Forensic Accountant Job Description

Forensic Accountant Job Description

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Forensic accountant provides audit review and compliance support in accordance with American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS).

Forensic Accountant Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Business damages
Analyze client documents
Unlimited development opportunities
Flexibility to create unique career experiences
An environment where you can build and connect with a network of incredible talent, both locally and around the globe
Reconstruct financial and accounting records, fraudulent transactions
Work directly with our Army client to improve Army financial statement preparation processes and data through execution of a robust Financial Improvement Plan (FIP) and perform audit readiness activities that will result in an unqualified audit opinion on the Army General Fund, Army Working Capital Fund (AWCF), and Civil Works Fund
Perform studies to determine a comprehensive and technical status of current financial improvement and audit readiness capabilities
Identify the conditions and issues preventing the Army from maintaining GAAP compliant and GAGAS auditable financial records
Identify best practices for developing and maintaining GAAP compliant and GAGAS auditable financial information

Forensic Accountant Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Forensic Accountant

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: CPA, CIMA, ACCA, ACA, CFF, CFE

Education for Forensic Accountant

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the forensic accountant job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and University Degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Communication, Business, Computer Science, Education, Applied Statistics, Auditing, Law

Skills for Forensic Accountant

Desired skills for forensic accountant include:

Accounting and auditing standards and procedures
Data management & electronic discovery
Word and Excel
External environment and latest trends in enforcement of anti-bribery laws
Current and anticipated banking anti-money laundering regulations and practices
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
Procedures and techniques as generally prescribed under American Institute of Certified Public Accountants disciplines
AICPA Accounting Standards and Fraud Detection Techniques
Accounting and auditing theory and application of accounting and business theory
Accounting and finance principles

Desired experience for forensic accountant includes:

SQL, SQL+, SQR, and PL\SQL
Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in Accounting, Finance, or related discipline
6+ years of proven experience in forensic accounting
CPA, MBA, or Chartered Accountant required
15+ years’ experience in forensic accounting required
Identify, prioritize and devise new or revised accounting policies and procedures implementation strategies to address significant impediments to auditability

