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Costing Financial Advisor

Reference number: GSS22J-022475-000400
Selection process number: 22-GSS-ON-EA-CS-329219
Shared Services Canada - Chief Financial Officer Branch
Various locations
Indeterminate, Determinate, Secondment, Assignment, Acting
$92,144 to $118,741

For further information on the organization, please visit Shared Services Canada

Closing date: 2 March 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

Important messages

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Assessment accommodation

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Please ensure you read the poster thoroughly as the instructions contain important information that will be required in the application process. Failure to read the notes and follow the instructions could result in your application missing critical information thus providing insufficient information for the screening committee to complete your assessment and resulting in your elimination from the process. Résumés will only be used as a secondary source of information, and not for evaluation purposes.

All screening questions must be answered. It is not sufficient to only state that the qualifications are met or to provide a listing of current or past responsibilities. Rather you must clearly demonstrate HOW, WHEN and WHERE the qualification was met by indicating:
1. The name of the department or organization where the experience was acquired;
2. The title of the position occupied, group and level, and the period(s) in which you performed the functions (from ‘month-year’ to ‘month-year’); and,
3. A detailed description of realized tasks and/or projects demonstrating how the experience was acquired and giving concrete examples.

You will not have further opportunity to provide additional information.
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Work environment

Are you looking for your next challenge in an environment that encourages innovation, promotes diversity and work-life harmony, and provides career opportunities, stability and benefits? Join us and embark on an amazing career in the public service!

Today, in our fast-pace environment, costing is in high demand and an important skill set, which is highly valued by senior management. The costing advisor (FI-03) plays a vital role in assessing and delivering large government initiatives. Your work will span a wide scope from project costing, revenue allocation, service reviews, Treasury Board submissions and numerous ad hoc requests, and you will also have a front row seat to decision-making processes in the government. Costing has matured and continues to offer opportunities to lead in the establishment of new solutions and best practices.

Come work among results-oriented professionals who are shaping the future of government.

Intent of the process

A pool of partially qualified candidates will be established and used to staff costing-related positions at Shared Services Canada (SSC), as well as Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS). It may also be used to staff similar positions with various tenures, security requirements, and linguistic profiles.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter "This cover letter will be used to assess the "Effective Interactive Communication in Writing" competency as well as the Knowledge criteria. In 500 words maximum, please describe the steps you would take to prepare a cost estimate. What methodologies, practices or principles do you follow to support your work?"

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

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


A degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with specialization* in accounting, finance, business administration, commerce or economics AND experience related to positions in the Financial Management or Auditing Groups;


Eligibility for a recognized professional accounting designation. The recognized professional accounting designations are Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified General Accountant (CGA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

*Specialization is defined by Senior Management teams at SSC, ESDC, IRCC and TBS as the following, when the field of studies or degree is not specifically in accounting, finance, business administration, commerce or economics:

At the FI-02 level and above - university courses:
• at least 6 courses (or 270 hours) in accounting, finance OR economics;
• at least 8 courses (or 360 hours) from the core courses of a bachelor’s degree in commerce or business administration.

Degree equivalency


Exp1: Significant* experience with cost estimating and/or cost accounting.

Exp2: Significant* experience in providing strategic advice, analysis, or briefings to management on complex financial information.

Exp3: Significant* experience working in at least one (1) of the following streams:
• Financial planning or budgeting and financial reporting;
• Cost recovery and/or revenue management.

* Significant experience is defined as having performed diversified activities, in complexity and depth, demonstrated at the FI-02 group and level**, or at a group and level or position that is equivalent***. This experience must be acquired over a minimum period of 30 cumulative months (2 and half years).

**FI-02 group and level work is defined as, but not limited to, having: brought projects to fruition; established lessons learned; followed up on implementation; corrected or enhanced results in a financial management environment; etc.

*** FI-02 equivalent is defined as:
- If your experience comes from another government classification, you MUST provide the proof of classification equivalency given by your HR advisor; OR,
- If your experience (or part of your experience) comes from the private sector, you MUST clearly demonstrate that your performance was at that level.


K1: Knowledge of costing methodologies, practices and principles.


C1: Values and Ethics
C2: Collaboration
C3: Adaptability
C4: Results Driven
C5: Strategic Lens
C6: Effective Interactive Communication in writing
C7: Effective Interactive Communication orally

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


AEd1- Possession of a recognized professional accounting designation (CPA, CA, CGA or CMA);

AEd2- Certification as a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA);

AEd3- Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation;

AEd4- Possession of a certification from :
• ICEAA certification - International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association;
• AACE Certification – Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering;
• IFPUG Certification – International Function Point User Group.

Degree equivalency


AExp1: Experience in one or more of the following areas:
• accounting operations;
• development and interpretation of financial policies;
• financial monitoring;
• financial statements;
• internal controls;
• investment planning;
• preparing, reviewing, challenging and analyzing Cabinet or Governance documents;
• providing financial advisory services;
• quality assurance.

AExp2: Experience in using an integrated financial system such as SAP, Oracle Financials or others.

AExp3: Experience using tools and software for developing cost estimates.

AExp4: Management/supervision of a diverse team while developing and maintaining relationships with clients, colleagues, stakeholders; this includes but not limited to staffing and performance management.

AExp5: Work experience within the Government of Canada.

AExp6: Experience in Business process mapping and process re-engineering/optimization; or facilitation of workshops and playing an expert challenge role in regards to process optimization.

AExp7: Project Financial Management: experience in project management and/or change management.

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

Various language requirements
English or French Essential
Bilingual imperative - BBB/BBB
Bilingual imperative - CBC/CBC

Official languages proficiency will not be assessed for entry to the pool. Candidates entered in the pool will have an opportunity for assessment of their official languages proficiency if and when they are considered for an appointment.
Candidates already possessing valid SLE results will be required to provide a copy when requested. A copy can be requested, with no charge to the candidate, at the following link: http://www.psccfp.gc.ca/ppc-cpp/test-examen-result/result-eng.htm

Information on language requirements

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


OR1: Willingness and ability to work overtime, as required.
OR2: Willing and able to work remotely.

Conditions of employment

CoE1: Reliability or Secret security clearance

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

1. Candidates are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of their choice.

2. Acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent. Applicants who are screened in to this selection process will be sent further information by email regarding what to expect during subsequent phases of this selection process.

3. Various assessment tools may be used in this selection process such as a written exam, reference checks, an interview, etc.

4. Candidates will be asked to provide proof of their education credentials and certifications later in the process.

5. Depending on the number of applicants, volume management strategies such as, but not limited to, top-down approach, cut-off scores, random selection and/or assessment may be used for the purpose of managing applications/candidates.

6. On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced details of its plans to require vaccination across the federal public service. As per the new Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the Core Public Administration Including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, federal public servants in the Core Public Administration and members of the RCMP must attest to their vaccination status. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment and it applies to indeterminate (permanent), determinate (term), casual, and student hiring. Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to verify terms and conditions of employment then the hiring manager or a human resources representative will contact you in order to complete an attestation.


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

Ronza Yehya - HR Advisor
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