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Senior Specialist, Internal Controls (Position can be located anywhere in Canada)

Sector: Finance 

Language Designation: English Essential 

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

Senior Specialist Salary Range: $89823.44 to $112279.30

Specialist Salary Range: $74852.60 to $93565.75

Position Status: Permanent Full Time 

We’re not your typical government agency
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) exists for a single reason: to make housing affordable for everyone in Canada. We’re mobilizing the expertise and energy of governments, non-profits, lenders, developers, social entrepreneurs and co-ops to create the future of housing. At CMHC, we believe that everyone in Canada should have a place to call home.
Experience a Results-Only Work Environment™ (ROWE™)
At CMHC, we trust you to get the job done. We’ve shifted from managing people to managing work. Each employee is 100% autonomous and 100% accountable. You can choose where you need to be and when you need to be there to meet your objectives. You’re in control of your time and are trusted to make the right decisions.

About the role

We’re constantly evolving to build an inclusive housing system through research, design, innovation and partnerships. Your expertise internal controls, risk management and auditing will ensure management is confident that CMHC is compliant and consistent in the operations of the business.



What you will need


  • Minimum five years of related relevant experience. (Specialist, Internal Controls)
  • Minimum seven years of related relevant experience including three years of supervisory experience. (Senior Specialist, Internal Controls)
  • Undergraduate Degree in a related field such as Business, Finance or Accounting.
  • Professional accounting designation is mandatory (minimum Chartered Professional Accountant)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of risk management, internal controls and auditing.
  • Excellent organization skills to manage several ongoing and competing priorities.
  • Excellent ability to gather and analyze information, synthesize key elements and summarize with recommendations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (tact, judgment, diplomacy, professionalism, and political sensitivity).
  • Superior oral and written communication skills including presentation skills.
  • Ability to apply judgment, tact and discretion in dealing with sensitive issues.
  • Occasional travel may be required.



What you will be doing


Specialist, Internal Controls


  • Contribute to ongoing continuous improvement activities related to the Internal Control Framework (ICF).
  • Support the development and maintenance of policies and guidelines.
  • Analyze the level of applied rigour and consistency in the design and operating effectiveness of control practices and identify possible gaps, deficiencies, inconsistencies and recommendations.
  • Lead the execution of internal control process reviews, testing, evaluating and reporting on key processes, controls, assessing rigour and consistency in the application of policies, procedures and controls.
  • Discuss/validate findings and facts with CMHC personnel and appropriate level of management throughout the assignment, and prepare written communications on results and recommendations for improvement, and participate in debriefs with Management.
  • Provide guidance on risk management and internal controls to management on corporate, process re-design and IT modernization initiatives as well as on ongoing operations to facilitate a strong internal control environment.
  • Understanding, influencing and/or serving people are important considerations in causing actions or acceptance by others.
  • Collaborate with the business and support areas to increase risk awareness, facilitate risk and control identification, testing, reporting and monitoring.
  • Ensure compliance with established regulatory requirements, policies, procedures, and frameworks within the CFO sector.
  • Promote and leverage appropriate industry frameworks, standards and best practices, as applicable, in conducting work activities.


Senior Specialist, Internal Controls


  • Provide overall ICF/ICFR project leadership, oversight and expertise to ensure the implementation achieves its objectives and results are high quality to be leveraged for audit purposes and valued by the business. 
  • Lead and support the development of policies, guidelines and develop/update the process review templates and tools relating to scope, risk assessment, control objectives and monitoring/testing approaches for the conduct of the assignment.
  • Develop and oversee the processes and practices for the collection, documentation, assessment, testing, monitoring and reporting on risks to demonstrate the effectiveness of internal controls.
  • Challenge the project team observations as well as deficiency classification to ensure results are high quality and value-add for the business process owners.
  • 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 on ongoing operations to facilitate a strong internal control environment optimize controls and adopt best practices.
  • Effectively communicate, and influence the business/support function on their assessment of financial reporting risks, controls, deficiencies and accompanying action plans, at all levels of the corporation.
  • Manage the preparation of reports and present results to senior management and various committees to assist them in assessing the effectiveness of the internal controls at CMHC and fulfill their corporate governance responsibilities.
  • Foster cooperation from all CMHC areas and external stakeholders in order to raise risk awareness and develop internal control expertise, define coordinated strategies and approaches to gain efficiencies and avoid duplication of efforts.
  • Provide input and help to develop and deliver appropriate communication plans to foster cross-functional understanding and collaboration.
  • Understanding, influencing and/or serving people are important considerations in causing actions or acceptance by others
  • Develop plans, including, as applicable, objectives, risk assessment, criteria and monitoring/testing approaches/programs for the conduct of the assignment.
  • Guide the execution of strategies, objectives, plans and methodologies required to successfully implement and maintain strong oversight governance and internal control effectiveness while working in tandem with other existing CMHC oversight groups.
  • Oversee and provide quality assurance over risk and control assessments, design and operating effectiveness evaluations, deficiency identification and classification and reporting.
  • Stay informed about corporate objectives, priorities and initiatives across CMHC to adequately identify existing and emerging risks.
  • Promote and leverage appropriate industry frameworks, standards and best practices, as applicable, in conducting work activities.




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Posting closing date: June 26, 2019 @ 11:59 pm EST (Note, the competition may remain active until filled)


Job Requisition ID: 3584  

Primary Location: OttawaOntario  

Other Location(s):  

Security Requirement: Reliability Status 

Travel Requirement: Limited 


We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest, however, please note that only those applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted.
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
*If selected for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.

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