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Champion Pet Foods Governance & Controls Manager in Edmonton, Alberta


Changing the World, One Kibble at a Time

Champion Petfoods is expanding! We are excited to announce we are looking for a Governance and Controls Manager to join our rapidly growing company.

Champion Petfoods is an award-winning pet food crafter with a reputation of trust spanning 35+ years. From our humble beginnings, founded in a small town in Alberta, Canada, Champion – with its ORIJEN® and ACANA® brands – is a key player in the global premium pet food industry. Our purpose, To Earn Pet Lover Trust Every Day so Pets Thrive for a Lifetime , provides the foundation for our highest aspirations as a company. Being a partner to the communities that surround us – and the environment that sustains us – are top priorities.

We would love to hear from you if you are passionate about personal and professional growth and see yourself as a key player contributing to our continued success as an award-winning company.

Here’s the scoop - Summary

The Governance & Controls Manager is a key role that ensures proper internal controls and processes are in place throughout the business. The purpose of this role is to partner with the business and critical stakeholders throughout the organization to design an effective and efficient internal control structure in a rapidly changing environment, embed digital processes and automation into the monitoring of controls, assess whether the business has gaps in internal controls and support designing solutions to mitigate those gaps. This position partners with multiple stakeholders, and is concerned with efficiency, compliance and internal controls.

This role has a hybrid schedule with a combination of work from home and from our Edmonton corporate office and reports to the Corporate Controller.

What a typical day looks like:

  • Business partnering to assess, design and monitor an efficient and effective internal control environment across the company. Drive consistency and best practice in internal control design and monitor internal control effectiveness.

  • Develop and/or implement digital solutions to effectively monitor and report on the company’s internal control effectiveness.

  • Monitor governance & controls KPIs and drive continuous improvement.

  • Design efficient and effective solutions to mitigate deficiencies identified.

  • Contribute to finance governance & controls roadmap, including Internal Control Excellence (ICE) deployment, finance manual upgrades.

  • Drive & follow-though division governance, control priorities & roadmap deployment, implementing controls and governance related training and tools.

  • Stakeholder management, from those with little to no internal controls knowledge to experts.

  • Facilitation, driving alignment and clarity between internal/external audit and our business partners.

  • Design appropriate safeguards to the ensure the integrity of financial statements and reporting considering digitization and changing ways of working in the organization.

  • Address financial policy questions related to internal controls and compliance.

  • Remediate and report instances of fraud or non-compliance within the company and process for mitigation.

  • As a Finance Leadership Team member demonstrate business acumen and leadership to the broader organization through asking questions, demonstrating curiosity and challenging status-quo in the spirit of continuous improvement and fostering a high-performance collaboration environment.

  • Ensure the strict confidentiality and privacy of the Company’s financial records.

What are we looking for?

  • CPA professional accounting designation and a related university degree

  • 3-5 years of experience in audit; or an equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience.

  • Experience in the areas of business analysis, business transformation, organizational effectiveness, and business process improvement.

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and the ability to communicate well with individuals at all levels of the organization.

  • Strong analytical skills through experience working on complex transactions.

  • Strong policy, process and control-orientation and experience with the ability to drive standards.

  • Experience with documenting, evaluating, and testing controls.

  • Experience with identifying, tracking and resolving control gaps.

  • Business partnership experience, and an ability to create control/process solutions.

  • Knowledge and expertise of accounting systems and internal controls. Digitally savvy with strong user and problem-centric approach.

  • Self-directed, with demonstrated initiative and ability to follow through and complete overlapping projects.

  • Demonstrated integrity and professionalism with ability to work successfully both independently and within a team environment.

  • Ability to respect and maintain matters of a confidential nature, including information regarding monetary transactions.

  • Some extended hours of work may be required.

  • Some travel may be required.

What can you expect from Champion?

  • Safety: a strong commitment to ensure all people are provided with a safe, healthy and respectful environment.

  • Earnings: Competitive Wages that give financial peace of mind, RRSP with Company, and donation matching.

  • Industry Competitive Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision and Employee Assistance Programs to meet your individual or family needs.

  • Continuing Education: In House & Online Learning & Development, as well as an Education Assistance Program.

  • Quality: a dedication to uphold the highest standards of authenticity, nutritional integrity, and food safety, to earn the trust of Pet Lovers everywhere.

  • Other Perks: Free Bag of Premium Pet Food each month, Free Parking and more!

What are you waiting for? Join the pack!

Come as you are.

We value diversity in all forms and know the power it can bring. Workplace equality allows for creative ideas to bloom, diverse points of views to be heard, and increases overall happiness. That sounds pretty good to us.

Champion is an equal opportunity employer. Regardless of your race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, veteran status, or any other creed, you are wanted here.