Accounting Director for Public Accounting Firm

Reston, VA Miller Musmar Expired 4 months ago - Inactive Job
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The Accounting Director works closely with Partners, Supervisors, Seniors, Team, and Clients to facilitate completion of all components of accounting engagements including oversight of the accounting department and team members. The Accounting Director is responsible for overseeing all accounting work, reviewing workpapers, completing compilations, interfacing with client executives, participating in accounting financial statement presentations to client, and providing the final accounting documents to clients for distribution.

The Accounting Director establishes operational accounting strategies by evaluating trends, determining production, productivity, quality, and customer-service strategies, designing systems, accumulating resources, resolving problems, and implementing change within the accounting department. This position reports to the firm's Accounting Partner.


Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • Manages the accounting team who are responsible for financial reporting, billing, collections, payroll, and budget preparation
  • Mentor, supervise, and train accounting team. Coordinates training programs for new team and identifies training needs for current team.
  • Address client and team questions and concerns in a timely matter
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.
  • Leverage technology to create more efficient processes and enhance team productivity.
  • Responsibilities include interviewing and hiring; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Job Responsibilities:
  • Prepare budgets to price engagement letters and proposals
  • Monitor accounting work through time keeping software to ensure timely deliveries for all accounting department engagements. Utilize Practice CS daily to monitor project status is current.
  • Manages Accounting Client Billing
  • Enforcement of Billing Policy
  • Manages Accounting Department Budgets/Realization/Deadlines
  • Conduct weekly accounting meetings
  • Attend weekly management meetings
  • Work with Dept. Heads to ensure deadlines are met
  • Schedule client meetings, agenda and manage report due dates.
  • Assist with other client services as outlined in the firm's engagement letter and proposal submitted to the client.
  • Supports the organization's financial objectives by providing financial analyses and recommendations and directing team within scope of engagement.
  • Develops accounting organizational strategies by contributing accounting and financial information, analysis, and recommendations for strategic thinking and direction, and establishing functional objectives in line with organizational objectives.
  • Provides financial projections by coordinating budget/forecast preparation, collecting, analyzing, and consolidating financial information, and advising departments on the collection and analysis of data
  • Maximizes sales margins by recommending product and service pricing policies
  • Performs other related duties as necessary or assigned.
Required Competencies:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the collective effect of various factors on establishing or enhancing effectiveness or mitigating the risks, of specific policies and procedures. Factors may include:
  • Management philosophy and operating style
  • Organizational structure
  • Methods of assigning authority and responsibility
  • Management control methods
  • The internal audit functions
  • Personnel policies and practices
  • Function of the board of directors and its committees.
Client Service:
  • Anticipates client needs and proactively proposes solutions
  • Demonstrates responsibility for overall client satisfaction
  • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the market, industry, and challenges for clients
  • Maintains strict confidentiality of all client business
  • Ability to help client assess their strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities in their strategic and operational effectiveness
Business Development
  • Actively solicits new client relationships
  • Participates in client/potential client seminars to expand networking opportunities
  • Holds themselves and others accountable for achieving business development and growth goals
  • Mentors team and managers on how to succeed in the marketplace; includes team in proposal/ business development opportunities
  • Provides guidance to team in understanding the firm's competitive advantages and differentiators
  • Actively participates with the Alliance to enhance business opportunities
  • Serves as model for effective communication, both verbal and written
  • Teaches communication skills that ensure all firm communications are of a quality expected from a premiere accounting firm
  • Interacts with others in a manner that cultivates an environment of trust, respect and fairness
  • Pursues, volunteers for, or seizes appropriate opportunities to take lead roles within and outside the firm
  • Motivates individuals and teams to reach common goals
  • Empowers others to work productively and to be individual leaders in their own right
Operational Excellence (effective, efficient, productive)
  • Remains up to date with new technologies and leverages firm technology to maximize team productivity and efficiency
  • Consistently orients self and others, including support professionals, towards the firm's financial goals and expectations
  • Understands and educates others in the economics and business of public accounting
  • Responsible for all phases of multiple engagements; demonstrates exceptional time management/multi- tasking skills on multiple engagements and follows engagement planning and team assignments to stay familiar with team skills
Personal Development
  • Serves as a role model for those who strive for personal excellence
  • Continually looks for ways or training to strengthen technical industry knowledge and leaderships skills
  • Completes 40 CPE hours of professional training per year
  • Takes an active part in preparing and leading CPE events
  • Excellent management and supervisory skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Proficient in QuickBooks; strong excel and computer skills.
  • Ability to work with multiple deadlines
Education and Experience Requirements:
  • BS or BA in accounting
  • 5 or more years of relevant accounting experience
  • 3 or more years accounting senior work and/or management experience
  • Experience supervising accounting team
  • Experience in accounts payable and accounts receivables
  • CPA preferred
  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.
Physical Requirements:
  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.