PwC Investigative and Deal Accounting Analytics Senior Associate in Chicago, Illinois

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PwC Advisory helps our clients with their most challenging imperatives from strategy through execution. We combine the breadth of knowledge of over 48,000 global professionals with deep industry knowledge to deliver custom solutions for our clients. We work with the world's largest and most complex companies and understand the unique business issues and opportunities our clients face.

Job Description

Businesses today are confronted daily by corruption, fraud and other unplanned events. Our growing Advisory Forensics Services practice delivers clarity and confidence to prevent, respond to and remediate our client’s complex legal, regulatory and economic crime challenges

  • whether in one country or worldwide. With a strong Forensics presence in more than 75 countries, we thrive on dealing with the most complex problems and that can mean investigating allegations of fraud or corruption, assisting to resolve disputes, addressing regulatory anxieties or responding to threats.

Our Forensics Services practice possess a combination of both forensic technology and accounting professionals in offering clients a unilateral advantage in investigating issues that extend across borders or that afflict multinational organizations.

With advanced technology solutions and data preservation techniques, we analyze your information to provide you with answers to the who, what, and when of investigations and other complex, high-risk situations.

Our Digital Forensics and eDiscovery team helps clients protect opportunities in today's evolving business landscape operating over 14 global centers and 60 forensic labs. Our team employs a comprehensive investigative approach driven by its high tech crime investigators and advanced analytic capabilities to solve our client’s most challenging issues in a defensible manner suitable for presentation in a court of law. We apply advanced, strategic approaches to assist our clients with complex information management and analysis challenges by combining data analytics techniques, sophisticated technology tools, and information management principles to help our clients make well-informed decisions.

The Forensic Technology’s Investigative and Deal Accounting Analytics consultants deploy their technical and data analysis skills coupled with strong business acumen, accounting and financial reporting knowledge to leverage the power of financial and operational data in addressing a range of business challenges, including:

  • Investigate accounting irregularities and respond to fraud allegations

  • Enable our clients to execute their divestitures, mergers, and acquisitions in an efficient and accelerated manner to maximize the deal value

  • Help to address commercial disputes and tax-related controversies or take advantage of tax saving opportunities

In delivering these services, our Investigative and Deal Accounting Analytics professionals deliver fact-based, data driven reliable insights to inform decision makers on a range of high impact topics critical to a particular exercise, from comprehensive divested business' financial statements, to transaction-level details supporting a given Tax position, to optimization of the entity’s product pricing and customer structure post transaction.

Our high performing team brings a unique perspective through the convergence of general business / deal acumen, finance and accounting, and deep technical capabilities.

Our go-to-market approach is to secure wins from becoming our clients’ trusted advisors by bringing the full power of the Firm

  • teaming with complementary capabilities across different Firm practices: Forensic Accountants, Transaction Services, M&A Advisors, Tax and others.

Position/Program Requirements

Minimum Year(s) of Experience: 3

Minimum Degree Required: Bachelor's degree

Degree Preferred: Bachelor's degree or Master's degree in Management Information Systems, Engineering, Accounting, Computer Science, Mathematics, Finance, Economics, Statistics, MBA from an accredited college/university.

Certification(s) Preferred: Database and programming certifications, such as Oracle, MS SQL Server; CPA; and/or PMI.

Certified Fraud Examiner is a plus. Knowledge Preferred:

Demonstrates proven thorough knowledge of, and/or success in individual contributor or supervisory roles involving, forensic technology, forensic accounting and/or technical investigations, preferably for a global network of professional services firms, including the following areas:

  • Supervising or leading work streams involving business transactions management, such as divestitures, mergers and acquisitions;

  • Performing in or maintaining relational and NoSQL Databases, especially utilizing one or more of the following environments: Data Visualization Tools

  • Tableau; Spotfire, QlikView, etc., R or Base SASData Analytics

  • Microsoft SQL, Oracle, Informatica; or, VBA or Python;

  • Performing in ERPs, especially multiple business and accounting cycles, financial reporting activities, and data models;

  • Understanding industry-specific business processes and accounting practices, such as Healthcare, Oil and Gas, Utilities, etc.; and,


Consulting or helping to manage industry-related data analytics and/or financial management, emphasizing multiple business and accounting cycles.

Skills Preferred:

Demonstrates a thorough level of ability in and/or proven record of success with forensic technology, forensic accounting and/or technical investigations, preferably for a global network of professional services firms, including the following areas:

  • Managing multiple engagements and competing priorities in a rapidly growing, cross-functional, fast-paced, interactive, results-based team environment;

  • Leading teams on accounting-related and business consulting projects to translate business and accounting requirements into technical solutions’ specifications;

  • Creating, managing, and utilizing high performance relational and NoSQL databases, such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Microsoft Access, OLAP and other proprietary software;

  • Gathering, standardizing, and analyzing voluminous transactional electronic data, such as banking records, general ledgers, sales and inventory data, etc.;

  • Querying and mining large data sets to discover transaction patterns, examining financial data and filtering for targeted information that utilize both traditional and predictive/advanced analytic methodologies;

  • Designing and developing user interfaces and database reports;

  • Assisting practice leadership in creating proposals, budgets, work-plans, and other business development activities as appropriate;

  • Communicating cogently when writing, speaking and/or presenting to senior management, client personnel, client in-house and outside legal counsel, compliance personnel, investigators, vendors or subcontractors, and team members; and,

  • Overseeing project management, including preparing budgets, work plans, status reports, and client-ready deliverables.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment at PwC without regard to race; creed; color; religion; national origin; sex; age; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; genetic predisposition or carrier status; veteran, marital, or citizenship status; or any other status protected by law.