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Robert Half International Staff Accountant in Chantilly, Virginia


Private Equity backed Architectural Design company that is growing rapidly through acquisitions is seeking a Project Accountant to join their team. The Project Accountant will report to the Controller The Project Accountant will set up projects and billing, monitor the progress of projects, investigate variances, approve expense reports and ensure that project billings are issued to clients and payments are received. The position will support multiple locations and projects while collaborating with national accounting & finance team.

  • Coordinate with project managers on the set-up of projects in the Deltek Ajera system (budgets, plans, costs, invoicing, consultants).

  • Maintain project-related records, including contracts and change orders.

  • Authorize the transfer of expenses into and out of project-related accounts.

  • Review and approve supplier invoices related to a project, code and enter into Ajera system.

  • Review and approve time sheets for work related to projects.

  • Review account totals related to project assets and expenses.

  • Investigate project variances and submit variance reports to management.

  • Confer with Receivables staff regarding unpaid contract billings.

  • Report to management on project profitability, opportunities for additional billings, and the remaining funding available for projects.

  • Create or approve all project-related billings to clients.

  • Investigate all project expenses not billed to clients.

  • Respond to requests for more detail from clients including subconsultants.

  • Update backlog of existing work and reported percentage of completion for each phase on a monthly and ad-hoc basis.

  • Compile information for internal and external auditors as required.

  • Close out project accounts upon project completion.

  • Monthly summary to project manager, controller, and CFO on invoicing, % completes, and backlog. Interact with Accounts Payable on the input of vendor subconsultant invoices and payments based on terms.

This position is currently 100% remote and will continue to have a tremendous amount of remote work for the foreseeable future, but must be willing to commute to northern VA office as needed in the future. My client offers interesting and challenging work, professional growth, work life balance and excellent benefits that include a health plan that is 100% employer paid and 3% contribution to retirement.

To be considered for this role, please apply directly or contact Lee Chernett, AVP at Robert Half Finance & Accounting, on LinkedIn or call 703.760.7662.


  • Bachelors degree in Accounting, Finance or related area of study

  • 2+ years of experience in Project Accounting experience is required.

  • Industry experience being considered include Architecture, Design, Construction, Gov Con, Engineering, Law Firm, Consulting firm, etc.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Self-starter, proactive and problem solver

  • Excel skills must include proficiency with Vlookups and Pivot Tables

  • Systems experience - preference for Deltek Ajera, Vision or other Deltek product

To be considered for this role, please apply directly or contact Lee Chernett, AVP at Robert Half Finance & Accounting, on LinkedIn or call 703.760.7662.

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