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Director, Business Planning

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) manages a coordinated provincial network of high-quality specialized health-care services. We carry out our work through our various Programs and Services, e.g. BC Cancer, BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre, BC Emergency Health Services. PHSA has a number of vacancies at the Director level, where financial and business planning support is needed for the various Programs as well as Corporate Support Services.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Business Planning works directly with Program executives and other senior leaders at PHSA and is responsible for strategic business planning services and financial reporting. The Director, Business Planning is a member of the senior management team and most senior finance representative located at the Program’s site, providing financial expertise in an environment that constantly changes and must be able to assist with decision-making in the context of limited resources.


Operating at a strategic level, the Director, Business Planning participates in senior management decision-making processes providing strategic financial and business planning advice to the Program executive and their staff. At the corporate level, the Director works with senior executive staff on strategic financial and business planning issues for the PHSA. The Director has a comprehensive multi-layered understanding of financial and business planning processes and tools, skills in staff training and leadership, and works independently in a strategic capacity. Timelines for the completion of financial and operational reports are very tight and require strong organizational skills.


What you’ll do

  • Manage the process for the development and compilation of the Program’s annual and multi-year operating budgets included in the PHSA Service Plan and Budget Management Plan. Ensures the financial impacts of operational decisions are appropriately reflected in the budgets.
  • Oversee the timely preparation and/or compilation of the Program’s interim and yearend financial statements and written variance analysis. Highlights and reports on the fiscal performance of the Program with respect to resource utilization, expenditure patterns, statistical and critical indicator data/information. The onus is on the Director, Business Planning to ensure the historical and forecast financial statements are materially correct and fairly presents the Program’s operations in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Provide assistance and support to the program Vice President / Chief Operating Officer or Executive Director and their staff in areas such as establishing short and longer term financial objectives, identifying key performance measures, developing operating and capital budgets, monitoring and interpreting financial and utilization information, analyzing deviations from plan and investigating causes. Ensure that appropriate resource management competencies and skills exist in the Program.
  • In the event there are material changes in funding and/or expenditures during the fiscal year, reforecasts the annual budget for the Program. Working in collaboration with Program executive, identifies and implements corrective action to ensure the Program meets its financial and operational goals during the fiscal period.
  • Working in collaboration with Program senior and line staff, identifies opportunities for increased Program operational and financial resource utilization. Contributes financial expertise to Program service delivery modeling, funding applications, operational reviews, and business process improvement reviews. Where appropriate, the Director recommends corrective action to both PHSA and Program senior management and their direct reports.
  • Communicate with senior staff at the corporate level and senior and line staff of the Program. The Director is an active member of the Program’s management committee and other committees deemed necessary by the Program Vice President / Chief Operating Officer or Executive Director or the Executive Director, Business Planning. Communication usually involves negotiating and facilitating consensus on issues such as financial resources, program and service delivery changes, new and enhanced programs, physician services and funding, operational reviews, implementation of services and progress on cost savings/revenue generation initiatives.
  • Review Program internal controls to ensure deficiencies are identified and corrected. Works in collaboration with Financial Services, identifying and implementing improvements to Finance Division processes, assisting with problem resolution.
  • Oversee the budget for area of responsibility, including allocating resources, monitoring budget performance, planning and adjusting operations and/or staffing to meet departmental targets, approving expenditures and preparing summaries for fiscal reporting as required.
  • Assist Financial Services with completion of the year end audit.
  • Maintain continuing contact with representatives from the Program to ensure both the Program and representatives of the PHSA’s corporate office are aware of changes in business operations. Maintains a quality communication strategy in conjunction with other Program Directors, Business Planning to share and engage the organization in matters of financial, divisional and organizational importance.
  • For all direct reports, trains, provides support, consultation and guidance, establishes clear definition of responsibility, reviews assignments and adjusts workload to ensure levels meet operational requirements. Ensures the team’s Financial Analysts have a thorough understanding of the operating and financial issues of the programs under their administration. Cross-trains staff to develop operational capacity, reviews work coverage and develops succession plans for staff. Utilizes performance enhancement mechanisms, provides ongoing feedback and completes performance reviews of staff to encourage continuous skill development, enhance staff morale and foster initiative and team spirit
  • For all direct reports, investigate work and staff issues and where necessary initiates disciplinary action up to and including termination. Participates in the management of grievances and labour relations matters in conjunction with Human Resources.
  • Undertake other special projects, as required by the Vice President, Finance or Executive Director to address PHSA, agency, program and departmental issues.


What you bring

Professional accounting designation (CPA) combined with a Masters Degree in Business, Leadership or other relevant field plus at least ten (10) years of relevant senior management experience within a large complex multi-site organization preferably in a health care environment. Consideration will be given to recent related leadership and managerial experience, with an emphasis on knowledge of business planning, financial planning, business process engineering, and business case development. Other key attributes include in depth knowledge of Canadian generally accepted accounting principles and practices, auditing standards, internal controls, and management accounting concepts. Demonstrated experience supervising staff including hiring, training and completing performance review. Customer focused with ability to facilitate and encourage co-operation between diverse operational groups and skill sets. Superior writing and presentation skills with experience in program and business case research and development. Superior analytical skills including the ability to comprehend complex issues and related data/information and present information in concise and meaningful ways. Strong change management and project management skills. Excellent organizational skills including the ability to prioritize workload and to meet deadlines. Ability to work under pressure and multi-task without direct supervision. Ability to direct staff with advanced technical systems skills. Strong computer and financial application skills including demonstrated ability to productively use spreadsheet, word processing and database applications. Physical ability to perform the duties of the job.


What’s in it for you

Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.


  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
  • Access to more than 2,000 in-house training programs.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan.
  • 12 annual statutory holidays with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • Perks include onsite fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.


If this sounds like you, apply now!

Job type: Regular Full Time

Location: Vancouver, BC


About Us

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) provides specialized health services to British Columbians, including cancer care, organ transplantation, pediatrics, emergency services, mental health and substance use services. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs:


PHSA is committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.