Forensic Accountant Job Description Template
We are looking for a driven and meticulous forensic accountant to investigate companies' finances and analyze fraudulent activity and financial misconduct. The forensic accountant’s responsibilities include tracing and recovering illegitimate funds, writing reports on the findings, and explaining how the illegal activities were carried out.
To ensure success as a forensic accountant, you should be detail-oriented and able to present your findings in a calm and professional manner in court. An excellent forensic accountant should possess above-average knowledge of legal, tax, and accounting issues, and should be adept at writing reports.
Forensic Accountant Responsibilities:
- Investigating the financial data of a company suspected of fraudulent activity.
- Compiling and analyzing evidence of illegal activity.
- Interpreting and evaluating financial information.
- Conducting interviews with personnel to uncover and gather evidence.
- Developing a criminal hypothesis from the information.
- Presenting the investigative findings to the appropriate personnel.
- Recommending actionable steps to remedy and prevent future occurrences of fraud.
- Preparing documentation and evidence for presentation in court.
- Presenting evidence of financial irregularities to court members in a clear and professional manner.
- Explaining the findings of the research in understandable terms, and disclosing investigative methods and procedures.
Forensic Accountant Requirements:
- A bachelor’s degree in finance, business, or accounting.
- A Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and/or Chartered Accountant (CA) qualification is preferred.
- A pass in the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) exam may be advantageous.
- A minimum of 2 years' experience working in an accounting or auditing role.
- Excellent knowledge of the procedures prescribed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
- Strong understanding of anti-money laundering regulations.
- Ability to work independently without the need for supervision.
- Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills.
- Proficiency in word processing and spreadsheet software.
- Articulate report-writing skills.