Sr. Manager, Accounting - Payroll

Washington D.C.
Jan 29, 2019
Feb 15, 2019
Accountant, Finance
Full Time
Job Description Department Marketing Statement:

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is seeking engaged, exceptionally talented, Senior Manager Accounting Payroll professional to join our Accounting and Payroll team.  Reporting into the Assistant Comptroller, this position is responsible for overseeing all Payroll operating procedures, controls and performance management within the department. A successful candidate will be expected to provide leadership and strategic direction to Payroll staff that drives innovation and process improvement.

Minimum Qualifications


    Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance or related field In lieu of a bachelor’s degree, a high school diploma or GED and four (4) years of experience in accounting operations, planning/execution, financial management or management analysis. Experience applicable to an assigned section, in a large complexed organization using manual and automated financial systems, to satisfy the minimum education requirement.

    A minimum of nine (9) years’ experience in accounting operations, planning/execution, financial management or management analysis. This is applicable to the assigned section, in a large complex organization using manual and automated financial systems. Five (5) years management experience in an accounting/financial environment                    

    Training and certification as a project management professional (PMP), continuous improvement training such as Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma, and demonstrable project management experience

    An advanced degree or certification in the fields of accounting, auditing or management Active certified public accountant (CPA) Experience in both private and government accounting
Medical Group

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required.  The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Job Summary

The Senior Manager, Accounting is responsible for effectively building and sustaining teams to accomplish managing change and people. The scope involves implementing best practices, accounting research and financial analysis and reporting; in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.  The incumbent is also accountable for coordinating cross-departmental, cross-functional teams to ensure data integrity and reliability of financial transactions.

Essential Functions

    In accordance with US generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), oversees and ensures the proper accounting and financial reporting of financial transactions on a periodic, monthly, quarterly, annual, ad-hoc and multi-year bases.   Consistently develops practices and procedures to ensure that accounting activities are in compliance with the overall financial objectives set forth for the Authority, and that financial reporting of actual activities can be measured against approved financial plans, budgets, or other source documents.     Manages the timely development and preparation of financial statements and complex schedules; monthly, quarterly and annual reconciliations; journal entries; and account reclassifications based on a thorough understanding of financial systems and accounting policies. Stays abreast of, interprets, and ensures the correct application of complex accounting standards to financial transactions, statements, and audit reports are properly related to assigned process area (e.g., Accounts Payable, Payroll, Financial Reporting, Accounts Receivable, Financial Analysis, and Grants) Reviews, analyzes and develops recommendations to support actions, policies, and management decisions pertaining to complex accounting and auditing issues. Develops alternative methods to operational strategies that benefit the Authority; implements remediation activities to address audit findings; and formulates communications, procedures and guidelines. Establishes and ensures appropriate internal controls are in place and being followed to prevent or detect financial misstatements or fraud, waste, and abuse.    Recommends, plans, and implements modifications to improve financial processes and systems. Participates in the requirements gathering, development and testing of new systems or functionality. Recommends and reviews established goals for the Office of Accounting as well as provides input on goals and objectives. Manages subordinate staff to include recommending applicant selection regarding hiring, resolution of difficult problems, retention programs, approving leave request, assigning duties, directing work, conducting performance evaluations, and ensuring appropriate training and preparedness in achieving section/branch goals. Keeps abreast of applicable accounting related policies, procedures, and standards, as applicable for the branch (e.g., generally accepted accounting principles, and payroll laws) and implements appropriate training/procedures to ensure staff compliance.   Reviews work, trains, and provides instruction and guidance to lower level staff. Prepares and reports on complex financial information for internal and external use and all levels of management. Uses knowledge of accounting operations and policies, benchmarks against industry practices, and uses business judgement to identify formulate, evaluate, recommend, and implement improvement strategies. Presents recommendations in appropriate executive level communications to gain approval for improvement strategies. Develops and implements knowledge sharing and succession plans and ensures that desk manuals and other documentation exist and remain accurate and current to ensure continuity of operations for all critical process areas. Automates manual processes for critical process areas.   Minimizes paper processing and develops procedures to ensure electronic data is maintained and centrally stored in accordance with record retention policies. Develops and reports on quantitative and qualitative performance metrics for all critical process areas to measure the effectiveness and accuracy of transactions processed.
The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:

    Personal Interview Skills Assessments Verification of education and experience Criminal Background Check Credit history report for positions with fiduciary responsibilities Successful completion of a medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening Review of a current Motor Vehicle Report

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a Federal contractor, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists.  Our hiring process is designed to be accessible and free from discrimination.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment.  It is not intended to replace the official job description.  Job Descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.