Manager, Internal Audit

Canada Life Assurance Company
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Competitive salary
16 Sep 2020
17 Sep 2020
Job role
Audit, Internal audit
Experience level
Job Description


Reporting to the Assistant Vice-President or Director of Internal Audit, the Manager, Internal Audit will be responsible for effective management and delivery of a portfolio of audits for Canada Life. As the Audit Manager, you will co-develop the audit plan through participation in risk assessment and ongoing monitoring activities, adjusting as required to meet the evolving needs of the organization and audit committee. You will lead a team of Audit Professionals in developing and executing detailed audit plans, that identify potential areas risk by assessing the adequacy of internal controls, determining compliance with government regulations and internal policies and procedures, evaluating efficiency and effectiveness of operations, and identifying improvement opportunities and working with business partners to ensure appropriate risk mitigation. In addition, the Audit Manager is responsible for communicating findings to management, coaching developing audit staff, and cultivating business relationships. As part of a team committed to innovation, you will take part in establishing new ways of working, such as agile auditing techniques and data analytics, to deliver high quality impactful audits.

Required Qualifications and Competencies:
  • University degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, or other related field.
  • A recognized accounting designation (CPA or CIA).
  • 7+ years progressive audit experience is required. Experience working in a Big Four accounting firm or in the financial services industry is preferred.
  • Strong team leadership and project management skills demonstrated by:
    • Ability to drive execution
    • Coaching others through ambiguity and change;
    • Overseeing completion of multiple projects with completing priorities while meeting deadlines;
    • Establishing goals, measuring performance and providing ongoing feedback to audit staff; and
    • Creating and maintaining a positive work environment.
  • Evidence of effective communication skills, both verbal and written, including experience:
    • Delivering difficult messages;
    • Communicating with senior internal and external stakeholders with different information needs, interpretations and objectives;
    • Writing formal reports and decks, and creating high-quality work products with minimal guidance; and
    • Navigating ambiguity, simplifying complex topics and tailoring to your audience
  • Motivated, self-starter with a passion to learn and embrace new challenges.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to apply audit concepts in various functional areas.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain trusted business relationships and work collaboratively with other functional areas.
  • Experience performing data analytics and at least an intermediate level of Excel knowledge.
  • Experience interviewing stakeholders to gather information, effectively challenge and/or cut through ambiguity to understand the current state (i.e. within an audit or business analysis environment).
  • Strong research skills, with ability to distill down to the most relevant, impactful and credible information.
  • Detail-oriented in nature, with ability to consume mass amounts of information, synthesize and make connections across domains.
  • Passion for continuous development and education.

Desired Qualifications and Competencies
  • Big 4 or other client-serving consulting or audit experience.
  • Knowledge of agile project management methodology and experience using the Lean Six Sigma approach for process improvement
  • Relevant industry certifications from another domain
    • Project management (i.e. PMP, PRINCE2).
    • Continuous Improvement (i.e. A Lean Six Sigma Certification).
    • IT Audit or Security (i.e. CISA, CISSP)
    • Agile (i.e. CSM, PMI-ACP)
  • Experiencing working in an agile environment and strong knowledge of agile methodologies.
  • Cross functional knowledge and experience (e.g. risk, business, IT).
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and work effectively with teams in a complex matrix environment.
  • Experience working in Financial Institutions.
  • Knowledge of the Three Lines of Defense model.

Our Story

Canada Life is a leading insurance, wealth management and benefits provider focused on improving the financial, physical and mental well-being of Canadians. For more than 170 years, individuals, families and business owners across Canada have trusted us to provide sound guidance and deliver on the promises we've made.

As of January 1, 2020, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life became one company - Canada Life, and today, we proudly serve more than 13 million customer relationships from coast to coast to coast.

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Canada Life offers competitive compensation, great benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, wellness account and personal days not to mention onsite cafeteria and fitness in our head office facilities. If you'd like to join our team submit your information online and introduce yourself.

Canada Life serves the financial security needs of more than 13 million people across Canada, with additional operations in Europe and the United States. As members of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies, we're one of Canada's leading insurers with interests in life insurance, health insurance, investment and retirement savings. We offer a broad portfolio of financial and benefit plan solutions for individuals, families, businesses and organizations.

We are committed to providing an inclusive, accessible environment, where all employees and customers feel valued, respected and supported. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we live, and to creating an environment where every employee has the opportunity to reach their potential.

Canada Life would like to thank all applicants, however only those who qualify for an interview will be contacted