Internal Auditor

NIAGARA REGION - Thorold, ON (24 days ago)

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Internal Auditor - Job Posting #22214

Closing Date: Tuesday April 09, 2019

Type: Regular Full-Time

Location: Thorold, ON

Salary: $82,920 - $97,550

About Niagara Region

Serving a diverse urban and rural population of more than 430,000, Niagara Region is focused on building a strong and prosperous Niagara. Working collaboratively with 12 local area municipalities and numerous community partners, the Region delivers a range of high quality programs and services to support and advance the well-being of individuals, families and communities within its boundaries. Nestled between the great lakes of Erie and Ontario, the Niagara peninsula features some of Canada's most fertile agricultural land, the majesty of Niagara Falls and communities that are rich in both history and recreational and cultural opportunities. Niagara boasts dynamic modern cities, Canada's most developed wine industry, a temperate climate, extraordinary theatre, and some of Ontario's most breathtaking countryside. An international destination with easy access to its binational U.S. neighbour New York State, Niagara attracts over 14 million visitors annually, as well as a steady stream of new residents and businesses.

Summary The Internal Auditor is responsible for independently monitoring and assessing the adequacy of, adherence to and effectiveness of regulatory compliance, industry standards, management programs and controls within lines of business enterprise-wide. The Internal Auditor works with departments and/or divisions to identify and implement improved processes. Provides guidance and support to our business partners in regards to assurance and compliance related matters.We are looking for an experienced CPA with financial background.

Education & Knowledge

· Post-secondary degree in Business, Public Administration, Accounting, Finance or related discipline or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required 3 to 5 years of progressive experience in the following areas

· Internal control systems, auditing procedures and risk management methodologies.

· Leading audits/reviews of similar size, scope and complexity.

· Interpreting and applying legislation, regulations, policies and procedures to identify appropriate solutions.

· Gathering and managing evidence to support findings and improvement recommendations. Developing control frameworks. Preferred

Government sector compliance auditing experience. Professional accounting designation (CA, CGA, CMA). Demonstrated experience interacting at all levels of the organization with strong facilitation skills & organizational awareness. Experience developing and implementing process improvements.

Responsibilities

1. Compliance and Assurance Auditing – Plan and conduct moderate to high complexity independent audit activities including Assurance, Compliance and Risk audits/reviews for the Region including monitoring, testing and evaluating compliance with regulatory requirements and internal policies and procedures, in accordance with approved internal auditing standards.

  • Maintain compliance with Niagara Region Internal Audit Policies and IIA Practices of Professional Standards in the execution of assurance and compliance auditing/testing.
  • Assists in the development of audit work plans, programs and schedules setting scope, objectives, goals, standards and performance expectations time, budget and reporting timelines for approval by the chief audit executive.
  • Conducts research and benchmarking for audit subject area(s), including but not limited to industry/field developments and best practices, corporate policies, procedures and practices, legislation and external linkages (e.g. reporting requirements).
  • Use established audit methodologies to perform assurance and compliance audits of records and procedures to assess performance levels and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and internal policies and procedures and best business practices.
  • Assist with the development of new methods of data analysis to monitor Region-wide compliance.
  • Perform audits and reviews by interpreting and applying approved internal auditing standards and developing a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods [e.g. interviews, document and records analysis, surveys, benchmarking, field data analysis, statistical analysis and stakeholder consultation] to gather, analyze and interpret data and audit evidence [e.g. linear programming, break even, probability and cost benefit analysis and other similar analytical techniques].
  • Complete risk-based assessments of business processes and internal controls and test the design and operational effectiveness.
  • Author, review and analyze reporting information and metrics for the identification of trends and compliance issues.
  • Identify opportunities to mitigate risk and make recommendations to strengthen the existing control environment and strive to achieve operational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Prepare audit working papers to document test results, findings and conclusions.
  • Prepare concise audit reports on findings, significant issues, observations, patterns of non-compliance, areas for potential further investigation, along with positive value-add and practical recommendations resulting from audits, reviews and other projects.
  • Maintain high standards of reporting, as the accuracy and thoroughness of this reporting will be relied upon by senior management to make critical decisions.
  • Communicate audit findings and recommendations to department/division heads, Corporate Leadership Team (CLT), Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Committee and/or Council.
  • Foster a culture of compliance through constructive collaboration. Audit results will be utilized for continuous improvement opportunities and reporting purposes.
  • Administer the ongoing maintenance of assurance and compliance policies and procedures and communicate updates accordingly.
  • Appropriately address ad-hoc assurance and compliance activities and requests.
  • Manage audit materials, ensuring appropriate handling of highly sensitive and confidential information/documents.
  • Maintain files on compliance matters, including evidence of supervision and resolution.
  • Create complete audit files for assurance and compliance audits.
  • Ensure high-risk matters are immediately escalated chief audit executive and senior management.
  • Work closely with business partners to ensure the Region's compliance management framework effectively manages and mitigates compliance risk.
  • Undertake special projects, reviews and investigations across the Region that requires advanced knowledge of electronic audit and/or statistical sampling techniques.
  • Recommend new audit practices and standards applications and drafts related reports.
  • Assist in formulating/revising reporting templates develop/enhance metrics/rating scales used for reporting purposes.
  • Assist in identifying gaps in the existing compliance program and participate in developing, maintaining and implementing changes to the Region's compliance policies and procedures.
  • Monitor external resources to remain abreast of changing regulations and assess risks and exposures to Niagara Region, working to mitigate or eliminate those risks.
  • Analyze and report on high level quantitative statistics, on relevant issues, including, but not limited to: volume and amount of change orders, contract/consultant overruns, overtime costs/department and Continuous Controls Monitoring.

