Financial Analyst (Auditor)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Jul 06, 2017
Closes
Jul 18, 2017
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

The U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) is a great place to work, and we aren't the only ones who think so. We were rated "Most Improved Small Agency" in 2013 by the Partnership for Public Service and ranked 6th overall in the 2016 Best Places to Work Index.

An independent Federal agency, we provide the President and Congress with high-quality analysis and technical support on international trade, tariff, and competitiveness issues; investigate and decide import injury cases and publish the United States' tariff schedule. You will find a working environment throughout the Commission that is dedicated to the development of your technical skills, and a commitment to provide balance between your work and personal life.

This position is located in the Office of Operations, Office of Investigations, Financial Analysis Division. As a Financial Analyst (Auditor), you will work in a team environment to obtain, assess, verify and present accurate and complete case-specific financial information for the agency's trade remedy investigations and reviews.

This position is also being announced through delegated examining procedures under MPPA-17-042-PSS. You must apply to both announcements if you wish to be considered under delegated examining and merit promotion procedures.


TRAVEL REQUIRED:
  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period
  • You may be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement
  • You must be able to pass a background investigation
  • You must meet all the requirements below by the closing date of the announcement and they must be clearly identified in your application, resume or supporting documents. This includes any general and specialized experience, education and/or selective placement factors mentioned. These are used to determine if you possess the knowledge, skills and/or abilities to successfully perform in this position.

    BASIC REQUIREMENT
    To be eligible for this position, the applicants must have a degree from an accredited college or university in accounting and/or auditing OR a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting and/or auditing. (The 24 semester hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law).

    OR

    Combination of education and experience: at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. The applicant's background must also include one of the following: 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; a certificate as Certified Public Accountant, obtained through written examination; or Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement of paragraph A, provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher-level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal non-conformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

    MINIMUM EXPERIENCE

    For the GS-13, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level or comparable pay band in the Federal Service performing the following work: collection, compilation and analysis of financial/accounting data; the preparation of reports; and the presentation of relevant information on assigned investigations.

    For the GS-14, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level or comparable pay band in the Federal Service performing the following work: collection, compilation and analysis of financial/accounting data; the preparation of reports; and the presentation of relevant information to the Commission.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through national service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    There is no substitution of education for experience for this position.

    Note: All applicants MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement OR a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through national service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience(s) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. In order to fully evaluate your application and receive proper credit, your resume should include: (1) paid and non-paid experience, job title, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary (2) knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; (3) specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and (4) names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume should contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.

    Public Trust - Background Investigation


    DUTIES:

    The Financial Analyst is a key member of the U.S. International Trade Commission's multidisciplinary investigative teams that conduct safeguard, anti-dumping, and countervailing duty investigations, as well as five-year reviews of outstanding anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders. The Financial Analyst demonstrates a professional knowledge of the theory, concepts, and practices of financial/cost accounting and auditing, and the skill and ability to apply this knowledge to very broad assignments. The Financial Analyst develops and applies auditing techniques and methodologies to diversified activities that use a number of different accounting and control systems. The Financial Analyst provides assessments and recommendations which shape data collection, compilation, analysis, and presentation in trade remedy proceedings.

    The Financial Analyst is responsible for obtaining accurate, complete, and meaningful financial information from U.S. producers in import injury proceedings. Specific tasks include: designing questionnaires to maximize meaningful responses; reviewing and evaluating responses for accuracy, consistency, completeness, and responsiveness; and following up with questionnaires respondents to address major and minor deficiencies in responses.

    The Financial Analyst assesses, analyzes, presents, and explains as needed the financial information of U.S. producers, both individually and collectively. Specific tasks include: analyzing the data for consistency with published financial reports, and assessing the key variables and trends within the data; preparing a written report that summarizes the data submitted in response to Commission questionnaires; addressing all financial criteria specified for examination in the governing statutes (principally the Tariff Act of 1930); and advising Commissioners and staff on the reliability and interpretation of financial data submitted by U.S. firms.

    The Financial Analyst is responsible for the audit/verification of U.S. producers (or other firms) to ensure accurate and reliable data. Specific tasks include: identifying and selecting the firms to be audited/verified. Identifying the principal issues to be addressed; conducting the audit/verification, either onsite or remotely; and preparing all documentation related to the audit/verification activity.

    The ideal candidate is inquisitive and possesses the ability to obtain, analyze, and report on a broad range of financial and industry information from U.S. producers and other sources. Such a candidate (1) demonstrates a professional knowledge of the theory, concepts, and practices of financial/cost accounting and auditing; (2) is skilled at resolving accounting, financial, and industry data issues; (3) demonstrates an ability to design surveys and analyze primary data, along with secondary research, on a wide range of products and industries; (4) demonstrates practical knowledge manipulating and analyzing large data sets and shows advanced skill in the use of spreadsheets and financial/cost accounting tools; (5) is comfortable working in a team environment and communicating with high level and technical industry officials; (6) excels in both written and oral communication; (7) has excellent interpersonal skills; and (8) has a knowledge of international trade remedy laws.