Pan American Silver requires an experienced finance and audit professional to join the finance team as Director, Internal Audit. The successful candidate is the senior audit and enterprise risk executive and who will lead a team of internal auditors located across the diverse jurisdictions where the Company operates. The Director, Internal Audit reports to CFO administratively and Audit Committee functionally, and is the Company liaison with Deloitte, Pan American Silver’s external audit partner.


Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Leading the annual assessment of financial and operational risks and assessing internal controls to ensure Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance through the interaction with various levels of the organization
  • Evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of DC&P and ICFR in all levels of the company to guarantee the quality, acceptability and integrity of the Company’s accounting policies and principles, reporting practices and internal controls
  • Identifying areas for improved efficiency, process improvements and identifying areas of risk and, where appropriate to do so, discussing with senior management and the Audit committee of the Board or the external auditor
  • Developing and ensuring effective execution of audit plans and audit tests; and evaluate audit results and draft audit reports
  • Maintaining and reviewing the SOX program on an ongoing basis to ensure it remains up to date with the company’s evolving operations and its regulatory environment
  • Presenting audit findings to senior management and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors
  • Completing other internal audit functions, including but not limited to, the Enterprise Risk Management, Fraud Risk, Cyber Security Assessments and undertake special examinations (e.g., review compliance with conflict-of-interest policies) when necessary
  • Maintaining adequacy of the line of communication between internal audit and the Committee
  • Providing guidance, development, and delivery of training to ensure all business process owners understand any applicable requirements of SOX
  • Supervising, managing, coaching, and developing the internal audit team working at various mine sites, including review of testing documentation and guidance in professional development

Defining Success

Critical success factors for the Director, Internal Audit within the first 12 months include:

  • Building a trusting relationship with the Chair of the Audit Committee, the Audit Committee, and the Chief Financial Officer and demonstrating credibility across the executive leadership team as the subject matter expert on all internal audit affairs of the Company
  • Establishing credibility with his/her direct reports and members of the finance team
  • Developing a deep understanding of the Company, its global operations, and its strategic and annual business plans
  • Successfully integrating into the Company’s entrepreneurial, lean, and decentralized corporate culture
  • Assessing the abilities and the needs of the internal audit team across all operating jurisdictions

Professional Experience / Qualifications

The successful candidate joins Pan American Silver with a significant track record of success as an audit professional with experience providing oversight to the audit function of a publicly traded mid-tier or larger mining company with international operations. Alternatively, equivalent experience in a related extractive industry or 10-year audit experience as a manager or Senior Manager with a public accounting firm will be considered.

Candidates considering this position should also have the following experience and qualifications:

  • Deep expertise in Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) public company reporting requirements for a Canadian and US-listed enterprise, preferably gained through a combination of public practice and industry experience
  • Experience creating, implementing, testing, and reviewing a rigorous internal control structure to ensure ongoing compliance
  • Expertise in evaluating and managing all forms of enterprise risk, including fraud and cyber security
  • Experience working collaboratively with a public company’s Audit Committee Chair, the Audit Committee, the Chief Financial Officer, and finance and operations colleagues across diverse international jurisdictions
  • Background in the extractive industries, preferably mining, and traveling to operations in remote locations
  • Ability to successfully lead and mentor a team of internal auditors located in diverse jurisdictions
  • Strong business acumen and an advanced understanding of the mining sector or related industries
  • Superior negotiation skills and the ability to identify and achieve favourable business outcomes
  • Ability to operate with discretion, tact, and diplomacy when interacting with the Board of Directors and internal and external stakeholders
  • Effective written and verbal skills in both Spanish and English and the ability to prepare and deliver effective presentations in both languages

Professional Experience / Qualifications

  • Exemplary level of personal character, personal beliefs, values, and business integrity
  • Capacity to identify solutions to challenges
  • Proven ability to work effectively and efficiently within a lean and decentralized corporate structure
  • Ability to inform and influence colleagues across the operation
  • Exceptional decision-making skills that combine both a collaborative and decisive approach
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, entrepreneurial corporate culture that rewards high performance and results
  • Creative and critical thinking skills with the ability to effectively and accurately assess situations and opportunities and with the drive to identify and implement visionary and innovative solutions

Travel Required

This role can be based in Pan American Silver’s corporate office located in Vancouver, British Columbia or in Durango, Mexico or Lima, Peru. Travel to operations is expected to be 50 percent on an annual basis.

International Experience and Languages

Candidates should have heightened cultural awareness gained through current or past experience living and working internationally and/or exposure to different cultures gained through extensive travel. Fluency in Spanish and English is a requirement of this position.

Education and Professional Designations

The successful candidate has completed his/her undergraduate degree in accounting and has a professional accounting designation (CPA) and additional designations specific to audit, such as Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CFMA) or equivalent.


About Us

Pan American Silver was created with the intention to provide investors with the best vehicle to gain exposure
to higher silver prices. Our vision is to be the world’s pre-eminent silver producer, with a reputation for
excellence in discovery, engineering, and sustainable development. Pan American Silver has several
underground and open pit operations in Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Canada, and Guatemala.

Pan American Silver is committed to advancing diversity and developing inclusive leadership teams that are
representative of the communities we serve. The Company provides equal opportunities to all persons
regardless of age, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity and/or expression or any other characteristic protected by federal, provincial, or
local law.

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