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Senior Accountant

Malibu, CA, USA Req #160
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Job Summary:

The Senior Accountant will be responsible for the tracking and monitoring of Construction in Progress (CIP) activities for a research laboratory that provides cutting-edge technology solutions to two of the largest companies in the world.




This position will lead in providing analysis and interpretation of financial transactions that directly support CIP activities. CIP activities include: setting up CIP Project numbers, reviewing Purchase Orders, interpreting and applying GAAP and company policies, and the capitalization of projects upon completion and in coordination with project managers.


The selected candidate will also assist and consult with management in defining control objectives and monitoring compliance efforts. This will include the identification and remediation of control gaps, and escalate critical issues to management when necessary. In addition, this position would identify areas of potential improvement for key processes and procedures that supports management in this essential function. This is a position that will be working with stakeholders on the implementation, execution and compliance with adequate internal controls given the size of the organization (400 to 600 employees).


Other assignments may include cost allocations, reconciliations of General Ledger accounts, or implementing process improvements in coordination with Information Technology.




Experience interfacing and conducting business with various functional disciplines (Contracts, Operations, Engineering, Purchasing, etc) as it relates to financial activities. Prior experience performing Construction in Progress accounting and understanding the capitalization rules involved is preferred. Excellent communication skills (written and oral) to support functions being performed.




Excellent computer skills, particularly in the use of MS Excel (e.g. use of Pivot Tables, VLOOKUP, Data Tables). Understanding of processes and the relationship to a strong internal controls environment. Ability to quickly learn and utilize financial systems and tools such as Deltek Costpoint and Unanet. Good organizational and project oriented skills in meeting timelines and working toward common finance goals by setting priorities and working within deadlines. Understanding how to apply internal control considerations as it relates to Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) is a definite plus.




Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Business Administration, CPA/CMA preferred but not required. Equivalent experience will be considered.




U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status required.

This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a "U.S. Person" as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 is required. "U.S. Person" includes U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee.

HRL Laboratories is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in recruiting, hiring, training or promoting, on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, medical condition, U.S. military or protected veteran status, union membership, or political affiliation. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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  • Pay Type Salary
  • Malibu, CA, USA