Staff Accounting Analyst at Applied Research Associates (ARA) (Washington DC)

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Algorithms, Modeling, and Assessments (AMA) Division of Applied Research Associates, Inc. is looking for a detail-oriented Staff Accounting Analyst who is interested in joining a company that values dedication in the workplace, your professional growth, and appreciates the importance of creating an optimal work-life balance. If this sounds like you, we would like to talk to you about joining our team

The ideal candidate will have previous experience with an accounting system, preferably CostPoint, and previous experience submitting invoice vouchers for payment, as well as using an accounting system to run reports. The successful candidate will possess outstanding organization and listening skills, with strong attention to detail. Must possess the ability to perform detail-oriented work, manage multiple competing priorities, be a proactive problem-solver, critical thinker, and work independently. This is not a remote position, and the candidate is expected to sit in Arlington, VA.

What you'll do as a Staff Accounting Analyst at ARA

  • Create various financial statements and review for completeness, internal accuracy, and conformance with uniform accounting classifications
  • Review invoices for submission to government & commercial clients
  • Act as office credit card reviewer & reconciler
  • Review and process employee reimbursements for payment in a timely manner in compliance with ARA policies
  • Enter AP/PO vouchers and Journal Entries into the CostPoint accounting system
  • Create and submit Purchase Requisitions for approval
  • Provide solutions to accounting issues as they arise
  • Act as a liaison in accounting matters to appropriate corporate departments on behalf of the division
  • Investigate and provide feedback on accounting irregularities
  • Assist with Division budget planning, tracking, and projections

Requirements of a Staff Accounting Analyst:

  • Bachelors in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration or equivalent
  • 2-4 years of related experience in a business office setting performing accounting duties
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel
  • Willingness to learn new programs and policies
  • Must be able to work independently and take ownership of individual tasks
  • Excellent analysis and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Must be a team player, build relationships and work collaboratively with team members

Staff Accounting Analyst Preferences:

  • Experience with CostPoint 7
  • Experience with General Ledger Codes
  • Experience with Journal Entries
  • Experience with Accounts Payable
  • Experience with budgets and forecasting
  • Experience with SharePoint
  • Experience with developing cost proposals

About Us:

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (aka ARA) is an employee-owned international research and engineering company known for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. We were founded in Albuquerque, NM in 1979 as the disco era was, thankfully, closing out and the personal computer era was beginning. We employ over 1,500 professionals and continue to grow. ARA offices throughout the U.S. and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense, civil, and health technologies, computer software, and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement.

ARA also prides ourselves on having a challenging culture where innovation & experimentation are the norm. At ARA, employees are our greatest assets, so we give our employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take active roles as owners. The motto, "Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit" sums up the ARA experience. The company realizes employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. We are also very proud of our Women's Initiative Network (WIN) whose purpose is to motivate, support, and encourage professional career development for women to maximize career and professional accomplishments.

To find out more about the Algorithms, Modeling & Assessments Division visit our website at:

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The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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Applied Research Associates (ARA) operates in the Aerospace industry. The company is located in A;buquerque, NM and Vicksburg, MS. Applied Research Associates (ARA) was founded in 2022. It has 2729 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 1 open jobs at Applied Research Associates (ARA), click here.
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