Executive Director, Professional Practice & Executive Director, Operational Audits

Posted on January 12, 2021. Region: Winnipeg, MB


Governments of all levels are challenged with increasing citizen expectations for what and how services are delivered, rising costs and limited tolerance for tax increases. Citizens want to receive the right services in the right ways at the right costs, getting value for invested tax dollars. The Government of Manitoba has been working for the past few years to undertake a rapid and comprehensive public sector transformation initiative, ensuring critical public services are delivered efficiently and cost effectively, are focused on outcomes transparently reported to citizens and, most importantly, can be sustained for decades to come. Strong financial controls and oversight are the single most important pillar in achieving sustainability and accountable government.

The Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) provides financial and analytical support and strategic management advice to the Minister of Finance and Treasury Board, a sub-committee of Cabinet, responsible for the overall fiscal management and reporting of the Manitoba government and the establishment of policies required for the effective management of public funds to meet government objectives. Treasury Board Secretariat is also responsible for the summary budgeting, public accounts, strategic initiatives, government-wide balanced scorecards and internal audit functions.

TBS is the centre of the public service transformation, providing leadership in the focus on outcomes and the journey to fiscal sustainability. Now sitting within Treasury Board Secretariat, the Internal Audit Division is made up of the Professional Practice Branch and the Operational Audits Branch. Their vision is to be a trusted advisor and partner providing value-added services for government accountability and continuous improvement. The Division provides independent and objective assurance and advisory services to Manitoba, the results of which may lead to significant government policy, program or financial changes.

This a great opportunity for you to apply your knowledge, skills and experience beyond traditional audits. You can be part of a diverse and engaged team that supports the vision to transform and move Manitoba forward. As Manitoba’s public sector continues to transform, by embracing challenges and placing innovation at the center of its work, the Internal Audit Division is transforming too. Our client is looking for strong team members wanting to make a difference and positively shape our future, and have a significant impact on governance, risk and control.

Our client is seeking strong leaders who are motivated and proactive in their approach, can apply superior critical thinking and proven analytical skills to complex issues and problems, and have an interest in directly influencing and contributing to transformation and improvement throughout all aspects of the operation of government.


The Executive Director will ensure the effective and efficient delivery of internal audit services and to foster a culture of positive organizational change and innovation. You will be committed to strong corporate leadership and supporting a public service that embraces challenges and places innovation at the centre of its work to improve outcomes and creating the conditions to support an innovative and highly effective organizational culture.

Executive Director, Professional Practice

As a member of the department’s management team, the Executive Director, Professional Practice is responsible to lead and manage the Professional Practice Branch and provide advice and support to the Internal Audit, Senior Management. The Executive Director, Professional Practice leads the development and implementation of strategic priorities, the quality assurance and improvement program, the ongoing risk assessment and audit plan process, and comptrollership audits. The Executive Director is also responsible for managing contracts and relationships supporting investigative and forensic accounting audits, and the development and implementation of the data analytics function.

Executive Director, Operational Audits

As a member of the department’s management team, the Executive Director, Operational Audits is responsible to lead and manage the Operational Audits Branch and provide advice and support to the Internal Audit, Senior Management. The Executive Director, Operational Audits leads the development and implementation of internal audit policies, procedures and strategies, and the development and execution of an agile, risk-based internal audit plan.



  • Work with Treasury Board and Internal Audit leadership to identify strategic priorities and execute on strategic plans
  • Translate strategic priorities into clear operational business plans, policies, and programs of the portfolio
  • Work closely with the team leadership to develop audit priorities and risk-based audit plans
  • Develop and consistently update internal audit programs, standards, frameworks and processes based on best practices
  • Review and approve audit analysis, findings, conclusions and recommendations
  • Leverage opportunities for innovation, creative solutions to issues, and successfully manage change within the internal audit division and portfolio
  • Lead presentations and discussions with senior officials and external stakeholders and communicate complex or technical, confidential and sensitive information in a clear and concise manner
  • Provide strategic advice to senior leaders and officials on confidential, complex, and politically sensitive issues
  • Work with the team and within undefined structures to develop frameworks, including conceptualizing and solving unique and complex situations and develop recommendations with full consideration of various alternatives, while maintaining a corporate perspective on issues
  • Apply effective human resources practices and manage alternate service delivery models, including external consultants
  • Develop, coach and motivate professional staff, to influence and facilitate positive change in a transformation focused environment


The Internal Audit Division is at a unique point in its evolution and requires strong leaders who bring a unique combination of knowledge, experience and competency.

The ideal candidate will bring to this position a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CPA-CA, CPA-CGA, CPA-CMA) in good standing or an equivalent combination of education, experience and training complemented by significant demonstrated experience transforming culture and developing high-performance environments.

Candidates will have extensive experience applying Canadian accounting and auditing standards for public sector organizations, not for profit organizations, private organizations and public organizations, and applying the Institute of Internal Auditors professional practices framework and standards. Candidates will have experience in strategic performance management and measurement systems.

Candidates will have a strong results orientation, superior organizational skills, excellent oral, written and presentation skills, and the adaptability and resilience to lead in a complex, changing and fluid environment. The candidate will be a strategic, systems thinker and problem solver with exceptional judgement.

Experience in a public sector environment and extensive knowledge of public sector accounting standards and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation will be considered an asset.

Candidates who are energetic and enthusiastic, are motivated by innovation and change, are forward thinking, like to challenge the status quo and provide strategic insights will want to explore these opportunities.

For further information, please contact Lillian Wong, Senior Manager, Consulting at 204.789.3089. Resumes should be submitted to applicants@mnp.ca


Winnipeg, MB

Job type: Full-time

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