Senior Finance Manager
Golden Gate Search Group
 Sunnyvale, CA

The Sr. Finance Manager, Government Contracts is a key member of the Global Finance Team, manages 1 Sr.

Finance Analyst, and is responsible for Government Contracts Accounting and Reporting. A strong team

player, the owner of this role brings strong knowledge of Government Contracts accounting rules and

regulations, business acumen, analytical power and a results and process improvement oriented mentality.

Strong sense of integrity, good communication skills, great attention to detail and a proven ability to work

cross functionally is a requirement.


- Ability to build and maintain financial models for government grant proposals.

- Uses advanced contracts and grants concepts to manage and guide others in complex award document

terms and conditions.

- Performs financial results analysis to identify variations and trends that indicate possible exposures,

assessing risk and managing compliance within policies and government contracts rules and


- Defines and implements standard work processes for efficient and accurate government contracts


- Acts as liaison between company and the sponsoring agencies, working at a high level of independency to

negotiate acceptable terms and conditions, answer questions and provide status reports.

- Analyzes problems, formulates options, and coordinates resolution of post award related issues.

- Works collaboratively with R&D project managers to ensure proper allocation of our resources,

approving hires and purchase orders, enforcing accurate time-reporting and ensuring projects are

progressing timely and on budget.

- Stays up to date on current Federal policies and procedures and assists in developing and training others

in the organization.

- Recommends changes to department policies and practices as needed in order to assure compliance with

government contract rules and regulations.

- Independently exercises sound judgment, identifies risks and responds accordingly. 

- Prepares monthly budget vs. actual analysis on several dimensions of the projects (milestones, sub-

projects deliverables, cost centers, headcount, materials, consulting, overhead and capex.

- Prepares timely and accurate annual budgets and monthly forecasts, with similar levels of detail as

mentioned above, month-end close activities, management and corporate reports related to the projects.

- Provides monthly reports and meets with project team, R&D & finance organizations as well as

sponsoring agencies, to review actual results analyze forecast variances, update forecasts, identify trends

and provide recommendations to drive forecast execution and accuracy.

- Works closely with General Accounting to ensure proper coding of expenses and capital purchases.

- Leads efforts on any government audits, as well as internal audits and maintains relevant

documentation to support audits. Prepares/reviews allocation and accrual journal entries.

- Ensure proper coding of allowable vs. unallowable expenses.

- Identify cost savings and process improvement opportunities and drive implementation.

- Manage, coach and develop the Sr. Finance Analyst.

- Create and maintain an environment of personal accountability that encourages ownership of issues and

excellence in service.

Qualifications / Competencies

- Bachelor's in Accounting, Finance, or related area required. CPA or MBA a plus.

- 5-10 years of related experience.

- Advanced working knowledge of contracts and grants transactions and applicable financial systems, as

well as related policy, accounting and regulatory compliance requirements.

- Thorough knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply sponsor, institutional and government policies. 

- Advanced working knowledge of current compliance regulations in all areas of government contracts


- Ability to independently manage high volume and complex transactions.

- Excellent/effective oral and written communication and presentation skills, including ability to interpret

and construct complex legal language as well as persuasive correspondence to convey information in a

clear, organized, and concise manner. 

- Advanced knowledge and ability to perform review of complex funding solicitations including Requests for

Proposals (RFPs).

- Strong knowledge of federal laws, regulations, and policies related to government project/contract


- Demonstrated advanced knowledge of generally accepted accounting, fiscal and reporting principles.

- Goal/results oriented team player with demonstrated success working effectively across all levels within

the organization

- Strong hands-on ERP, Data Warehouse and Consolidations & Reporting tool experience and business

analysis (SAP, BPC, BW, Hyperion HFM experience preferred).

- Advanced knowledge of financial and accounting theory as well as financial and statistical modeling


- Experience managing and developing others, recognizes and develops talent – enjoys mentoring.

- Proven experience working with confidential or sensitive information.

- Results oriented – has track record for delivery results, takes ownership and is accountable.

- Stretch oriented – embraces and thrives on challenge.

- Continuous improvement oriented.

- Customer Service oriented – high sense of urgency

- Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office, including fluency with Excel Pivot Tables, macros and

function formulas.

- Strong managerial, planning, organization and project management skills.