Sr. Systems Accountant

Washington, D.C
Apr 22, 2021
Apr 30, 2021
Full Time


Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days of the closing date.

This position is also being announced concurrently under Delegated Examining (DE) procedures vacancy number: D21-KC-11077320-CFO . Applicants who wish to also be considered under DE must apply to both vacancies separately.

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Due to the current events surrounding COVID-19, telework will be mandatory. When it is determined that EXIM will be moving to the reopening phase, the expectation will be to physically return to the office. Telework days and any waiting periods for eligibility will be determined at that time.

This position reports directly to the Vice-President Controller Division, Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM). The incumbent serves as the only expert senior financial systems accountant for EXIM Bank. The incumbent, together with the Controller, oversees operations of all automated financial management applications within the Office of the CFO. This position requires a highly skilled and experienced technical systems accountant expert. It also requires managerial skills in support of EXIM's OCFO in achieving its financial systems program, key to the Agency's success. The Systems Accountant serves as a principal advisor to OCFO senior management on financial accounting systems operations, and associated risk issues, internal controls, and other strategic matters that ensures success. This position develops and implements ongoing current and out-year strategies for financial accounting systems and operations within EXIM and makes in-person high-level presentations and written documents justifying recommendations for consideration by key EXIM officials. At the full performance level, duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Advises on proposed system modifications or interfaces and ensures that EXIM remains in compliance with appropriate Federal laws and regulations while still achieving its mission;
  • Provides expert advice in specialized area of system accounting, developing related policies and financial program goals;
  • Ensures that financial systems support satisfaction of relevant legislative, General Accounting Office (GAO), U.S. Treasury Department, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) and Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) requirements. Monitors U.S. Treasury, OMB, and FASAB guidance for changes in accounting and/or reporting requirements that may result in new system development and or modifications that do not already exists;
  • Conducts regular performance evaluation/assessments ensuring that all finance and accounting functions remain accurate and efficient. Responds to OIG or audit reviews dealing with financial accounting systems and related internal controls concerns;
  • Manages OFCO's financial accounting systems and their interfaces involving functional accounting, budgeting, financial reporting, development, maintenance, and portfolio perspectives;
  • Conducts and coordinates long range and comprehensive systems studies for the design, redesign, changes/modifications, and implementation of automated accounting systems. Defines the nature and scope of activities to be covered by EXIM integrated Financial Management System (FMSNG) and coordinating activities with multiple system support teams as well as other EXIM staff;
  • Plans, designs, revises, implements and maintains entire systems or major portions of complex financial accounting systems within the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. Coordinates, as necessary, with Office of Information Management and Technology for the integration of other internal and external systems that affect EXIM's financial operations;
  • Provides expert and senior level management analysis of the applicability of new accounting and/or reporting requirements promulgated by accounting guidance and established hierarchy;
  • Provides expert advice to financial and program managers and other accountants on unusual and difficult accounting systems and/or operations problems;
  • Directs and provides technical and functional expertise to a team of accountants and financial systems specialists who are involved in the design, development, testing and eventual deployment of the finance and accounting aspects of various systems;
  • Develops procedural manuals, methods, and directives for use by the accounting staff and management.
  • Creates and analyzes audit reports, management reports, and other system indicators to develop areas of future system redesign;
  • Incumbent is responsible for developing and overseeing new system installations, user training, and the continual modification and upgrading of existing system(s); determining the priority of requested modifications; managing computer software and programming support with EXIM various Divisions and contractors; and
  • Represents EXIM in government-wide working groups, and initiatives with FASAB, OMB, GAO, Treasury to develop cutting edge and unique solutions to government-wide problems and efforts.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background and Security/Suitability Investigation
  • You may be required to serve a one year probationary period
  • Specialized experience MUST be documented on your resume
  • Current or Former Political Appointees: If you are, or have been employed in the last 5 years, you must disclose this information. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.


