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Golder Associates Project Accountant II in Miraflores, Peru

At Golder, we thrive on challenges.

Golder is not just a place to work, it is a promise of a living, dynamic environment where people collaborate, innovate, build enduring relationships, excel, and grow professionally in a strong culture of ownership.

Golder has a new opportunity for a Project Accountant to join our team in Peru, on a full time contract basis based in Lima . A Project Accountant is the person assigned by Golder to support the Project Manager in relation to the project’s financial health. A Project Accountant II is capable of supporting projects with a moderate level of complexity as defined in the Project Management in Golder (“PMIG”) manual.

Areas of Responsibility & Key Success Metrics:

Key responsibilities/accountabilities, areas of focus & metrics

Project initiation

  • Interprets approved contract terms and conditions and builds commercial terms into the Accounting System (BST) to ensure accurate billing and revenue recognition

Project Billings

  • Ensures invoice format and other billing requirements meet Golder and Client needs and meeting client-specific billing schedules

  • Producing client invoices, credit notes, and assembling supporting documentation.

  • Works with Project Manager/Coordinator to ensure billings do not exceed approved budgets, commuicates the need for change orders

Project Revenue Recognition & Profitability

  • Performs weekly/monthly project revenue recognition in Accounting System and obtaining required input from the Project Manager

  • Assisting the project team in identifying and monitoring project revenue/cost variances

Project WIP and Cash Flow

  • Manage project work in progress and discrepancies with the billing system

  • Produces/Reviews DSO reports and assists the Project Manager in the development of corrective action plans

  • Assists the project team in managing and documenting invoicing and collection activities

  • Monitor aging of payables to subcontractors (PWP)

Other Project Accountant responsibilities

  • Actively assists the project team in resolving financial questions or problems

  • In Consultation with the Project Manager, contacting other departments or clients to resolve questions or problems

  • Works closely with Project Managers/Coordinators and Finance to produce monthly or periodic reports and estimates as needed

  • Produces and analyzes trend and variance reports and responds to inquiries from upper management.

  • Working closely with Project Managers and Coordinators to improve project finance processes and effectiveness

  • Participates in financial audits and resolution activities

  • Project closure activities in the accounting system

Position Challenges:

Summary of key complexities and challenges of the job

  • Interpreting the more complex contracts will require judgement. The Project Accountant should understand when to ask for assistance and whom to ask (a senior colleague, supervisor, contract specialist).

  • Project Managers often are less concerned with the billing requirements of the client than the technical aspects of the project, but also can be over-protective of the client relationship; the Project Accountant will need to be persistent in obtaining sufficient information to bill the client properly. Failure to meet the client’s billing requirements can result in payment delays and higher DSO.

  • Project Managers can feel pressure to deliver what the client wants even when proper client authorization for work has not been completed. The Project Accountant will need to be assertive in only adjusting project budgets once proper documentation has been obtained, in accordance with Golder policy.

  • Project Managers often feel pressure to demonstrate good project financial performance and may provide direction to the Project Accountant to bend Golder policies (whether written or informal). The Project Accountant will need to be well-versed in the company’s policies and confident in their application, knowing when to escalate issues to their Supervisor for a second opinion.

  • Not all Project Managers fully understand accounting practices and project financial reports. The Project Accountant will need to be patient and professional in supporting Project Managers who are struggling to understand their financial reports, and who might tend to view the reports as being “wrong” or inaccurate.

Job Related Competencies:

Success Attributes outline the attributes or behaviors that lead to high performance

  1. Ownership Attitude: Takes pride in their work and stays on top of assigned tasks and projects

  2. Shows Initiative : Finds proactive ways of handling assigned tasks

  3. Enthusiastic: Positive, eager and willing to learn beyond responsibilities of current role

  4. Continuous Improvement: Desires to update skills, grow and improve

  5. Good Communication: Strong written and verbal communications, clearly expresses their ideas

  6. Detail and Quality Focus: Possesses a high standard of care in all they do, pays attention to detail

Decision Made:

  • Determines how to set up the project in the accounting system based on the terms and conditions in the client contract

  • Determines how much revenue to recognize on the project in a given accounting period, based on the signed client contract (and signed change orders) and information received from the Project Manager

  • Determines how to handle discrepancies between Work in Progress in the general ledger and charges in the billing system

  • Determines when and how to appropriately close out the project in the accounting system based on information received from the Project Manager

Decisions Deferred:

  • The Project Manager is accountable for deciding when to bill the client and how much

  • Recognizing revenue over and above the amount of the signed contract (and signed change orders) requires approval according to Golder’s authority matrix

  • The Project Manager is accountable for determining how much revenue may need to be written off, and is required to ensure there is sufficient approval according to Golder’s authority matrix

  • The Project Manager is accountable for collecting payment from the client

Qualifications:

Education, certifications, & essential experience required for the job

  • Prior billing experience in Construction/Engineering is considered an asset

  • Prior experience in BST or a similar Project Accounting system is a plus

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel & Power Point)

  • Ability to develop strong working relationships with Project Managers and other key players in the project team

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English

  • Organized and able to prioritize tasks and work under pressure to meet tight deadlines

  • Attention to details

Your benefits at Golder will include:

  • Option to purchase shares in Golder (According to company programme)

  • Employee owned structure - own the business, own the result

  • Deepen your expertise in a dynamic work environment

  • Innovative and collaborative multidisciplinary projects

  • On the job training, mentoring and coaching

  • Global projects and travel opportunities

At Golder we offer:

  • Employee owned structure - own the business, own the result

  • Deepen your expertise in a dynamic work environment

  • Innovative and collaborative multidisciplinary projects

  • On the job training, mentoring and coaching

  • Global projects and travel opportunities

Renowned for technical excellence, Golder is a leading, global employee-owned engineering and consulting firm with over a half century of successful service to its clients. With over 165 offices in over 40 countries, Golder’s 6,500 professionals are driven by a passion to deliver results, offering unique specialized skills to address the ever-evolving challenges that earth, environment and energy present to clients across the infrastructure, mining, oil and gas, manufacturing and power sectors.

Golder is committed to providing equitable treatment and equal opportunity to all individuals. As such, Golder will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection process to applicants with disabilities, upon request.

To learn more about our company and culture click here to view The Promise of Golder at https://vimeo.com/252065645 video.

Title: Project Accountant II

Location: PER-Miraflores

Requisition ID: 19000282

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