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Manager, Internal Audit

Winnipeg, MB · Accounting/Finance

In your role as Manager, Internal Audit at the NWC, you will work with a team of audit professionals in developing and executing audit plans to identify potential areas of risk at NWC and its subsidiaries. This will be accomplished by assessing the adequacy of management’s responses to enterprise risks, determining compliance with government regulations and internal policies and procedures, evaluating efficiency and effectiveness of operations to identify improvement opportunities, and working with business partners to ensure appropriate risk mitigation. You will also contribute to the audit plan development through participation in risk assessment and ongoing monitoring activities.

Joining NWC gives you the opportunity for growth and development throughout the company, a competitive salary and benefits package, and to be part of a dynamic and diverse culture.

NWC is a leading retailer to under-served rural communities and urban neighborhood markets in the following regions: Northern Canada, Western Canada, rural Alaska, the South Pacific islands, and the Caribbean. Our stores offer a broad range of products and services with an emphasis on food. Our value offer is to be the best local shopping choice for everyday household and local lifestyle needs. Check out northwest.ca for more information.

Your Role: 

  • Plan and Conduct audits annually using an approved risk-based method to assess internal controls, ensure regulatory and policy compliance, evaluate operational efficiency, and find improvement opportunities.
  • Cultivate business relationships and work collaboratively with operational groups and external auditors.
  • Assist the Director Internal Audit to build a highly capable and engaged team with the skills and expertise required to execute the audit plan.
  • Manage members of the internal audit team in their development and progression through the organization.
  • Assist the Director Internal Audit in the development and delivery of a risk-based audit plan for all key business units and functional areas.
  • Produce concise, insightful reports that identify process and control weaknesses, associated risks, and offer actionable recommendations to enhance controls, mitigate risks, boost operational efficiency, and reduce cost.
  • Review controls over information technology systems including cyber security, access, data integrity, systems development, risk management controls and mitigation strategies.
  • Demonstrate expertise in internal audit methodology, professional standards & practices and keep current on internal audit trends.
  • Continuously improve the internal audit function to bring greater value to the business and meet the needs of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Partner with external auditors to ensure proper audit coverage, elimination of duplicate effort and ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of internal and external audit activities.
  • Complete special projects as assigned.
Desired Skills & Abilities:
  • Post-secondary education, preferably in business, accounting, finance, or information technology.
  • Minimum of 7 years of progressive audit experience preferably in a large public company or public accounting firm.
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and/or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) designation is preferred
  • Professional accounting designation (CPA: CA, CMA or CGA) is preferred.
  • Excellent leadership and people management skills with the ability to coach, motivate and mentor staff, creating an environment supportive of employee development and knowledge/skill enhancement.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and leading complex audits.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and objectively analyze complex issues, interpret clients’ needs, and develop innovative and practical solutions.
  • Knowledge of COSO, Enterprise Risk Management and National Instrument 52-109, CEO/CFO certification requirements.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with a proven ability to effectively conduct presentations, facilitate group discussions and write reports. Experience with Audit Committee presentations is beneficial.
  • Experience in analyzing, adapting and implementing leading edge auditing, risk management, and performance management methodologies and techniques.
  • Experience performing data analytics and detailed reporting.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with a proven ability to work independently.
  • Experience in retail industry and knowledge of loss prevention is beneficial.
  • Ability to travel approximately 30 to 50 days per year.

Location:     Gibraltar House, 77 Main Street, Wpg, MB
Reports to:  Director, Internal Audit

We create a collaborative and constructive culture by:

Being Enterprising • Committing to our Customer • Working with Passion • Leading and Developing Others • Demonstrating Respect and Inclusivity • Building Trust
The North West Company is committed to inclusion and diversity and encourages applications from all candidates including but not limited to: all religions and ethnicities, LGBTQ2s+, BIPOC, and persons with disabilities.

A competitive salary is being offered along with opportunities to learn, develop and advance throughout the organization. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


This is an active job opening for a position that is currently available and we are actively seeking to fill.

For Internal Applicants Only:

Salary Grade: TBD

Note:  All employees must have a minimum of one year of service in their current position prior to applying for other positions unless authorized by their current manager. Prior to applying, an internal employee also MUST obtain a written endorsement email from their current Manager or Manager – once – removed and provide this to the recruitment team before they can be considered for opportunities. This opportunity adheres to the Corporate job posting guidelines.

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