2. Solution Development

  • Work with the process owners to develop remediation plans to address any identified issues, effectively monitor the status and test completion by due date.
  • Research issues, potential solutions and best practices and develop recommendations to be applied in both reporting and business processes.
  • Provide creative problem solving for Regional departments, programs and services on assurance and compliance issues.
  • Develop process maps, data collection plans and other methods of documenting work streams, as required.
  • Analyze the merits of solutions considering cost/benefit, time/effort to implement and resource limitations.
  • Devise actionable recommendations for implementation of improvement opportunities.
  • Apply best practices and methodologies that will drive process to objectives with efficiency and quality.

Work as a subject matter expert to support work teams, committees and/or project teams (e.g. Procurement Advisory Committee, Alternative Service Delivery Task Forces, etc.) 3. Post-audit Metrics and Reporting – Assess the impact of recommendations (e.g. money saved, cost avoidance, additional revenue, improvement outcomes).

  • Work with departments/divisions to develop and measure key performance indicators to manage solution sustainability and performance against outcomes.
  • Work with the Internal Control and Organizational Performance team to develop timely and quality reporting cycle and reports within the cycle.
  • Monitor the implementation status of recommendations contained in various audit reports.
  • Identify internal control weaknesses or areas of potential concern, with responsibility for escalating issues, as appropriate.

4. Business Engagement and Consultation

  • Centralized support for risk assessment, monitoring and business engagement practices including coordination for third party risk auditing.
  • Provide individual consultation, technical assistance, and/or training to business partners in order to improve efficiencies and explain best practices.
  • Develop productive working relationships with all levels of management, staff and providers through open and effective communication methods.
  • Identify and seek resolution to barriers as they arise.
  • Effective relationship management that instills confidence in others.
  • Effectively follow-up and close all issues assigned in a timely manner or identify issues to management with recommendations on how to proceed.
  • Conduct and/or facilitate professional meetings, where information is shared with operational departments/divisions concerning new regulations & other compliance activities or standards.
  • Maintain a strong understanding & knowledge of regulatory matters that impact assurance & compliance.
  • Act as the subject matter representative on projects to improve compliance controls, business initiatives and projects to facilitate business objectives while maintaining regulatory and internal policy/procedure compliance.
  • Assist with the development and delivery of ongoing and ad hoc assurance and compliance training, education and awareness initiatives.
  • Prepares materials in response to regulatory inquiries, examinations and investigations and assists legal counsel (as required).

Closing Statement

Uncover the wonder of the Niagara Region and join a team dedicated to meeting tomorrow's challenges TODAY! Let us know why you would be an excellent team member by submitting your online application before April 9, 2019 at www.niagararegion.ca. We thank all candidates for their interest however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

  • Internal Auditing: 5 years (Preferred)