Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs CORPORATE CONTROLLER (1) Contract in Guelph, ON

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Branch Guelph ON CA

Guelph, ON

You have expert knowledge of the principles and practices of financial management, modern controllership, budgeting and business planning….

Are you a strong leader looking for a new challenge?

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs seeks a dynamic, experienced and results-oriented professional to provide strategic leadership in the development and delivery of its financial controllership and accounting policies, processes and services.

What can I expect to do in this role?

• serve as the ministry chief accountant and controller in accordance with central agency requirements
• develop and maintain strong working relationships with ministry partners
• provide senior level strategic advice and analysis related to ministry and program financial activities, internal controls and financial controllership issues
• plan and manage Ministry systems, processes and standards in the areas of corporate accounting, controllership, financial planning, fiscal management and financial management for the ministry, ministry-funded agencies and crown agencies
• develop and manage the concepts of modern controllership and oversee the implementation of new/revised financial directives and/or processes within the ministry
• provide controllership functions and tools for the ministry by ensuring that the ministry policies for purchasing, travel, payment authorities and processes are consistent with central agency directives
• lead, manage and motivate staff and foster a learning environment

How do I qualify?

Mandatory requirement:
• You hold an applicable accounting designation (CMA, CGA, CA or RPA).

Managerial and leadership skills:
• You have experience providing strategic direction and guidance to staff and/or project teams.
• You have experience fostering an environment of high performance, learning, growth and continuous improvement.
• You have experience establishing strategic objectives and work plans to meet current and future priorities.
• You have experience managing projects, effectively utilizing resources and prioritizing tasks to deliver results.
• You have a proven track record of demonstrating accountability, respect, fairness, integrity as well as innovation and creativity.

Communication and relationship building skills:
• You have excellent collaborative, communication, customer service and relationship management skills
• You have demonstrated negotiation/facilitation experience and well-developed organizational awareness.
• You have experience building and maintaining effective working relationships with executives and staff at all levels.
• You can promote and gain client support, cooperation and participation on financial projects and initiatives.
• You are able to apply political acuity in the management of complex, sensitive and high-profile issues.

Accounting knowledge:
• You have expert knowledge of the principles and practices of financial management, modern controllership, budgeting and business planning.
• You have expert knowledge of public sector accounting, Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) policies, as well as reporting and auditing standards as established by the PSAB.
• You have financial expertise to provide complex and comprehensive analysis to assess business implications of corporate priorities, strategies and directions.

Additional information:


  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 24 months, 1 Stone Rd, Guelph, West Region

Compensation Group:

Management Compensation Plan




Finance and Economics

Posted on:

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


  • W-AF-80971/15

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    Remember: The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 9, 2015 11:59 pm EDT . Late applications will not be accepted.

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    Employment Type: Freelance
    Location: Guelph, ON, CA
    Posted on: 2015-08-18
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