PURPOSE: Serve as the primary resource in facilitating Port of Seattle (the Port) and the North West Seaport Alliance (NWSA) annual external audits, and manage the year-end process. Assist in the compilation and production of the Port's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). Perform technical accounting research and implementation of government accounting standards for external financial reporting, and evaluate the Port’s internal controls.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following: Liaison between the Port’s internal customers and external auditors to ensure timely delivery of audit requests. Assist with resolving accounting and financial reporting issues identified during the audits.
Manage and monitor the year-end closing process to ensure timely completion of over 500 year-end related tasks.
Prepare and compose the Port’s annual CAFR. Ensure the CAFR is in full compliance with prescribed and evolving accounting and financial reporting standards and meets the Government Finance Officer Association (GFOA) - Excellence in Financial Reporting Certification requirements.
Perform technical accounting research, implement government accounting and financial reporting standards which impact the Port and document results in a technical whitepaper.
Assess the Port’s internal controls of critical business processes in accordance with the Port’s policies and procedures and apply appropriate prescribed accounting standards. Perform internal control walkthroughs of critical business processes and effectively document and communicate results. Assist in the development of internal controls compliance tools such as forms, teaching aides, presentations, and training.
Perform special ad hoc projects related to a wide range of technical accounting and financial reporting issues, as-required within deadlines.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: Proficiency in applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); knowledge and application of Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS); knowledge of internal controls and the COSO framework and SOX requirements; solid understanding of large complex business processes and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.
Demonstrated experience and proficiency with Windows-based software, including Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word and PowerPoint); excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; sound professional judgment in the evaluation of internal controls and establishing remediation plans; outstanding project management and time management skills; excellent writing and verbal communication skills is a must; attention to detail while maintaining the “big picture.”; and must have strong interpersonal and interpersonal skills.
Must be able to effectively apply technical accounting standards to business transactions in accordance with GAAP and work with complex accounting and financial reporting systems; ability to review the work of others relating to financial reporting and audit; ability to perform as the internal control expert over financial reporting, establish remediation plans, and present audit results; ability to effectively work with people at all levels under tight deadline is critical; ability to manage competing priorities and meeting deliverables as scheduled; Must be flexible to work extended hours when required.
QUALIFICATIONS: Combination of education and experience demonstrative knowledge, skills and abilities equivalent to:
Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field;
Must have an active CPA license;
Five (5) years of progressive work experience in a medium to large CPA firm, or in the accounting department of a financially complex organization;
Three (3) years of experience applying GAAP knowledge, with proper application of prescribed accounting and financial reporting standards; and
Two (2) years of progressive experience, performing evaluation of design and operating effectiveness of internal controls, applying the SOX model.
The aforementioned work experience may be concurrent.
Master’s degree in Accounting;
Five (5) years of knowledge and experience in the use of complex ERP systems, such as PeopleSoft Financials, in a large organization, and with automated auditing tools such as ACL or IDEA;
Two (2) years of applying knowledge and experience of federal financial assistance (grant management), including OMB 2 C.F.R. 200 Uniform Guidance (formerly OMB A-133 Single Audit Act);
Two (2) years of relevant experience in a large multi-purpose Port, municipal corporation, or government agency, where compliance with GASB pronouncements is a primary focus.
The Port of Seattle is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
About Port of Seattle
Bringing international trade and transportation to the Pacific Northwest for 100 years, the Port of Seattle supports diverse business activities from tourism to commercial fishing, and is a key builder of transportation infrastructure. The Port owns and operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Seattle’s seaport with state-of-the-art cargo and grain facilities, two cruise ship terminals, four public marinas, and manages a number of real estate assets for broad economic advantage.The Port is working to be the cleanest, greenest, most energy-efficient port in the nation. With the Puget Sound region already in attainment of federal air quality standards, the Port’s many environmental programs create real benefits for the local community and a competitive edge for our customers.The Port of Seattle: Where a sustainable world is headed.