Director, Pensions (PA 3)

Reference
VAC-30864
Contract Type
Full-Time
Industries
Government & Public Sector, Management
Location
Kingston
Salary
Competitive Salary
Date Posted
07/02/2019
Expiry Date
22/02/2019
The Director, Pensions, ensures and oversees the accurate and timely disbursement of Pension and Gratuity payments.

 

Key Responsibilities

Technical:

  • Forecasts the  level  of resources  (budget) that would be required  to pay  pensioners  for each financial year;
  • Ensures timely  funding  in collaboration with the Assistant Accountant General Revenue and Expenditure;
  • Ensures  adequate  payment systems are maintained  for  the disbursement of pensions payments;
  • Ensures  the  accurate and  timely  payment of awards, monthly pensions and Health Insurance Premiums;
  • Assists the Director, Pensions and Public Salary to prepare timely and accurate Financial
  • Management Reports, special reports, forecasts and statements on a periodic basis;
  • Acts as a Liaison Officer between the Treasury and other Government Ministries,
  • Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in accordance with defined procedures.

Strategic Leadership:

  • Ensures staff compliance with relevant laws, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions governing the operations of the AGD;
  • Plans,  develops, organizes,  implements, directs and evaluates the Unit's fiscal  function and performance;
  • Leads in  the smooth and efficient operation of the Unit through the management of daily operations;
  • Establishes and implements systems for reporting of work done against stated and agreed Work Plans for the Unit;
  • Establishes internal control processes required to manage and grow the Unit;
  • Meets or exceeds Unit performance targets;
  • Deputizes for the Director, Pensions and Public Salary as and when required.

Human Resource Management:

  • Plans,  organizes  and  directs the work of the Unit by overseeing the development of performance targets for the Unit and staff (Unit Operation  Plan) based on the Divisional Operation Plan
  • Ensures that the Unit’s staff have sufficient and appropriate physical resources to enable them to undertake their duties efficiently and effectively;
  • Provides leadership and guidance through effective planning, delegation, communication, training, mentoring, coaching and disciplinary action;
  • Participates in the hiring of staff for the Unit;
  • Recommends transfer,  promotion, termination and leave in accordance with established Human Resource policies and procedures;
  • Identifies  skills  gaps and  collaborates  with  the  Training  and Development  Manager to develop and  implement Staff  Development and Succession Plans for the Unit to ensureadequate staff capacity;
  • Monitors  job specific  and  environmental  factors, implements and promotes Health and Safety policies; and mitigates and minimizes workplace hazards
  • Monitors the  performance of  staff and ensures  effective and objective staff  Performance Management, through timely and accurate  completion  of  the  staff  appraisal  process, including periodic reviews;
  • Ensures the welfare of Unit staff are clearly identified and addressed.

 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Competencies

  • Strategic Vision:  The ability  to develop  a clear vision of the desired  future state  of the Department, demonstrate awareness of and or anticipates changing environmental trends, industry opportunities and threats/risks
  • Strategic   Planning: The ability to develop effective plans in keeping with the Department’s objectives, including to effectively review policy  issues, determine priorities, and set medium and long term goals
  • Performance  Management: The ability to align resources,  systems,  standards  and activities to effectively,  efficiently and consistently meet the goals and strategic objectives of the Department
  • Analytical Thinking,  Decision Making, and  Problem Solving: The  capacity to analyze problems promptly, choose between alternatives, and effect meaningful solutions
  • Use of Technology:  The ability to accept and implement  Information Technology in work activities to enhance organisational performance
  • Collaboration and Team Work:  The  ability to be a collaborative business leader, and an inspiring  professional who shows a genuine intention   to participate and work  co-operatively with others in pursuit of team goals
  • Leadership   and  Team   Building:  The ability to provide vision, direction, allocate responsibilities, delegate and motivate staff in one’s team, to include leading by example
  • Change Management:   The ability to maintain effectiveness in a changing environment and the willingness to respond quickly and positively to change, and to lead others through change and manage their concerns
  • Customer and Quality Focus:  The  ability to continuously ensure high standards of quality and service delivery to meet customers’ expectations
  • Emotional Intelligence: Possession of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and social skills  – The ability to display behaviors appropriate to the AGD’s business and social environment
  • Integrity:   The  ability to  consistently demonstrate  sound ethical  standards, observe  the codes of conduct for employees and codes of professional practice, and show consistency between established values and behaviors, in order to build trust and credibility;
  • Interpersonal   skills: The   ability to display sensitivity towards others, interact collaboratively with  colleagues, and to build long term internal  and external relationships and gain support to achieve desired objectives
  • Managing the  Client Interface:   Ability to work  effectively with others, both internal and external to the  Department, to deliver acceptable,  customer-oriented and  high quality service
  • Oral  and Written  Communication:  The ability to communicate proficiently orally, in writing, and in one-on-one and face-to-face, with excellent Public Speaking skills
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Accounting practices and applications
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in all areas of Financial Management
  • Knowledge of Public Treasury operations
  • Sound knowledge of how financial markets operate
  • Knowledge of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS)
  • Knowledge of Government Accounting

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of banking operations
  • Knowledge of investment strategies

 

Minimum Required Qualification and Experience

  • An Undergraduate  Degree from  a  recognized institution  in the disciplines of  Accounting and/or Financial Accounting, or equivalent;
  • A Chartered Practicing Accountant and a member of a designated professional Accounting body;
  • Eight (8) years’ experience in Accounting;
  • Five (5) years’ experience working at a senior executive level in Accounting or Finance;
  • Experience in Budget Management and Chart of Accounts formulation and maintenance.

Desirable:

  • A Post Graduate Degree from a recognized institution in Accounting  and/or Finance,  or equivalent;
  • Evidence of continuing professional development in Accountancy.

 

Special Conditions Associated with the Job

  • Required to travel locally and internationally (up to 40% travel);
  • Pressured working conditions with numerous critical deadlines.

 

Please note that only short listed applicants will be contacted.

 

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