Our Internal Audit organization is embarking on an exciting and transformational journey to meet the needs of our stakeholders. This opportunity will be pivotal in setting the strategic direction of the team.
The Director, Internal Audit reports directly into the VP, Internal Audit and will work with senior Business leaders across the Canadian organisation to provide them with independent insights and assurance on their businesses.
The Director will lead a team of Internal Audit Professionals and will need to be a forward-thinking dynamic leader who can lead a team in evolving its service delivery model and developing the requisite skills, capabilities and culture to ensure the control environment is future-proofed.
Leading a team of auditors to deliver independent assurance on the organization’s governance, risk management, and control activities, and real time audit findings and advice on projects and change initiatives within the organization.
Thought leadership, to ensure auditors think critically in assessing the objectives and scope and identification of risks and controls for each audit.
Building relationships with senior business leaders in order to increase transparency and audit involvement in emerging projects.
Act as an independent strategic advisor to the business as part of project oversight activities to assist in mitigating risk and providing independent insight to senior stakeholders, the project steering committee and board.
Providing coaching, mentoring and elevating the development of team members.
Identify opportunities to maximize Internal Audit practice. Look beyond the everyday business for new ways of working. Drive towards the function’s vision and goals.
Responsible for contributing to special projects and assignments in response to business requests or internal audit requirements.
Seeing the bigger picture and providing constructive challenge to audit teams, to ensuring audit ratings and recommendations are appropriate and value-adding.
Qualifications and Competencies:
A recognized accounting (CPA) or auditing (CIA) designation, or a recognized actuarial, project management, analytical or risk management/compliance designation combined with a minimum of 7 years’ relevant work experience.
Strong team leadership demonstrated by:
Ability to coach and lead others through ambiguity and change
Strategically identifying and monitoring short and long-term team requirements
Experience establishing goals, measuring performance and independently coaching staff to reach career and growth opportunities; and,
Using a variety of leadership skills to create and maintain a positive environment.
Experience working on engagements where the scope goes beyond assessing processes and focuses on providing advice to senior management on specific areas of concern.
A drive for delivery and the ability to handle conflicting and changing priorities while ensuring key deliverables are met within defined time-lines.
Proven ability to build effective business relationships and work collaboratively with other functional areas.
Ability to communicate with senior internal and external stakeholders (board, executive management, audit and risk committee or similar) with different information needs, interpretations and objectives.
Experience of solving complex problems using creative solutions where outcomes have a significant impact.
Requirement to work with minimal supervision with senior leaders and produce high quality output with little precedent.
Experience in managing multiple projects and initiatives.
High level of independence and objectivity, ability to distinguish right from wrong.
Demonstrated ability to influence and work effectively with teams in a complex matrix environment.
Ability to influence others beyond the status quo.
Strong analytical capabilities, ability to produce leading edge output.
Cross functional knowledge and experience (e.g. risk, business, IT).
Excellent communication skills, ability to deal with difficult situations and opinions diplomatically.
Knowledge of agile and other project management methodologies would be an asset.
Experience using the Lean Six Sigma approach for process improvement or having a Lean Six Sigma Certification would be an asset.
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