Senior Auditor

Requisition ID: 35312 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and Canada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.  Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.



The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) is responsible for assisting City Council in holding itself and City Administrators accountable for the quality of stewardship over public funds and for achievement of value for money in City operations. The OAG’s activities help the City’s administration accomplish its objectives by bringing an independent, objective, systematic and disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of governance, risk management, and control processes. The OAG’s role is an important addition to the City’s governance structure.


The OAG is responsible for conducting and reporting to Council on financial (excluding attest), compliance, and performance audits, of programs, activities and functions of all City departments, the offices of the Mayor and members of Council, Boards and City-Controlled Corporations. The Auditor General may also undertake other duties relating to audit matters as recommended by Council.


Main Purpose and Function

The Senior Auditor provides advice and support to the Audit Principal and other senior management in the fulfillment of the service mandate of the OAG. The position participates in the annual planning for the Office and commits to actioning and implementing business goals, strategies, and the corporate mandate as a member of the OAG team. The Senior Auditor applies a drive for results in completing audit work which assists in achieving annual audit plan goals and objectives and meeting specific measures and targets.


Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • Assesses the performance of the operations of all City of Vancouver operations, Mayor and Council offices, Boards and City-Controlled Corporations, including their economy, efficiency, and effectiveness, based on compliance with relevant legislation and policy, best practices, and other criteria.
  • Develops recommendations for improvement and may prepare components of the initial draft of the audit report.
  • Conducts audits and assessments, and assists with: audit planning, audit evidence gathering, work documentation, audit findings reporting, managing time and budgets, and comply with the OAG Audit Manual and audit standards. 
  • Applies the principles of audit standards, practices and techniques, research methodologies and program evaluation and to exercises sound professional judgment in undertaking audits and assessments of City operations and activities. 
  • Responsible for keeping their knowledge up to date about audit practices and standards.
  • Serves as a team leader on smaller, less complex audits or components of a large audit and coordinate the efforts of other auditors to accomplish the overall audit objectives. 
  • Works with a minimum of supervision in a wide variety of sensitive situations wherein only general objectives to be accomplished have been set forth. The position develops its own action plans and detailed fact findings and analytical procedures.
  • Responsible for conducting audits and participating in other assignments/activities, as requested, in accordance with OAG and professional standards.
  • Assists in contributing to the development of the OAG’s annual audit plan, including conducting environmental scans and risk assessments, to assist in identifying audit topics and City of Vancouver activities that will be subject to an audit for the OAG’s annual audit plan.
  • Assists in providing professional advice and recommendations to senior management regarding the planning and delivery of audits and assessments including the development of budgets and timelines for audit projects.
  • Assists in conducting one or more concurrent audits using a variety of tools and techniques including: gathering qualitative and quantitative audit evidence, interviewing internal and external stakeholders, analyzing documents and records, benchmarking, and other tasks required to conduct the audit.
  • Assists in gathering sufficient, appropriate evidence to support audit findings in accordance with the audit plan, the OAG Audit Manual and the standards for assurance engagements set by the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board of CPA Canada.
  • Assists in developing formal audit plans that identify the audit scope, objectives, and criteria, documenting the risk assessment that informed the determination of the audit scope and objectives, and drafting the overall approach and timing of the audit using their professional judgment to recommend lines of enquiry.
  • Working with the advisory committee, Engagement Quality Control Reviewer (EQCR) and technical reviewer to achieve a positive outcome.
  • Works with contractors, as required, to ensure professional standards and practices as well as budget and timelines are met.
  • Mentors and/or provides direction to junior audit staff during the identification, planning, conducting, and reporting of audits. Reviews the work of junior audit staff to ensure work meets professional audit and reporting standards, budget, and timelines.
  • Participates in public, stakeholder, academic and cross government forums related to the OAG mandate.
  • Researches and drafts responses for incoming public inquiries.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • A recognized professional accounting designation (Chartered Professional Accountant) or a bachelor’s degree in a related field such as business, social sciences, public administration, and experience in the conduct of audits, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience in the conduct of performance audits and/or assessments.
  • Minimum four years of experience, including of one year (12 months within the last five years) experience in supporting the development of formal performance audit/evaluation plans, including identification of scope, objectives and criteria, identification and documentation of risk assessments and development of budgets and timelines for the planning and conduct of audits/evaluations and minimum of one year (12 months within the last five years) experience conducting performance audits/evaluations, including identifying, planning, conducting, and reporting on findings and recommendations in an audit environment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Good knowledge of standards for conducting assurance engagements as set out by the Auditing and Assurances Standards Board of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.
  • Good knowledge of relevant business areas under review.
  • Effective organizational and time-management skills and the ability to respond quickly to issues that require tight turn-around times.
  • Ability to handle confidential and/or sensitive financial and operations information.
  • Ability to prioritize and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Ability to explain and present audit findings and recommendations both verbally and in writing, in a clear and concise style that is appropriate to the audience.
  • Ability to build and maintain cooperative and productive relationships and effectively liaise with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Successful completion of security screening requirements of the City of Vancouver Position of Trust policy.



All City of Vancouver employees are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire and ongoing employment.  Candidates may only be exempted from this requirement if they request and are approved for an accommodation based on a reason related to a Human Rights Code ground (such as disability). Such a request must be made during, not after, the recruitment process. 


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Employment Type: Regular Full Time 


Application Close:  Jan. 30, 2022

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