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Director, Internal Controls and Compliance

Oakville, ON, CA, L6J 2X1

Our purpose is sustaining energy and water for life, and it is demonstrated in everything we do as a business, and as an employee team.

At Liberty, we hire passionate people who care about doing the right thing for our customers. We are entrepreneurial, creative, and outcome-focused. Here, your natural talent and achievements will flourish in an inclusive environment of teamwork, trust and continuous learning. We are always pursuing excellence to exceed our ambitions goals, rewarding both the goal outcome and how we achieve it. 

Purpose

Leading the Internal Controls and Compliance Team and reporting to the Vice President of Internal Audit, this role will be responsible for the strategic direction, implementation and oversight of the organization's Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Compliance Program. The Internal Controls and Compliance Team works with various business groups, project teams, newly acquired organizations and auditors, to implement, maintain, remedy, and manage the organization’s SOX Compliance Program. This role requires a leader with a proven track record of successful SOX Program implementations as well as strong communication and relationship building skills to successfully collaborate and advise with varying levels of management and cross-functional teams within the organization. 

Accountabilities

SOX Program Strategy and Oversight

  • Promote an environment of risk awareness, internal control and continuous improvement
  • Set the strategic direction and oversee the implementation of the organizations SOX Compliance Program
  • Advise management to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization's financial reporting internal control framework
  • Determine SOX scoping including the completion of risk and fraud assessments
  • Design SOX implementation plans and advise on internal control framework for new system implementations and newly acquired entities
  • Develop and participate in education/training programs on financial reporting internal control and SOX Compliance for business partners across the organization

Risk and Control

  • Facilitate the maintenance of master data integrity for the risk and internal control framework details
  • Ensure top down risk-based RCMs, manage significant changes (people, process or IT systems), and continuous risk-based support to the business process owners to mature their understanding and ownership of risk and key controls
  • Monitor the effectiveness of the internal control framework by maintaining a robust assessment program
  • Provide direction and guidance to team members and SOX Program participants

Financial Reporting/Compliance

  • Support management in their overall assessment of internal controls over financial reporting and disclosure requirements
  • Track and support internal control deficiency remediation including remediation plan design
  • Assess significance of internal control deficiencies
  • Maintain a periodic reporting system to key stakeholders of the SOX Program
  • Liaise and coordinate with internal and external auditors

Education and Experience

 

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent
  • 10+ years of experience in leadership positions
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) considered an asset
  • Extensive experience with SOX, COSO 2013 and COBIT frameworks
  • Utilities industry experience considered an asset
  • SAP experience

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. is a growing renewable energy and utility company with over $15 billion of assets across North America and internationally.

For more than 30 years, Algonquin has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to delivering clean energy and water solutions. Our rapid growth has led both our regulated utility services and renewable energy business groups into different geographies and commodities, but our purpose remains unchanged – Sustaining Energy and Water for Life.

Through our operating business (Liberty), we provide regulated electricity, water, and natural gas utility services to over 1 million customer connections, primarily in North America. And, our growing portfolio of clean, renewable wind, solar, hydro and thermal power generation facilities represent over 3 GW of renewable generation capacity in operation and under construction.

With our robust, diversified, and growing presence in communities across North America and internationally, we are continually demonstrating our “Think Global,  Act Local” business model.

What we offer

Company funded Pension program

401k with Company match

Full insurance benefits (health/dental/vision/life)

Collaborative environment with a genuine flexible working policy

Share purchase/match plan

Defined Contribution savings plan

Top Talent Program

Volunteer paid days off

Employee Assistance Program

Achievement fund

Free parking, including free electrical charging

 

We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce.  If you are excited about this role and are not certain you meet the all the qualification requirements, we encourage you to apply to further investigate the opportunity.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value each person’s unique background, diversity, experiences, perspectives and talents. Full participation of all employees in a safe, healthy and respectful environment is key to individual and company success. We are committed to fully utilizing the abilities of all of our employees and expect each of our employees to honor this commitment in their daily responsibilities.

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