Senior Manager - Corporate Internal Audit

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Date: Nov 28, 2018

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Company: Kinross Gold Corporation

The Kinross Corporate Head Office is located in downtown Toronto and supports Kinross operations and projects worldwide. Corporate functions include Finance, Procurement, Health & Safety, Human Resources, IT and Investor Relations.

Job Description

  • To provide expertise and oversight in implementing a future-state vision of the Internal Audit (“IA”) function by operationalizing IA processes, practices, and methodologies that are in line with the Kinross IA Charter, Institute of Internal Auditors’ standards and relevant leading practices.
  • To oversee the day-to-day operations of Kinross’ IA in promoting a strong risk management culture, effective internal controls, leading practices and continuous improvement to ensure Kinross’ local, corporate and global risks, controls and compliance matters are addressed.
  • To manage the SOX compliance program and manage/conduct audit (governance, compliance, financial, or operational) and other advisory projects as required assisting in the delivery of IA’s annual audit plan.

 

The Senior Manager/Director, Internal Audit reports to the Senior Director, Internal Audit, and manages and provides direct oversight to 2-4 direct report internal auditors.

Job Responsibilities

  • Oversee the effective delivery of IA’s commitments as per the IA Charter, including regular reporting to the Audit and Risk Committee of the Board of Directors. Develops, applies and is accountable for performance targets and metrics in accordance with IA’s plan and budget.
  • Proactively monitor regulatory and professional developments, and prevailing economic, industry and business conditions, in order to design and implement new IA practices, policies, tools and testing techniques, in order to optimize the performance of the IA function, and to ensure adherence to Kinross and IIA standards, as well as relevant leading practices.
  • Lead, build and develop, with a mind on continuous learning and professional development, a team of internal auditors to execute the strategy as directed within IA’s audit plan, and drive positive change for Kinross through the planning and delivering, or overseeing the delivery, of high quality audits and advisory assignments, with both a local and global perspective of Kinross’ operations and risks.
  • Manager the SOX compliance program and leads the execution of regional SOX work, including establishing project plans, developing and monitoring budgets, and delegating work assignments with direct oversight of team members and their work, with overall accountability for results.
  • Collaborate where appropriate with external auditors and other parties engaged by Kinross to maximize the effectiveness of audit resources and assurances obtained.
  • Ensures timely preparation of reporting to senior management and the Audit and Risk Committee of the Board of Directors.  In addition, ensures the IA team’s written reports are prepared in a timely manner and of high quality, and deficiencies and/or areas of improvement identified during the course of internal audits, advisory projects, and SOX work are tracked and follow-up remediation activities are undertaken by management.
  • Manages / conducts internal audits (governance, compliance, financial, or operational) and other advisory projects, as required, to deliver IA’s annual audit plan on budget.  In addition, identifies the need for and manages the tendering process for qualified third party expert support for complex audits, including managing the scope, budget and delivery of such external services.
  • Effectively manage business relationships to ensure local and global insights and value are derived from IA’s work, in order to develop others within Kinross, in support of a stronger control environment, including its compliance with Kinross and industry standards, and best practices for risk mitigation.
  • Maintains functional relationship with leads for other areas (including Finance, IT, Legal / Compliance, Safety and Sustainability, Supply Chain, Tax, Treasury), and with peers at the sites and in other regions.

Education and Experience

  • University degree in Finance or Accounting
  • A recognized accounting designation (e.g. CPA) is required and/or relevant Internal Audit experience.
  • Minimum 10 to 15 years of experience in operations, financial management and/or audit roles, with  previous experience in the mining industry strongly preferred.
  • Thorough understanding of IIA standards and interpretive guidance as well as practical application of auditing techniques and advanced auditing practices.
  • Expert knowledge of IFRS as well as SOX and compliance-related matters
  • Experience in developing and enhancing internal audit programs.
  • Language skills – English proficiency, and one of French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian preferred (strong preference for French).
  • Willingness to travel.

Skills

  • Strong written and oral communication skills in dealing with internal and external parties. Ability to deliver clear, concise and consistent messages both up, down, and across the organization, especially with all levels of management including executive management levels and Board of Directors.
  • Strong project management and team leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders (e.g. management, external auditors, 3rd party subject matter experts etc.)
  • Strong leadership and management skills with an ability to think strategically and with a “big picture” and client service mindset.
  • Ability to lead, supervise and coach others.
  • Ability to proactively problem solve and work through contentious issues with stakeholders in a collaborative and non-confrontational manner.
  • Ability to anticipate potential objection and is comfortable in persuading others to adopt a different point of view.

 

Kinross is a Canadian-based gold mining company with mines and projects in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Ghana and Mauritania, employing approximately 9,300 people worldwide. Our core purpose is to lead the world in generating value through responsible mining.

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