Director, Internal Audit

Ontario Clean Water Agency
Mississauga, Ontario
$90,348 - $139,274 per annum
June 18, 2024
July 5, 2024
CPA status
CPA Member

The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) believes in Our Communities, Our Environment and Our People.  As a trusted partner to municipalities, First Nations communities, businesses, governments and institutions across Ontario, we provide our clients with total solutions in water and wastewater. We are dedicated to working closely with our clients to help them build healthy sustainable communities and organizations and provide safe and reliable drinking water to thousands of Ontarians each day.

Ontario Clean Water Agency is seeking a versatile, accountable, and well-rounded finance professional for a Director, Internal Audit within the President and CEO’s Office.  In this role you will be working with the finance team, operations, and corporate services across the organization and responsible for the internal audit function. Are you  an innovative, dynamic and results-driven leader? Do you strive for continued improvement and have a keen interest in developing people and processes? Then this role is for you! 

What can I expect to do in this role?

Reporting to the President and CEO, in this role you will:

  • Provide oversight and direction to leaders and staff on internal audit at the agency-wide level, in support of the President and Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors’ Audit & Finance Committee Chair.
  • Have the unique opportunity to develop the plan and to establish the Internal Audit function, framework and resources at  OCWA working in partnership with all applicable teams.
  • Present findings to the Executive Management Team and the Audit & Finance Committee on a regular basis.
  • Support the Chief Executive Officer and Audit & Finance Committee Chair through directing the development of agency-wide internal audit strategies, plans, and the allocation of resources based on effective risk-based internal audit planning processes.
  • Provide strategic direction, consistency, effectiveness, and a focus on control improvements through collaboration with key internal stakeholders.
  • Provide strategic leadership in overseeing agency-wide audit excellence, including, quality assurance, professional standards/practices, and the development and implementation of policies, practices, guidelines, and performance metrics.

How do I qualify?


  • Must hold a CPA and/or CIA designation

Executive Management and Leadership Skills:

  • You have implemented effective internal audit planning processes that lead to impactful, value-added, risk-based audit engagements in approved audit plans.
  • You have ensured audit work supports in addressing significant risks, control deficiencies and opportunities for improvement.
  • You have actively contributed to effective audit committee governance and outcomes.
  • You have experience supporting senior leaders such as the Chief Executive Officer and Audit & Finance Committee Chair driving organizational -wide consistency, quality and effectiveness in audit reporting approach and audit committee products.
  • You have led organizational -wide audit excellence, including quality assurance, professional standards, the development and implementation of policies, standards, guidelines, performance metrics, and other tools.
  • You have provided organizational -wide support on internal control matters, including reporting on status, progress on implementing recommendations and improvements, reporting.
  • You have experience supporting senior leaders such as the Chief Executive Officer and Audit & Finance Committee Chair in the overall management of the agency in alignment with its mandate, strategic plan, goals and priorities.
  • You are an inclusive leader who values and creates a culture of diversity, inclusion and equity in the workplace.
  • You have a high level of political acuity and demonstrated experience in managing sensitive and contentious issues.

.Internal Audit, Standards and Practices Knowledge

  • You have extensive knowledge in generally accepted internal audit standards and best practices to ensure audits are conducted and documented in accordance with professional standards.
  • You have knowledge of current internal audit standards, practices and methodologies, as well as better practices in internal audit governance, policy, performance metrics and audit committee effectiveness.
  • You have knowledge of emerging internal auditing trends, risks, methodologies and technologies as a means of providing a strong effective and efficient internal audit services.
  • You have knowledge of principles of risk management and methodologies for assessing potential internal control and business risk exposures to determine the need for appropriate audit coverage.
  • You have sound knowledge of internal auditing quality assurance and practice management strategies.
  • You have knowledge of budgeting and financial management practices including strong accounting skills.
  • You have knowledge of procurement practices and requirement.

Communication and Relationship Management

  • You have superior presentation skills to ensure, clear and effective communication to audit committees, executive management and stakeholders to ensure internal audit services are understood and seen as valuable.
  • You have an excellent ability to develop high quality briefing materials (including slide decks, briefing notes, etc.) under tight deadlines on various audit issues and trends.
  • You have proven ability to initiate and maintain strong and collaborative working relationships and build network with internal and external stakeholders.
  • You have strong capability of managing changes and are able to anticipate and manage resistance to change in order to achieve desired outcomes.

The OPS/OCWA Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti- racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy and the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What’s in it for you?

  • Flexible learning and development opportunities.
  • Opportunities for career advancement and specialization with the largest provider of water and wastewater services in Ontario.
  • Work with the partner of choice for more communities than any other water and wastewater service organization in Ontario for over 30 years.
  • Work with an organization committed to innovation and advanced technology.
  • A defined benefit pension plan; Comprehensive Health Plan; Life and Disability Insurance.
  • Maternity and parental leave top-up benefits including for adoptive parents.

How to Apply

  • You must apply by e-mail and the job competition quoted in the subject line.
  • You must show how you meet what we are looking for clearly, completely and concisely; we rely on the information you provide to us.
  • OPS employees are required to quote their WIN EMPLOYEE ID number when applying.

Send application/resume with covering letter (PDF format preferred) saved as JOB ID – First Last Name to:

Ontario Clean Water Agency

Hiring Manager: Iman Hashemi

Attention:   Sabina Bozzi


Posting Date: Thursday, June 13, 2024

Closing Date:  Friday, July 5, 2024


Ontario Clean Water Agency is an inclusive employer.

We will accommodate your needs under the Ontario Human Rights Code


The Ontario Clean Water Agency is an agency of the Province of Ontario, reporting to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. In 2023, OCWA staff treat water and wastewater, and provide other technical services for 318 clients in the province including 169 municipalities, 16 First Nations, 108 commercial and industrial clients and 25 government and institutional clients.  Municipal clients range in size from populations as large as 1.5 million in the Region of Peel to as small as 2,400 in Moose Factory.  This broad scope of experience ensures OCWA has the expertise to solve any issues that may arise, in any size or type of treatment process in the province.  Our Agency has grown its municipal client base every year over the past 30 years is proof of this value. We continue to focus on our people and strategies to attract and retain competent staff.


Note:  Thank you for your interest, we will contact you only if we choose you for further screening or an interview.

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