Senior International Accountant (209348)

Bethesda, Montgomery, Maryland
Jul 15, 2014
Aug 19, 2014
Full Time

The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine Inc. (HJF) is seeking a Senior International Accountant to support the Finance Department located at Corporate Headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland. The Senior International Accountant controls and maintains the accounting and financial reporting functions of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation’s overseas subsidiaries: HJF Medical Research International (HJFMRI) and Medical Research International LTD/GTE (HJFMRI/LTD). This includes, but is not limited to implementing and coordinating the HJFMRI financial functions and overseas accounting operations. The position reports to the International Accounting Director.


1. Implement accounting, procurement, and treasury management systems appropriate to each HJFMRI country of operations, which will provide accurate results to the parent organization, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine.
2. Maintain an effective working knowledge of the HJFMRI’s and HJFMRI/LTD’s financial accounting system and related reporting tools. Train and update field office accounting staff in systems identified above.
3. Review the documentation and recording of transactions by the overseas operations to ensure compliance with the standards established by HJF.
4. Ensure that overseas financial management regulations are followed, and that the overseas locations are adequately prepared for audit by both US entities and the country of operation.
5. Complete tax and other governmental forms required by the overseas location. Prepare for the annual audit conducted by the HJFMRI’s external auditors. Coordinate with professional firms engaged to review the overseas operation.
6. Coordinate monthly and year-end closings of the HJFMRI financial accounting system with HJF.
7. Prepare quarterly and year-end financial statements, and related analysis, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and local requirements where applicable.
8. Prepare and review journal vouchers to record transactions into the HJFMRI financial accounting system as required, and coordinate budgetary issues with HJF HQ Finance and Operations staff.
9. Document and maintain accounting policies and procedures for HJFMRI. Remain current on GAAP and government regulations applicable to HJFMRI.
10. Review bank reconciliations and other general ledger account reconciliations completed by overseas administrative staff.
11. Serve as a liaison between HJFMRI and various departments within HQ (Finance/Budgeting/Disbursements/General Accounting, HR, Contracting, and others), as well as Program management staff, on addressing questions and resolving various matters related to managing organization’s international financial operations.
12. Provide continuous support and guidance to international field office accounting staff.
13. Perform other duties as required by the position.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) is required; Knowledge of federal grants and contracts regulations and applicable OMB Circulars is required; General ledger and subsidiary schedule preparation skills are required; Microsoft Excel, Word, and overall PC knowledge is required; A high level of analytical skills and strong attention to detail are required; Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required; Training, supervisory and foreign language skills are desirable

International Experience: Both headquarters and field office experience desirable, in the following areas: Developing internal controls, policies and procedures for international operations. Supervisory experience of financial personnel in an international setting; International parent/subsidiary operations involving consolidation and intercompany transactions; accounting for foreign exchange transactions; Knowledge of issues facing administration of large federally funded overseas projects. Foreign tax and revenue authorities, tax treaties, employment of foreign nationals and expatriate issues; Ability to understand the issues faced by program managers responsible for significant expenditures in risky environments such as Africa; Knowledge of contracting and contract/sub-award management issues.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance is required; Master’s degree is strongly desirable

Minimum Experience: 6-8 years overall accounting/audit experience; At least three years (full-time) in international accounting required; Experience working in government grant/contract accounting and financial management is required; Direct accounting experience in a field office setting a plus.
Required Licenses, Certifications or Registration: CPA is strongly desirable

Scope of Decisions and Organizational Impact: The incumbent's decisions and actions will have a moderate level of impact within the organization. The main area of impact will be in preparing timely financial statements for internal (e.g., executive staff) and external (e.g., financial institutions, external auditors, etc.) users. The incumbent's decisions and actions in the area of documenting and improving accounting procedures will impact the way other departments within Finance process transactions.

Work Environment: The majority of time will be spent in office environments and field operations in various countries.

Please apply on-line at click “Advanced Search” and enter job number 209348 in the Job Opening ID box. OR fax your resume to 240-694-3151. Please specify title and job number on fax.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Vice President of Human Resources.

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.