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Accountant Lead - (CPA is required) - 25577 in Fairfax, VA at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 3/13/2018

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Job Description


Are you interested in joining a diverse, dynamic accounting team as a subject matter expect? We are a group and company in transition that is seeking highly talented professionals looking to drive results and deliver value.

Position Summary

Responsible for coordinating and supervising accounting activities within the organization. Assignments include researching accounting literature and principles, developing solutions to highly complex problems, advising executive management on strategic initiates, maintaining journals and ledgers and preparing financial statements and reports. Day to day activities will include maintaining reserves, developing recommendations and strategies for accounting projects, collecting and evaluating data, conducting analysis, preparing reports, and reviewing and approving transactions.

Duties and Responsibilities          

This position will be called upon to be a technical expert.  They will be tasked with a variety of complex accounting projects that will require interaction with senior and executive management, other departments, and other members of the accounting team. 

Complete understanding and application of accounting principles, concepts, practices and standards and can convey and direct the application to the staff. Provides technical advice, research and direction for maintaining proper accounting practices.

Conducts independent research and applies analytical and problem solving skills to lead and complete numerous and diverse highly complex accounting / finance projects. 

Develops and coordinates the implementation of highly complex accounting and accounting control procedures Designs operational procedures and processes that meet audit standards and improve efficiency.

Provides input on the selection, development and evaluation of accounting personnel to ensure efficient departmental operation.

Keeps abreast of new developments in financial accounting and government regulations. Informs management of changes and provides recommendations for implementation.

Participates in the preparation of the profit and loss statements, balance sheet, cash flow statement, consolidated financials, monthly closing and cost accounting reports.

Oversees the control of general ledger accounts, job cost accounting and records. Recommends modifications in the chart of accounts, cost systems and other practices to meet changing trends and conditions

Ensures all cost and revenue transactions are recorded in accordance with GAAP, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and in accordance with company policies and procedures.

Approves at-risk transactions, journal entries, Manual Revenue Adjustments (MRA), suspense, AP corrections, and timecard corrections.

High level of understanding of financial databases and computer software system functionality. Utilizes database queries and other tools to research and resolve problems.  Reviews accounting and related system reports for accuracy and completeness.

Interfaces with internal and external auditors in coordinating and completing audits.

Complies with all applicable accounting and governmental regulations.

Reviews situations that are being handled by other members of the accounting team and provides assistance and expertise as needed.

Performs additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Education and Experience

A CPA is required.

Bachelor's degree in related discipline plus a CPA and 6 years of directly related experience, preferaby in government contracting environment.

Experience in the Government Contracting industry is a plus.

Big 4 audit experience is a plus.

Knowledge Skills, Abilities

Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills as this position will be advising senior and executive management

  • Expert knowledge of finance, accounting, budgeting, and cost control principles including GAAP and a working knowledge of international accounting standards

  • Working knowledge and understanding of Government CAS and FAR.

  • Expert knowledge of financial and accounting software applications

  • Knowledge of Microsoft applications.

  • Ability to analyze highly complex financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and projections.

Diversity Statement

Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.  Alion will provide a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who need assistance to apply.  Please visit the Alion Careers site for more information

U.S. Citizenship Required.