Accounting Manager - Internal Controls - Remote Eligible

Rockville , MD
Jun 03, 2021
Jun 28, 2021
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Westat is seeking an experienced Accounting Manager, Internal Controls to join our dynamic organization. This key role will assess and maintain Westat's accounting and finance internal controls. This is a remote position within the US and reports to the Corporate Controller.

Job Responsibilities:
•    Design, monitor and maintain the control environment and ensure compliance and controls are properly executed and auditable.
•    Evaluate control risks, process changes and the design of existing controls.
•    Design and implement efficient and effective new financial internal controls when process changes or control gaps are identified.
•    Establish, implement and maintain compliance-related policies and procedures to respond to changes in internal policies, GAAP, OMB & FAR/CAS requirements.
•    Create and maintain control documentation including process narratives, process flowcharts, and risk & controls matrices to be used to evaluate controls. Support process owners through training, reviewing, and providing guidance for their process.
•    Maintain a central data repository site for business process and control owners to provide all supporting documentation for walk-through testing, annual tests of controls and audit requests.
•    Actively participate in decision making with process owners, provide meaningful insights, and seek to understand the broader impact of current decisions.
•    Identifies areas of strengths and weaknesses and engage in continuous education and staff development for best practices. 
•    Build and nurture positive working relations with process owners by providing high quality deliverables and communications, providing them tools and template that can help them better achiever their process objectives and our control objectives.
•    Interface with Accounting and Finance teams, business partners and other internal and external stakeholders including external auditors.
•    Use critical thinking skills to quickly identify potential control issues, evaluate their implications and draw appropriate conclusions including remediation actions.
•    Conducting periodic meetings/walkthroughs with process owners to ensure any changes to process are updated and accurately assessed for control gaps
•    Execute and document transaction testing to confirm the operating effectiveness of established policies and procedures. 

Basic Qualifications:
•    Bachelor's degree in Accounting 
•    10 years of accounting/audit experience

Preferred Qualifications:
•    Experience with Costpoint accounting software
•    Experience with high volume transactions
•    Experience in writing internal policies and procedures and process evaluation and documentation.

Candidates must have excellent communication, leadership and interpersonal skills.

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account


Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.

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