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SHRM Lead Accountant in Alexandria, Virginia

Lead Accountant

1800 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA

Req #268

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

At SHRM, we are committed to making work, workers and workplaces better through insights-driven policy solutions, learning and development, thought leadership and research. We are shaping the ways employers and employees thrive together. SHRM is empowering our more than 300,000+ members, including HR professionals, business executives, and people managers, to lead as strategic business partners and effective stewards of workplace culture, business productivity, and employee engagement.

The Lead Accountant leads monthly accounting closes, financial analysis and reporting, and audit support preparation for the Society of Human Resource Management and its affiliates and subsidiaries. In accordance with GAAP and internal reporting practices, applies principles of accounting to produce accurate and timely financial statements as required by the Boards, Management, and others.

Your Day:

  • Leads, organizes, and facilitates the overall monthly financial close process in-order to produce timely and accurate financial statements, supporting schedules and presentations.

  • Ensures accounting requirements are implemented, and Board and Management reporting needs are met.

  • Prepares accurate and timely financial statements for the consolidated SHRM companies on a monthly basis, including the statement of financial position, statement of activities and statement of cash flow.

  • Records intercompany eliminations necessary for consolidation.

  • Coordinates, posts, and maintains all SHRM's journal entries, filing with documentation to support SHRM's general ledger.

  • Leads fixed assets, lease, and facility-related accounting and reporting. Oversees related systems and processes, works with capital asset and facility managers and staff to ensure efficient accounting processes. Activates, disposes, and reconciles fixed assets. Continually evaluates, identifies, and implements process changes for fixed assets accounting.

  • Prepares journal entries as assigned and ensures proper accompanying documentation. On a monthly basis, prepares reconciliations and analyses of balance sheet and income statement accounts as assigned, resolving discrepancies in a timely manner.

  • Prepares schedules in support of SHRM's external consolidated financial audit and helps ensure auditors' understanding of SHRM operations.

  • Coordinates and assists the Accounting Department with special projects as assigned. These projects may include, but are not limited to: Board reporting, externally and internally requested financial analysis, etc.

  • Prepare and complete special projects and analysis, including development and implementation of consolidated Accounting Operations department best practices.

  • Assists in the evaluation and testing of modified accounting system or external databases used by other Departments to ensure the accuracy and integrity of financial output.

  • Other duties and projects as assigned

Must Haves:

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance or related areas required

  • CPA or master’s degree in a related field preferred.

  • Minimum of eight (8) plus years of progressive accounting experience, preferably with a not-for-profit organization (a multi-structured organization requiring consolidations accounting) or a public accounting firm.

  • Must have an understanding of all elements of financial operations and their impact on the general ledger.

  • Must have strong knowledge of 501c6 nonprofit organizations with domestic and international operations.

  • Experience in NetSuite preferred

  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), accounting terminology, accounting procedures

  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with all levels of employees, management, and external customers to maximize performance, creativity, problem solving, and results.

  • Expert Microsoft (MS) Excel skills and comprehensive knowledge of MS Word and MS PowerPoint.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of NetSuite ERP system and Adaptive Planning budgeting system preferred.

  • Ability to effectively communicate and present financial information verbally and in writing.

  • Self-disciplined and capable of completing job duties in a timely manner and with a high level of accuracy, organization, and attention to detail.

  • Excellent problem solving and good decision-making skills.

  • Complete tasks within critical deadlines.

  • Maintain highest level of confidentiality.

  • Candidates must have a proven commitment to SHRM's six Guiding Principles:

  • Bold Purpose

  • Excellence & Accountability

  • Flexibility & Agility

  • Smart & Curious

  • Collaborative Openness

  • Push Back to Move Forward


  • CPA preferred

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to perform essential duties satisfactorily with reasonable accommodations.

  • Work is generally done sitting, talking, hearing, and typing. Visual acuity to use a keyboard, prepare and analyze data and figures; transcribing, viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading.

Work Environment

  • Work is regularly performed in a combination of office and conference settings and routinely uses standard office equipment.

  • Travel Required: Occasional- 0-10%

Our employment practices are in accordance with the laws that prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, marital status, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable law.

SHRM is an equal opportunity employer (Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran).

We do not sponsor applicants for work visas.

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  • Job Family Finance

  • Job Function Business Development & Support Functions

  • Pay Type Salary

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  • 1800 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22314, USA