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Manager, Financial Accounting



Competition # : 32146 

Department: Finance and Treasury Board

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 8/4/2021 (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.

About Our Opportunity


As the Manager, Financial Accounting you work daily with senior and middle management staff of the Department of Health and Wellness to provide financial advice and expertise on a broad range of financial management related matters.  The Manager, Financial Accounting is responsible for providing advice on accounting matters in accordance with PSAB, providing direction at year end to ensure consolidated results reported into Government Accounting are accurate (e.g. setting up the reversing accruals, inter-entity reconciliations), and provides assistance to the Manager, Budget and Financial Planning with the monthly forecast process of the Department of Health and Wellness.


The Manager, Financial Accounting has contact with Minister, Deputy Minister, and Department of Finance and Treasury Board to support the department’s Financial Management Team in providing financial advice and expertise as required and to ensure departmental fiscal plan issues are understood and resolved.  The Manager has contact with the Office of the Auditor General regarding financials and the implications of various broad scope audits and external auditors of related entities as it relates to the year-end financial reporting requirements.


This position reports to the Director of Finance.

Primary Accountabilities


  • Coordinating and overseeing the year-end reporting process and related financial documents for the Department of Health and Wellness
  • Ensures adherence to Canadian public sector accounting board (PSAB) standards and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) implemented by the Department of Health and Wellness
  • Assisting the Manager, Budget and Financial Planning with departmental budgeting processes
  • Champions SAP training initiatives for all Financial Advisory Services staff supporting DHW
  • Responsible for maintaining and strengthening internal controls for all Financial Advisory Services supporting DHW
  • providing technical financial accounting advice to senior management, departments, and entities
  • Supervises and supports Labour Relations Financial Advisor in relation to financial budgeting and forecasting for negotiations
  • Supervises and supports other individuals involved with strategic initiatives
  • Frequent contact with various external partners, including Human Resources, Information Technology, Government Accounting, Internal Audit, Office of the Auditor General, program staff within DHW
  • Periodic contact with peers in professional accounting associations, public sector financial associations and other education organizations.

Qualifications and Experience


To be success in this role you possess a professional accounting designation (CPA, CPA – CA, CPA – CMA, or CPA –CGA) and have at least three years’ related experience.  An equivalent combination of experience and education will be considered.


You demonstrate strong technical competence in applying the Canadian public sector accounting standards, researching, analyzing, and recommending solutions to other technical accounting issues. You have experience in the preparation of consolidated/ unconsolidated financial statements and reports, and working knowledge Enterprise Resource Planning accounting software and other applications including Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), as well as current knowledge of the various other accounting frameworks.  You have strong analytical and excellent communication skills.


As the successful candidate you work well in team environments as well as work independently on complex assignments with minimal supervision.  You build collaborative working relationships throughout government, valuing diversity, equity and inclusion.  You can simultaneously manage multiple assignments with conflicting and urgent deadlines, while exercising discretion with sensitive and highly confidential information.


You also demonstrate attention to details, the utmost accuracy, and exceptional analytical, writing, and organizational skills.


Qualifications and Experience Con't


Assets for this role include:


  • A strong understanding of SAP
  • Working knowledge of the government’s financial reporting processes and requirements
  • Financial accounting knowledge (in particular, knowledge of Public Sector Accounting) and knowledge of auditing principles and their application within a government setting



Competencies for this role include:

Analytical Thinking, Innovativeness, Strategic Orientation, Adaptability and Flexibility, Initiative, Effective Interactive Communication, Partnering & Relationship Building, and Intercultural Diversity Proficiency


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.

Additional Information


Candidates must clearly identify in their cover letter that they meet the qualifications listed above.


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:  EC 12 

Salary Range:  $3,368.38 - $4,220.16 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.


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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