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Climate Change & Sustainability Services — Assurance Manager

Reference CAL00059  (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location Canada (Ontario) - America North
Town/City Calgary
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 04/01/2011
Company Name Ernst & Young
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Ernst & Young's people in more than 140 countries are committed to operating with integrity, quality and professionalism in the provision of audit, tax and transaction advisory services. We strive to help all of our people achieve their professional and personal goals through an inclusive environment that values everyone's contributions, appreciates diversity of thought, fosters growth, and provides continuous opportunities for development. Recognized as one of Canada's top employers, Ernst & Young continually strives to be a great place to work.
Since the early 1990s, Canada has been named eight times by the United Nations as the best country in the world to live. This ranking is based on a country's quality of life, education, unemployment, crime rates and life expectancy. Canada - the world's second largest country - has a vast landscape that is as diverse and remarkable as its people.
Ernst & Young is developing a Climate Change and Sustainability practice in order to respond to the growing need for guidance by our clients in this area. Greenhouse gas regulations are being introduced in Canada, and will be a significant driver in our market.  We are currently advising a number of large Canadian companies in this area, and are providing assurance services on sustainability reports and greenhouse gas inventory emission schedules. We are looking to expand our team of professionals focused on providing high value, independent, trusted advice to our clients as they transition to a carbon constrained economy.  Our clients include many of today's leading global companies, innovative growth companies and other Publicly Accountable Enterprises.
We are currently seeking qualified candidates able to demonstrate strong leadership qualities for an excellent career and leadership opportunity in the provision of climate change and sustainability auditing, accounting and advisory areas, at the Manager level.  We can help you realize your potential.  Our success is based on your success.  Our work environment is designed to help high-performing people thrive.
Ernst & Young's commitment to the quality and integrity of our services is exemplified by our methodologies and our rigorous quality controls applied to every client engagement. Together with our substantial investments in technology, knowledge, and learning resources for our professionals, we deliver high quality services to our clients and their stakeholders.
Take a lead role in developing our Climate Change and Sustainability practice in the Western provinces.  Develop/maintain strong working relationships with key business decision makers to communicate value and inform them of the firm's scope of services. Provide guidance/expertise in the delivery of our climate change and sustainability auditing and advisory services, with an emphasis on complex and/or specialized issues within assurance and / or technical accounting capacities.
Working in a team environment, provide sustainability and greenhouse gas assurance, assist clients in their efforts to identify, measure and appropriately manage the business and reporting risks that they face as they transition their organizations to respond to changing government environmental and greenhouse gas regulations.
Identify/communicate trends, developments, and key performance drivers relevant to the client. Demonstrate a deep understanding of the client's industry and marketplace. 
Develop people by encouraging individuals to think for themselves and take responsibility for their contributions to the team. Successfully delegate to all levels of staff. Conduct performance reviews, serve as a positive leader and mentor, and contribute to performance feedback/training. Foster teamwork and lead by example.
Use technology to continually learn, share knowledge with team members, and enhance service delivery. Maintain an educational program to continually develop skills. Maintain cooperative relationships with other engagement teams. Monitor the engagement team's progress against the plan and alter it when needed.
Actively contribute to the ongoing growth and development of the Assurance Services practice by taking operational responsibility and accountability for engagements and delivery teams.  Support client relationships, business development and account management leadership.  Represent the practice in management forums and support the rapid, profitable growth of the business as a member of the management team.
To qualify for this highly visible position with excellent potential for career advancement, candidates must have:
  • Professional presence with the ability to quickly establish personal credibility and demonstrate expertise
  • Ability to analyze complex or unusual issues in the context of client engagements and deliver insightful and pragmatic solutions.
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills.
  • A dedication to teamwork and leadership
  • Ability to take a pragmatic approach to issues that underpin client relationships while demonstrating and living the firm's values
  • A graduate degree in accounting, engineering, environmental science and/or other appropriate academic major
  • More than 5 years of experience as an environmental and climate change position, with greenhouse gas verification or auditing experience, for a public accounting firm or consulting practice, or particular business/industry experience to meet special needs
  • Chartered Accountant designation would be an asset
  • Energy and mining industry experience is strongly desirable 
  • Strong project management skills
Out-of-town travel, either domestically or internationally, is also required at least 20-30% of the time, on average.
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