Tennessee Valley Authority Office of the Inspector General
Location: Knoxville or Chattanooga, Tennessee
Type: Full Time
Accounting, Auditing, Bookkeeping
Government and Military
4 Year Degree
2 openings available.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: (23-25)
Named one of the “Best Places to Work” in the federal government by the Partnership for Public Service, the TVA Office of the Inspector General is a federally-mandated oversight organization charged with preventing and detecting fraud, waste, and abuse and fostering efficient and effective operations within the Tennessee Valley Authority. TVA is the largest government-owned electric utility in the United States, providing electricity to 9 million people in 7 states.
We are looking for an Auditor, Level I in either Evaluations or Financial and Operational Audits. The Auditor, Level I is an entry level position that works closely with more senior team members to demonstrate familiarity with all of the audit processes and tasks required. This position requires teamwork, communication, and collaboration with the audit/evaluations team, as well as interaction with TVA employees and other stakeholders. Click here for more information about each department.
Learns and demonstrates OIG values and behaviors.
Learns effective techniques, best practices, and OIG processes and procedures for conducting audits, evaluations, or other audit-related reviews designed to (1) assess the efficiency and effectiveness of TVA operations and (2) detect fraud, waste, and abuse. Asks effective questions and leverages the knowledge of senior team members in completing these reviews.
Learns auditing or evaluation standards for quality and applies those standards when performing audit/evaluations work.
Conducts research regarding regulatory and compliance requirements and technical issues relevant to the federal government, the utility industry, and TVA.
Participates in audit/evaluation planning discussions and learns more about areas of greatest risk within TVA’s operational structure, programs, and processes.
Learns TVA’s operations, programs, policies, products, and services as well as utility, government, or general business best practices and procedures as they apply to the audit/evaluation team’s area of focus. Learns how to assess risk factors for TVA’s operations, programs, systems, and policies/processes. Learns how to identify TVA SPPs, professional standards and best practices that are applicable to the audit/evaluation process.
Works with other auditors/evaluators to learn proper audit/evaluation policies, techniques, and procedures and how to apply them to their reviews as applicable to ensure the highest standards of quality, ethics, and integrity.
Assists team leaders in preparing for entrance/exit conferences, meetings, and interviews. Observes and participates in these meetings with more senior team members.
Learns to develop audit criteria.
Learns methods for collecting and analyzing data using Microsoft Excel and other analytical tools.
Becomes familiar with OIG work paper requirements and report formats. Practices writing skills through documentation of meetings and observations, preparation of work papers, and assisting the team lead in drafting the audit/evaluation report.
Observes more experienced auditors performing the team lead role. Learns best practices for leading an audit/evaluation and effective techniques for performing the supervisory review functions.
Learns how to effectively manage assignments to meet established milestones and seeks guidance on strategies to ensure milestones and audit/evaluation objectives are met.
Within 6-12 months, begins to perform some job tasks with minimal supervision.
Performs other duties as assigned by management.
Job Specific Competencies
Communication Skills—Communicates professionally both verbally and in writing. Asks effective questions and seeks guidance from senior team members. Develops ability to interview effectively, capture notes, and prepare written summaries of work performed. Uses feedback to make improvements, and treats all team members respectfully.
Data Analysis—Learns data analysis skills. Gains familiarity with applying judgment and risk assessment to select samples for testing.
Problem Solving—Partners with a senior team member to plan and execute an audit/evaluation. Partners with team members to resolve challenges. Learns how to draw correct conclusions from audit/evaluation testing and fieldwork.
Leadership—Develops credibility and trusting relationships with OIG peers and team members. Learns to adhere to OIG values and behaviors.
Flexibility and Judgment—Asks questions and communicates with senior team members to make decisions regarding assigned audits/evaluations, and demonstrates the ability to adjust audit approaches based on feedback.
Project Management and Accountability—Learns to apply project management principles such as planning and prioritization to audit/evaluation projects. Consistently delivers as promised, and proactively alerts team members if there are delays.
Continuous Improvement—Asks questions to continuously build knowledge and develop a greater understanding of the TVA operations, systems, policies, and work scope. Identifies relevant training and applies lessons learned.
Auditing policies and procedures—Learns to apply government auditing/evaluation standards as well as other applicable professional standards, laws, guidelines, controls, and OIG policies and procedures to routine audits/evaluations.
Office tools and software—Learns to effectively leverage office tools and technology to support audit/evaluation work, including the following: MS Excel and other data analysis tools as applicable to analyze and organize large sets of data; MS Word to effectively document interview notes and prepare written summaries of work performed; and Teammate+ to maintain audit/evaluation files in accordance with proper policies and procedures.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required. Majors in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Statistics, Process Engineering or related fields of study are desirable.
No experience required. An internship in a related field is desirable.
Must pass a background investigation, which includes a credit and criminal history check.
US Citizenship required.
Must pass a pre-employment drug screening.
This job operates in a normal professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment, such as computers, phones, copiers, fax machines, and filing cabinets.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk/hear customers, use hands to type/write, and spend prolonged periods sitting at a desk, working on a computer. Employees may also be required to conduct site visits. During site visits, moderate walking, continuous standing, and climbing stairs may occasionally be required by the employee.
Business travel and overnight travel required. Applicants must possess a valid US driver’s license, and be able to operate a motor vehicle.
TVA OIG is able to offer a flexible work environment that incorporates regular telework. In order to participate in telework, employees need to maintain a home work environment that meets the standards required in the OIG telework program policy. Frequency of telework may vary by employee depending on personal preference and operational needs/conditions.
About Tennessee Valley Authority Office of the Inspector General
Named one of the "Best Places to Work" in the federal government in each of the last
6 years by the Partnership for Public Service, the TVA Office of the Inspector General is a federally-mandated oversight organization charged with preventing and detecting fraud, waste, and abuse and fostering efficient and effective operations within the Tennessee Valley Authority. TVA is the largest government-owned electric utility in the United States, providing electricity to 10 million people in 7 states.