Ascendant Program Services, LLC is currently recruiting qualified candidates for two full-time Senior Due Diligence (DD) Analyst positions linked to a contract that we hold with the U.S. Trade & Development Agency. This position is based in Arlington, VA and is metro accessible.
Independently lead and manage secondary source research / due diligence projects
Prepare /review due diligence reports and provide quality assurance / guidance to other analysts
Investigate and review adverse media pertaining to financial crimes, AML issues, bribery/corruption, OFAC sanctions issues, etc.
Assess materiality of findings based on a strong understanding of U.S. regulatory framework and potential reputational risk
Perform in-depth analysis of foreign entities and U.S. companies and their beneficial owners, including enhanced due diligence, synthesize findings and report to client for effective assessment of viability and risk
Draft clear and concise written summaries of investigative findings
Participate in various due diligence projects to support and meet client requests and work closely with their Office of General Counsel on matters pertaining to due diligence, investigative findings, and matters requiring escalation
Present investigative findings to client program staff, their Office of General Counsel, and senior management
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree is required. Ideal candidates will have education backgrounds and interests in library and information sciences, pre-law and legal studies, international relations, political science, security studies, and other related fields of study. Master’s degree in one of the foregoing fields is strongly preferred.
5+ years of work experience in a similar capacity with proven team management experience
2+ years of prior experience providing due diligence training and quality control reviews of work products
Specific experience managing complex investigations or reviews within a financial institution, law firm, insurance company, or governmental entity
Experience required in researching and summarizing investigative reporting for presentation to senior management
General Knowledge and Technical Skills
Strong internet research skills, including ability to conduct sophisticated research using numerous open resources as well as familiarity with online research tools such as Lexis Advance, Sam.gov, are required
Detailed knowledge and understanding of complex organizational and corporate structures including ownership percentage, subsidiary breakdown, and merger activity is required
Strong knowledge of regulatory framework related to AML/Sanctions/Anti-Bribery in the foreign assistance context is required
Strong investigative and analytical skills are required
Superior written communication skills, including drafting reports, are required
Ability to present complex issues, findings, and recommendations in a succinct, simple, and straightforward manner (written or orally) to target audiences is required
Ability to effectively summarize critical information from multiple resources into a concise analysis for client decision making purposes is required
Ability to effectively communicate problems that may arise during due diligence research is required
Must be detail-oriented
Proficiency in reviewing and analyzing public company filings is a plus
Fluency/proficiency in at least one foreign language (written and reading) is a plus
Candidates must be able to obtain a Secret level security clearance with the U.S. Government
Team player willing to accept challenges large and small and meet them under time pressure
Use utmost discretion when handling sensitive and confidential material
Works effectively and collaboratively with multiple departments (Regional Teams, Office of General Counsel, senior management) to achieve desired objectives
Demonstrates a strong sense of responsibility, proactive attitude, and self-motivation
Comfortable asking hard questions and working under pressure
Ability to balance numerous priorities, operate independently to complete tasks, and meet time-sensitive deadlines effectively
High degree of organization and excellent time management skills
Hands-on and international mindset
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience
Ascendant Program Services provides expert management solutions in support of client programs worldwide.
The successful development of today's projects must incorporate increasingly complex scopes; strict funding conditions; sustainability, environmental and social considerations; and ever faster delivery schedules. Ascendant provides intelligent solutions to these challenges, uniquely integr...ating team competencies across the entire development lifecycle, from feasibility and planning studies to design, construction and follow-on sustainment operations.
Ascendant’s team of specialists offers a wide-range of industry experience to provide focused services to its public and private sector clients. Ascendant also offers expert advice in the evaluation of investment opportunities for investors, operators, contractors, and financing institutions.