Senior Manager, IT Internal Controls

October 15 2021
Industries Bank, Insurance, Financial services
Categories Accounting, Finance, Accounting, Finance, Certification, Audit, Data Business Analyst, Executive, CTO, Information Technology
Montreal, QC

With approximately CAD 179.5 billion in assets under management as of June 30 2021, Fiera Capital, an independent firm, is one of Canada’s leading investment managers. We deliver customized multi-asset solutions across public and private market asset classes to institutional, financial intermediary and private wealth clients across North America, Europe and key markets in Asia. We strive to be at the forefront of investment-management science, and we are passionate about creating sustainable wealth for clients. Fiera Capital is recognized for our talented people. Our teams collaborate and seek to draw on the global industry’s most innovative and diverse offerings to craft strategies that meet the needs of any client, anywhere they are located.

Why join Fiera Capital:

• Inclusive workplace and diverse background of employees
• Growth and development opportunities
• Entrepreneurial industry-leading company with a purposeful mission
• Flexible work arrangements, competitive compensation and benefits
• Collaborative approach, innovative and culture of integrity
• Ambitious organization who strives for excellence

What we are looking for:

Reporting to the Senior Director, the Senior Manager, IT Internal Controls, will be integral in building and sustaining a strong internal controls environment. The primary responsibilities will be to support the NI 52-109 Certification requirements for the IT General Controls Program and other IT compliance projects (e.g. ERP implementations, vendor risk management, cloud-based security, etc.).

As a valued function within the organization, Internal Controls, is engaged in a variety of initiatives organization wide and partners with key stakeholders to strengthen and optimize the control environment. As a leader, the Senior Manager will play a strategic role and will provide thought leadership and subject matter expertise related to IT processes, controls, applications and existing/emerging risks. As well, the Senior Manager will develop and grow exceptional relationships with internal and external stakeholders. This role has tremendous growth opportunity both within the Internal Controls function and the organization.

Your responsibilities:

  • Support the quarterly and annual internal control evaluation requirements of the Internal Controls over Financial Reporting (ICFR) and Disclosure Controls & Procedures (DC&P) Programs for NI 52-109 Certification as required by the Ontario Securities Act (Bill 198) using the COSO 2013 and COBIT frameworks;
    • Lead the IT General Controls Program and develop the program strategy;
    • Assist with the Business Process Controls Program;
    • Support the preparation of the annual risk assessment, scoping (including IT applications) and plan;
    • Develop and/or enhance the program methodology, framework and testing approach;
    • Understand and review IT and business processes (including key systems) and the related control environment to assess risk and support ongoing risk monitoring;
    • Facilitate the development and maintenance of process documentation on behalf of process owners;
    • Ability to effectively partner and build trust and credibility with IT and business owners;
    • Support process/control owners in key internal control design/identification that is effective and drives value to the business;
    • Propose appropriate internal control test strategies driving effectiveness and efficiencies;
    • Execute internal control testing and related documentation;
    • Perform Quality Assurance (QA) procedures;
    • Communicate recommendations for corrective action/process improvements and support management in the development of remediation plans for control improvements particularly for complex areas that is practical and efficient;
    • Ensure timely follow-up, monitoring and reporting of deficiency remediation status;
    • Lead project management of ITGC program (i.e. testing status, deficiency tracking, reporting to Audit Committee etc.);
    • Manage the quarterly sub-certification process;
  • Develop and deliver presentations to Senior leadership/support the Senior Director in preparing Board and Audit Committee materials;
  • Participate in key finance system development projects and provide input during the design, testing and implementation phases;
  • Supervise, coach and mentor junior staff;
  • Effectively work with team members as applicable for assignments, including third party service provider professionals, and with accountability for their results;
  • Effectively manage relationship with external auditors;
  • Lead or participate in other IT compliance projects;
  • Planning and coordination, executing project field work, reporting on project results (e.g. ERP initiatives, Vendor Risk Management, SOC reports, Data Analytics, Cyber security, operational/regulatory reviews etc.).

Must have requirements to be successful in this role:

  • Eight (8) + years of relevant experience, in IT Internal Controls, External Audit/Internal audit, and/or Compliance;
  • Two (2) + years of proven management/leadership experience;
  • University degree;
  • CPA designation preferred;
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA);
  • CIA designation is an asset;
  • Expert knowledge of key regulations related to control environment (COSO framework 2013, NI 52-109, and Service Organization providers) and ITGCs (COBIT);
  • Experience in a public corporation, a plus;
  • Experience in financial services industry, ideally with an asset management firm, a plus;
  • Must be highly motivated, a self-starter, energetic and have a natural curiosity to learn;
  • Must be able to “deep dive” into the details of the business while staying focused on the big picture;
  • Must possess the highest professional standards, integrity and work ethic;
  • Team oriented and strong collaboration skills;
  • Demonstrated effective project management skills. Must be able to proactively drive and manage multiple tasks and timelines independently and as a team;
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high growth environment where quality, innovation, speed of decision making, and execution are critical to organizational success;
  • Ability to navigate effectively through ambiguity and complex situations;
  • Business and political savviness;
  • Ability to write effectively (i.e. clear and concise) and ensure it is appropriate for the audience;
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills in English (French is an asset).

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