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Auditors, Office of Audit and Evaluation

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Office of Audit and Evaluation 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Continuing (2 positions)

Language Requirements: Bilingual imperative BBB/BBB 


Note: The intent of this selection process is to staff two (2) continuing position and to establish a pool of qualified candidates to staff similar positions with various language requirements and various tenures (indeterminate, term, deployment, acting, secondment or assignment) within the National Research Council Canada. The eligibility lists will remain active for a period of 18 months.


Assignments and secondments may be considered according to NRC's policies.

The NRC Advantage



The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development. We collaborate with over 70 colleges, universities and hospitals annually, work with 800 companies on their projects, and provide advice or funding to over 8000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) each year.


We bring together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world. And now, we want to partner with you.  Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.


At NRC, we know diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, an open and inclusive work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. 


NRC welcomes all qualified applicants and encourages candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.


Please advise of any accommodation measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. They are available to all candidates for further assessment. Related information received will be addressed confidentially.

Your Challenge

Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's largest research and technology organization.


We are looking for two (2) Auditors to support the Office of Audit and Evaluation located on the Montreal Rd Campus in East Ottawa. The selected candidates would be people who share our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


Are you passionate, strategic, curious, open to change, collaborative and results-driven? If so, the Office of Audit and Evaluation needs you! Start by submitting your résumé and a cover letter describing your interest in joining the team. If our interests match, you will be invited to a meeting to discuss your knowledge.


You are responsible for assisting in the planning, execution and reporting of internal audit assurance and consulting engagements. Audit engagements are carried out in accordance with NRC Internal Audit’s Risk-Based Audit Plan which is designed to provide assurance for the President on the adequacy and effectiveness of NRC’s risk management, governance and control processes.


You will research and assist in developing documents and briefing materials for NRC senior executives and the Departmental Audit Committee. You will provide advice to senior audit staff and on occasion to management on matters relating to internal control and governance, identification of risk areas and of the means to mitigate identified risks. You also represents NRC when dealing with stakeholders, other government agencies, and departments and also helps to supervise the activities of contractors and participants in various associated working groups.


The work requires ongoing, highly effective communications with NRC officials to obtain an understanding of the business being audited, to identify potential management control strengths, and to determine the cause of any control weaknesses. Most of the work is confidential, requiring proper observance of security provisions and professional discretion. The position provides value added support to senior management and strives for efficiency through implementing innovative approaches in a fast paced environment using advanced software tools.


NRC provides employees with variety, mobility, flexibility, and continuous learning opportunities. We also offer career advancement opportunities through meaningful and valuable work.


NRC’s Office Audit and Evaluation operates out of one NRC’s most beautiful campuses located east of downtown Ottawa. It is a great place to work that fits every lifestyle and free parking too! In addition, NRC is closed for business over the annual winter holiday season, leaving you more time to spend with family and friends.


*Please note that this position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO). For auditors working in the core public service, the position we are seeking to fill is similar to an Administrative Services position between an AS-02 and AS-05 level.

Screening Criteria

Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates:


University degree in finance, accounting, business administration or a related field.


One of the following designations would be considered an asset: Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP) or Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).


For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency

  • Experience performing audit assurance and consulting engagements including all of the following points:
  • Experience in assisting in designing, conducting and reporting on the results of audit projects or in designing, conducting and reporting on the results of audit projects;
  • Experience in assisting in conducting research, risk assessments, financial analysis, and statistical analysis or in conducting research, risk assessments, financial analysis, and statistical analysis;
  • Experience in assisting in collecting data and evidence, developing observations, conclusions and recommendations or in collecting data and evidence, developing observations, conclusions and recommendations;
  • Experience in assisting in preparing a variety of written material for senior management including comprehensive audit reports, decks, and briefing materials or in preparing a variety of written material for senior management including comprehensive audit reports, decks, and briefing materials; and
  • Experience in assisting in making presentations on audit findings and making recommendations to senior management or in making presentations on audit findings and making recommendations to senior management.


  • Preference may be given to candidates with experience in any of the following areas:
  • Performing audits in a SAP environment;
  • Undertaking statistical analysis and utilizing data analytics and sampling software such as ACL and IDEA
Condition of Employment

Secret (II).  A Secret clearance must be obtained within 12 months of employment.

Language requirements
Assessment Criteria

Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

Technical Competencies
  • Knowledge of current audit practices and standards of the Institute of Internal Auditors;
  • Knowledge of Treasury Board of Canada Internal Audit policy suite;
  • Knowledge of the theories, principles, techniques and methodologies for internal audit;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Knowledge of the principles of internal control including reporting, accountability and governance systems preferably as found in Government of Canada organizations;
  • Ability to prepare reports, presentations, and briefing notes using MS Office;
  • Ability to identify problem areas in operations, collect and document evidence, analyze cause and effect, and develop findings, conclusions and recommendations supporting these with evidence; and
  • Ability to assess risks in an Internal Audit context.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Management services - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 2)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 2)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 2)
Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile: Management Services


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Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.

Salary Range

This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RCO group uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $55,541 to $157,009 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions. The Auditors we are seeking would be placed at a range between $55,541 to $87,000.  In addition, the incumbent will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.

  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • Overtime may sometimes be required.
  • Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the education and experience factors listed on the poster. Candidates must use the education/experience criteria as a header and then write one or two paragraphs demonstrating how they meet them by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience. Failure to provide an appropriate cover letter will result in the rejection of your application. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.
  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (9641) to:


Telephone: 450-641-5132 

Closing Date: 20 March 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2020-02-25

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