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Quality Assurance Specialist

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Business Operations | livermore, CA | 11/22/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

The Independent Audit & Ethics Department (IAED) within the Director’s Office has an opening for a Quality Assurance Specialist to independently plan and conduct assurance reviews to ensure that audits and ethics activities are performed in accordance with applicable standards, laws, rules, and procedures by performing duties listed below. This individual will report directly to the IAED Director.

In this role you will 

  • Schedules and conducts quality assurance reviews of work plans, ongoing audits, completed audits, special review reports, case memorandums, other work products and attestation engagements to determine if audits are conducted in compliance with applicable standards and procedures.
  • Evaluates audit evidence and the results of the review to draw conclusions and make recommendations relating to the objectives of the quality assurance review and follow-up.
  • Prepares and presents written simple to complex quality assurance reports to management and auditees and/or customers of the scope, objective, and findings of quality assurance and/or follow-up reviews and recommends the need for corrective or follow-up action.
  • Assists the IAED Director with updating the Audit Manual to ensure consistency with Institute of Internal Auditor (Red Book) standards.
  • Assists the IAED Director with updating the Ethics Manual to ensure consistency with applicable standards.
  • Advises and informs staff of new and existing quality control policies and procedures.
  • Ensures that office case management systems (e.g. TeamMate+) are utilized and leveraged in the conduct of audits by staff.
  • Documents and evaluates evidence collected and provides quality assurance recommendations to management.
  • Assist in the coordination of External Audits and Inspections.
  • Plans, coordinates, and ensures that the audit organization is peer reviewed periodically and at least every five years.
  • Participates in preparing a comprehensive Risk Assessment to inform the IAED annual Internal Audit Plan.
  • Perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, security, and personnel and business practice requirements and policies.
  • Interpret Laboratory policies and procedures and answer questions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  •  Certification in one or more of the following: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations and other pertinent Federal, State, local laws, codes, and contract provisions. Advanced knowledge of professional auditing principles and experience applying knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, auditing standards, cost accounting standards, and systems of internal controls; Analyze and interpret authoritative guidance related to auditing standard.
  • Extensive related work experience as an Internal Auditor, Investigator, and/or Analyst plus complete knowledge of professional auditing principles.
  • Significant experience applying advanced analytical techniques and procedures to audit accounting policies and practices used in a multi-disciplinary complex environment.
  • Experience applying project management and decision-making techniques, managing multiple projects, and serving as a team lead for complex internal audits, advisory services, and investigations.
  • Fundamental knowledge of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF)
  • Significant experience with investigative techniques and documentation methodologies; Evaluate audit test documentation and/or sufficiency of investigation documentation.
  • Experience in performing work based on methods and techniques of data collection, research and report substantiation and preparation Fundamentals of Information technology environments and audit.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of laws and regulations relevant to auditing, accounting, and financial systems, as well as best practices and nationally recognized internal control framework.
  • Experience with Enterprise Risk Management Performance management systems.
  • Experience with problem solving and delivering results timely and with minimal supervision; handle multiple projects and assignments and prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to formulate innovative and creative recommendations for audit process improvement
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills sufficient to establish and maintain cooperative and productive work relationships/responsive customer service attitude. Experience in maintaining impartial and objective, QA findings
  • Excellent writing skills to depict discrete and complex information, clear, concise, and conclusive Quality Assurance reports,maintain confidentiality, and activities in a clear and concise manner, orally and in writing.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Advanced degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a business-related field.
  • Certification in Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and/or Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP).
  • Significant experience in government accounting, including applicable knowledge of and experience interpreting Federal and DOE Acquisition Regulations, LLNL, DOE and NNSA financial policies and procedures.
  • Experience with principles and standards for the Laboratory; Laboratory organization, programs policies, regulations, and procedures

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above).  If you are selected and a clearance is required, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

LLNS is committed to offering reasonable accommodations during the application and recruiting processes due to a disability.  If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please submit a request via our online form

California Privacy Notice

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.

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