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.
To provide expertise, leadership 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, IIA standards and relevant leading practices.
- Proactively identify changing strategies, tactics, risks and initiatives to plan for the delivery of internal audits and other investigative and assurance and advisory services with an appropriate strategic alignment and focus.
- To oversee the day-to-day operations of Kinross’ global IA function in order to provide direction and support to management in their strengthening of local and overall group control environments, and in the context of Kinross’ overall strategic business plan and priorities.
- To plan, prioritize and project manage the global IA team’s audit and advisory projects to optimize performance within specified areas and to ensure local, corporate and global risks, controls and compliance matters are addressed.
- To promote Kinross’ IA function as an enabler, trusted advisory, and partner to the business, through overseeing the development and execution of the IA annual and three-year cyclical audit plan, including regular internal and/or external quality assessments of the operational effectiveness of the IA function.
- To manage the Regional SOX compliance program and manage/conduct audit (governance, compliance, financial, or operational) and other advisory projects as required to help in the delivery of IA’s annual audit plan, as it relates to Kinross’ West Africa region and operations.
The Senior Manager, Corporate Internal Audit and West Africa reports to the VP, Internal Audit, and manages and provides direct oversight to 2-4 direct report internal auditors.
- 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. Set and adhere to performance targets and metrics in accordance with the IA function’s budget and mandate.
- 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.
- Contribute to the identification of risks and the development of an IA risk universe, in alignment with Kinross’ strategic priorities and performance objectives, and in support of the development and operationalization of IA’s annual and three-year cyclical global internal audit plan, including input to and planning of specific audit scopes and strategies.
- 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.
- Lead the execution of regional audits and 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.
- Identify the need for, and manage the tendering process for, qualified external expert support for any specific complex audits, including managing the delivery and related budget for such external services.
- Collaborate where appropriate with external auditors and other parties engaged by Kinross to maximize the effectiveness of audit resources and assurances obtained.
- Prepare and present written reports, in a timely manner, with regard to deficiencies and/or areas of improvement discovered during the course of the regional audits, advisory assignments, and SOX work, including the tracking and follow-up of identified areas for management action.
- Effectively manage business relationships to ensure local and global insights and value are provided from IA’s work, including the follow-up and tracking of management’s implementation of recommendations made from individual audits, in order to help coach and develop others within Kinross, in support of a stronger control environment, including its compliance with organizational and industry standards, and best practices for risk mitigation.
- Act as a key point of contact between IA and Kinross management, including the solicitation of audit feedback from auditees/stakeholders to ensure continuous improvement of the overall audit experience, as well as for audit planning purposes.
- Approximate 15% travel requirements.
Education and Experience
- University degree in Mining, Engineering, Finance or Business Management, or a related field
- A recognized accounting/financial designation (CPA / CGA / CMA / MBA) and/or relevant Internal Audit experience.
- Minimum 10+ years of experience in operations, financial management and/or audit roles in mid-tier to large resource companies preferred, including more than 2 years’ experience leading project teams and/or multidisciplinary professionals with a multi-national focus. Potential consideration of suitable candidates with 10+ years audit experience with top tier accounting/audit firms.
- Strong project management and team leadership, communication and interpersonal skills.
- Thorough understanding of IIA standards and interpretive guidance as well as practical application of auditing techniques and advanced auditing practices.
- Strong knowledge and understanding of the requirements of both Sections 302 and 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and/or Canada’s National Instrument 52-109, including expert knowledge in the COSO Integrated Framework.
- Expert knowledge and application of International Financial Reporting Standards.
- Experience in developing and enhancing internal audit programs is an asset.
- 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 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 interpret and present complex issues and offer constructive solutions.
- Ability to influence others using tactful diplomacy to handle sensitive and controversial issues, both locally and globally.
- Ability to anticipate potential objection and is comfortable in persuading others to adopt a different point of view.
- Language skills – English proficiency, and one of French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian preferred (strong preference for French).
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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