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The Associate Auditor conducts simple to moderately complex operational and financial audits and advisory projects, assessing the adequacy and effectiveness of systems, processes, and controls under close supervision of Audit Service and Institute Compliance (ASIC)management or a more senior auditor. The successful candidate will work closely with ASIC management and staff and Institute management to ensure project objectives are met and issues are identified. The candidate will demonstrate good interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
- Conducts simple to moderately complex audits of unit/department/division systems, processes, and controls in accordance with the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.
- Reviews and evaluates organizational controls over financial and non-financial resources for compliance with laws, regulations, contracts, and grants.
- Reviews operations or programs to ascertain whether results are consistent with established objectives and values.
- Through the audit process, grasps an understanding of unit/department/division resources and operations; assesses strengths and weaknesses of a function and may advise clients on methods for taking advantage of opportunities to reduce costs and improve processes.
- Collects information during the audit process, identifies discrepancies and anomalies, conducts analysis and makes recommendations for management action
- Prepares relevant documents to support conclusions for audit projects
- May prepare and assist in communicating audit findings and recommendations to management via written reports and oral presentations
- Develops and maintains relationships with Institute personnel who have responsibility for compliance with laws, regulations contracts, and grants
- May network with other audit professionals or government personnel through external organizations, associations, etc.
- Applies general knowledge of laws, regulations, grants, and contracts to identify discrepancies in organizational policies, practices, and/or procedures
- Applies good judgment and initiative to overcome project obstacles and evaluate information
- Utilizes appropriate computer-assisted audit techniques to increase effectiveness of reviews
- May conduct investigations and analysis of suspected irregular conduct
- Performs other duties as assigned
- A Bachelor's Degree in accounting, finance or other field of study relevant to auditing
- Good analytical skills with the ability to identify and assess risk and exposures across a wide variety of processes
- Self-starter with the ability to work as part of a team
- Good interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
- Must have all necessary credentials to work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- One year of relevant audit and advisory experience
- Basic understanding of higher education or research institution, aerospace environment is preferred
- Certification, such as but not limited to Certified Internal Auditor or Certified Public Accountant