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Senior Consultant - Financial Accounting and Advisory Services - ICFR - Assurance

Location:  Toronto
Other locations:  Primary Location Only
Salary: Competitive
Date:  Apr 13, 2024

Job description

Requisition ID:  833682

At EY, you’ll have the chance to build a career as unique as you are, with the global scale, support, inclusive culture and technology to become the best version of you. And we’re counting on your unique voice and perspective to help EY become even better, too. Join us and build an exceptional experience for yourself, and a better working world for all.


From small businesses to some of the world’s best-known brands, our clients count on reliable financial statements, information, and processes to inform their ongoing strategies. More than ever, business is about interpreting and reacting to complex data — and they look to us for advice and services they can trust every time. You’ll use your professional skills and experience to make it happen by developing a deep understanding of your client’s processes and internal controls over financial reporting framework to determine where gaps exist. You will directly assist your clients in remediating those gaps while keeping efficiency at the forefront of mitigating financial reporting risks. You won’t find an assurance culture like this anywhere else, so whether you’re looking for a long-term career path, or are interested in progressing on to other areas, EY FAAS is a great place to be.

The opportunity

As a Senior in Internal Controls over Financial Reporting, you will be a professional member of our Financial Accounting Advisory Services (FAAS) team. In Canada, our FAAS team consists of dedicated financial reporting and accounting advisory professionals in seven locations across the country. We combine technical accounting skills in IFRS, Canadian and US GAAP, practical experience in financial reporting processes and Internal Controls over Financial Reporting to deliver world-class service to our clients.

We are now recruiting for our FAAS team which specializes in Internal Controls over Financial Reporting (ICFR). This team of dedicated controls subject matter resources help our clients implement effective, yet lean, ICFR frameworks to reduce the burden on the business and help them make smooth transitions when listing for the first time on both Canadian and American exchanges. 

Your key responsibilities

As a Senior, you will help finance leaders address the challenges and ongoing changes facing their business by assisting clients navigate the changes in regulatory requirements related to listing on a Canadian or American exchange for the first time or working with your clients to remediate pre-existing material weaknesses or significant deficiencies in their control framework.

Skills and attributes for success:

  • Audit and Accounting Expertise: Possess technical accounting experience in IFRS and/or US GAAP, complemented by multiple years of external audit experience at a top accounting firm.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Experienced in auditing clients who adhere to control regulatory requirements like NI 52-109 and/or SOX 404.
  • Control Technical Knowledge: Familiarity with IT general, IT application, management review, and entity-level controls.
  • Reporting Processes: Experience in walking through standard business process end-to-end to understand the current state and to identify opportunities for refinement based on past-experience and industry best practice.
  • Control Assessment: Proficient in assessing control failures, leveraging the COSO 2013 framework, within an organization and determining whether they result in material weaknesses or significant deficiencies.
  • Documentation Skills: Skilled in creating flowcharts, process narratives, and risks and controls matrices (RCMs) from scratch to identify process gaps or control issues.
  • Tailored Deliverables: Capable of producing customized deliverables for clients, including process scoping, control gap assessments, and detailed observations on the control environment. Expertise in developing ICFR program documents such as flowcharts, RCMs, and testing templates.
  • Communication Skills: Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills, including the ability to create engaging visuals for presentations.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Proficient in presenting and gaining support for positions, balancing technical and business considerations effectively.
  • Client Relationship Building: Skilled in establishing and maintaining relationships with client management to become a trusted advisor for their ICFR program.
  • Industry Knowledge: Ability to understand the client's industry, identify key performance drivers, stay updated on business trends, and track new technical and industry developments.
  • Team Collaboration: Collaborative approach, fostering cooperative relationships and mutual support with other EY service line teams. Emphasis on teamwork, diversity, and inclusiveness.
  • Building the Business: Support in preparing proposals and other market-facing materials.


To qualify for the role you must have

  • A Canadian CPA designation (or an equivalent international qualification), and at least 3 - 5 years of relevant experience
  • Audit or business experience related to internal controls over financial reporting in an external audit (preferred) or consulting capacity
  • Demonstrate mastery of key concepts and principles related to the application of internal controls over financial reporting, finance process improvements, project management and change management; show an ability to apply these consistently in engagement settings
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a team environment and maintain positive interpersonal relationships 


Ideally, you’ll also have

The ability to work independently in a fast-paced, dynamic team-oriented environment

What we look for

We’re interested in strong team players who support their colleagues in reaching their goals while also considering their own workload and development. If you have the confidence to speak up and influence a team that affects big businesses worldwide, this role is for you.

What we offer

At EY, our Total Rewards package supports our commitment to creating a leading people culture - built on high-performance teaming - where everyone can achieve their potential and contribute to building a better working world for our people, our clients and our communities. It's one of the many reasons we repeatedly win awards for being a great place to work.

We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. In addition, our Total Rewards package allows you decide which benefits are right for you and which ones help you create a solid foundation for your future. Our Total Rewards package includes a comprehensive medical, prescription drug and dental coverage, a defined contribution pension plan, a great vacation policy plus firm paid days that allow you to enjoy longer long weekends throughout the year, statutory holidays and paid personal days (based on province of residence), and a range of exciting programs and benefits designed to support your physical, financial and social well-being. Plus, we offer:

  • Support and coaching from some of the most engaging colleagues around
  • Opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career
  • The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that’s right for you


Diversity and Inclusion at EY

Diversity and inclusiveness are at the heart of who we are and how we work. We’re committed to fostering an environment where differences are valued, policies and practices are equitable, and our people feel a sense of belonging. We embrace diversity and are committed to combating systemic racism, advocating for the 2SLGBT+ community, promoting our Neurodiversity Centre of Excellence and Accessibility initiatives, and are dedicated to amplifying the voices of Indigenous people (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) nationally as we strive towards reconciliation. Our diverse experiences, abilities, backgrounds, and perspectives make our people unique and help guide us. Because when people feel free to be their authentic selves at work, they bring their best and are empowered to build a better working world.

If you can demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.

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