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Internal Controls Analyst

Accounting Office, State - SAO

The State Accounting Office (SAO) provides accounting and financial reporting expertise for the State and is responsible for statewide financial reporting, oversight and management of the State’s Peoplesoft Financial and Human Capital Management system, accounting policy business process improvement recommendations, and management of the SAO Shared Services Center.
Position Description:


The Statewide Accounting & Reporting (SWAR) Division is responsible for statewide financial reporting including the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Budgetary Compliance Report, Single Audit Report, accounting policy, accounting governance, and other special projects as assigned by agency leadership. SWAR is a dynamic and highly successful team dedicated to the continuous improvement of financial reporting and providing value to the stakeholders of Georgia. SWAR is seeking an Internal Controls Analyst to become part of the team.


The Internal Controls Analyst will assist in maintaining, updating, and monitoring a comprehensive internal control framework over the financial reporting processes to ensure material misstatements of the State’s financial statements are prevented or detected and corrected on a timely basis. The incumbent’s role is to evaluate, monitor, and improve statewide internal controls and financial accountability. The incumbent will also be responsible to assist in the preparation of the Single Audit Report and may provide oversight and management of the Statewide Cost Allocation Plan (SWCAP).                                                                              

Financial Reporting Analyst (Internal Controls Analyst) – FIP101 
Pay Grade: M
Salary range: $46,310.72 - $66,158.17

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:


•    Maintain, update and monitor practical internal control tools and guidance to State agencies based on the Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government (Green Book)
•    Assist agencies with assessments of their financial reporting risks 
•    Document and make recommendations regarding gaps in operations, reporting, and compliance controls
•    Conduct periodic risk assessment processes at both the agency and statewide levels
•    Work with agencies’ management to monitor the effectiveness of controls, and to identify weaknesses and breakdowns in controls
•    Coordinate with agencies’ management and State auditors to address findings and follow up on corrective action plans
•    Conduct individual and group training sessions on internal controls
•    Keep current on Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO), Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and other applicable guidance, and evaluate how changes to these guidelines could impact the State’s internal controls design 
•    Prepare executive level reports for communication of results
•    Prepare and coordinate portions of the Single Audit Report for the State of Georgia
•    Prepare and coordinate portions of the Statewide Cost Allocation Plan (SWCAP)
•    Other duties and special projects as assigned


Skills and Competencies: 


•    Knowledge of internal control design and ability to evaluate operating effectiveness
•    Knowledge and understanding of the Green Book, COSO Framework, risk assessment practices, fraud prevention, and risk assessments
•    Experience in writing control policies, procedures, process evaluation and documentation
•    The flexibility and independence to work in a changing and unstructured environment 
•    Sense of detail/accuracy as well as the ability to see the larger picture
•    Ability to multi-task and prioritize
•    Exceptional analytical and problem solving abilities
•    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Minimum Qualifications:


Bachelor's degree in business administration, accounting, finance or a closely related field from an accredited college or university AND One year of professional level experience in accounting and/or a closely related fiscal activity.

Preferred Qualifications: 


Preference may be given to applicants who, in addition to meeting the Minimum Qualifications, possess the following:


•    Bachelor’s degree in accounting 
•    3 years of business process, internal controls or audit experience 
•    2 years or more of work experience in the public sector
•    Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or qualified to take exam
•    Experience with the Green Book and/or the COSO framework for internal controls report 
•    Grants accounting and reporting and/or Single Audit experience 
•    SWCAP or cost allocation plan preparation experience 


Application/Resume must clearly describe relevant qualifications and experience.

NOTE: The State Accounting Office conducts background checks on all final candidates. Hiring of applicants is contingent upon satisfactory results of criminal background\records check, employment and education verification, employment reference checks, credit evaluation and professional license checks (where applicable).
Because of the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail.  All qualified applicants will be considered but may not necessarily receive an interview.  Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.  This posting may close at any time prior to the published closing date, once a suitable applicant pool is identified.

The State Accounting Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Bachelor's degree in business administration, accounting, finance or a closely related field from an accredited college or university AND One year of professional level experience in accounting and/or a closely related fiscal activity.

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