Financial Specialist

Senior and Intermediate

  • Category: Financial
  • Location: National Capital Region
  • Employment Type: Contract

MGIS Inc. is a proud supporter of the Canada Border Services Agency’s Travellers Project Portfolio Directorate for the Delivery of and Management of Mission Critical Systems.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is responsible for providing integrated border services that
support national security and public safety priorities and facilitate the free flow of persons and goods,
including animals and plants that meet all requirements under its legislation. Under this mandate, CBSA
enables effective and efficient border management through the design, development, implementation,
delivery and operation of innovative solutions, science and technology for the major issues facing border
management today and in the future.

CBSA provides effective management of Canada’s border through the strategic development, application
and oversight of Information Technology and Information Management services. Integrated IT services
are administered across Canada, including headquarters and seven regional locations – Atlantic, Quebec,
Greater Toronto Area, Northern Ontario, Southern Ontario, Prairie and Pacific.

On February 4, 2011, the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of the United States issued a
declaration called “Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic
Competitiveness”, also called the “Declaration”. The Declaration established a new long-term partnership
built upon a perimeter approach to security and economic competitiveness. This means working together,
not just at the border, but also beyond the border to enhance our security and accelerate the legitimate
flow of persons, goods and services. Leaders called for the development of a joint action plan to realize
this goal.

To optimally manage border programs, corporate maturity and operational excellence, the Information,
Science and Technology Branch (ISTB) of CBSA provides technical expertise to advance information
management; enterprise architecture; IT infrastructure and solutions; and planning and portfolio
management. Among other aspects, the ISTB provides technology leadership for a sustainable portfolio
of business applications in support of CBSA’s strategic priorities. It ensures effective delivery of
technology products, applications and services to meet business needs, while ensuring integrity and
availability of all technology infrastructures.

The Travellers Project Portfolio Directorate (TPPD) is responsible for the delivery and management of
25 mission critical systems to manage the flow of persons and goods at border entry points.

Financial Specialist Tasks include:

b) Preparing variance analysis, expenditure forecasts and special reports on project costs,;
c) Developing reports to meet the needs of managers and clients directorates for budgetary
operating and capital expenditures, full time employee (FTE) utilization information and other
d) Reviewing and analyzing expenditures and budgets, identifying and addressing anomalies,
preparing summary financial reports and proposing recommendations,;
e) Providing advice and guidance to management on all matters pertaining to financial
management, accounting, financial reporting and financial control;
f) Contributing to, and assisting in the maintenance of, IT project dashboards.
g) Attending meetings as directed by the Project Authority. These meetings may include, but are
not limited to: meetings with other lines of business staff, executives, consultants, etc.;
h) Providing subject matter expertise and knowledge transfer to employees;
i) Conducting costing and budgeting exercises and developing related reports;
j) Assisting in the development of content for reporting IT project financial performance (briefings
and presentations) to senior management and Treasury Board Secretariat;
k) Assisting in the development of strategies and other documents and reports on an as-requiredbasis;
l) Planning and coordinating financial management activities including financial estimates and
business requirements;
m) Evaluating financial management procedures;
n) Contributing to cost benefit analysis and life cycle costing (Cost and estimate Management);
o) Developing models to carry out cost analysis of the resources required to perform specific
inspections related to a project (Project Management);
p) Performing risk analysis;
q) Determining the resources required for implementation of projects such as acquisition costs,
operation and maintenance costs and both recurring and non-recurring costs;
r) Assisting in developing costs for specific activities such as: direct project costs, project support
overhead, portfolio-project and administrative (C&A) overhead, costs of products and services,
and other related costs (Financial accounting);
s) Planning, acquiring, and controlling the use of funds so as to meet the portfolio / project goals
and maximizing its value (Procurement integration in Project Management, contract process
t) Developing and modifying business cases and financial plans for the future.
u) Providing the full range of IT portfolio-project financial planning, analysis, reporting and
monitoring services in support of senior management.
v) Providing advice and expertise in the financial management area
w) Directing all activities related to the preparation, coordination and delivery of all departmental
financial plans including Annual Reference Level Update (ARLU), Main Estimates,
Supplementary Estimates, and related presentations to the Branch Resource Review
Committee and Treasury Board.
x) Directing the establishment, coordination and monitoring of the departmental budgeting
y) Ensuring the provision of in-depth, comprehensive and up-to-date financial analyses on all
business proposals.
z) Creating and directing special projects on an ad hoc basis to analyze and assess a wide range
of financial and business related proposals, partnerships and alternative service delivery
aa) Directing the review, challenge and preparation of recommendations with respect to financial
bb) Directing the preparation of departmental management reports indicating performance against

Financial Specialist Deliverables include:

a) Variance analysis at various levels of budget allocation and utilization;
b) Reports on expenditure and budget analysis, including preparation of trend analysis;
c) Documentation relating to costing, budgeting and reporting; and
d) Presentations, reports, and correspondence.

If you believe that you are a good fit for these roles, please email MGIS Director of Professional Services, Matt Page (, or complete the form below.

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