Public Sector Audit Senior Associate

Whitney Penn LLP Houston , TX 77020

Posted 3 months ago

Established in 1983, Whitley Penn has become one of the region's most distinguished accounting firms by providing exceptional service that reaches far beyond traditional accounting. The primary mission of Whitley Penn from its inception to today has been to provide an unmatched level of high quality service to our clients. Our steady growth over the past 35 years reflects our knack for hiring individuals with talent and integrity, and our ability to stay one step ahead of the issues our clients face in an ever-changing business landscape.

As a member of our Public Sector Audit Department, you will be assigned to client projects and engagements and gain real-life business experiences. Our goal is to provide you with experiences that are educational, valuable and useful. By working on various client engagements, you will have the opportunity to begin creating your own business network and will receive training, both on the job and departmental specific. Additionally, you will take part in our continuing professional education and learn about the world of accounting and our client service philosophy.


  • Lead audit engagements from start to finish, which includes planning, executing, directing, and completing the engagement while managing client deadline expectations, monitoring actual performance against budget; and continually communicating engagement status to the manager and partner.

  • Develop and maintain a relationship with the client and proactively work with the client's management to gather necessary audit information, identify issues and make recommendations for business improvements and identify potential additional business opportunities.

  • Supervise, train and mentor Public Sector Audit Staff and Interns, including the detailed review of staff prepared work papers and evaluate performances on client engagements.

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of generally accepted governmental auditing standards

  • Assist with business proposals, networking and recruiting opportunities

  • Must be highly dedicated with a positive attitude, self-motivated, a team player who takes initiative and willing to learn


  • 2+ years of public accounting external audit experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Master's degree is preferred

  • CPA or a CPA candidate

  • Strong background in technical accounting of GAAP & GAAS

  • Strong technical accounting knowledge of GASB Basic Financial Statements for State and Local Governments

  • Knowledge with risk assessment in the governmental accounting environment

  • Experience with the OMB compliance supplement federal programs audits

  • Strong leadership, management, networking and mentoring skills

  • Excellent written, oral communication and presentation skills

Whitley Penn LLP is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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