Project Accounting Manager, Southland Industries, Sterling, VA

Southland Industries -
Sterling, VA, US

Project Accounting Manager

Job description


The Project Accounting Manager develops, implements, and oversees systems for collecting, analyzing, verifying and reporting financial information. This position is also responsible for managing the business team to ensure department achieves designated business outcomes.

What you ll do:

  • Lead the Southland Mid-Atlantic Division s (MAD) dynamic project accounting team, responsible for all project accounting and administrative functions.

  • Recruit, coach, and counsel other team members. Must be passionate about growing and developing accounting professionals and have a proven track record of successfully communicating job expectations, monitoring, appraising, and reviewing employee s performance.

  • Develop, update, communicate, and ensure adherence to processes, policies, and procedures within the division.

  • Partner with MAD s Controller and Finance Managers to collaborate with department leaders and to set and implement division objectives in alignment with strategic initiatives and corporate goals.

  • Provide leadership and coordination of all administrative, risk management, financial planning, accounting, and budgeting functions for the projects.

  • Develop, implement, and maintain project accounting structures and systems to ensure financial integrity and compliance with all local, state, and federal laws, as well as GAAP.

  • Oversee and monitor daily operations of assigned areas to ensure accuracy and internal controls.

  • Monitor division financials, including coordinating the collection, consolidation, and evaluation of financial data. Prepare standard and special reports routinely and ad hoc.

  • Maintain knowledge of best practices, and current and proposed legislation and regulation, recommending changes to policies and procedures to ensure compliance.

What you ll need to be successful:

  • Servant Leader attitude with a proven ability to build teams based on trust and solid relationships.

  • Helpful and patient employee champion who can grow employee problem solving and analytical skills while developing and training the greater team and promoting the accounting function outside of the department.

  • Humble teacher with a sincere interest in growing and developing individuals and teams.

  • Entrepreneurial mindset with ability to identify opportunities and solutions for process improvement and enhanced efficiency.

  • Ability to influence and lead a team to expected outcomes, and the ability to work closely with managers to balance multiple projects and deadlines, delegate appropriate tasks to more junior staff, and communicate clearly with both clients and other team members.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate with people at multiple levels within and external to Southland.

  • Experience working with various types of business partners including direct reports, leaders of other functional groups, internal and external clients, field team members, Southland peers, auditors, vendors, general contractors, subcontractors, and other industry partners.

  • Emotional intelligence and business acumen to successfully lead by example, including the ability to explain processes and methods of analysis and reasoning, resulting in a positive impact on the business and bottom line.

  • Ability to convert financial analysis into meaningful operational recommendations and drive action and process improvement within the division.

What you bring to the table:

  • Cross-functional knowledge of business and accounting with required experience in accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, payroll and job cost accounting functions. Previous accounting experience with specialty contractor teams, and lump sum, GMP and IPD contracts strongly preferred.

  • Ability to identify, analyze and resolve complex issues with a creative solution orientated mindset and passion for collaboration with the business and innovation in the organization.

  • Computer proficiency and technical aptitude with intermediate to expert level ability to utilize MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, etc. required.

  • Process orientation with a focus on quality and efficiency, including the highest level of attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Demonstrated ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.

  • Required ability to successfully hold both self and team members accountable.

  • Makes decisions independently and implements resolutions to decisions.

  • Exceptional problem analysis and problem-solving skills.

  • Proven experience managing a team, providing performance feedback and coaching.

  • Responsible for hiring, training, coaching, and managing your team s performance.

  • Leadership responsibility includes hire/fire authority.


  • 5+ years of proven people management or team leadership responsibility required.

  • 7+ years of relevant accounting or finance experience supporting business operations required.

  • Cost plus project accounting experience or subcontractor accounting experience preferred.

YOU Matter


At Southland we aspire to build a workforce that s as diverse as the people who occupy the buildings we design, build and maintain. Building talent by design is our intentional approach to creating a truly safe, collaborative, and inclusive work environment that fosters growth, empowers professional achievement, and where people are treated with respect at all levels.

If you re someone with a true passion for our industry, a life-long learner, with high accountability and a drive for results we re looking for you! At Southland, we hire problem solvers that are focused on providing customer value through continuous improvement and will take ownership to create the best experiences that will have an impact wider than their own job. We thrive on creating a strong company and culture where you ll feel engaged, challenged, and valued.

If you re ready for the next big step in your career and want a career full of fun and excitement and to be a part of a fast-paced growing company, then JOIN our team and become a part of an organization that values PEOPLE , SAFETY, INNOVATION, COLLABORATION, INTEGRITY, ACCOUNTABILITY & SUSTAINABILITY.


As an employee-owned company, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes excellent benefits for you and your family:

  • 401(k) Plan with 50% Company Match (no cap) and immediate 100% vesting

  • Annual incentive program based upon performance, profitability, and achievement

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance 100% Paid for Employee

  • Term Life, AD&D Insurance, and Voluntary Life Insurance

  • Disability Income Protection Insurance

  • Pre-tax Flexible Spending Plans (Health and Dependent Care)

  • Holidays/Vacation/Personal Time/Life Events Leave

  • Numerous training opportunities and company paid membership for professional associations and licenses

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Southland Industries and all its subsidiaries are an **Equal Opportunity Employer ** and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing our employees with a safe work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Southland Industries are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, gender, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, family care or medical leave status, veteran status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Southland Industries will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

****All employment offers are contingent upon successful, drug tests, background checks and professional reference checks. ****

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Full-time 2023-06-25

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