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Director of Technical Accounting

Vienna, VA
Director, Technical Accounting

Privately held, global education technology company is seeking its next accounting leader, capable and skilled in technical and operational accounting process, procedures and strategy.

The Head of Technical Accounting is a highly visible position and is responsible for ensuring proper accounting for complex transactions subject to highly technical and specialized accounting guidance. The successful candidate will regularly interact with senior management and professional service providers, as well as manage a small team of direct reports. This position reports Corporate Controller and will serve as the technical liaison to several departments and teams. 

Position Breakdown:
  • Technical accounting, policy and financial reporting for significant and unusual transactions, including those involving revenue recognition, equity and executive compensation, investments, consolidation, capital expenditures, reportable segments, acquisitions, debt financings, leases, goodwill and intangibles.
  • Ensuring financial statements are prepared in conformity with US GAAP and IFRS
  • Management of the implementation of new accounting standards, policy development, and the design and implementation of related internal controls.
  • Teaming regularly with various internal organizations to provide financial guidance to management for the evaluation of key business initiatives.
  • Actively participate in the financial reporting process to ensure matters of disclosure importance are identified, evaluated, and adequately disclosed
  • Actively engages with external auditors to ensure transparent and timely discussion and resolution of critical audit issues.
  • Monitors the activities of the standard-setting organizations communicates significant changes and trends to management and key stakeholders, and routinely provides trainings to the finance organization.
  • Participating in financial accounting due diligence for prospective acquisitions.
  • Maintaining and monitoring department compliance with internal controls, policies and procedures.
  • Other special projects as assigned
Additional Responsibilities: 
  • An ability to comprehend technical accounting questions and issues on a broad range of topics, navigate and interpret the relevant authoritative literature, evaluate and recommend solutions, and convey those solutions in easy-to-understand terms.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A proven ability to be decisive, resolve issues and deliver on commitments and deadlines
  • Unquestioned personal integrity
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a respectful, positive, and professional disposition.
  • Ability to effectively present information and provide timely, reliable, courteous service to internal and external customers.
  • Strong negotiation and conflict resolution ability
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • 5-10 years of financial accounting and reporting experience
  • Big-4/National/Regional CPA Firm experience preferred
  • CPA required
  • An excellent understanding of US GAAP and IFRS
  • $120,000 - $140,000 + 15% bonus target
  • Comprehensive benefits and perks
  • 401k, Strong PTO and Sick Leave
  • Hybrid work schedule (2-3 days in office - Tysons Corner)
  • Supportive, professional and team-minded group
  • Growing company with amazing mission


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