Basic Requirements:

A. Degree: accounting; 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. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")


B. 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:
  • Twenty-four 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 or a Certified Internal Auditor, 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 nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

  • In addition to the Basic Requirements noted above, applicants must also meet and demonstrate the specialized experience listed below:
    *Specialized Experience (Credit for Specialized Experience on resume must reflect 40 hours/Full-time per week for each period of work)*

    GS-15: You must have one (1) year of specialized experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience includes:
    • Experience in creating, reviewing, maintaining, and enhancing Oracle E-Business Suite ("Oracle EBS") subledger accounting (SLAs) rules and performing configuration and maintenance support of General Ledger and sub-ledger (Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Budget Execution, Purchasing, etc.);
    • Experience in performing reconciliations within and across Oracle EBS subledgers and with General Ledger as well as between Oracle EBS and other systems that interface to it ensure data is accurate and systems remain in sync;
    • Experience in setting up, reviewing, and maintaining Standard General Ledger and Governmentwide Treasury Account Symbol Adjusted Trial Balance System (GTAS) and Data Act reporting in Oracle EBS; and
    • Experience in designing, implementing, and testing new processes in support of more efficient operations, improved internal controls and accurate accounting events/transactions including managing system configurations and managing system operations and maintenance technical support (provided by contractors) in support of such activities.

    Education cannot be substituted for experience at the GS-15 grade level.

    For qualification determinations, your resume must contain the following for each work experience listed:
    • Organization/Agency's Name
    • Title
    • Salary (series and grade, if applicable)
    • Start and end dates (including the month and year)
    • Number of hours you worked per week
    • Relevant experience that supports your response to the specialized experience that is stated in the job announcement
    If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.

    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.

    Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

    Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. Please visit the following links for more information:
    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined here .

    Time-in-grade requirements must be met by 04/27/2021, the closing date of the announcement.


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    Current or Former Political Appointees: Pursuant to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) oversight authority under section 1104(b)(2) of title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.) and section 5.2 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, OPM requires agencies to seek their approval prior to appointing any current or former political appointee to a permanent position (without time limits) in the civil service. A former or recent political appointee is someone who held a political appointment covered by OPM's policy within the previous 5-year period. OPM's oversight in this area safeguards merit system principles as well as fair and open competition free from political influence. If you are currently employed, or have been employed within the last 5 years, you must disclose this information. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.

    Please visit the following link for the types of political appointments.

    Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:
    • Career Transition (ICTAP/CTAP)
    • Primary Appointing Authorities for Career and Career-Conditional Appointments
    • Hiring Authorities for Veterans
    • People with Disabilities
    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Ethical Standards/Financial Disclosure:

    EXIM is committed to the highest ethical standards. As an employee, you will be covered by the criminal conflict of interest statutes and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch. You will be required to complete new employee ethics training within 3 months of your appointment.

    If this position is subject to financial disclosure requirements (either public or confidential depending upon your position), you will be required to complete a new entrant financial disclosure report within 30 days of your appointment.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents) and the responses you provide on the application questionnaire.

    If you are found qualified for this position and meet or exceed a predefined rating threshold from your questionnaire responses, a Subject Matter Expert (SME) will review your resume to determine if your technical competencies meet the proficiency requirements established for this position.

    You will be notified by email if your application is forwarded to the hiring official for further consideration.

    If you do not meet the rating threshold to move forward to the next evaluation stage or it is determined that your technical competencies do not meet the proficiency requirements for this position, you will be notified by email.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    Your application package should include the following documents:
    • Your Resume (applicants are required to submit a resume with job title, series/grade (if federal employee), duties and accomplishments, employer's name, starting and ending dates of employment, number of hours worked per week, and annual salary). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
    • Copy of your most recent SF-50 which shows your position title, series, grade, step, salary, position occupied, and tenure to verify Time-in-Grade/competitive status. If you have previously held a higher grade and are applying based on that grade you must provide a copy of the SF-50 showing you held the higher grade and/or have promotion potential to the grade being advertised. Do NOT submit award SF-50s.
    • A recent Performance Evaluation (optional)
    • Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if you are requesting a special appointment authority, such as VRA or VEOA, if applicable. If the DD-214 (Member 4 copy) is not available, other documentation listing the beginning and ending dates of active service and the type of discharge must be submitted to verify eligibility.
    • Proof of severe disability if you are requesting special placement consideration, if applicable.
    • Proof of eligibility for a military spouse appointment, such as a permanent change station military order, if applicable.
    • Proof of eligibility for any other special appointing authority not specifically mentioned here, if applicable.
    • Unofficial Transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify. If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.
    • Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.
    • Special Priority Selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP: Submit a copy of your agency notice, copy of your most recent performance appraisal (with at least a satisfactory rating), and your most current SF-50 position title, grade level, and duty location, if applicable.
    • Submission of any required documents listed in vacancy announcement, if applicable.
    Please note that if you do not provide all required information/documents, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

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