Forensic Accountant Examples

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Forensic Accountant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of forensic accountant. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for forensic accountant
  • Provide professional development support
  • Manage own personal and professional development
  • Participate in strategic planning sessions with financial investigative groups and
  • Assist clients with conducting interviews during the course of the financial investigation in order to accurately identify all parties involved in the criminal activity
  • Conduct analysis and audit complex financial and business records to support federal investigations and prosecutions
  • Obtain raw criminal intelligence from various database resources and correlate the data
  • Identify opportunities for efficiencies related to process and develop innovative approaches to completing scope of work
  • Review and conduct analysis of financial data, accounting entries, business records, and other documents
  • Analyze areas of potential issues
  • Calculate income available for support and perform detailed tracings of assets
Qualifications for forensic accountant
  • Experience of two or more years
  • Certification such as CPA, Certified Fraud Examiner, (CFE), Certified Forensic
  • Holds a four-year degree in accounting or a four-year degree in another field with sufficient credits to meet Certified Public Accountant licensing qualifications
  • Requires a minimum of Interim Secret Clearance
  • Required - CA(SA) with subject matter expertise, 3 to 5 years relevant experience
  • 0-3 years of work experience in forensic accounting, auditing, or taxation required
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Forensic Accountant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking to fill the role of forensic accountant. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for forensic accountant
  • Supervise and review the work of staff
  • May assist in legal proceedings, including testifying in court as an expert witness and preparing visual aids to support trial evidence
  • Provide clients, client executives and new business prospects with solutions to their risk management needs with respect to Business Interruption claim services
  • As part of the service team, compile analysis for all aspects of complex claims and ensure claims progress to conclusion
  • Under the direction of the Project Manager, review client needs, gather operational and client information, client analysis and preparation of project plans / presentations
  • Assist to prepare project proposals, plans and reports to ensure project is delivered according to the project plan
  • Provide support to Project Manager as part of negotiation and acceptance of claim by involved parties including client, insurer and respondent
  • As part of the FACS project team, engage in all elements of client projects, including preparation of analysis for review, monthly reporting, invoicing and debtor management
  • Ensure company practices and procedures for timekeeping, expense management, reporting and billing are followed
  • Perform analysis of accounting and financial issues in relation to forensic investigations and commercial damage claims
Qualifications for forensic accountant
  • Accounting and/or litigation support credentials, or pursuit of such credentials preferred (CPA, CFF, CFE, MAFF)
  • Ability to sit for the CPA exam preferred
  • Prior experience or exposure to IDEA, ACL, SQL databases, or other data analysis software strongly preferred
  • An internationally recognised professional accounting qualification (or working toward)
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English and Vietnamese required
  • Adaptability in a fast paced and dynamic working environment
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Forensic Accountant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of forensic accountant. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for forensic accountant
  • May be responsible for additional aspects of each claim, including informal hearings, arbitrations and claims litigation and maintaining a high level of productivity, confidentiality and customer service
  • Demonstrates an understanding of and independently analyzes financial documents to properly calculate damages
  • Able to read and interpret business contracts
  • Task assignments on claims handled will be of greater complexity and will require a higher level of investigation, analysis, evaluation, and negotiation
  • May represent the company at mediation, arbitration and trials
  • Perform analyses of financial and business records, financial transactions, and data analytics
  • Provide forensic accounting, internal controls/fraud risk assessments, and litigation support
  • Present analytical data from financial findings regarding existing assignments
  • Provide forensic accounting support to adjusters on matters involving business interruption and property damage claims
  • Assist with organizing and controlling claim data on major losses
Qualifications for forensic accountant
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to handle and analyse complex financial information
  • Ability to work with senior team members and the client in demanding, deadline-driven situations
  • Ability to conduct research and analysis using open source information, national and international databases, and corporate record filings to correlate and summarize data into a finished professional product
  • Must be able to maintain the required security clearance for this role
  • Minimum of 3 years experience as a Forensic Accountant
  • Advanced MS Office tools
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Forensic Accountant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is searching for experienced candidates for the position of forensic accountant. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for forensic accountant
  • Prepare models of business interruption loss scenarios
  • Analyze extra expense claim submissions
  • Review financial documents to identify inaccuracies
  • Analyze financial data to identify trends and patterns
  • Provide litigation support and present findings to be used as trial evidence
  • Keep organized files of all cases
  • Attend meetings when needed
  • Conducts forensic analysis of financial data, , profit and loss statements, payroll records, invoices
  • Identify opportunities for use of analytics-based tools to advance casework
  • Have an understanding of statistical methods for forecasting, sampling data, identifying trends and relationships and be able to apply these methods in forensic analysis
Qualifications for forensic accountant
  • 1-3 years of work experience in Forensic Accounting, Auditing, or Taxation required with experience in an external client facing capacity preferred
  • CPA or progress toward CPA preferred
  • Three years of Forensic Auditor experience
  • Forensic Auditors Certification Board (FACB) or equivalent certified Forensic Auditor certification is acceptable
  • Experience with Task Force 2010, the Combined Joint Interagency Task Force-Afghanistan (CJIATF-A), CJIATF-Shafafiyat, or CJIATF-Nexus Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction or other counter corruption organization
  • Must be familiar with legal concepts and procedures
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Forensic Accountant Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is looking for a forensic accountant. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for forensic accountant
  • Contributing to the development of training programs and materials aimed at building forensic accounting knowledge and capacity internally within INT or of national audit and investigative agencies and assisting in the delivery such training and capacity-building activities (through seminars and workshops) in the client countries, often in collaboration with the Bank’s operational colleagues and control and oversight units
  • Contributing to reviews of specific Bank-supported operations or programs under preparation or implementation to identify integrity risks and advise on measures to mitigate them, including specific measures to strengthen financial management and procurement controls to reduce fraud, waste and abuse through design and implementation of effective fraud detection and prevention systems
  • Supporting the work of INT’s Integrity Compliance Office as needed by carrying out reviews, validation and verification of information on integrity compliance programs of debarred companies, particularly relating to internal controls over financial transactions
  • Providing forensic accounting expertise to the Bank Group’s operations and control units (including Controllers and Internal Audit) as required and relevant
  • Supporting other initiatives across INT, including in particular (i) providing data mining and data analysis activities to meet the needs of INT, (ii) delivering training and skill enhancement initiatives (e.g., through presentations, seminars and workshops) to transfer global knowledge and experience to INT staff
  • Building effective working relations with clients and colleagues across INT, the Bank Group and within client countries
  • Supervising, guiding, coaching and mentoring more junior staff within the FSU, as applicable
  • Updating and analyzing new & existing documents and worksheets
  • Handling and analyzing other documents
  • Writing memoranda and summary documents
Qualifications for forensic accountant
  • A minimum of five years of experience in Forensic Accounting
  • Must be proficient with MS Office (Excel, Word, ) and QuickBooks
  • 4 - 6 years post qualification experience within Audit, Forensic Accounting or Insolvency
  • A qualified accountant CA/CPA or near qualified
  • Strong presentation skills, including fluent verbal & written English
  • Strong interpersonal skills, hardworking and an ability to work in a small team environment as part of a National team of specialists

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