University of Alberta

CPA Articling Student

Financial Services

Competition No.  -    A106436412
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The University of Alberta has an exciting opportunity for a Chartered Professional Accountant Student looking to obtain and meet the practical experience requirements set out by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA) by focusing on gaining practical experience in financial reporting, management accounting, audit and assurance, strategy and governance and finance.  This student will receive and extensive familiarization and training through job shadowing, completing assignments and special projects within the Financial Services and Internal Audit departments.

Specific accountabilities include:

Internal Audit

  • Plans and manages multiple projects to ensure that the audits, as identified and approved by the Audit Committee are completed efficiently and in accordance with applicable standards by using experience, insight and judgment in researching the aspects of the project and conducting an appropriate risk assessment to determine the areas to be examined; developing a solid understanding of the area to be audited; researches and develops appropriate objectives, scope and criteria for each project; develops terms of reference, audit programs and audit planning memoranda; confers with senior management to ensure their concerns are addressed, where possible, in the audit plan and coordinates the acquisition of necessary expertise (e.g. construction management, treasury, actuarial experience); considers obligations for testing for fraud or financial irregularities.
  •  Executes programs to achieve audit objectives by collecting, analyzing, interpreting and documenting information by reviewing and assessing the adequacy and reliability of existing risk management activities, governance structures and internal controls (financial and operating; determine the extent of compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures; ascertains the reliability and accuracy of management information within the organization; use appropriate tools and methodologies in completing work (such as computer assisted audit techniques to assist in the analysis and collection of data); making judgements that are timely, decisive and effective; supporting conclusions with the appropriate evidence; develop feasible alternative solutions to problems encountered with University systems; completes work in accordance with professional standards while meeting project deadlines and budgets.
    •  Reports the results of work effectively by recommending cost-effective modifications to existing controls, risk management and governance processes when required; communicating complex issues clearly and concisely (both verbally and in writing); plan and conduct exit conference meetings with appropriate levels of management to review observations and recommendations arising from audits; write audit reports that are accurate, balanced, logical, and focussed on higher risk; facilitate discussions and proposes resolutions to issues between stakeholders with opposing views; present findings to senior management, the Board Audit Committee and/or the Board of Governors, as required.

       Financial Services (FS):

      • Participates in the development of financial risk control matrices by researching risks relevant to the business process for initial risk assessment exercise with business process owner; drafting risk control matrix templates for completion by business process owner; reviewing business process owner documentation; document business processes and key controls in flow chart format.
      • Participates in the monthly, quarterly and year-end financial reporting process by completing account reconciliations and confirmations; preparing internal financial reporting; developing working papers related to the year-end financial audit; performing variance analysis.


      • Completion of an undergraduate degree in Business or related field and currently admitted in the CPA Professional Education Program (CPA PEP)
      • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, exercise effective time and team management skills along with strong documentation skills
      • Demonstrated CPA technical competencies in financial reporting, strategy and governance, management accounting, audit and assurance, finance and taxation
      • Demonstrated CPA enabling competencies in conducting work in a professional, ethical manner while ensuring self management, problem solving, decision making with effective communication skills (written and verbal)
      • Proficient in the use of desktop computing and related software, as well as the use of computer assisted audit techniques (experience with ACL preferred)
      • Enjoy the challenge of keeping abreast of professional trends and promoting the profession through initiative, high-quality work and community involvement

      In accordance with the Temporary Administrative Professional Staff (TAPS) Agreement, this position has an initial appointment of three years, with the possibility of renewal, and offers a comprehensive benefit package.  Salary will commensurate with experience.

      How to Apply

      Apply Online

      Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

      All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

      The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.