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Internal Controls Specialist (multiple locations)

Job Requisition ID: 3138  

Primary Location: OttawaOntario  

Other Location(s): Toronto, Montreal, Québec, Halifax, Calgary, Edmondton, Winninpeg, Saskatoon and Vancouver 

Sector: Finance 

Language Designation: English Essential 

Language Skill Levels (Read/Write/Speak): ZZZ 

Salary Range: $73746 to $92183

Position Status: Permanent Full Time 

Security Requirement: Secret 

Travel Requirement: Travel not required 

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) helps Canadians meet their housing needs. As Canada’s authority on housing, we contribute to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provide support for Canadians in housing need, and offer objective housing research and advice to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry. Prudent risk management, strong corporate governance and transparency are cornerstones of our operations. Our work matters to a great many people and our employees matter to us. 

Bring your strategic analytic skills as well your internal controls expertise to this Internal Controls Specialist position in Ottawa.

Internal growth and operational needs has created (1) new permanent full-time position in the Finance Division.  As a member of the Internal Controls team, you will be researching, designing, and supporting the implementation and sustainment of the Internal Control Framework (ICF) to corporate-wide processes, more specifically regarding Internal Controls over Financial Reporting (ICFR). You will also be providing guidance, support and internal controls expertise to all CMHC business areas and support functions in their ongoing activities as part of their strategic initiatives. 

This position is based in Ottawa; however, there is a possibility that the successful candidate can work from another CMHC office location or from home.

The intent of this advertisement is to identify and assess qualified candidates to staff both current and future permanent and contract positions within the division.


How You Will Be Contributing

  • Developing strategies, objectives, plans and tactics required to develop, implement and maintain strong governance and internal control effectiveness as it relates to ICFR.
  • Participating in the development of ICF/ICFR as the foundation of effective risk management and ensuring the implementation achieves its objectives and results are high quality and valued by the business.
  • Leading ICFR business process roll-out and oversight projects.
  • Working with the business and support areas to identify, document, assess and test internal controls.
  • Monitoring and reporting on the design and operating effectiveness of controls, progress and resolution of control deficiencies relating to ICFR.
  • Recommending changes in a dynamic environment by effectively communicating with and influencing others, and acting as a change agent to promote, encourage and implement changes.
  • Providing expert guidance and recommendations on risk management and internal controls to Management on corporate, process re-design and IT modernization initiatives as well as ongoing operations to facilitate a strong internal control environment, optimize controls and adopt best practices.
  • Presenting reports to senior management to assist them in assessing the effectiveness of the ICFR at CMHC and fulfilling their corporate governance responsibilities.


What We Are Looking For

  • A commitment to demonstrating CMHC values.
  • Bachelor degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance or Commerce with a concentration in Finance/Accounting or a related field.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in internal controls over Financial Reporting (ICFR) or in related financial/accounting positions. An equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be considered.
  • Completion of a Professional Accounting Designation (CPA).
  • Strong knowledge and experience of risk management, internal controls and auditing.
  • Solid ability to influence, critically challenge the norm and possess a questioning mindset. 
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate, set direction and manage several ongoing and conflicting priorities.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Strong ability to exert sound judgment in areas of uncertainty or divergent views.
  • Excellent ability to gather and analyse information, to summarize and synthesize key elements for recommendations.


  • MBA or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) designations or any other professional designation(s), relevant licence, designation or certificate in a related field.
  • Experience in business process analysis, mapping and re-design.
  • Ability to work in both official languages (English and French).



Thinking Analytically/ Communicating Effectively/ Influencing with Impact/ Assessing and Managing Risk/ Building Collaborative Relationships


What CMHC Has To Offer

  • Results-Only Work Environment™ (ROWE™)*
  • Competitive Total Compensation package
  • Competitive Annual Salary
  • Comprehensive flex benefit program
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • Eligibility for Performance Bonuses
  • In-house learning and development opportunities
  • Career Growth Opportunities
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
  • Various onsite amenities

*ROWE involves a cultural shift away from managing people to managing work. Employees have full autonomy and accountability to choose when and where to work in order to be efficient, effective, and achieve results.


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This job posting will be active until 11:59 pm EST on January 6, 2019, however, the competition may remain active until a successful candidate has been chosen.


To Note

  • Your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements as CMHC cannot make assumptions about your education and experience.
  • Selected candidates may be required to do a presentation or assessment as part of the interview. If so, they will be advised in advance. In the event that tests are administered, candidates will also be advised in advance.
  • We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest, however, please note that only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted. 
  • If selected for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.
  • Candidates who do not meet all of the position requirements may be considered in an under-fill capacity, in which case the person will be hired at a lower salary range than is advertised for this position.
  • All applications submitted to this competition will be kept for a six (6) month period and may be considered for future related vacancies at CMHC.
  • Candidates must be eligible for Secret Clearance.
  • Second Language Proficiency levels are defined as follows:
    • A = Beginner Level
    • B = Intermediate Level
    • C = Advanced Level
    • E = Exempt
    • P = Specific Language Skills



CMHC is an employer that values diversity and encourages the learning and use of both Canada's official languages. CMHC is committed to employment equity and actively encourages application from women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and visible minorities

Learn more below about CMHC and how we help Canadians meet their housing needs.