Senior Manager, Assurance


Ascend LLP
53 King St #200
Saint John, NB E2L 1G5

Looking For

Employment Type
Permanent, Full Time

Date Posted
May 12, 2023

Accounting & Finance

Submission Deadline
May 31, 2023

Saint John (Remote/Hybrid)



Small Town Living, Big City Opportunities

Ascend is a growth-oriented accounting, tax and advisory firm with a national presence that serves small and medium sized businesses in small communities across Canada. We are passionate about the professional development of our people, and we strive to create opportunities within the organization that support their career objectives and build them up to reach their highest potential.

We are looking for a Senior Manager, Assurance (Detail File Reviewer) to join our National Assurance Team; the role will report into the Director, Assurance. The position is internally focused, and can be a remote, or hybrid position. The Senior Manager, Assurance (Detail File Reviewer) will focus on the growth and development of future CPAs, strong assurance team members and quality engagements that meet all required CPA and Firm standards.

Opportunity Highlights

This role will be of interest to someone who:

  • Has passion for working with business owners in ways to help facilitate client growth and success
  • Thrives in an innovative organization that is continuously investing in process improvement and utilization of technology
  • Understands the value of collaboration and relationships because it takes a team to successfully achieve a common goal
  • Has a growth mindset and is committed to professional development
  • Actively works towards maintaining a work-life balance because it is important for over all well being, health, as well as, productivity, and performance

Key Activities and Responsibilities

  • Detailed file reviews for both review and audit engagements under various reporting frameworks – ASPE, ASNPO, PSAS, special reporting
  • Involvement in planning and budgeting for engagements
  • Support throughout the engagement and completion of the engagement to meet all standards – both CPA and internal firm standards
  • Mentoring and coaching staff on a virtual platform throughout the individual engagement
  • Collaborating with all offices to help them achieve exceptional client service through the management of capacity at the Firm level
  • Identifying opportunities for efficiencies with the assurance engagement process
  • Research in relation to new or changing Canadian standards for both accounting and assurance and presenting information to staff
  • Support the Director of Assurance in relation to developing and implementation of standardization within the assurance department.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation or currently working towards completion
  • Continued professional development in the areas of ASPE, ASNPO, PSAS and CAS
  • Minimum of 3 years of extensive detailed file review experience of both audit and review engagements
  • Solid understanding of quality control and public accounting
  • Significant practical experience in Canadian accounting frameworks – ASPE, ASNPO and PSAS
  • Significant practical experience of CAS and Other Canadian Standards
  • Strong knowledge of audited and reviewed financial statements
  • Experience with mentorship and delivery of development feedback within the engagement process; and
  • Special consideration will be given to specialization in the areas of Not-for-Profits or Public Sector accounting • Ability to mentor, coach and develop junior staff

***Will consider relevant and extensive work experience in relation to the file review process that incorporates mentorship and development of others.

Don’t meet every single requirement? We encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles at Ascend.

What we offer

  • A people focused organization that values high-performance and provides engaging and interesting work
  • Continuous support for professional growth and advancement opportunities within the firm
  • Hybrid work and remote options that allow for flexible work schedules to support work life balance
  • Opportunity to work from one of our many locations across Canada, relocation assistance available
  • Comprehensive salary, benefits, and incentives

To apply

Interested candidates are invited to send a cover letter and resume in one document to [email protected]. The position will be closing on Wednesday May 31st, 2023.

Please note - We thank you in advance for your application and the time you have invested in preparing it however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Ascend is committed to creating a respectful and inclusive workplace. We pride ourselves in having a culture where we recognize and celebrate the valuable differences that make our employees unique, which include race, religious beliefs, physical or mental disabilities, age, place of origin, marital status, family status, gender or gender identity and sexual orientation.