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Standards and Certification Manager – Montreal

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Author pmnationtalk
Date June 22, 2018
Type Full Time
Company First Nations Financial Management Board
Location Montreal, QC
Category Business / Management
Client First Nations Financial Management Board
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Standards and Certification Manager – Montreal

Our Standards and Certification team is growing and we have a Standards and Certification Manager opportunity!

The First Nations Financial Management Board (the “FMB”) has a unique opportunity for an experienced accounting professional to make a positive impact in growing our organization. This is a great opportunity to join a fantastic team in a great working environment and make a difference!

We are looking to fill this position in our Montreal office.


  • Establish proactive, positive and constructive working relationships with First Nation clients.
  • Maintain a current record of each client’s certification progress using the FMB’s established client relationship management system (SuiteCRM).
  • Work collaboratively with the Marketing and Capacity Development business lines to support First Nation clients as they work to achieve FMB certification.
  • Plan and manage the timely completion of certification engagements including working with external contractors from time to time.
  • Prepare certification work papers within the FMB’s established records management system (HPE CM) consisting of engagement planning, risk assessment, technical accounting research papers, internal control benchmarking and ‘gap’ assessment, internal control walkthroughs and implementation testing, quality assurance and engagement reporting documentation.
  • Conduct financial management system evaluation and testing on-site in First Nation communities. Periodic travel of up to three to five days at a time will be required.
  • Ensure compliance with the FMB’s Standards, Procedures and Guidelines during certification reviews through self-review and use of technical aides.
  • Keep up-to-date on external legal, regulatory, internal control, assurance and accounting standards developments and analyse in relation to impact on the FMB’s Procedures, Standards and Guidelines.
  • Provide assistance to the Senior Manager, Standards and Certification in the preparation of the necessary material in advance of meetings of the SAC Committee and Board of Directors.
  • Collect necessary data and prepare regular reports using the FMB’s client relationship management system on the certification status of First Nation clients.
  • Where required, provide input into business line strategic planning, budgeting, and the continual improvement of the FMB’s policies, procedures and operations.
  • Maintain engagement file documentation in an organized and structured manner, and in accordance with established document management and retention policy.
  • Proactively maintains professional development for self and together with the Senior Manager, Standards and Certification, sets up professional development plan and personal goals.
  • Participate on, or contribute to, special projects as directed.
  • Other duties as required, which may include:
  • Analysis of existing or proposed procedures or standards related to Financial Administration Laws, Financial Performance, Financial Management System or Local Revenue Financial Reporting; and
  • Accounting, assurance and other similar technical research


  • Possess a Chartered Professional Accountant designation
  • Minimum of three to five years of experience in a professional services firm in a client service role, preferably within an assurance (audit) practice
  • Strong working knowledge of:
  • Canadian Public Sector Accounting Standards
  • Canadian Auditing Standards
  • Internal control over financial reporting standards (COSO, PCAOB)
  • Experience conducting and leading internal control assurance engagements and managing the quality assurance review process
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills
  • Proven track record of using and applying sound professional judgement in an attest role
  • Experience working with First Nations and audit committees in an assurance or advisory role
  • Outgoing and energetic, with a strong commitment to helping clients succeed
  • Fluency in French and English is a must


Work with a great team of professionals and enjoy the following perks and benefits:

  • Competitive salary package
  • Life insurance
  • Group pension
  • Short and long term disability insurance
  • Extended medical and dental insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Competitive annual vacation allowance
  • Opportunities for career growth

This is an opportunity to join a skilled, client-focused team in a positive and fast-paced environment. It is also a unique opportunity to bring your experience to make a difference to First Nations communities across Canada.

How to apply:

Please submit your resume and detailed cover letter outlining your fit for and interest in the role, in confidence at: with the subject line: Standards and Certification Manager.

As an employer, the FMB is committed to diversity and an inclusive workplace. We will recruit the best-qualified candidates based on skills, experience, qualification and competencies required for the position. If two or more candidates are deemed to be equal in terms of requirements, then preference will be given to the candidate of Indigenous ancestry. As a result, First Nations and Indigenous applicants can choose to self-identify.

The position will be posted until filled

About the FMB

The FMB is Canada’s only legislated body that develops and publishes Financial Performance and Financial Management System Standards for First Nations. The FMB is a First Nations organization that provides a suite of financial management tools and services to First Nations governments seeking to strengthen their governance and accountability regime and develop necessary capacity to meet their expanding fiscal and financial management requirements.

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