Job Title:
Audit Scientist
Job ID: 1049804
Location: Edmonton
Full/Part-Time: Full-time
Regular/Temporary:
Regular
Classification: Senior Manager, Zone 1
 
About Us
The Alberta Public Service is committed to a diverse and inclusive public service that reflects the population we serve to best meet the needs of Albertans. Consider joining a team where diversity, inclusion and innovation are valued and supported. For more information on diversity and inclusion, please visit: https://www.alberta.ca/diversity-inclusion-policy.aspx
 
Who We Are
We are an office of 150 staff mandated by the Auditor General Act to examine and report publicly on the Government of Alberta's management of the public resources entrusted to it.
 
Who We Serve
We report directly to the 87 Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, and through them, we serve the more than four million people who call Alberta home.
 
Vision
Making a difference in the lives of Albertans.
 
Mission
Identifying opportunities to improve the performance of and confidence in the public service.
 
Our Values
 
Trust
We earn it with everything we say and do. We are accountable for our actions.
  Respect Everyone has the right to be heard and deserves to be treated with dignity and courtesy.
  Diversity of Thought We encourage open minds, innovative thinking and constructive challenge.
  Teamwork With integrity, we work together to generate better solutions.
  Growth We view individual success as professional growth together with a fulfilling personal life. We value both.
Role
If you like research and innovation, care about making a difference in the lives of Albertans, you value work life balance and you enjoy novel and transformative work, then joining Professional Practice as an audit scientist could be your most rewarding move.
The Professional Practice team is responsible for delivering and advancing audit methodology to enable relevant and reliable financial statement and performance audits at a reasonable cost. Reporting to the Principal, Professional Practice, the audit scientist is responsible for research and development regarding how we can take advantage of new approaches, techniques and technologies to transform the audit process.
 
You will be responsible for setting up and continuously maintaining a portfolio of innovations to be examined for audit use.  The innovations may arise from your original thinking, academic research, or cutting edge companies and technologies. You will need to pick the most promising ones for additional research and evaluation.  Strong judgment and business acumen is needed in being able to determine when an innovation has been researched sufficiently to make a go/no go decision on whether further development of the innovation, or eventual deployment, is promising. You will need to be able to scope out and set up and run an appropriate research environment and innovation lab to do this work.
 
This role requires solid understanding of audit standards and methodology and insight into emerging audit innovations. By proactively and creatively foreseeing trends, opportunities and risks you will help incorporate tomorrow’s techniques into today’s audits, making our audits more effective and efficient.  Developing effective relationships with academics, researchers and advanced companies will be necessary to maintain cutting-edge knowledge, spur creativity, and identify innovations for further research.  Being original in identifying and thinking about new ways to audit will be important.  You need to be courageous to test the most novel audit innovations, persevere when they don’t work, judge when to continue with research, and be able to carry over the most feasible and promising ideas from laboratory to field use by audit teams, promoting their use through support, communication, thought leadership and enthusiasm.
 
Responsibilities and Activities
Innovation identification and evaluation
  • Sets up and continuously maintains a portfolio of potential audit innovations to be researched
  • Identifies new ideas, techniques and technologies that may improve our audits, researches their effectiveness and identifies most promising ones for further development and/or deployment
  • Assists audit teams with development (piloting) to field test innovations and evaluate whether they work in practice
  • Maintains connections with academics, universities and advanced companies to identify innovations for further research, including developing joint research and development initiatives
  • Maintains a broad understanding of the principles of audit standards and audit management
Innovation deployment and support
  • Supports and implements deployment of innovations
  • Maintains and improves audit methodology, guidance material, manuals, and templates to incorporate innovations
  • Supports the development of training material and the delivery of training sessions to support innovations
  • Identifies educational/training gaps related to competencies/areas of practice weakness, and contributes to the development of training strategies, such as directing professional education and development initiatives to support deployment of audit innovations
  • Presents at audit forums and training sessions
  • Provides consultation and expertise to audits regarding use of innovations
Required Qualifications
  • CPA designation with a university degree in business or computer science
  • 2-3 years’ experience developing and deploying methodology, supplemented by
  • 3-4 years’ experience in financial statements audits and performance audits
  • Experience with ERPs, extracting data from ERPs, and tools for value-added analyses
  • Experience with using data analytics to generate insights auditors can use, including experience with statistical techniques, artificial intelligence, modelling, visualizations and non-traditional means of collecting audit evidence
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies
  • Well-networked with academics, research institutions, accounting firms, and advanced technology companies
Skills and experience which would be considered assets:
  • Public sector audit experience
  • Internal audit experience
  • Masters or PhD
  • Experience with using artificial intelligence for auditing
  • Ability to manage complex projects, think logically in order to troubleshoot, analyze situations, and make appropriate decisions
  • Ability to identify and define audit problems to research
  • Ability to read and interpret complex and/or unfamiliar technical documents, academic research, and company brochures
  • Originality, disruptive and creative thinking
  • Business acumen and judgment to select most promising innovations for further development
  • Writing thought leadership on results of research (either presentations to auditors internally, or external audiences, or academic publications)
Salary:
Notes
  • Final candidates for this position will be asked to undergo a security clearance.  
  • Travel is required.
  • Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.

How to Apply

Online applications are preferred. Please submit your cover letter and resume as one file to https://www.jobs.alberta.ca and ensure you quote competition number 1049804. Save your application using the naming convention of your first then last name (i.e. JoeSmith_competition number). Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition.
 
If you are unable to submit an electronic version of your résumé, please mail a copy, quoting the Job ID, to:  
 
Human Resources
Office of the Auditor General of Alberta
8th Floor, 9925 – 109 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 2J8
 
If you require any further information on this job posting, please call 780-427-4222 or email employment@oag.ab.ca
 
Closing Statement
We thank all candidates for their interest.  Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.
 
It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS). It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.
 
Closing Date 
Monday, July 30, 2018