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Federal - Senior Audit Specialist

Job Location: VA - Arlington

Regional Description: Southeast

Job Number: 00441750


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Organization: Accenture Federal Services

Location: Arlington, VA


Accenture Federal Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture LLP, is a U.S. company that helps clients transform bold ideas into breakthrough outcomes.  We serve every cabinet-level department and 30 of the largest federal organizations. Our 9,000 dedicated colleagues and change makers work with clients at the heart of the nation's priorities in defense, intelligence, public safety, civilian and health to make a difference for the people they employ, serve, and protect.

Position Summary:

Performs as System Integrator (SI) Audit Lead and audit senior subject matter expert (SME) Program to deliver SI financial and operational audit support in accordance with paragraph 4.6.3 (Auditing) of the performance work statement (PWS). Work scope includes developing, maintaining and executing the SI audit plans to conduct continuous examination of client records and documents to determine adequacy and effectiveness of operational controls and financial management controls; budgeting, accounting, financial, and related policies and procedures; compliance with applicable statutes, regulations, policies, and prescribed procedures; reliability, accuracy, and completeness of financial and administrative records and reports; and the extent to which funds and other resources are properly protected and effectively used. Auditing activities the NIPRNet and SIPRNet, as appropriate. Participates or leads internal SI collaboration forums and project teams. Prepares and edits Program documentation. Manages the SI Audit Team.


The Senior Audit Specialist – Audit Lead for this position leads the SI Audit Team to deliver audit capability and provides internal SI to include preparing associated Program documentation, with application to the NIPRNet and SIPRNet, as appropriate.


Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Leads the SI Audit Team.
  • Manages the implementation and validation of Financial Auditing/Audit Readiness (PWS Task to ensure is compliant with the Finance and Accounting Enterprise Standards.

Develops and maintains the Financial Audit Readiness Plan. The Plan scope includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Identify COTS Delivered Auditing Functionality that will be used; Identify Financial Audit Reports that will be used; Material Weakness Identification and Remediation Strategy; Identification of non-compliant data sources; Risk Identification and Mitigation; Business Process Improvement Readiness Strategy; Financial Audit Readiness to design traceability.
  • Ensures the design, build/configuration, testing, comply with the requirements and guidance directed by the following organizations and policies:  Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP), Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS), Government Auditing Standards (Yellow Book), Human Resources Management (HRM) Enterprise Standards, Common Human Resources Information Standard (CHRIS), International Standards Organization (ISO), Financial Improvement And Audit Readiness (FIAR) Guidance, Federal Financial Management Improvement Act (FFMIA), Business Enterprise Architecture (BEA), Standard Financial Information Structure (SFIS).
  • Develops and delivers Financial Audit Reports.
  • Manages the implementation and validation of Operational Auditing (PWS Task to ensure compliant with all audit requirements and regulations.
  • Develops and maintains the Operational Audit Plan. The Operational Audit Plan shall address all activities and data managed, stored or acted upon which impact the operation of the system. The Operational Audit Plan scope includes but is not limited to:
    • Auditing Roles and Responsibilities; COTS Delivered Auditing Functionality; Database Level Auditing; Application/System Security Auditing; Security Audit Reporting; Audit Sampling Strategy and Reporting; HR Business Transaction Auditing; Web Services Auditing; Internal Compliancy Business Rules/Compliancy; Fraud Detection/Preemptive Strategy; Forensic Strategy; Incident and Response Strategy; Remediation Strategy; Audit Metrics Strategy; Physical Audit Strategy.
  • Ensures the design, build/configuration, testing, and maintenance of Operational Auditing comply with the following requirements and guidance: General Accountability Office Federal.
  • Information Systems Control Audit Manual (FISCAM); Business Enterprise Architecture (BEA); AR 25-1 and AR 25-2; Directives 5000 and 8000 series; NIST SP 800 series; and STIGs.
  • Implements the Oracle Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) applications (to include design, development, testing, and maintenance) where applicable in controlling and implementing audit capabilities, audit compliances, and audit readiness solution.
  • Maintains currency in understanding of operational and financial audit policies, and procedures. Identifies emerging relevant technologies, and relevant policies and procedures that may result in improvements to current processes and systems solutions.
  • Collaborates with customers to gather information, define complex work problems, and design system solutions and procedures to resolve problems and deliver required capabilities. Manages the SI Audit Team to:
    • Participate in functional analysis to document complex process steps, tasks and their inter-relationships with regards to operational and managerial controls. This includes Fit-Gap/Blue-Printing analysis and demonstrations, course of action (COA) analysis, and development and review of associated Program documentation.
    • Participate in design and development of audit oriented functional and technical solutions, and development and review of functional and technical documentation to provide audit oriented SME input and review.
    • Participate in all SDLC levels of testing to provide audit oriented SME validation and recommendations for corrections or improvement.
  • Develops and delivers oral presentations, and explains the most complex material in a clear fashion.
  • Provides effective direction and guidance to less experienced staff.
  • Reviews the work of others to detect errors or needed modifications.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in auditing, business, or equivalent discipline plus related experience; Master’s Degree preferred.
  • 10 -12 years of overall experience with extensive experience providing audit support for the development and testing of automated systems audit controls.
  • PeopleSoft HCM
  • Understanding of the Oracle GRC applications.
  • Experience leading an audit readiness team to design, implement, and assess financial and operational audit controls in an automated system.
  • Experience in financial audit readiness policies, procedures and requirements, to include the FIAR plan and the FIP.
  • Experience preparing and delivering oral presentations.

Preferred Qualifications:


  • Experience payroll and accounting auditing or audit readiness, pay and accounting preferred.
  • Experience in human resources auditing or audit readiness.
  • Experience in developing a software system.
  • Understanding of Agile software development processes, experience preferred.
  • Understanding of Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN), experience preferred.

An active security clearance or the ability to obtain one may be required for this role.


Candidates who are currently employed by a client of Accenture or an affiliated Accenture business may not be eligible for consideration.


Applicants for employment in the U.S. must possess work authorization which does not require now or in the future sponsorship by the employer for a visa.


Accenture is a federal contractor, an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer of Females/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.


Equal Employment Opportunity

All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.


Job candidates will not be obligated to disclose sealed or expunged records of conviction or arrest as part of the hiring process.


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US Citizenship Required.


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