Accounting Assistant
ARA Brand
 Raleigh, NC

Requisition Number: ACCOU03465

At ARA, we strive to hire valuable colleagues with not only the right skills, but also demonstrate our core values of passion, freedom, service and growth. As an Accounting Assistant on our team you will work with all facets of accounts payable, purchasing, & vendors to help support our rapidly growing company.

As a valued team contributor your tasks will include performing a variety of routine accounting functions in accordance with standard procedures like reconciling bank accounts, posts to and balancing general or subsidiary ledgers, process payments, and compile segments of monthly closings, annual reports, etc. You may also contact other departments and/or outside agencies to resolve common problems. The perfect person for this opportunity should be familiar with accounting and bookkeeping procedures as you will routinely review vendor forms for completeness and accuracy before submitting to corporate. Assist with processing Accounts Payable vouchers and obtain all information needed for submission against company policies and procedures. Reconcile monthly credit card statements activity, assist with audits, fact checks and resolving discrepancies. We encourage you to apply if you have a desire to aid in supporting system & process improvement initiatives as well.

Accounting Assistant Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • 1-2 years' of experience in accounting including data entry, coding and review of Accounts Payable invoices and expense reports
  • Ability to work as part of a team while also being customer service oriented
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to learn new systems quickly
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products including Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.

Preferred Experience & Skills as an Accounting Assistant:

Above all, we value passion, a desire to learn, and teamwork. We are confident that if you possess the right attitude, work ethic, and skill set that you could succeed in the role. In addition to the experience and skills above, if you have additional experience, proficiency in SharePoint, Adobe Acrobat, Deltek Costpoint and a working knowledge of government requirements related to Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) you will be able to accelerate your effectiveness and impact.

About Us:

Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1,100 professionals and continues to grow. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

While this is all of the Year One and Beyond stuff, Day One is highly impressive too. These are things like our competitive salary (DOE), Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), benefits package, relocation opportunities, and 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 corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels.

ARA is passionate about inclusion and diversity in our workplace, in 2018 40% of our new employees voluntarily self-identified as protected veterans. (Source-AAP EOY 2018 Veterans Data Collection Report). Additionally, the Southeast Division looks not only for the right skills, but also for a cultural fit. We seek colleagues who will contribute to the unique culture that makes ARA such a great place to work. Some of the social impact aspects we have implemented at our division include monthly get-togethers, team outings to local baseball games in the summer, board game lunches, holiday party, corn hole tournaments, chili cook-offs and so on. 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 in order to maximize career and professional accomplishments. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please apply at