Principal, Annual Audit and Special Examination


Office of the Auditor General of Canada
Halifax, NS B3J 3K5

Looking For

Employment Type
Permanent, Full Time

Date Posted
May 8, 2023

Federal Government

Submission Deadline
May 19, 2023

Halifax, NS



At the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG), we serve Canadians with the intention of supporting their trust in our public institutions and continued excellence of our public service, one audit at a time. 

Do you want challenging and meaningful work in an inclusive environment? Welcome home! The OAG is the place you’ve been looking for.

Here’s why: 

  • a workplace where we strive to remove barriers related to the hiring process and accessibility, where we celebrate the diverse backgrounds and talents of our employees through open and inclusive dialogue
  • recognition of your personal needs, both during and after work hours—for example, by offering 
    • Tuesday afternoons without meetings for all employees 
    • virtual wellness events 
    • a development fund to support you if you wish to pursue academic studies, professional certifications, or other related training or courses (for example, MBA, MSc, PMP, Agile, CompTIA A+, and ITIL)reimbursement of annual dues from recognized professional bodies for designations such as CPA, CIA, and CRM, and of Canadian Bar Association fees
    • paid time off for medical appointments, paid family leave, and paid personal leave (in addition to paid sick leave and paid vacation leave)
  • your peace of mind provided by our comprehensive benefits package, including
    • public service pension, health, and dental plans
    • isability benefits
    • life insurance
    • a confidential employee assistance program

The OAG employs approximately 750 people at its head office in Ottawa and regional offices in Vancouver, Edmonton, Montréal, and Halifax. We bring together people, expertise, and technology for a better Canada, one audit at a time. Specifically, we conduct independent audits and studies that provide objective information, advice, and assurance to Parliament, territorial legislatures, boards of Crown corporations, government, and Canadians.

About this job

The OAG values leaders who embrace strategic thinking and open communication and who create an atmosphere of enthusiasm, caring, and team collaboration.

As the ideal candidate, you are a respected, forward-thinking, and seasoned executive with experience in building lasting and constructive relationships and partnerships based on trust. You excel in multi-stakeholder environments and in coaching teams to be innovative, creative, and inspired to achieve ambitious goals. You have experience in leading the development and execution of corporate strategies and operational programs and in providing sound, strategic advice at the senior executive level. You are known for building responsive, agile, and resilient teams and for inspiring action in support of the organization’s vision. You have experience in coaching and leading teams in an environment of change.

We are looking to hire principals in 4 respective streams: performance audit, annual audit and special examination, audit services and financial management.

As a principal, you will report to an assistant auditor general and be accountable for implementing the OAG’s vision, values, and strategic priorities. You will lead one or several teams and interact with key internal and external stakeholders. You will also be key for audit and service transformation by leading or supporting the identification and implementation of improvements for the OAG to identify systems, practices, competencies, and our future way of working. 

Stream 2: Principal, Annual Audit and Special Examination

This practice provides audit opinions, on behalf of the Auditor General of Canada, of all delegated financial audits and special examinations. All staff contribute to a quality-oriented culture at the OAG and ensure that we produce audits that meet the highest professional standards. Principals, acting in the role of engagement leaders, assume primary responsibility for overall audit quality.

As a principal, you will be accountable for:

  • overseeing the conduct, management, and direction of the planning, execution, and reporting phase of the audits on the basis of Canadian auditing standards and OAG policy
  • overseeing the audit approach to ensure that the audit is conducted as planned and delivered on time with efficiency and respecting audit quality 
  • developing and maintaining professional relationships with audited entities’ senior management and audit committee members
  • contributing to managing the practice, including participating in various senior practice or corporate management subcommittees 

Essential qualifications

Stream 2—Principal, Annual Audit and Special Examination


  • Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant designation (CPA)


  • Experience* in planning, conducting, managing, and reporting on financial audits or similarly complex projects with multidisciplinary teams 
  • Experience* in providing advice and briefings to senior management 
  • Experience* in managing human and financial resources
  • Experience* in promoting innovation and guiding change

* Experience is considered sufficient if the depth, scope, complexity, and duration of the experience are commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of members of senior management, starting at the director, ASG-07, or EX-01 level (or equivalent).

Asset qualifications

  • Experience in leading complex and horizontal initiatives 
  • Experience in leading complex organizational changes or business transformation initiatives
  • Experience in managing complex, multi-year projects involving multidisciplinary teams and in addressing sensitive and high-risk issues
  • Experience in identifying, assessing, managing, reporting, and monitoring new and emerging risks  

Language requirements

English Essential (Vancouver, Edmonton, and Halifax)

Proficiency levels: A (beginner), B (intermediate), C (advanced).

A bilingual imperative appointment process means that a person must meet the language requirements at the time of appointment.

Information on language requirements

Before taking these official tests, we encourage you to try the Public Service Commission of Canada’s self-assessment tests for reading comprehension and written expression.

Click here for details about language requirements and proficiency levels for candidates.

Competency models for OAG employees

Throughout this selection process, you may be asked to demonstrate, using concrete examples, how you meet each of 8 key competencies for OAG employees, according to the position to be filled (PX/ASG-08).

Please familiarize yourself with the OAG’s Custom Competency Profile by job level.

Organizational needs

The OAG is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We encourage candidates to complete the Employment Equity section on their applications if they are a member of any of the following designated employment-equity groups: Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and women. In support of achieving a diverse workforce, selection may first consider candidates who meet the essential qualifications of the position and self-declare as a member of any of the designated employment equity groups.

Conditions of employment

Security Clearance: Secret

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Operational requirements

Must be prepared to travel as required by the OAG, including to the territories

Must be willing and able to work overtime, as required


$164,535 to $205,145 (April 2021 rates)

Other information

The OAG is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Communications for this process will be sent by email, unless otherwise requested by the candidate. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all contact information provided is accurate and updated as required. 

The OAG reserves the right to retain a specific number of candidates who best meet the essential qualifications of the position. 

Please note that the asset qualifications may be invoked at any time during the selection process, including at the screening stage.

The OAG is a separate employer of the federal public service in accordance with Schedule V of the Financial Administration Act. 

Indeterminate employees at the same group and level, or equivalent, may be considered for deployment first. 

Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency at the time of application. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information, at  

Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the OAG’s directives.

Specific details and dates related to the candidate assessment phase of the process will be provided only to candidates who will be further considered.

To apply

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We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Who can apply?

Persons residing in Canada who are legally entitled to work in Canada.

You must submit a 3-page-maximum curriculum vitae and a 4-page-maximum cover letter. The cover letter will be used as the main tool in the pre-screening process. Your cover letter must clearly indicate, using concrete examples, how you meet each education and experience requirement, including asset qualifications. 

You must submit all documents in 10- to 12-point Times New Roman, Calibri, or Arial font size and with at least 1-inch margins in Microsoft Word or PDF. Your application must be submitted online using our applicant tracking system.

Failure to provide the required information in the required format may result in the rejection of your application.

Closing date

May 19, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

Contact information

If you have any questions regarding the application process or require assistance in applying, please contact the Staffing team at [email protected] before the closing date and time of the selection process.