Position profile: Financial Policy Analyst

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  • Job Title: Financial Policy Analyst
  • Work Unit: Office of the Controller, Financial Policy
  • Ministry: Alberta Treasury Board and Finance
  • Competition Number: 1053120

Purpose

Reporting to the Director, Financial Policy this position provides analytical and project management support to the Financial Policy team, assisting in promoting accountability, transparency and legislative compliance in the Government of Alberta.

Main responsibilities will involve researching financial legislation and policies in the context of providing interpretation and guidance to stakeholders, and identifying opportunities for policy update and development. This will involve consultation with cross-ministry stakeholders, preparing project updates and related briefing materials. This position will also provide analytical and project support for oversight reporting, briefing notes, action requests as well as supporting the operation of key government committees, including Senior Financial Officers' Council and Provincial Audit Committee.

Utilizing strong organizational, research and technical skills (data analysis, software applications), this position will promote corporate financial accountability in the Government of Alberta and contribute to the successful completion of key deliverables, achieved in collaboration and consultation with the government finance community.

Responsibilities and Activities

Support the Financial Policy team in review and development of financial policy to support government accountability and responsible fiscal stewardship. This will include involvement in projects such as updating the Financial Management Manual and Treasury Board Directives. As directed, this involvement will include:

  • Research into relevant legislation to evaluate alignment with existing and proposed policies.
  • Review of current policies and directives to assess update requirements.
  • Coordination, support and involvement in related cross-ministry working groups.
  • Prepare related briefing materials and status updates related to ongoing projects.

Assist in providing interpretation and guidance to government departments regarding financial policy to ensure consistent application across government

  • Research relevant policies, directives and legislation as required.
  • Communicate findings to Managers/Director or department stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Assist in the ongoing development of Expenditure Officer training, regarding both content development and the online training platform.

Support the Financial Policy team in the preparation and development of corporate reports and briefings, in compliance with requests from Executive Council. This will include involvement in projects such as Treasury Board Oversight Reporting and responses/briefings regarding Auditor General reports.

  • Analysis of large volumes of transactional data, identifying data exceptions.
  • Compiling data into concise presentation, using both tables and graphs.
  • Tracking recommendations and management letters of the Auditor General and related ministry responses.

Assist in the preparation and coordination of materials provided to Senior Financial Officers' Council and Provincial Audit Committee, and in support of other council and committees meetings as required.

  • Ensure required presentation materials have been received, and are available for further distribution to council/committee members as appropriate.
  • Quality assurance in regard to any materials or files that will be provided to council/committee members.

Scope

Support to the Financial Policy team impacts all departments in ensuring government accountability and consistent application of financial policies and legislation.

With direction provided by the Director / Managers on the Financial Policy team, this position will support various projects and initiatives that range in scope and complexity. Activities can range from providing support for relatively short ad-hoc requests to significantly more involved long-term projects. Examples of ad-hoc requests include providing support in response to external requests for policy interpretation, and preparing jurisdictional scans. Longer-term projects include supporting updates of the Financial Management Manual and Treasury Board Directives.

Often the nature of the assignments received will require researching and providing relevant reference to legislation or policy, as well as researching for prior precedents. This position will be required to become familiar with relevant legislation and policies; the range and scope of relevant legislation and policies is quite broad.

This position is expected to work independently, with guidance and direction provided as required by the Director / Managers.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • A university degree in a related field plus two to three years of related experience, preferably in a financial services environment.
  • An accounting designation (CPA, CA, CMA, CGA) or enrolment in a program towards completion of an accounting designation would be considered an asset.
  • Understanding of legislation, policies and procedures of the Government of Alberta would be desirable.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Strong project management / organizational skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Contacts

Clients Frequency Nature and Purpose of Contact
Financial Policy (Office of the Controller) Daily Per job description
     
Other staff / teams within the Office of the Controller As required To provide analytical and technical support to other projects as assigned.
     
Other divisions within Treasury Board and Finance As required In response to inquiries from divisions, or for the purpose of gathering information, as assigned by the Managers / Director, Financial Policy.

The nature of the inquiries can be diverse.
     
Other Ministries As required In response to inquiries from other ministries, or for the purpose of gathering information, as assigned by the Managers/Director, Financial Policy.

The nature of the inquiries can be diverse.

Supervision Exercised

  • N/A

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