Senior Auditor, Subcontractor Audit and Compliance Office
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
July 19, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is NASA's lead center for robotic exploration of the solar system. Our core competency is the end-to-end implementation of unprecedented robotic space missions to study Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe.
JPL, located in Pasadena, California, has a casual, campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.
We are proud to be part of NASA and Caltech, as we explore the universe and make history through new discoveries.
The Financial Management Division at JPL supports the exploration and innovation of the Laboratory's missions by working with our colleagues and subcontractors to guarantee compliance to the Prime Contract and maintain the integrity of JPL's financials. The Division's functions encompass Institutional Accounting, Travel and Invoice Management, Financial Planning, Analysis & Compliance, and the Strategic Planning & Innovation Office. The Division ensures the finance and accounting policy and procedures of the Laboratory are efficient, effective and compliant with the relevant regulations so that JPL can Dare Mighty Things. We pride ourselves on innovative solutions to business problems, on the projects and services we deliver to our customers at JPL and on the relationships we build that provide us unique windows into the amazing work being accomplished at JPL.
The Financial Planning, Analysis and Compliance Section is seeking an Auditor IV to serve in the Subcontractor Audit and Compliance Office (SACO). This position will report to the Group Supervisor of SACO. As an advocate of the Financial Management Division's Strategic Plan, the Auditor IV will perform and report on a full range of complex subcontract audits in connection with procurement and contracting activities between JPL and its various subcontractors, in accordance with the Government Auditing Standards (GAS). In this position, you will provide audit support, advisory services, and accounting and financial analysis as requested by customers. Job may require up to 30 percent travel.
You will be responsible to:
Perform highly complex JPL subcontractor audits for multiple functions that cover a variety of areas
Execute audits within established business process controls and develop formal written reports to communicate audit results and make recommendations as appropriate
Review costs incurred and billed, including final invoices; assess accounting, billing and timekeeping systems and related internal controls to ensure adequacy; evaluate rates and factors; and ensure regulatory compliance
Utilize complex risk-based assessment techniques to prioritize subcontracts for audit
Utilize highly complex risk-based assessment techniques to determine audit scope
Exercise discretion and independent judgment in evaluating potential approaches and solutions to significant problems and for determining appropriate resolutions
Provide subcontract accounting/financial guidance and advice to appropriate parties as requested
Provide outreach to customers regarding applicable regulatory and contractual compliance matters
Be a trusted advisor to internal JPL customers
Be an advocate for the Financial Management Division's Strategic Plan
Stay up to date on industry best practices and apply those practices where applicable
Perform special assignments as directed
Typically requires a Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance
9+ years of related experience
Extensive understanding and wide application of advanced principles, theories, and concepts in accounting and auditing
Has wide-ranging experience and advanced expertise in one or more related fields of knowledge: Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), OMB Uniform Guidance and Government Auditing Standards (GAS)
Proven ability to coordinate, write, edit, and produce a wide range of technical reports on subcontract audits and compliance with applicable regulatory criteria
Ability to apply appropriate judgment and make sound decisions
Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and meet commitments, including deadlines and budgets
Demonstrated ability to facilitate and/or work in a team environment
Excellent communication, organization, and customer service skills
Ability to handle sensitive information
Advance skills in PC/Window platform, Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Web-based applications with ability to learn new computer skills
Demonstrated skills in leading a multifunctional team for a project, activity, or function within scope of assigned responsibility
Ability to develop creative and innovative solutions
Ability to leverage new media literacy for efficient and persuasive communication
Developed cognitive load management skills with the ability to discriminate and filter information for relevance and value
Strong presentation skills and working knowledge with visual aids
Has knowledge of Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations across a range of applications including the NASA FAR Supplement,
Demonstrated ability to be adaptable, flexible, and resilient
Excellent critical analysis, complex problem solving and strategic planning skills
The Auditor IV is a seasoned professional who performs highly complex audits and produces quality audit reports to internal JPL customers. He/She provides subcontract accounting and financial guidance to its customers and provides outreach regarding applicable regulatory and contractual compliance matters. This individual is a proactive and strategic thinker, who possesses strong communication skills and cultivates a reciprocal environment. As an advocate of the FMD Strategic Plan, the Auditor IV exhibits leadership by mentoring junior level auditors and motivating the team to achieve objectives and continuously improve in support of the overall Lab objectives.
Caltech/JPL is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action employer. It is the policy of Caltech/JPL to provide equal employment opportunities, actively recruit, and include for employment consideration all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federal facility. Due to rules imposed by NASA, JPL will not accept applications from citizens of designated countries unless they are Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S or have other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). The Designated Countries List is available at http://oiir.hq.nasa.gov/nasaecp/