Finance Officer - L6


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Closing Date 2021-02-16
Reference Number 21-968-06-214
Job Category Experienced
Who Can Apply Canadian Citizens
Location Ottawa, Ontario
Salary Range $65,460 - $79,640
Status Indeterminate (permanent) 
Language Requirement Bilingual Imperative (BBB/BBB)

Job Summary

Major responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Coordinating efforts around the quality assurance function for the integrity of financial data to be entered into the organization’s financial system.
  • Providing guidance and instruction to employees in carrying out their financial management functions.
  • Supervising the activities of a team of employees by setting annual work objectives, coordinating and prioritizing how the activities to complete objectives, and providing continued feedback on performance. Overseeing the payments functions, including approving payments.
  • Reconciling and analyzing financial data to supporting documents or other internal or external systems to ensure the integrity of data in the organization’s financial system.
  • Analyzing financial data and incorporating the analysis into reports to support management decision-making process.
  • Supporting the management of the delegation of financial signing authorities by administering various aspects of the internal controls system over these authorities.
  • Supporting the maintenance of the organization’s financial system by performing routine system maintenance functions and coordinating problem resolution in respect to these systems.


  • Undergraduate degree with a specialization in accounting, finance, business administration, commerce or economics and up to one (1) year of experience; 


  • Two (2) years of a post secondary program (college or university) in accounting, finance, business administration, commerce or economics with two to four (2-4) years of recent work experience related to these fields. 


  • Possess a Government of Canada Financial Management Certificate and two (2) years of experience obtained within the last seven (7) years.

The educational program must be from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada. 

If you completed a program outside of Canada you will be required to obtain proof of a Canadian equivalency at your expense through a recognized credential assessment service.

Note: Any higher level of education could be recognized as experience.


Experience must be related to the field of the position in accordance with the education requirements written above.


Experience in any of the following areas:   

  • providing advice to clients, managers and/or employees
  • using a financial system
  • using EXCEL for the creation of tables, pivot tables, graphs and charts
  • application of financial policies or
  • accounting operations


Five behavioral competencies, as defined by Financial Management Development Community, Office of the Comptroller General of Canada, will be the basis for the competency-based-interview. 

  • Strategic lens - Aligns responsibilities with organizational priorities to reflect the strategic direction of the Public Service and position the sector and/or the organization for effective results.
  • Collaboration - Aware of and responsive to the needs of stakeholders (client, colleagues, management) and environmental context.
  • Adaptability - Constructively adapts one’s style in the face of ambiguity, uncertainty and risk. Approaches new situations with an open mind, versatility and agility.
  • Results driven - Delivers well-informed, effective solutions or options that are innovative and based on due diligence. Is savvy, able to think critically and solve problems to deliver well-informed advice and strategies for results.
  • Communication - Transmits information in a way that the message is understandable to the target audience, including virtual communication stemming from new workplace realities such as telework.

Conditions of Employment

Not applicable


While we continue to explore opportunities for flexible work arrangements, the majority of work in our organization must be done in the office and cannot be performed at home.

A written exam will be used as part of the overall assessment combined with the competency-based-interview.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Successful candidate may be eligible to the Financial Officer Retention Allowance once they have reached the maximum of their salary scale. The Financial Officer Retention Allowance for this position is paid at a rate of 5% of the employee’s basic annual salary.

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Security Requirements

Candidates must be eligible to receive an Enhanced Top Secret security clearance. The process involves a security interview, a polygraph, and a background investigation that includes credit and financial verifications. The use of illegal drugs is a criminal offense. Drug use is an important factor considered in your reliability and suitability assessment during the selection process. Therefore it is important not to use any illegal drugs from the time you submit your application.



Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application how they meet each Education and Experience criteria. Failure to do so will result in the applicant being screened out of the career opportunity.

CSIS is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA). CSIS has its own classification, compensation system, and a different staffing regime. As such, we use a different staffing process and terminology.

As a separate employer, CSIS has implemented a Directive on COVID-19 vaccination that is consistent with the overall Government of Canada approach to the COVID-19 vaccination of public servants. Applicants to this staffing process should be aware that all employees of CSIS are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act. As such, all persons to be appointed to CSIS will be required to attest to their vaccination status no later than on their first day of employment.   

CSIS is committed to building a workforce that is truly representative of the Canadians it serves by cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace environment. This will be achieved by increasing employment equity group representation (including persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, and women) at all levels within the organization through hiring and talent management practices. We will also ensure that appropriate accommodations are made (e.g., specialized equipment, changes to physical workspace) to provide employment opportunities for all qualified candidates. In support of achieving a greater, diverse and skilled workforce, we strong encourage those individuals who belong to one or more of the employment equity groups to self-identify when applying. 

Should you require accommodation in relation to a disability, please tell us at the beginning of the selection process. This information will be kept confidential. 

The personal information provided in your application is protected under the Privacy Act and will be held in Personal Information Bank SIS/P-PU-025.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CSIS. However, only those who are selected for further consideration will be contacted.
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