Standards and Certification Manager

Our Standards and Certification team is growing and we have an opening for a Standards and Certification Manager opportunity.  The position is ideally located in West Vancouver however we may consider qualified candidates for our Montreal, Ottawa or Winnipeg offices.

FMB has a unique opportunity for an experienced accounting professional to make a positive impact in growing our organization. Join a fantastic team in a great working environment and make a difference!

Responsibilities:

  • Establish proactive, positive and constructive working relationships with First Nation clients
  • Prepare certification work papers within the FMB’s established records management system (HPE CM) consisting of engagement planning, risk assessment, technical accounting research papers, internal control benchmarking and ‘gap’ assessment, internal control walkthroughs and implementation testing, quality assurance and engagement reporting documentation
  • Conduct financial management system evaluation and testing on-site in First Nation communities. Periodic travel from three to five days at a time will be required 
  • Maintain a current record of each client’s certification progress using the FMB’s established client relationship management system (SuiteCRM)
  • Work collaboratively with the Marketing and Capacity Development business lines to support First Nation clients as they work to achieve FMB certification
  • Plan and manage the timely completion of certification engagements including working with external contractors from time to time
  • Ensure compliance with the FMB’s Standards, Procedures and Guidelines during certification reviews through self-review and use of technical aides
  • Keep up-to-date on external legal, regulatory, internal control, assurance and accounting standards developments and analyse in relation to impact on the FMB’s Procedures, Standards and Guidelines
  • Provide assistance to the Senior Manager, Standards and Certification in the preparation of the necessary material in advance of meetings of the SAC Committee and Board of Directors
  • Collect necessary data and prepare regular reports using the FMB’s client relationship management system on the certification status of First Nation clients
  • Where required, provide input into business line strategic planning, budgeting, and the continual improvement of the FMB's policies, procedures and operations
  • Maintain engagement file documentation in an organized and structured manner, and in accordance with established document management and retention policy
  • Proactively maintains professional development for self and together with the Senior Manager, Standards and Certification, sets up professional development plan and personal goals
  • Participate on, or contribute to, special projects as directed
  • Other duties as required, which may include:
    • Analysis of existing or proposed procedures or standards related to Financial Administration Laws, Financial Performance, Financial Management System or Local Revenue Financial Reporting; and
    • Accounting, assurance and other similar technical research

Qualifications:

  • Possess a Chartered Professional Accountant designation
  • Minimum of three to five years of experience in a professional services firm in a client service role, preferably within an assurance (audit) practice
  • Experience conducting and leading internal control assurance engagements and managing the quality assurance review process
  • Strong working knowledge of:
    • Internal control over financial reporting standards (COSO, PCAOB) 
    • Canadian Public Sector Accounting Standards
    • Canadian Auditing Standards
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills
  • Proven track record of using and applying sound professional judgement in an attest role
  • Experience working with First Nations and audit committees in an assurance or advisory role
  • Outgoing and energetic, with a strong commitment to helping clients success