Senior Audit Principal, Performance Audit Team


Permanent, Halifax, NS

Competition: #SAPPAT0605-CB


Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve. The Office of the Auditor General has an Employment Equity Policy and we welcome applications from Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible People, Persons with Disabilities, and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify, on either your covering letter, or your resume.

The Office of the Auditor General serves the Nova Scotia House of Assembly and the people of Nova Scotia.  Our vision is to be a relevant, valued and independent audit office serving the public interest as the House of Assembly’s primary source of assurance on government performance.  The Office accomplishes this through the conduct of financial and performance audits of government departments and agencies, as well as entities which receive funding from the government.  The promotion of excellence and a professional and supportive workplace are an Office priority and key to our success.  For more information on the Office, please visit



The Office is looking to fill a Senior Audit Principal position on its Performance Audit Team. This position directly reports to the Assistant Auditor General, Performance Audit Team.


As a Senior Audit Principal, you play a key leadership role in directing a team of professionals in the performance of audits. This includes developing and maintaining appropriate relationships; ensuring the audits are completed to the highest professional standards; and developing and motivating team members through coaching and mentoring. As an active promoter of continuous improvement, you will keep abreast of the latest standards, best practices and current trends in the various fields that relate to our performance audit work. You will liaise with principals to ensure that best practices identified through the Engagement Quality Control Reviews are shared among principals and their teams. To ensure that final audit reports and other required communication is consistently of high quality, you will review, edit, update and proofread chapters and press releases as a final quality control step before release. In partnership with the Senior Audit Principal, Financial Audit Team, you will oversee the Office’s Student Program.  You will also be required to occasionally fill in for the Assistant Auditor General, Performance Audit Team in internal and external meetings. Limited travel within Nova Scotia may be required.



  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation;
  • A minimum of 7 years progressively responsible post designation experience;
  • Extensive project management experience including, planning, budgeting, execution, monitoring and controlling, communications management, risk management and project closing;
  • Proficient in Canadian Auditing Standards;
  • Proven track record in developing and managing relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Proven strong leadership abilities and skills, including the mentoring, coaching and motivating professional staff;
  • Extensive experience preparing written reports for senior and executive management;
  • Experience in presenting to boards, as well as senior and executive management;
  • Experience at the management level in the public sector in Canada would be an asset; and
  • Highly proficient in use of MS Office Suite. Knowledge of SAP and IBM Notes is an asset.


SALARY RANGE:                $91,802 - $114,752

We offer a healthy work-life balance (i.e., earned days off program, work-from-home policy, flexible working hours), comprehensive benefits package, opportunity to work on a wide variety of impactful and unique projects, and professional development opportunities.

An offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer.

CLOSING DATE: June 29, 2018

How to apply:

  • To apply for this position, please email your application including competition number, cover letter and detailed resume to
  • Please ensure that you demonstrate in your cover letter how you meet the above qualifications.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.