Senior Finance Officer

Job Summary

Location: Inuvik
Department: Finance
Job ID: 22993
Salary: $95,784 - $114,426
Employment Type: Full-Time, Regular
Closing Date: Nov 30, 2022

Department Information

The Department of Finance has the mandate to provide leadership and direction to the public service in all areas of finance and human resource management. This mandate includes negotiating major financial arrangements with the federal government, providing analysis and advice to the Financial Management Board, and ensuring that financial and information resources are managed effectively, efficiently and economically. This mandate also includes the recruitment and retention of a competent public service that is representative of the people it serves and the development of programs and services that effectively serve the human resource needs of the public service.

Job Information

Located in Inuvik, the Senior Finance Officer reports to a Manager, Operations. This position processes transactions through exercising delegated accounting authority for all GNWT departments and the NWTHC, Boards, Agencies and Authorities as designated by the Minister and the Comptroller General under applicable sections of the Financial Administration Act (FAA). As an Accounting Officer, it is responsible for both expenditure and disbursement control matters consistent with applicable sections of the FAA, and require strong working knowledge of the GNWT's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. The overall accountability of this position relates to the processing all forms of financial transactions through the GNWT ERP system. The position is responsible for overseeing the work of a team of up to six supporting positions. 

This position is a senior resource to its team on accounting treatment with respect to the GNWT Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. This position verifies authorizations and approves transactions within designated authorized limits by the Minister and the Comptroller General under applicable sections of the Financial Administration Act.

This position ensures performance of entries for onboarding, off boarding and maintenance of employee payroll and benefits entitlements ensuring accuracy and adherence to business processes, federal and territorial government policies, agreements and financial regulations.  

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

•    Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with colleagues and clients
•    Familiarity with Enterprise Resource Planning systems
•    Knowledge of accounting practices through GAAP
•    Ability to supervise technical work in a large-volume environment
•    Proficient in the use of software applications
•    Ability to read and understand relevant manuals, regulations, policies and procedures
•    Organization and time management skills; ability to handle deadlines

Typically, the above qualifications would be attained by:

A relevant undergraduate degree, one year of experience supervising, and one of the following:

•    completion of four competencies of the Canadian CPA Professional Education Pro gram with three (3) years accounting experience
•    completion of the Canadian Payroll Association's Certified Payroll Manager Certificate (CPM), with three (3) years directly related experience
•    completion of the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist Designation with three (3) years directly related experience

OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.

GNWT Inquiries

Inquiries Only:

Inuvik HR Client Service Centre
Department of Finance
Government of the Northwest Territories
BOX 1869
Tel (867) 678-8071 Ext 15644
Fax (867) 678-6620

Note: If you do not receive electronic notification confirming receipt of your application, please follow up via telephone.

More Information

Affirmative Action

Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under the Affirmative Action Policy.

Criminal Records Check

Candidates must provide a satisfactory criminal record check. Failure to provide a satisfactory check may deem you disqualified from the competition.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Government of the Northwest Territories is an inclusive workplace.  If you have a disability and you require support during the hiring process, you are encouraged to identify your needs if you are contacted for an assignment or interview so that you may be accommodated during the hiring process.


Eligibility lists may be created from this competition to fill future term and indeterminate positions.


Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Job Opening Information

Job Opening ID # 22993      

Closing Date: November 30, 2022 - 23:59, Mountain Time

Salary Information

The salary for this position starts at $49.12 per hour (approximately $95,784.00 per annum) plus an annual Northern Allowance.