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Vice President, Internal Audit

Chartwell Retirement Residences

This is a Full-time position in Toronto, ON posted July 28, 2021.

Interested in a career that makes a meaningful difference in the lives of others?

One where you are valued and respected, listened to, and empowered to live up to your potential?

If so, Chartwell Retirement Residences is the place for you.

We are always looking for empathetic, positive and passionate individuals committed to Making People’s Lives Better.

With over 200 residences across Canada, we have an opportunity for you that will make a difference in your life.

The Vice President Internal Audit is responsible for providing strategic leadership, direction and priorities for Chartwell’s Internal Audit function.

The incumbent will: maintain current understanding of Chartwell’s strategic direction, business and operations and related risk profiles to best contribute to setting the strategic direction and priorities of our Internal Audit function.

Lead the business planning for the Internal Audit department, including oversight of the 52-109 Certification of Disclosure compliance program, and management of the fiscal budget to track progress against the Internal Audit plan.

Provide specialized expertise to the internal audit team, our business operations and functional teams, to ensure business risks are managed appropriately, that the system of internal control is efficiently operating and to continually improve practices to keep up with evolving business needs Manage allocation of audit resources and assign staff to based on availability and skill-set in order to best meet business needs Identify improvement opportunities to controls and operational processes Key Accountabilities Provides oversight to all steps of our NI 52-109 Certification of Disclosure in our Annual and Quarterly filings compliance program.

Conduct an internal risk assessment and develop an annual risk based plan: execute on annual plan to achieve the internal audit objectives and scope.

Review and adjust the annual audit plan as necessary to meet company needs and changing objectives.

Recommend the design and implementation of internal controls.

Execute the plan for testing to ensure key controls are designed and operating effectively.

Conduct special audits as requested by senior management or the Audit Committee to identify practices that are not consistent with Chartwell policies or fail to provide necessary controls.

Act as a resource to senior management by conducting special studies of specific operations or issues.

Conduct special investigations of unusual events Identify and monitor key significant risks for areas such as fraud, regulatory compliance, and adherence to internal corporate policies (corporate travel, vendor selection, etc.) Participate in activities related to systems development and acquisitions, and the analysis of new policies to ensure that control considerations are evaluated in the early stages of these activities.

Present findings and recommendations to the Audit Committee and senior management on the status of outstanding deficiencies, investigations and fraudulent activity and actively monitor related remediation and action plans.

Promote best practices, continuous enhancements and improvement of financial and operational controls, processes and system capabilities.

Establish and maintain key relationships throughout the organization as a means of obtaining information needed to perform functional duties, provide business advisory service and to provide strategic recommendations.

Support the development and maintenance of the audit frameworks, methodologies and processes to ensure alignment with Chartwell’s broader strategies and priorities Support the acquisition, development, implementation and maintenance of tools and technology required for audit activities Other tasks and special projects, as assigned.

People Leadership: Lead, coach and develop the Internal Audit Team, to enhance and support professional development, and ensure prime accountabilities are met.

Recruit and conduct performance reviews of employees.

Department Leadership Develop and execute departmental strategic plans and business plans.

Manage the team’s completion of the audit plan, ensuring that audits/projects progress as planned with respect to scope, budget and timetable.

Develop and adhere to department budget.

Qualifications Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, business or related discipline (or equivalent work experience).

Professional certification/designation (CIA/CPA/CFA).

Maintains membership in relevant professional organizations.

Experience: A minimum of 15 years audit, internal controls and/or risk management experience.

A minimum of 5 years of experience in a management role.

Prior experience advising C-suite and Board Audit Committee on operational and audit issues preferred.

Experience in related industry (seniors housing, real estate, hospitality, healthcare) preferred.

Skills & Abilities: Extensive knowledge of auditing and risk management practices, processes and principles with the proven ability to effectively implement.

Advanced knowledge of relevant legislation, regulatory requirements and best practices.

Keeps apprised of new or amendments to legislation and regulatory requirements.

Strong strategic acumen and planning capabilities Possesses excellent business acumen and judgment.

Strong strategic, analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Excellent organizational and project management skills.

Excellent interpersonal skills to interact across all functions within the organization, to lead and affect process change and improvements.

Ability to form relationships based on trust with all internal colleagues and external stakeholders (e.g.


Excellent communication (written and verbal) and presentation skills with the ability to present complex information in a clear, concise and structured manner.

Proficient in the use of Microsoft 365/Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Bilingualism (English/French) is considered an asset.