Financial Services Officer 2 (Miller Lake)



Competition # : 39326 

Department: Public Works


Type of Employment: Term

Union Status: NSGEU - NSPG 

Closing Date: 6/9/2023​ (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Building and maintaining our provincial infrastructure is no small job.


The Fleet Services Division of the Department of Public Works supports the backbone of our provincial highway infrastructure. We are located at Miller Lake, the Central Fleet Services hub of the province.  The team at Miller Lake is pivotal in ensuring the equipment used to maintain, repair, and build Nova Scotia’s 23,000 kilometers of roads and highways, and 4,100 bridges is always safe and ready to go.


We have an opportunity available for a Financial Services Officer. This is your opportunity to have a direct impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of operational and financial objectives.


About Our Opportunity


As the Financial Services Officer, you are responsible for the direct supervision and operation of the Mechanical Branch office by coordinating accounting and personnel administration services.

Primary Accountabilities


This position is accountable for ensuring compliance with government and departmental policies and guidelines, reconciling accounts, overseeing physical inventory count(s) and completion of all year-end tasks. You are also responsible for assisting with the Marine & Fleet Management budget by preparing expenditure statements and forecasts, coordinating the preparation of reports, and providing advice and recommendations regarding the management of financial resources.


Your role is critical to supporting the Fleet Management team by assisting in areas such as Asset Management, Plant Maintenance and Fleet Purchases.  As an effective leader with an endless supply of initiative, you supervise a diverse administration team that will value your expertise in accounts payable and payroll.

Qualifications and Experience


Grade 12 plus three (3) years of post-secondary professional accounting training, plus five (5) years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience may be acceptable.


Considerable knowledge and expertise in administrative processes, cost accounting, inventory control, accounts payable/receivable, preparation and analysis of financial statements and reports, budgeting and expenditure control are essential. Must be proficient in the use of major government systems for finance, budgeting, and human resources, or equivalent. A candidate with demonstrated current proficiency in Asset Management is considered an asset.

Excellent computer skills and proficiency with spreadsheets, word processing software packages and transaction processing are essential.


The following are considered assets:


  • Experience with SAP or similar systems;
  • Knowledge of procurement policies and procedures; and
  • Experience and/or knowledge of CUPE and NSGEU collective agreements.

Experience leading and engaging teams is a key component to this role. Partnering and relationship building is key to collaborating with clients in meeting their financial service needs. Attention to detail is also required to ensure financial outcomes are effectively managed. Your colleagues describe you as highly professional and diplomatic.  Strong communication skills and the ability to provide sound guidance under stressful situations are your strengths.


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.




An equivalent combination of training, education and experience will be considered. Related equivalencies may include, but are not limited to:


  • A completed related 2-year diploma along with six (6) years of related experience;
  • Eight (8) years of related experience

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 offerings and eligibility criteria.

Working Conditions


  • Normal work week is 35 hours/week, 7 hours/day.
  • May be required to work overtime on occasion.
  • Typically located in comfortable office environment.
  • Much of the time is spent in a comfortable position with frequent opportunity to move about.
  • Regularly reads and interprets multiple sources of information, regular requirement to type, read and work on a computer.
  • May experience pressure with deadlines and need for accuracy.


Additional Information


This is a Term opportunity with an anticipated end date of September 2, 2024. The appointment status Term 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.


Pay Grade:  TE 22  

Salary Range:  $2,178.43 - $2,561.85 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