What can I expect to do in this role?
The Ministry of Natural resources and Forestry is seeking an enthusiastic, team oriented, highly motivated individual to assist with business planning, financial analysis and reporting and project management activities within the Biodiversity and Monitoring Section. As a financial officer intern, you could expect to assist with the following tasks:
- Preparation of annual work plan guidelines, financial information templates and budget planning targets.
- Early analysis of year start work plans, maintenance of monthly reporting templates, analysis of in-year expenditures and assisting the financial team in preparing in-year variance reports.
- Basic business analysis, data extraction, information retrieval and compilation to support financial planning and annual program review in Science Research Branch (SRB).
- Financial research, analysis and continuous improvement initiatives by: providing and summarizing historical financial data to identify problems or potential trends; reviewing year start or in-year budget changes / re-allocations to identify potential impacts and mitigation strategies, updating and maintaining business practices / operational guidelines / policies to address on-going business and financial management requirements.
- Providing business analysis and preparing business cases to support in-year funding requests
- Preparation of briefing notes, management reports, business rationale including cost estimates for in-year Treasury Board submissions
- Supports business task teams by providing project management functions and tasks for designated task team members under the direction of an assigned project lead
- Supports SRB Program level financial reporting in association with the Branch Financial Officers
- Assists as necessary to Branch Financial Officers to maintain effective financial management and controllership across the Branch
How do I qualify?
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Understanding of principles, policies and practices relating to the financial and administrative support services required to provide effective and efficient support to SRB.
- Knowledge of Ministry work planning and budgeting functions and processes and general understanding of Ministry Resource management, information technology and policy programs in order to assist financial officers in the development of best business practices for the Branch.
- Knowledge of accounting principles, finance and administrative guidelines and audit techniques for monitoring of the Section budget.
- Knowledge of the role of SRB within MNRF, and an understanding of operational aspects of research and monitoring and other Ministry programs and operations to facilitate effective and practical administrative control, service, support and advice to Financial Officers.
- Knowledge of Ministry desktop software for use in word processing, spreadsheet preparation, and presentations
- A general understanding of MNRF's mandate, Ministry / program strategic priorities and objectives in order to support financial officers in the implementation of a priority setting framework for science investments.
- Knowledge of worker responsibilities as outlined in the Occupational Health and safety Act and Regulations.
- Analytical skills in order to assist with risk assessments, cost benefit analysis and financial options analysis.
- Oral and written communication skills in order to assist with the writing of business cases, presentation of practical options analysis and technical studies.
- Problem solving skills to investigate, evaluate and recommend practical options and alternatives to resolve issues and to offer a new direction or course of action.
- Project management and organizational skills in order to organize approaches to analysis and to focus on results
- Ability to use Ministry computerized accounting tools used in budget and financial management processes.
- Interpersonal and teamwork skills to work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary business team.
Successful candidates may be required to undergo an employment screening check in accordance with the Ontario Employment Screening Checks Policy.
- Proof of eligibility to work in Canada;
- Has graduated or will graduate from an approved or legally authorized college or university with a degree, postgraduate certificate or diploma within the last four years;
- Candidates are only eligible to participate in one MNRF 12-month placement and must not have participated in the MNRF internship program in the past.
1 Temporary, duration up to 12 months, 300 Water St, Peterborough, East Region
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Thursday, April 9, 2020