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Senior Specialist

Reference number: SIF22J-038610-000050
Selection process number: 22/23-SIF-EA-8656
Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada - Insurance and Pensions Group
Vancouver (British Columbia), Ottawa (Ontario), Toronto (Ontario), Montréal Island (Québec)
RE-07 - NOTE: This position is classified at the RE-07 group and level which is roughly equivalent to the FI-04 group and level.
$125,000 to $160,000

For further information on the organization, please visit Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada

Closing date: 5 December 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

OSFI believes in offering employees flexibility and in creating a workplace that is productive, engaging, collaborative, and inclusive, all the while being supportive of employees’ wellbeing. As such, OSFI is experimenting with a hybrid work model (a combination of telework and onsite work) that will shape how we use our physical workplace to establish new norms, ways of collaborating, and working together and will adjust its model based on lessons learned.

This position is located in Toronto; however, the successful candidate may work from one of the OSFI offices across Canada – Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, or Vancouver - as agreed with their manager.

OSFI’s hybrid model promotes a workplace in which, on any given day, there is a mixture of employees teleworking from alternative places within Canada, working onsite at their designated position location or from another OSFI office. We encourage candidates who want to work in one of OSFI’s offices to apply.

OSFI is committed to achieving a representative workforce that reflects the diversity of the Canadian population. We are dedicated to building and promoting a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce, representative of all Canadians regardless of race, ethnicity, colour, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socio-economic background or lived experience. By embracing diversity and inclusion, our department ensures broader discussions, better decisions, and a more positive workplace.

We invite you to be part of the change by joining an organization where individual differences are recognized, valued and respected. We welcome all candidates to apply and strongly encourage candidates to self-declare if they belong to an Employment Equity designated group: Aboriginal* Peoples, Persons with Disabilities, Women or Visible Minorities (Black people and other racialized groups).

*The term “Aboriginal” is used within this job advertisement as it relates to the Employment Equity Act and other legislative frameworks. The term “Indigenous” is used where possible, in alignment with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Achieving a representative and diverse workforce has been identified as an organizational need for OSFI and may be applied at any time during this appointment process. If this criterion is used, only those who have indicated that they are members of the specified designated group(s) will be considered. As such, first consideration for an appointment may be given to candidates who self-declare as belonging to one or more of the four designated employment equity groups (Persons with a disability, Aboriginal people, Members of a Visible Minority, or Women).

In order to self-declare, please ensure to check off the appropriate box within the online application under the Employment Equity section. We encourage you to consult theses links to learn more about employment equity and self-declaration:
• https://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/jobs/services/gc-jobs/employment-equity.html
• https://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/jobs/services/gc-jobs/applying-government-canada-jobs-how-to-apply.html#EE


OSFI’s Insurance and Pensions (IP) Group is seeking a highly motivated individual to take on the role of Insurance Supervision Senior Specialist. This position has three broad responsibilities:
• Primarily, leadership for supporting and project managing OSFI’s strategic engagement with the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS). This will involve working closely with and supporting the Senior Director Insurance and Pensions, Executive Director Risk Assessment and Intervention Hub and other senior OSFI staff;
• Leadership of the consistent application of insurance and pension group expertise in support of OSFI’s strategic objectives, including the mentoring of staff participating in committees and working groups; and
• Conducting Supervision duties contributing to the overall safety and soundness of federally regulated insurance institutions.

This process may be used to fill RE-07 positions with accountabilities to support supervisory teams across Insurance and Pensions Supervision in the following profiles:
• Longevity risk transfer
• Cost of insurance guarantees
• Reinsurance
• Segregated Funds
• Participating Policies
• Market risk, including asset liability management

Work environment

Our Role:
OSFI is an independent federal government agency that regulates and supervises more than 400 federally regulated financial institutions and 1,200 pension plans to determine whether they are in sound financial condition. In fulfilling its mandate, OSFI supports the government's objective of contributing to public confidence in the Canadian financial system.
Learn more about us 👉 https://youtu.be/QO_3vnPKuZI

Our People and Culture:
People are the foundation of our organization. You will become part of a diverse community that acknowledges everyone has varied experience and fosters an environment where communication and teamwork amplify our effectiveness. We have several networks dedicated to ensuring that the department continues to grow as an inclusive, accessible, respectful and diverse workplace. All employees are encouraged and welcome to join the following networks and participate in their activities and events.
• Diversity of Thought
• Family Responsibilities
• Gender
• Mental Health and Accessibility
• Multiculturalism (Affinity Groups: Indigenous, Asian, Black)
• Unconscious Bias
Hear about our people 👉 https://youtu.be/diUspmpYWQI

Our Rewards:
💵 Compensation: OSFI offers a competitive salary, and employees may be eligible for in-range increases and economic adjustments. Salaries are based on qualifications, experience and knowledge. The Public Service Pension Plan is a defined benefit pension plan (indexed for inflation), where both the employer and the employee contribute.

💰 Performance Pay: OSFI employees are eligible for an annual bonus based on their performance throughout the year.

✈️ Vacation and Leave: OSFI employees start with 4 weeks of paid vacation, 2 personal days and 5 days of Family Related Leave with Pay among other various types of paid and unpaid leave.

💻 Flexible Work Arrangements: OSFI offers flexible work arrangements by providing support for compressed work week schedules, flexible work hours and teleworking, in order for employees to achieve their work objectives while achieving balance between work and homelife.

