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Assurance Analyst, University Audit Services

Job ID: 32062
Location: Main Campus
Updated June 07, 2024

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.


University Audit Services under the VP Finance is currently seeking a Full-time Limited Term Assurance Analyst for approximately 2 years.

This position reports to the Senior Director and assists in the evaluation and improvement risk management, control activities, and governance processes at the University of Calgary. The Assurance Analyst provides objective assurance and consulting services to improve and add value to the University operations. This position is part of the Office of the Internal Auditor team whose mandate is to review all University units, operations, and services to determine whether the University's network of risk management, control (including computerized information controls and security), and governance processes, as represented by management, are appropriately designed, and implemented effectively. 

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Developing and maintain strong positive working relationships with management and staff to lead audit activities and resolution of audit issues
  • Performing periodic follow-up reviews to evaluate the adequacy of management's corrective action
  • Leading and implementing change to further the mandate and support continuous improvement and appropriately escalate emerging issues to the Senior Director
  • Planning, developing, managing, conducting, and reporting on internal audit assurance and consulting activities
  • For each project the analyst is required define the scope, assesses risks, develops the audit plan, conducts fieldwork, develops appropriate recommendations, prepares, and presents reports and consults to gain acceptance and implementation of audit recommendations
  • Ensuring that all engagements are conducted in accordance with professional standards
  • Using principles of agile auditing, present findings, observations and recommendations and opportunities for improvement to the appropriate level of management during the engagement
  • Assisting in establishing and maintaining documented policies and procedures for conducting internal audit activities
  • Evaluating and assessing the impact on internal controls of significant merging/consolidating functions and new or changing services, processes, operations, and control processes coincident with their development, implementation, and/or expansion
  • Working with the Senior Director to lead to plan, develop, conduct, and report on assurance audits and consulting activities ensuring assurance audits are conducted in accordance with IIA professional standards
  • Reporting to the appropriate level of management the significant issues identified during the audits; where appropriate provide recommendations for improvements; and obtain management action plans (MAPS) to address these issues
  • Conducting regular follow-up reviews to evaluate the adequacy of management's corrective action
  • Developing and maintaining strong positive working relationships with management and staff to facilitate the conduct of audit activities and resolution of audit issues
  • Assisting in the investigation of significant suspected fraudulent activities within the University
  • Participate in establishing and maintaining documented policies and procedures for conducting internal audit activities

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Minimum 3-5 years business experience with progressively responsible assurance experience. 
  • Undergraduate degree in related area of study, and/or Professional accounting designation (CA, CMA, CGA) and/or Professional audit designation (CIA, CISA, or CGAP)
  • Strategic and progressive approach to provide value-added and strategic analysis of root cause issues across the organization.
  • Understanding of risk and control principles, coupled with experience in audit techniques, including identification of key risks, evaluation of internal controls, process mapping, process improvement, root cause analysis, sampling, testing of controls.
  • Moderate level of demonstrable experience in data analytical tools and computer aided audit tools (CAATs) (e.g., ACL, Python, SQL)
  • Moderate level of demonstrable experience in data visualization tools (such as PowerBI, Tableau)
  • Proficient in planning priorities and plan, manage, conduct, and deliver effective audits.
  • Ability to gain an understanding of complex areas in a relatively short period of time to collect, analyze and organize information, establish facts, and make pragmatic, value-added recommendations.
  • Strong collaboration, negotiation, and teamwork skills to obtain acceptance by management of audit objectives, control criteria/standards and audit recommendations.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including the ability to present audit results and recommendations to all levels of management and staff as well as prepare clear, well-written audit reports.
  • Understanding of information technology, system based and process levels controls

Application Deadline:  June 21, 2024

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

This position is classified in the Professional Career Band, Level 2 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework. 

For a listing of all management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Management and Staff Careers website

About the University of Calgary

UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 36,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-ups. Start something today at the University of Calgary. For more information, visit

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

Do you have most but not all the qualifications? Research show that women, racialized and visible minorities, and persons with disabilities are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At UCalgary we are committed to achieving equitable, diverse, inclusive and accessible employment practices and workplaces and encourage you to apply if you believe you are right for this role. 

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.