Recruitment and development programs at Public Services and Procurement Canada
At Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), we are seeking eligible candidates for entry-level positions in finance and purchasing.
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Financial Officer Recruitment and Development Program
The Financial Officer Recruitment and Development (FORD) Program recruits eligible university graduates for full-time, entry-level positions in finance across government. The program is managed by the Office of the Comptroller General (OCG) at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.
- Benefits of the Financial Officer Recruitment and Development Program
- Eligibility requirements of the Financial Officer Recruitment and Development Program
FORD at PSPC
PSPC's FORD Program is designed to allow FORD trainees to acquire work experience and to develop competencies and abilities through work assignments and training as financial officers in indeterminate positions at the FI-01 level.
Work assignments and graduate placements are administered based on operational requirements, taking into consideration trainee preference where possible. There is no set pattern for trainee assignments as operational requirements change frequently; trainees must be flexible in accepting assignments.
Trainees will have assignments within the Finance and Administration Branch, the Accounting, Banking and Compensation Branch or any other branch requiring FI resources. They will be placed into a 24 or 30 month training program, divided into three eight or ten month assignments.
Learning and development
The Department invests in trainee development by supporting multiple learning activities. In addition to on-the-job assignments, the program allows time and financial support to attend corporate learning activities, skill training and OCG orientation sessions. All of these training courses must be on the trainee’s personal learning plan. It is important to note that the program supports its trainees in acquiring a professional designation.
Are you interested
Once you have been notified by the OCG that you are in the FORD Program inventory, we will:
- contact you for an interview
- request three names for reference checks, proof of your citizenship and your diploma
- schedule second language testing
- ask you to complete a security clearance form
You must be successful at each step to advance to the next.
We emphasize a bilingual work environment and take pride in enriching a diverse community. If we schedule you for second language testing, you will be assessed in reading, writing and oral proficiency. To be considered for a training assignment at PSPC, you must test at a minimum proficiency level of BBB.
Before you begin your assignment at PSPC, we will ask you to complete a security clearance form. Why? Employees will often need to access secure information to do their jobs. After you submit the form, security personnel will conduct a background check to make sure that you may work here.
Intern Officer Development Program
The Intern Officer Development Program recruits and develops eligible university graduates as supply officer trainees at PSPC. Trainees will work with the Department’s Acquisitions Program, which is responsible for buying complex commercial goods and services on behalf of the government.
Become a professional buyer
Would you like to make a real difference in the lives of Canadians? Are you looking for a profession where you will be a negotiator, buyer, mediator, team player and influencer?
Start your career by applying to the Intern Officer Development Program.
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About the Intern Officer Development Program
As an intern officer, you will perform increasingly complex work as you advance from a supply officer trainee (PG-01 level) to a supply specialist (PG-04 level) over the three-year duration of the program. To move to the next level, you must successfully complete a learning assessment. In addition to learning activities, you will participate in case studies and training opportunities. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be hired by the federal government on a permanent basis.
Developmental work assignments
You will receive the skills, knowledge and experience to plan, negotiate and administer contracts for various goods and services on behalf of PSPC. How? By successfully completing four six‑month work assignments. You will work with different teams to help procure commodities such as marine and defence equipment, land and aerospace machinery, commercial products, and professional, construction and consulting services.
Coaching and mentoring
You will be paired with a mentor and a coach. They will provide you with daily support and guidance while you complete the program.
Competitive salary and benefits
You will receive a competitive salary and benefits. As a supply officer trainee, you will start at the PG-01 level and will receive the annual rate of pay at that level. Upon successful completion of each level, the annual rate of pay will be adjusted accordingly.
Career advancement opportunities
As PSPC is the largest government supply organization, there are many career advancement opportunities; in fact, upon completion, many interns may even go on to occupy executive-level positions within the federal government.
To be eligible for the program, you must be:
- a permanent resident of Canada
- proficient in both official languages
- graduating or have already graduated with one of the accepted specializations listed on the job application
Applying to become a supplier officer trainee
- Log into Public service jobs
- You may need to first create an account
- If you already have an account be sure to keep it up to date
- Browse for supply officer trainee jobs
- Jobs are posted only in the fall as part of the Post-Secondary Recruitment campaign
- Apply for the job
What to include with your application
- Your résumé
- A cover letter (500 words maximum): "Describe why you want to become a Supply Officer at Public Services and Procurement Canada."
- Two references with their contact information
- A list of all your university courses
Make sure that all your personal information listed in your public service jobs account matches what you include in your application.
What to expect after you apply
After you apply in the fall, the hiring process will last about a year. If you are in your final year of studies, you are encouraged to apply.
In the winter, you will be invited to write the Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE).
In the spring, applicants who pass the PSEE will be invited to an interview.
In the summer, successful applicants will be chosen and notified. If you are successful, you will also be contacted to complete the Test of Written Expression.In the fall, successful applicants begin the program.
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