Manager - Internal Audit and Global SOX Controls

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jan 12, 2021
Feb 11, 2021
Audit & Legal
Full Time
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, Investor Relations, Exploration, Geology and Mine Planning, among others.

Job Description

To implement the vision of the Internal Audit ("IA") function and operationalize IA processes, practices, and methodologies that are in line with the Kinross IA Charter, Institute of Internal Auditors' ("IIA") standards and relevant best practices. To manage day-to-day operations of the IA function in order to strengthen the control environment, ensuring compliance with relevant standards (internally and/or externally), including support of the global IA team overall. To initiate and undertake audit projects to optimize performance within specified areas and to ensure risks, controls, and compliance matters are addressed. To plan, conduct, and report in line with Kinross' global IA mandate. To recommend changes to processes, controls, and mitigation by management and solicit feedback from stakeholders in the business, with the intent of continuously improving the audit experience.
Directly responsible for the effective planning, performance and coordination of Kinross' global financial compliance strategies and program, including compliance under Sections 302 & 404 of the Sarbanes Oxley ("SOX") Act for CEO/CFO certification.
Directly reporting to the Senior Manager, Internal Audit, under the overall oversight of the Vice President, Internal Audit, the role effectively manages the SOX compliance project and presents audit findings in the form of written reports, including recommendations for corrective actions, to Site, Regional, and Corporate management and the Audit and Risk Committee of the Board of Directors.

Job Responsibilities

Global SOX Responsibilities and Duties
  • Effectively manages and provides audit support for all aspects of the SOX compliance program, including Sections 302 & 404 of the SOX Act
  • Reviews/performs internal control testing and assessments
  • Supervises and leads audit teams in executing the SOX audit program, including establishing project plans and milestones, analyzing risks, developing and monitoring against budgets, and delegating work assignments and being accountable for results
  • Identifies strategies and works to overcome challenges and barriers
  • Develops and provides recommendations and remediation plans to management for control improvements
  • Performs annual Risk Assessment, including a re-assessment of the control environment and related optimization of the supporting compliance program
  • Shares perspectives with internal and external auditors' for accounting and/or control issues
  • Collaborates where appropriate with external auditors during all phases of the SOX compliance program
  • Reports on results of the SOX compliance program to Corporate management and the Audit and Risk Committee of the Board of Directors
  • Keeps abreast of regulatory changes and trends specific to Sections 302 & 404 of the SOX Act
  • Collaborates with sites, regions and the Corporate office to promote a strong control culture across the organization

Corporate Internal Audit Responsibilities and Duties
  • To execute audit strategies to allow the Kinross IA function to meet its overall mandate
    • Contributes to the identification of risks to support the IA risk universe
    • Works with management to assess risk and controls in order to determine appropriate audit scope and audit strategies
    • Proposes new IA approaches, methods, and policies to optimize the performance of the IA team and to ensure adherence to IIA standards and relevant best practices
    • Builds competencies through training and development in auditing, accounting, and other specialized areas of Kinross' business operations to support the execution of audits
    • Monitors costs related to corporate compliance and execute steps to enhance operational efficiency
    • Completes special projects and reporting expected by management and the Board of Directors
  • To lead and manage the corporate audit strategy as directed in the global audit plan and deliver high-quality audits
    • Oversees the corporate audit plan and executes specific audits, including conducting planning, risk assessment, interviews with management, development and execution of audit programs, and closing meetings to issue and communicate audit reports and results
    • Ensures the IA function delivers the commitments from the IA Charter
    • Sets and adheres to performance targets and metrics in accordance with IA's mandate
    • Executes audits including establishing project plans and milestones, analyzing risks, developing budgets, and supervising and delegating work assignments across audit teams, as applicable, and being accountable for results
    • Prepares and/or presents written reports with regard to deficiencies and/or areas of improvement discovered during the course of audits, including the tracking and follow-up of identified areas for management action.
  • To effectively manage business relationships
    • Builds and maintains a constructive relationship with Site, Regional, and Corporate management
    • Share and collaborate learnings on approaches and findings with other IA team members, for wider sharing of lessons learned and potential company-wide implications of observations

Education and Experience

  • University degree in Finance, Accounting, Business or related field
  • Current accounting designation (e.g. CA, CPA or CMA) required
  • CISA a plus

  • 5-8 years of experience and up to 2 years at the management level
  • Experience with managing teams
  • Experience with SOX required, along with good knowledge of specific 302 & 404 requirements
  • Prior financial reporting and budgeting experience required
  • Previous experience in the mining industry is preferred
  • Good knowledge of international financial reporting standards (IFRS)


  • Experience with data analytical tools (e.g. Tableau, Microsoft Power BI, etc.)
  • 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.
  • Strong leadership and project management skills with an ability to think strategically
  • Ability to supervise and coach others
  • Computer Skills - advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to proactively problem solve and work through contentious issues with auditees in a non-confrontational, professional manner
  • Ability to influence others using tactful diplomacy to handle sensitive and controversial issues
  • Ability to read, interpret, understand, and explain technical regulations and accounting policies set forth by the SEC, IASB, PCAOB, etc.
  • Language skills - English proficiency. Knowledge of any of the following additional languages is preferred: French, Spanish, or Russian
  • Approximately 20% - 25% travel will be required

Additional Information

The closing date for applications is Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.

Interviews expected to commence in early March 2021.

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.