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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a world leader in robotic space exploration. Located in Pasadena, California, JPL 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 seeking a motivated and analytical individual that can work well, both independently and in a team environment, to serve as an Auditor III in our Subcontractor Audit & Compliance Office (SACO). This unique opportunity is part of the Financial Management Division, which 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 that the finance and accounting policy and procedures of the laboratory are efficient, effective and compliant with relevant regulations so that JPL can "Dare Mighty Things". We pride ourselves on providing innovative solutions to overcome business challenges facing JPL on a regular basis. Our collaborative teaming approach ensures us a unique window into the amazing work being accomplished at JPL.
As an Auditor III, you will be responsible for performing and reporting on a full range of complex subcontract related audits in connection with procurement and contracting activities between JPL and its various subcontractors. These audits will be conducted in accordance with JPL business practices and the Government Auditing Standards (GAS). You will provide audit support, accounting and financial analysis, and advisory services.
Some Challenges You Will Tackle:
Perform complex JPL subcontractor audits for multiple functions that cover a variety of areas.
Utilize complex risk-based assessment techniques and independently prepare audit programs that will accomplish the audit scope.
Validate the costs incurred and billed, including final invoices, to ensure consistency and accuracy.
Analyze accounting, estimating, billing and timekeeping systems and related internal controls to ensure adequacy.
Evaluate proposed rates and factors.
Assess regulatory and contractual compliance.
Provide subcontract accounting/financial guidance and advice as needed.
Provide outreach to customers regarding applicable regulatory and contractual compliance matters.
Mentor and coach others, internal and external to the organization.
Perform special ad-hoc audits and assignments for JPL Senior Management as requested.
Interactions normally involve identifying, obtaining, analyzing and validating comprehensive data.
Exercise discretion and independent judgement in evaluating potential audit issues and recommending solutions.
You Must Have:
A Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance or related discipline, with a minimum of 6 years related experience; or a Master's degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 4 years of related experience;
Knowledge in the Accounting field with experience in the Government Contract Audit and Compliance discipline.
Wide-ranging experience and advanced expertise in one or more related fields of: Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), OMB Uniform Guidance and Government Auditing Standards (GAS).
A complete understanding and wide application of principles, theories, and concepts in accounting and/or auditing.
Design mindset with the ability to represent and develop task and work processes for desired outcomes.
Ability to coordinate, write, edit, and produce a wide range of technical reports on subcontract audits and compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.
Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and meet commitments, including deadlines and budgets.
Advanced skills in PC/Windows platform and Microsoft Office.
Willingness to travel up to 25%.
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Demonstrated skills in leading a multi-functional 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.
Possess strong presentation skills and a working knowledge with supporting visual aids.
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.