Financial Officer


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Closing Date 2022-01-19
Reference Number 21- 968-07-050
Job Category Experienced
Who Can Apply Canadian Citizens
Location Ottawa, Ontario
Salary Range $73,970 - $89,970
Status Indeterminate (permanent)
Language Requirement Bilingual Imperative (BBB/BBB)
Bilingual Non-Imperative (BBB/BBB)

Job Summary

The Financial Officer is responsible for:

  • Provide financial management services such as financial planning, financial reporting, reconciliation and/or auditing.
  • Plan and conduct financial analysis and/or studies, and prepare reports for senior management review.
  • Provide financial advice and service to clients and management by liaising with Corporate Policy Centres for interpretation and application of policies, directives, guidelines and authorities.
  • Participate in the financial resource planning, allocation processes and expenditure review for the Branch by coordinating all financial planning and cost analysis projects.
  • Monitor all expenses and budgets ensuring coding, performance against budgets and forecasting is carried out correctly.
  • Extract financial data, prepare and analyze financial reports by ensuring data integrity through reconciliations and analysis.
  • Participate in policy development or review, analysis and identification of clients.
  • If required, provide recommendation on the evaluation of an employee’s performance and/or provide guidance/orientation/training and check the work of other employees.


  • Undergraduate degree* with a specialization in accounting, finance, business administration, commerce or economics. 


  • One of the following recognized professional accounting designations: Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified General Accountant (CGA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) or Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

*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.


**Two (2) years of experience in at least two (2) of the following:

  • Providing financial advice to clients, managers and/or employees
  • Using a financial system
  • Using EXCEL for the creation of tables, pivot tables, graphs and charts
  • Financial analysis such as budget, commitments or expenditures analysis
  • Application of financial policies 
  • Accounting operations
  • Financial policy and systems


  • Experience in a supervisory role.


  • Advisory
  • Analytical skills
  • Rigour
  • Organizational skills/multitasking
  • Innovation.

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 examination may be administered for the screening of candidates. 

Travel may be required.

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 8% 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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