Internal Audit Specialist


The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with over 120,000 people located in the heart of Southern Ontario, just one hours driving distance from Toronto.  Set in a picturesque natural setting, Guelph is known for its rich architectural heritage, growing economy and excellent quality of life – all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.

Position summary

Resumes are being accepted for the position of Internal Audit Specialist within the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).  Reporting to the Internal Auditor, this position will be responsible for supporting the Council approved Internal Audit work plan and perform the planning, development of the audit program, testing and reporting phases of an audit in accordance with auditing standards. Guided by the goals and objectives of the City of Guelph Corporate Administrative Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, excellence and wellness, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Community Vision – to be the city that makes a difference.


  • Conduct independent and objective audit engagements (i.e. compliance, financial, operational, and money for value) to assess the adequacy, effectiveness and efficiency of City processes/programs/services
  • Conduct audit planning activities including consulting with the business to collect background information and documentation to support the assessment of risk, determine the scope of the audit and develop a comprehensive testing plan
  • Perform audits in accordance with Institute of Internal Auditors professional standards
  • Conduct and document end to end walkthroughs to assess the design effectiveness of key control activities
  • Perform detailed audit procedures/tests, including conducting interviews, observing operations, conducting analytical procedures and reviewing transactions/documents in order to determine whether controls are operating effectively and to identify significant control weaknesses
  • Document audit findings and test results, and ensure work papers include all documentation needed to support findings and conclusions
  • Prepare written audit reports with findings and recommendations for assigned projects and discuss reports with management
  • Communicate results and recommendations to the operating departments
  • Work with the business to develop value added management action plans to address the identified issues and effectively monitor their status to completion
  • Provide consulting services to staff when required in areas such as system implementation and business processes and operations
  • Research emerging audit and risk related issues or trends
  • Assist with the corporate risk management framework update
  • Other relevant duties as assigned


  • Considerable experience related to the duties listed above, normally acquired through a degree or diploma in accounting, finance or a related field and considerable experience in the internal audit field. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered
  • Must have a recognized accounting designation (CPA, CA, CMA, CGA) or auditing designation (CIA)
  • Municipal or public sector experience would be considered an asset
  • Demonstrated understanding of business processes and their risk implications, being able to analyze situations, reach appropriate conclusions, and make value-added and practical recommendations
  • Demonstrated knowledge of audit methodologies, project management and system development methodologies, control frameworks and risk management practices, and regulatory requirements
  • In depth knowledge of accounting, COSO framework, auditing principles, processes, procedures and techniques
  • Ability to work unsupervised, exercise discretion and judgement, as well as manage and coordinate multiple audits and/or issues concurrently in a deadline-driven environment
  • Well-developed research skills and familiarity with data extraction and analysis tools
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment and deal with management on a variety of complex and sensitive issues
  • Ability to effectively communicate audit findings and conclusions, through clear and concise reports and other correspondence, as well as by making verbal presentations to management
  • A team player with strong leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel and PowerPoint 


$88,220.11 to $110,275.14 per year

How to apply

Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Monday, March 20, 2018. Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage.

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The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity in the workplace. We are therefore happy to accommodate any individual needs in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance.

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The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer.