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Manager, Finance

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

The purchase of The Washington Post by Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, has propelled the company into the elite set of US digital publishers. Our Financial Accounting and Reporting team has the responsibility of providing complete and accurate financial information to enable the company’s leaders to make informed strategic decisions.


We are looking for a technical accounting manager to join the leadership team in our Financial Accounting department, responsible for financial reporting with an emphasis on technical accounting issues, financial statement presentation and disclosures, month-end and year-end close procedures, and revenue recognition.


Adaptability to ever changing business priorities with an understanding of how various puzzle pieces fit into the big picture is crucial to this role.


The Washington Post is the right place for you because you are a dynamic and self-motivated leader, interested in working with a talented, forward-looking financial accounting and reporting team.


Motivation:

  • You are intellectually curious.
  • You possess an attention to detail and dedication to quality.
  • You are flexible and willing to take on new and additional tasks as the needs arise.
  • You are adept at using your technical accounting knowledge combined with comprehensive judgment to record, reconcile, and report results.
  • You enjoy collaborating on cross-functional teams.
  • You are organized and focused on meeting due dates throughout the monthly and annual year-end closing cycles, and you like the challenge of managing your workflow within multiple competing priorities.


Responsibilities:

The Financial Accounting Manager is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that the department operates efficiently without sacrificing accuracy, and meets monthly and annual reporting deadlines, both internal and external. 
  • Coaching and mentoring a team of accounting staff members, enabling them to achieve timely and accurate results, and facilitate their professional growth.
  • The review and approval of period close work product prepared by the accounting team, including journal entries for revenue and expense accruals, variance to budget analyses and balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Preparing certain high risk general ledger account reconciliations for review by Director, Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Preparing high level review of monthly variance analyses for direct costs and SG&A including summary narratives.
  • Recommending and implementing improvements to the company's policy documentation and procedures to enhance the overall quality of financial reporting efforts.
  • Supervising the preparation and delivery of timely and accurate financial reports or statements for management, stakeholders, and external parties, such as auditors, vendors or regulatory agencies.
  • Providing input in conjunction with the preparation of the annual budget and interim forecasts, including supporting schedules.
  • Collaborating with the entire finance team, including tax, payroll and financial operations and planning departments to ensure correct and timely closing and reporting at interim and at year-end. 
  • Using technical capabilities to assist in preparing annual financial reports.
  • Helping to prepare technical accounting papers for review by the Director, Financial Accounting, CFO and external auditors assisting with interpreting and implementing new reporting amendments and standards.
  • Providing support to other departments across the company to ensure that the financial impact of strategic decisions are considered, leading to proper accounting and reporting of resulting activity.
  • Provide guidance to financial accounting team in the transformation of accounting processes using Robotic Process Automation or various other tools to increase efficiency. 
  • Preparation of ad hoc financial analyses and other duties as assigned.


Qualifications

  • Degree in Accounting (CPA required)
  • 10+ years of general ledger accounting, account reconciliation preparation and review experience, including 2 or more years of supervisory experience
  • A demonstrated understanding of accounting and financial concepts
  • Clear and concise communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong Excel skills
  • Knowledge of Oracle, Blackline, Financial Force, Salesforce and SAP software
  • Experience working with subscription management systems is a plus.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Detail-oriented with demonstrated initiative in research and follow-through.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to read and analyze financial reports.


Wherever you are in your life or career, The Washington Post offers comprehensive and inclusive benefits for every step of your journey:

  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Company-paid pension and 401(k) match
  • Three weeks of vacation and up to three weeks of paid sick leave
  • Nine paid holidays and two personal days
  • 20 weeks paid parental leave for any new parent
  • Robust mental health resources
  • Backup care and caregiver concierge services
  • Gender affirming services
  • Pet insurance
  • Free Post digital subscription
  • Leadership and career development programs


Benefits may vary based on the job, full-time or part-time schedule, location, and collectively bargained status.


The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed. 


The innovation doesn’t end in the Newsroom – dozens of teams power The Washington Post. We are now hiring the next innovator – how will you Impact Tomorrow?

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