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Cherry Bekaert Forensic Manager, Internal Audit - Government & Public Sector (State & Local), Accounting Advisory in Boston, Massachusetts


Forensic Manager, Internal Audit - Government & Public Sector, Accounting Advisory

Cherry Bekaert is a full-service public accounting and consulting firm. With growing industry expertise, a strong support system, and our team’s shared values, we encourage you to choose the path that best suits you because at Cherry Bekaert , your career is about you. Join the Firm that recognizes the power of the individual.

We believe in and promote an environment where our people are excited and engaged to contribute their best. Cherry Bekaert strives to exhibit a culture of inclusiveness and diversity in our offices by involving all of our people and their unique, individual perspectives in our business. We want all of our employees to feel a sense of belonging by welcoming and appreciating the uniqueness that each individual brings to the firm.

The Government & Public Sector (GPS) Advisory Team at Cherry Bekaert is growing, and we are looking for talented individuals to be a part of it. Apply to join our team as a Forensic Manager, Internal Audit within our GPS practice. As a member of the GPS team, you will help clients protect and enhance the value of their organizations by le veraging their system of internal controls to enable growth, manage risk, and define sustainable operations.

Cherry Bekaert is proud to have over 75 years of experience in Accounting and Advisory services. Our shared values, including uncompromising integrity, a passion for excellence and mutual respect have helped us get here. If these values align with yours, we’d like to hear from you. Let's grow your career as an Forensic Manager, Internal Audit supporting our GPS - State & Local practice.

What your day looks like:

  • Plan, manage, and perform a variety of engagements including but not limited to – leading forensic investigation projects, Internal Control Risk Assessments, Enterprise Risk Assessments, Compliance Risk Assessments, Internal Audit Plan Development, Internal Audit Performance – including performance, operating, financial, and compliance, as well as specialized investigative projects.

  • Engagement Management including determining forensic and audit objectives and scope, identifying, and assessing risks, developing time budgets and audit programs, and ensuring compliance with internal audit work paper standards..

  • Assist with overall supervision of internal audit staff, including staff professional development, training, and evaluation.

  • Interview client personnel during engagements and work with team members to develop an understanding of the internal controls for key process areas.

  • Analyze/evaluate/rank risks and control gaps, identify criteria and make recommendations to mitigate those risks in an articulate manner for presentation to the client.

  • At times, based on the engagement scope of work, you may assist in the development of the annual audit plan, execution, monitoring, and risk assessment, especially for area(s) of expertise. This may include follow up audit reviews to substantiate/evaluate the implementation of recommended changes.

  • Prepare formal written reports and presentations on the adequacy of and effectiveness of the internal controls.

  • Perform post-audit follow-up audits to assess the adequacy of the corrective action taken to improve deficient conditions.

  • Partner with Client Management and their team in developing strong, professional, and independent relationships to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the business to enable value added recommendations.

  • Provide timely status updates to clients, involving Engagement Leadership in resolution of client issues as they arise.

  • Ensure you and the team are up to date on related internal audit, government and related practices and regulations, as well as internal firm policies and procedures.

  • Communicating between clients and the firm to ensure engagement objectives are met by all parties, as well as facilitating and enhancing communication within the IA Team and the firm.

  • Oversee firm objectives (engagement economics), manage resources ensuring goals are met on assigned projects.

  • Mentor and develop associates by providing continuous feedback, utilizing firm developed tools and processes. Assist with the evaluation and constructive steps to enhance associates’ performance and development.

  • Develop areas of technical specialization and begin to serve as a technical consultant, both internally and externally

  • Be a trusted advisor to a client and begins to identify opportunities for expanded services.

  • Develop outside relationships (professional, personal, etc.) with a goal to foster long-term business development opportunities. Perform other duties as assigned.

What you need for this role:

An ideal fit for our firm displays a passion for superior client service, uncompromising integrity, excellent project management abilities, and leadership skills. We’re a fast-paced and dynamic environment so a strong sense of urgency will fit right in! Most industry experience will be considered. Experience with technology, government contractors and/or local and state government entities is a plus.

