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Manager, Financial Audits

Date: May 13, 2021

Location: Winnipeg, MB, CA, R3C-3P1

Company: Wawanesa Insurance


Wawanesa Mutual Insurance is one of the largest property and casualty insurers in Canada with $3 billion in annual revenues and assets of more than $9 billion. Wawanesa Mutual, founded in 1896 with executive offices in Winnipeg, is the parent company of Wawanesa General, which offers property and casualty insurance in California and Oregon, and Wawanesa Life, which distributes life insurance products and services throughout Canada. With over 3,500 employees, Wawanesa proudly serves over two million policyholders through nine regional offices and 41 service offices in Canada and the United States.  Wawanesa actively gives back to organizations that strengthen communities where it operates, donating well above internationally recognized benchmarks for excellence in corporate philanthropy.
We are currently looking for dedicated, driven, and enthusiastic individuals who thrive in an environment that welcomes change and are looking for an opportunity for diverse experience, advancement on a growing team.


Job Overview


Our Internal Audit Department is continuously working towards enhancing audit services in support of new strategic initiatives. We are seeking experienced candidates who are interested in joining a team of dynamic, motivated and skilled audit professionals. If you want to be challenged and offered opportunities to grow, consider this the next exciting and challenging step in your career!


Under general guidance and minimal supervision of the Vice President, Internal Audit, the Manager, Financial Audits is responsible for the enterprise-wide planning, execution and reporting of financial, consulting, and regulatory compliance audits, to assess the adequacy of internal controls, the overall effectiveness of operations and to ensure compliance with company policies, procedures, and processes in support of the organization's new strategic goals and initiatives. 


Job Responsibilities

•    Provides leadership, mentorship and development to the financial audit team.
•    Manages and conducts complex and detailed financial audits of Executive Office functions.
•    Manages and oversees the work of the financial audit team and other audit staff assigned to assist with financial, consulting, and regulatory compliance audits.
•    Leads a team of audit professionals inclusive of hiring, training and evaluating direct reports. 
•    Plans, prioritizes, and manages audit projects efficiently and adapts to address resource challenges.
•    Develops, evaluates, reviews, and recommends audit procedures and standards.
•    Performs complex audit procedures and approves final electronic work papers.
•    Identifies and documents complex issues and develops recommendations using independent judgement.
•    Communicates the results of audits using written reports and oral presentations to senior leaders.
•    Develops and maintains strong working relationships with senior leaders and key internal stakeholders.
•    Performs the annual risk assessment and provides key input into the development of the audit plan.
•    Manages the annual budgeting process and quarterly variance analysis.
•    Manages and conducts special reviews of financial areas on an ad-hoc basis.
•    Performs work on behalf of the external auditors during the year-end audit.
•    Pursues professional development and identifies development opportunities for the financial audit team.
•    Leads Internal Audit representation on project teams and at management meetings.
•    Performs or delegates other duties as assigned by the Vice President, Internal Audit.


•    Minimum 7 years external or internal audit experience, including 3 years in a leadership role.
•    Professional accounting designation (CPA or equivalent).
•    Bachelor of Commerce degree or other related post-secondary degree.
•    Completion of the CIA and/or CFE certifications considered an asset.
•    Insurance related experience, or commitment to obtaining the CIP designation.
•    Ability to travel as required throughout the year to locations within Canada and the United States.
•    Excellent leadership skills, including the ability to motivate and engage high performing teams.
•    Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to prepare clear and concise audit reports with a tone and style appropriate for senior leaders.
•    Excellent organizational and time management skills, including the ability to manage and execute multiple complex projects within required timelines and expectations.
•    Strong influence and negotiation skills, including the ability to obtain buy-in from senior leaders.
•    Strong analytical/problem solving skills and attention to detail.
•    Demonstrated ability to work independently with latitude for initiative and judgement.
•    Demonstrated ability to work with highly sensitive and confidential information.




Wawanesa provides its employees with a respectful, challenging and rewarding environment where they can maximize their potential while contributing to the company’s goals. Our employees are provided with highly competitive compensation packages (salaries, generous vacation allowance, leave top up, goal achievement plan, premium free benefits and a pension plan).  Wawanesa provides a stable and rewarding environment for its employees in today’s challenging markets.

If you are interested in this exciting, challenging position with Wawanesa, apply today with your Resume.

Accommodations are available as needed for all applicants.