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Large Bank Supervision Entry-Level Bank Examiners

What is Large Bank Supervision?

The OCC's Large Bank Supervision division supervises many of the world's largest banks with assets ranging from $50 billion to $3 trillion. Exam teams work on-site in the banks in more than 15 cities across the United States and in London.  Exam work in Large Bank Supervision is exceptionally challenging and equally rewarding. Examiners have significant opportunities to develop and expand their skills in a variety of complex business and product types through daily interaction with OCC and bank experts.

Why become a bank examiner in Large Bank Supervision?

Becoming a large bank examiner at the OCC provides a challenging and rewarding opportunity that creates a strong foundation for success through extensive training and career development opportunities. Examiners work for the first year on a training team, combining formal classroom instruction with actual exam work in a large bank. As a member of a Large Bank Supervision team, examiners learn from OCC experts about the critical risk areas of credit, compliance, operations, capital markets, and information technology.  They experience first-hand the inner workings of the largest and most complex banks in the country. After completing the initial training program, examiners work with specialists in a specific area based upon their skills, interests, and the agency needs. This experience helps examiners become specialists by enhancing specific skills in one or more of the risk areas. In addition, new examiners work closely with people from other OCC units and other supervisory agencies, which helps build a broad understanding of bank supervision and the nation's federal banking system.

Assistant National Bank Examiners

  • organize and analyze selected data;
  • complete bank supervision procedures;
  • check compliance with laws and regulations;
  • gather information through discussions with other OCC employees;
  • discuss findings with other examiners and bank management;;
  • draw conclusions and recommend corrective action; and
  • perform off-site analyses, write memorandums and reports, and update or write examination comments under close supervision.

To apply for a position as an Assistant National Bank Examiner, you need at least one of the following:

  • A four-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study in accounting, banking, business administration, commercial or banking law, economics, finance, marketing, or other field closely related to the position; 
  • Three years of work experience that has provided you with knowledge of accounting or auditing principles, such as reviewing, analyzing, recommending or approving loan applications, investments, or other actions involving the properties or monies of others held in trust by or for a financial institution, or internal accounting or auditing work for a financial institution that has required understanding of debits and credits, balance sheets, and operating statements;
  • Equivalent combinations of education and experience; or
  • A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate obtained through written examination in a state, territory, or the District of Columbia.

You must pass two written tests and two interviews. You will be directed by e-mail to schedule a test appointment.

The first test, the Knowledge Test, assesses your knowledge of basic finance and accounting principles. If you receive a passing score, you will take the Written Communication Skills Test (WCST) to assess your skills in organizing information and preparing written documentation.


If your combined score on the Knowledge Test and Written Communication Skills Test meets the qualifying standards set by the OCC, you will be scheduled for a structured phone screening interview.

If you meet the qualifying standards set by the OCC for the screening interview, you may be invited to attend a Career Exploration Day at one of OCC's District Offices for a final interview.

If you are an experienced banking professional, you may also visit our Experienced Bank Examiner Careers to see other opportunities the OCC may have.

Salary and Benefits

The OCC offers competitive salaries according to a performance-based pay plan. The starting salary for an entry-level examiner is a non-negotiable $50,000 per year, plus an additional supplement in certain high-cost locations.

The OCC also offers one of the best benefits programs in the federal government.

How to Apply

The Entry-Level Bank Examiner position is no longer accepting applications for the spring 2014 campaign. The deadline for the spring campaign ended at 11:59 p.m. EST on February 10, 2014.


Large bank examiners are typically located at the main office of the institution they are assigned but at times and depending upon their respective specialty areas there will be the need for travel.  This will include other locations where the bank conducts activity or assisting examiners at other bank locations.  Large bank examiners can expect to travel approximately 30% of the time depending upon their location.

Career Advancement

After the successful completion of the entry level training program in Large Banks, examiners will have the opportunity to further refine their skills in one or more specialty areas.  As a risk specialist, examiners will have the opportunity to serve on a team as a functional examiner-in-charge where they can further refine their skills in a designated risk area.  Additional career opportunities in Large Bank supervision include serving as a Lead Expert or Team Leader where the examiner is responsible for the development and execution of an examination strategy while leading a team of other risk specialists.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The OCC is dedicated to ensuring equal opportunity for all applicants. All employment decisions are made without regard to non-merit factors, such as race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, protected genetic information, sexual orientation, parental status, marital status, or political affiliation. The OCC provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.