and Treasury Board we strive to provide financial leadership, analysis and policies that strengthen Nova Scotia. As stewards of the province’s financial affairs, we deliver a wide range of corporate fiscal and management services – including the preparation of the provincial budget – as well as ensure government plans are coordinated and fiscally responsible. We are constantly looking for new and better ways to plan, manage, budget and invest.


The Capital Markets Administration and Compliance division is responsible for the accounting, reporting and safe custody of the Province’s debt and investments.  The division provides accounting functions for the Province's debt and investment portfolio activities, post trade settlement activities, miscellaneous trust fund administration and accurate forecasting of provincial debt servicing costs and investment income.

About Our Opportunity


The Capital Markets Officer reports to the Coordinator of Debt Servicing and Contractual Obligations within the Capital Markets Administration and Compliance division. Under the Coordinator’s supervision, the Capital Markets Officer will be accountable for functions related to debt servicing/settlement activities, financial accounting, financial reporting, financial analysis, financial reconciliations, information management and budgeting process/debt service charges.  


You will provide advice and recommendations to management based on financial analysis and the application of accepted accounting principles and standards.  You will also assist in the year end audit process and in forecasting the provincial debt servicing costs and investment income.

Qualifications and Experience


This may be the right opportunity for you if you have three (3) years post-secondary professional accounting training and five (5) years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience may be acceptable.


You have experience with banking services, financial reconciliations, financial forecasts and accounting for payments/receipts, trade settlements, derivatives, foreign exchange transactions, debentures and/or audits. You are comfortable managing and producing complex spreadsheets and financial reports. Proficiency using SAP or similar program with a strong knowledge of accounting principles.  You are skilled in the use of database systems, internet-based applications and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).


Demonstrated sound judgement and problem-solving skills to allow for accurate interpretation of information for determining the appropriate course of action. You have strong analytical and organizational skills to strategically manage multiple deadlines and interpret complex data.


While not required, the following skills and experience is considered an asset:


  • Enrolment in the Chartered Professional Accountant program or Chartered Financial Analyst program.


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



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



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.

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.
  • Mentorship through iNSpire; a new formal, interdepartmental mentorship program that connects employees so they can gain knowledge and experience to support their career development.
  • Countless Career Paths for Nova Scotians.
  • Department Specific Flexible working schedules.


Pay Grade:  TE 18  

Salary Range:  $1,739.43 - $2,042.72 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). 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