Accountant / Auditor

Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.
Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle's work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.
We are currently seeking a Junior Accountant/Financial Analyst to work at Logistics Command located in Albany, GA.
JOB DESCRIPTION
The Marine Corps Logistics Command (MARCORLOGCOM) mission is to provide worldwide, integrated logistics/supply chain distribution management, maintenance management, and strategic prepositioning capability in support of the Operating Forces and other supported units to maximize their readiness and sustainability and to support enterprise and program level Total Life Cycle Management.
The successful candidate will work with senior analysts to: become fully integrated in the MARCORLOGCOM mission, gain a deep understanding of the function of each center and Command under LOGCOM authority, perform internal audits at multiple Commands and Centers ensuring compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), assist in internal control reviews, make recommendations to existing policies and controls, and calculate and report financial and operating metrics.
The selected candidate will assist senior analysts with:
Formulate and document internal controls
Prepare audit-ready assertion packages that meet the DoD FIAR Guidance
Support data cleansing and reconciliations for accounts
Support financial reporting
Develop audit work papers
Review and complete work products and deliverables for submission to the client
Develop Corrective Action Plans (CAPS)
Support reviews of controls over financial and feeder systems in accordance with the Federal Information System Controls Audit Manual (FISCAM)
Write and update financial system accounting and control policies
Assist in developing Plans of Action & Milestones (POA&M)
Bridge the gap between logistics procedures and financial accounting processes
Confirm internal controls and document retention policies/procedures/systems are in place and operating effectively on a go-forward basis
Develop the ability to produce a universe of transactions/balances that supports beginning balances at a detailed level. The completeness of the universe of transactions is demonstrated through reconciliations (e.g., reconciliations between the accounting system and Treasury's records for FBWT beginning balances)
Perform discovery testing to confirm the availability of historical documentation through sampling of the universe of transactions
If historical documentation is not available, develop a strategy for addressing beginning balance, and present strategy
Review directed changes to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), orders, directives and system changes, and prepare auditing aids as required to support changes made
Identify Command developmental/audit needs and develop programs/initiatives to meet those needs to enhance performance and Command knowledge throughout the organization while reflecting the Commands requirements for audit readiness
Initiate follow-up audit proceedings as required to include exercising requirements that might arise from testing and evaluation, audits, process improvement, policy revision and sustainment requirements
Develop and formalize a robust quality assurance review process of all existing and new auditing procedures
Collect and analyze data to detect deficient controls, duplicated effort, extravagance, fraud, or non-compliance with laws, regulations, and management policies
Report to management about asset utilization and audit results, and recommend changes in operations and financial activities
Prepare detailed reports on audit findings
Inspect account books and accounting systems for efficiency, effectiveness, and use of accepted accounting procedures to record transactions
Examine and evaluate financial and information systems, recommending controls to ensure system reliability and data integrity
Exhibit proactive approach in working with external audit teams to identify and resolve client issues discovered during the audit
Gain comprehensive understanding of client operations, processes, and business objectives and leverage that knowledge on engagements
Educate department managers about the relationship between key business drivers and financial results
Provide management with recommendations that are based on sound financial analysis
THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION:
Associate degree in Accounting, Auditing, Finance or related field
DoD financial management experience (preferred)
Knowledge of test plans, execution of test activities, and the development of reconciliations between summary financial reports and detailed system reports
Knowledge of the DoD Financial Management Regulation (FMR)
Awareness of process for developing and managing an engagement budget
Knowledge of Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Standards
Ability to communicate through verbal and written means with individuals, small groups and in front of large audiences at all levels of the Command
Ability to ask appropriate questions, probe for understanding, and work in collaboration with others to achieve desired results
Knowledge of recognized desktop publishing applications including layout and design
Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office and Microsoft SharePoint
Knowledge of budgeting, forecasting, financial analysis, management reporting and performance measurement
Skill with the software applications that support business finance and accounting functions
Ability to remain current on information and technology that affects the functional areas with DoD finance department
Ability to think analytically and strategically; always considering the big picture while never losing sight of the details
Ability to build and maintain strategic partnerships within LOGCOM organization and beyond
Ability to communicate candidly and effectively with both peers and management
Must be a U.S. Citizen
Must have or be able to obtain a government Secret Clearance
Must be able to understand and articulate in the English language
THE FOLLOWING IS DESIRED, BUT NOT REQUIRED TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION:
A minimum of one year of experience or internship experience in accounting or auditing
Prior experience (active duty USMC or Civil Servant) in financial arena
Understanding of wholesale and retail logistics concepts
Understanding of the DoD FIAR Guidance
Knowledge of USMC LOGCOM missions, goals, objectives, wholesale logistics concepts,, directives and processes and those of its major internal departments, systems and organizational elements
Possession of or education consistent with eligibility requirements to sit for one or more relevant certifications, such as the following:
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM)
Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM)
BENEFITS
Battelle's competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.
"Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status, or any other protected classes covered under federal or applicable state and local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle."
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