  • 8+ years’ experience in forensic and internal and/or external audit, with 3+ years supervisory experience required.

  • Proven case experience in a variety of forensic investigations.

  • 4+ years at a Senior Associate or Manager level - leading forensic investigation projects.

  • 4+ years in compliance related auditing and/or forensic work, preferably in the government sector.

  • Public accounting and/or Consulting Project Management experience (State & Local strongly preferred).

  • Recent Internal Audit experience and Government related experience required (State & Local strongly preferred).

  • CPA certified with an active license and/or a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) License required.

  • Proven ability to lead and develop team members -strong "people skills".

  • FWA (Fraud, Waste and Abuse) experience and services skills State & Local strongly preferred).

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting required. Master’s preferred

  • Additional licenses such as a CISA, CFE, CGAP are a plus.

  • Excellent project management, analytical, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities.

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and meet deadlines within project budgets.

  • Extensive experience with Microsoft Office products required and other audit technology resources experience a plus.

  • Experience in business consulting a plus.

  • The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated, energetic individual with the propensity and curiosity to learn and share that knowledge for the betterment of the team and the firm. You will have the vision to see this role as an opportunity to transform our client experience and enhance our standardization within the segment as we grow.

What you expect from us:

  • Shared values fostering inclusion/belonging including uncompromising integrity, collaboration, trust, and mutual respect

  • Fully Remote or hybrid position options available

  • The opportunity to innovate and do work that motivates and engages you

  • Collaborative environment providing career growth and continuous professional development

  • Competitive compensation and a total rewards package focused on all aspects of your wellbeing

  • Flexibility to do impactful work and the time to enjoy your life outside of work

  • Opportunities to connect/learn from professionals with different backgrounds and cultures

  • Collaborative environment focused on career and leadership development

  • Flexible work arrangements with generous PTO

  • Competitive salary, bonus opportunities and 401(k)

  • Comprehensive employee benefits, including: medical • dental • vision • life • short & long-term disability • supplemental insurances • Paid Care Leave • virtual doctor visits • employee assistance program (EAP) • wellness programs & incentives • study materials & exam reimbursement • professional certification bonuses • tuition reimbursement • back-Up child & adult care • mid-year “break” (paid extra time off the week of July 4th)…. and more!

About Cherry Bekaert

Cherry Bekaert , ranked among the largest assurance, tax and advisory firms in the U.S., serves clients across industries in all 50 U.S. states and internationally. “Cherry Bekaert” is the brand name under which Cherry Bekaert LLP and Cherry Bekaert Advisory LLC, independently owned entities, provide professional services in an alternative practice structure in accordance with applicable professional standards. Cherry Bekaert LLP is a licensed CPA firm that provides attest services, and Cherry Bekaert Advisory LLC and its subsidiary entities provide business advisory and non-attest services spanning the areas of transaction advisory, risk and accounting advisory, digital solutions, cybersecurity, tax, benefits consulting, and wealth management. For more details, visit .

Cherry Bekaert cares about our people. We offer competitive compensation packages based on performance that recognize the value our people bring to our clients and our Firm. The salary range for this position is $136,400 - $175,200 - depending upon location, skills/experience, budget, and other market factors. In addition, we offer fully remote work or hybrid location options, a comprehensive, high-quality benefits program which includes annual bonus, medical, dental, and vision care; disability and life insurance; generous Paid Time Off; retirement plans; Paid Care Leave; and other programs that are dedicated to enhancing your personal and work life and providing you and your family with a measure of financial protection.

Cherry Bekaert provides equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable law. Candidates must demonstrate eligibility to work in the U.S.

Cherry Bekaert will not provide work sponsorship for this position.

Cherry Bekaert LLP and Cherry Bekaert Advisory LLC are members of Allinial Global, an accountancy and business advisory global association.

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