Manager, Standards and Certification

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Manager, Standards and Certification

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Author pmnationtalk
Date May 5, 2022
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company First Nations Financial Management Board
Location West Vancouver, BC
Category Manager
Client First Nations Financial Management Board
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Manager, Standards and Certification

Why Apply

Work with a growing national team dedicated to reconciliation at the First Nations Financial Management Board (FMB). We support First Nations in developing and implementing sound administrative governance and finance practices, that are fully optional and provided free to First Nations. The FMB was created under the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (“FMA”) in 2006, and has been serving First Nations ever since.

FMB values its staff, and offers flexible work hours, generous extended benefits, vacations, matching RRSP contributions, and opportunities for professional development and career growth. If you want to make the most of your skills and expertise while growing your career, we want to work with you. A career at FMB is an opportunity to be part of a talented, diverse and inclusive team doing transformative work on a national scale.

Position Overview

FMB is looking for an experienced, Chartered Professional Accountant to join our Standards and Certification (“SAC”) team. Reporting to the Senior Manager, SAC, the Manager, Standards & Certification is an expert in their field and keen to contribute to change preparation and completion of financial management system and financial performance certification engagements.

The Manager, Standards & Certification is accountable for conducting and managing a high-quality review and certification of the First Nations’ financial management system and/or financial performance in accordance with the procedures, standards and guidelines approved by the Board of Directors. The Finance Manager manages First Nations client service delivery during all phases of the certification process by maintaining a productive and efficient working relationship with other business lines.


  • Maintains proactive, positive, and constructive working relationships with First Nation clients;
  • Maintains a current record of each client’s certification progress using the FMB’s established client
    relationship management system (SuiteCRM);
  • Plans and manages the timely completion of certification engagements including working with
    external contractors from time to time;
  • Provides support in the development and continuous improvement of internal guidelines, policies
    and procedures to optimize the SAC team’s operational efficiency and quality control;
  • Prepares 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 documentations;
  • Conducts 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:
  • Ensures compliance with the FMB’s Standards, Procedures and Guidelines during certification reviews through self-review and use of technical aides:
  • Collects necessary data and prepare regular reports using the FMB’s client relationship management system on the certification status of First Nation clients
  • Where required, provides input into business line strategic planning, budgeting, and the continual improvement of the FMB’s policies, procedures, and operations
  • Maintains engagement file documentation in an organized and structured manner, and in accordance with established document management and retention policy:
  • Participate on, or contribute to, special projects as directed
  • May be required to analyze existing or proposed procedures or standards related to Financial Administration Laws, Financial Performance, Financial Management System or Local Revenue Financial Reporting
  • May be required to provide assistance in accounting, assurance and other similar technical research.


  • Post-secondary (undergraduate) degree required
  • Chartered Professional Accountant designation:
  • Minimum 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:
  • Experience working with First Nations and audit committees in an assurance or advisory role;
  • Willing to travel occasionally across Canada and to remote locations:
  • Willing and able to work outside of regular business hours:
  • Bilingualism an asset (French).

Equivalent or relevant education and/or experience may be considered.

Work Conditions

  • This position could be based in West Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, or Montreal; Permanent remote working may be considered:
  • Requires national travel (on hold);

What We Offer

  • Salary and annual bonus eligibility,
  • Flexible 37.5-hour work week
  • Employer paid extended benefits:
  • Matching group RRSP contributions:
  • Annual vacation allowance and 13 paid stat & non-stat days
  • Work-life balance;
  • Professional development & career growth opportunities.

Application deadline: Until Filled

Apply on our FMB career pages here.

FMB is an equal opportunity employer that recognizes and celebrates the diversity of all First Nations and people across Canada. We are an inclusive organization that treats all employees equally. As a First Nations Organization, applicants of Indigenous descent are highly encouraged to apply.

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