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Saab Global
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Director, Government Accounting and Compliance

East Syracuse, New York, United States of America
Closing date: 31 March 2023

Job Description:

Saab, Inc., in Syracuse, NY, is looking for a Government Accounting and Compliance Director to join the Finance organization. This position will report directly to the Saab, Inc. CFO. 

You will direct government accounting and compliance activities including but not limited to developing and submitting direct and indirect rate proposals; participating in numerous DCAA/DCMA financial and business system audits/reviews; analyzing and reporting of indirect rates, general ledger details, project expenditures, and unallowable costs; acting in a liaison capacity with the external compliance consultant and other members of the worldwide CAS Committee; and advising and/or participating in cross-functional projects and efforts as required to support the compliance and financial needs of the business.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Advise senior leadership team and provide expert knowledge and direction to implement and maintain effective and compliant financial and business policies and procedures

  • Provide both strategic and tactical ad hoc guidance to cross-functional teams as required on US Government accounting and compliance reporting requirements, rules, and regulations such as CAS, FAR, DFARS, and AMS

  • Mentor and collaborate with Finance, Contracts, Program Management, and Business Systems teams to implement, reconcile, and/or maintain ERP modules to ensure compliance with applicable accounting and business system criteria

  • Oversee development, preparation, and support for US Government audits of the company’s forward pricing rates and final incurred cost proposals; monitor and analyze underlying monthly reports of indirect rates, general ledger details, project expenditures, and unallowable costs

  • Manage and participate in numerous DCAA/DCMA financial and business system audits/reviews while maintaining credibility and fostering effective working relationships with US Government counterparts

  • Identify and coordinate timely execution of corrective actions to mitigate risks, remediate issues, and lead process improvement initiatives

  • Analyze and review cost accounting information in the financial system to ensure accuracy and compliance with US Government accounting regulations

Skills and Experience:

Education and Experience:

  • Required – Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance or Business

  • 25+ years of relevant experience (20+ if Master’s/MBA and/or concentrated course work in government contract accounting)

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational, analytical, communication, and effective time management skills with adept ability to multi-task

  • Solid attention to detail and accuracy while ensuring deadlines are met

  • Proven ability to influence key stakeholders throughout the organization regarding compliance, accounting, and/or financial matters

  • Employ subject matter expertise to lead/mentor both direct staff and others on compliance and financial business issues, risks, and opportunities

  • Effectively interface with US Government, financial, and cross-functional teams to lead and/or support accounting and business system audits and reviews

  • Identify and participate in strategic process initiatives and drive adoption of consistent practices and technologies across the company

  • Proficient with US Government rules and regulations such as CAS, FAR, DFARS, and AMS

  • Competent usage of ERP and Accounting systems

Desired Qualifications:

  • Proficient in MS Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

Citizenship Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants selected may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Drug-Free Workplaces:

Saab is a federal government contractor and adheres to policies and programs necessary for sustaining drug-free workplaces. As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen.


Saab provides an excellent working environment offering professional growth opportunities, competitive wages, work-life balance, business-casual atmosphere and comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical, vision and dental insurance for employees and dependents

  • Paid time off including: minimum of 3 weeks vacation, 5 floating holidays, 8 designated holidays, parental leave, personal illness, bereavement, jury duty, long-term and short-term disability

  • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

  • Tuition assistance

  • Student loan assistance

  • Wellness account, subscription and employee assistance programs

  • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

About Us:

Saab is a leading defense and security company with an enduring mission, to help nations keep their people and society safe. Empowered by its 18,000 talented people, Saab constantly pushes the boundaries of technology to create a safer, more sustainable and more equitable world. In the U.S., Saab delivers advanced technology and systems, supporting the U.S. Armed Forces and the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as international and commercial partners. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, the company has business units and local employees in seven U.S. locations.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.