📖 Learning and Development: OSFI offers career advancement opportunities and encourages innovative thinking in its work environment. Employees may be reimbursed for relevant professional association membership fees.

Intent of the process

The immediate need is to staff one Senior Specialist position with a language requirement of English essential on an indeterminate basis.

The intent of this process is to staff one position on an indeterminate basis where the designated worksite Toronto is OSFI’s office located at 121 King Street West, Suite 1900, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 3T9.

A flexible work arrangement can be established to allow for a combination of telework (work from home or a remote location within Canada outside of the traditional office) and onsite office work (the designated worksite or another OSFI office). While there is flexibility to report to an OSFI office in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, or Vancouver that is closest to your regular telework location, you may also be required to report into and work onsite from your designated worksite Toronto from time to time at management’s request.

A pool of qualified or partially qualified candidates may be created to staff similar or identical positions with various linguistic profiles and requirements, security requirements and/or various tenures within the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), which may vary according to the position being staffed.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

• A degree from a post-secondary institution with specialization in business, commerce, economics, finance, mathematics, actuarial science, accounting or other relevant field OR an acceptable combination of relevant professional industry experience and education.

Degree equivalency

• Significant experience in coaching or guiding individuals or teams in the analysis of financial and/or non-financial risk.
• Significant experience within the financial services industry* evaluating risk management practices in one or more of the following areas: insurance or reinsurance risk, market and liquidity risk, ALM, segregated fund risk, cost of guarantees and/or longevity risk transfer.
• Significant experience extracting and consolidating data from multiple feeds for analysis.
• Significant experience presenting informative views of trends for key financial and/or non-financial metrics.

*Financial services industry experience is defined as experience working in one or more of the following areas: (a) financial institutions including banks, trust and loan companies, and insurance companies (b) firms dealing with audits or consulting engagements to such institutions (including reinsurance brokers) (c) technology and data companies providing services to financial institutions or linked to the delivery of financial services (d) government departments that directly deal with the supervision and regulation of these institutions (e) First Nation Institutions including: Band operations, trustees or administrators of pension plans, lending institutions or other related areas providing financial services (f) other relevant areas.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

• A relevant professional designation

Degree equivalency

• Experience assessing risk in the following areas: segregated funds, participating policies, market risk/hedging programs and/or digital innovation.
• Experience in a central support function (including Supervision Methods, Standards and Controls, formerly Common Supervisory Services) within financial sector regulation and/or supervision of OSFI.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

• Knowledge of industry standards and practices in relation to the quantification and management of financial risk or non-financial risk including analytics-based techniques and their applications.
• Knowledge of emerging key financial or non-financial risks and the techniques used in their measurement and management.
• Knowledge of current and emerging trends in the Canadian and global regulatory environments as they relate to Internationally Active Insurance Groups (IAIG’s).

• Interpersonal Communication
• Collaboration
• Innovation
• Critical Thinking

• Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
• Ability to communicate effectively verbally.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

• Knowledge of pension or insurance financial analysis in capital, earnings, liquidity, and other key financial risk mitigants.
• Knowledge of current and emerging risk management practices related to culture or climate risk within the financial services industry.

OSFI is committed to having a skilled and diverse workforce representative of the Canadian population. In order to meet our employment equity objectives, selection for this position may be made from among qualified candidates who self-declare as belonging to one or more of the following Employment Equity groups: Persons with a disability, Aboriginal people, Members of a Visible Minority, or Women. OSFI is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we strongly encourage candidates to self-declare if they belong to one of these designated employment equity groups.

• Ability and willingness to work overtime.
• Ability and willingness to travel when required.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

• In our current telework environment, the ability to work remotely from home within Canada with access to Internet in one’s residence is a condition of employment.
• Ability and willingness to travel within Canada when required.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

For external processes (as indicated by the abbreviation “EA” in the selection process number), only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

OSFI is a separate agency with its own classification and compensation system. OSFI's staffing is subject to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA).

The ability to communicate effectively in writing may be assessed using the candidate's application, as well as through the evaluation process.

Assessments (such as written exams, interviews and reference checks) may be conducted virtually through email, telephone and/or videoconference.

Candidates must meet all of the essential qualifications to be appointed; however, one or more asset criteria may be invoked at any stage of the process.

Depending on the number of applicants, volume management strategies such as random selection, top-down approach and/or establishing cut-off scores to determine who will continue in the staffing process, may be used for the purpose of managing applications. Please note that although you may attain the established pass mark on any of the assessments used in this staffing process, management may decide to use a higher cut off score.

Eligible candidates may be considered and offered a deployment or interchange before considering other applicants.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

Email correspondence will be used as the main method of communication with candidates for this selection process, please ensure it accepts messages from unknown users. Please note that you need to provide valid and updated contact information.

All job applications must be submitted through the Government of Canada public service jobs website. Do not email or mail hard copy documents as these will not be accepted. To submit an application online, please click on the "apply now" button. Persons without Internet access may also review jobs open to the public through INFOTEL at 1-800-645-5605.

If you have a limitation that may impact your performance at any step of the assessment process (such as submitting the application, written test, or an interview), you may request an accommodation. Assessment accommodations are designed to remove barriers, and to ensure that candidates with limitations can fully demonstrate their abilities. Should you wish to be accommodated, please inform us by sending an e-mail to the following address: Toronto.HR@osfi-bsif.gc.ca. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

OSFI Staffing Team – Toronto

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