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Parsons Corporation Sector Finance Lead, Defense & Intelligence Business Unit in Centreville, Virginia

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Job Description:

Parson’s finance organization is seeking a dynamic leader to join our team as the Sector Finance Lead, responsible for supporting the Defense & Intelligence Business Unit (“D&I”). This highly visible position reports to the Vice President of Finance for D&I and partners heavily with the D&I team, including the Senior Vice President / Sector Manager, Sector Operations Lead, Sector Business Development Lead, Sector Project Controls Lead, Sector Program Managers, and others from the Sector Operations Team. This position requires an initiative-taking, team-oriented leader who can thrive in a growing, fast-paced organization.

The Sector Finance Lead’s primary responsibility is to manage finances for a large ($800M) complex contract portfolio. The portfolio spans a diverse clientele of U.S. Federal Government agencies, including the Department of Defense, Military Service Components, Combatant Commands, Intelligence Agencies, Missile Defense Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the General Services Administration Federal Systems Integration and Management Center, and various contract types including firm fixed price, time and materials, cost-plus fixed fee, and cost-plus award fee. This position includes providing financial support, guidance, and expertise to the various stakeholders both within and outside of the D&I and Sector organizations, and requires managing the monthly, quarterly and year-end financial close and reporting processes.

Responsibilities Include:

Reporting to the D&I Vice President of Finance, this position requires:

  • Working in partnership with Operation leaders, Project Controls, FP&A, Government Accounting, and other Finance team members for completion of monthly and annual business plans and quarterly forecast updates, and supporting preparation of annual strategic and operational plans

  • Providing comprehensive analyses of monthly operating results including identification of trends, gaps, and risk and opportunity areas within the business and operations

  • Demonstrating expertise in the application of ASC 606 to the business’ contractual revenue streams, particularly at the outset of new contracts and during month-end close

  • Being engrained in the business development and capture process, providing expert informed financial and business recommendations and inputs to bid strategies and pricing decisions

  • Detailed understanding of CAS segments and impact of rates on programs

  • Providing analysis and evaluation of various business initiatives and enabling performance to the approved investment plan

  • Completing special projects as needed to support financial management within the business

  • Ensuring rolling forecasts and budget activity accurately reflect the business’ operational assumptions, and preparing accurate mid-period forecasts that reduce the level of variability from actual results

  • Managing review of billed and unbilled receivables to ensure cash receipts and cash flow goals are met, including accurate cash flow forecasting

  • Demonstrating superior people engagement and management skills, including fostering a culture of high trust, transparent communications and development opportunities, and engaging proactively in creating a workforce of diverse thinking, while actively demonstrating the pursuit of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workforce

  • Supporting various internal and external audits, including internal system and control, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance audits, DCAA audits, and financial statement audits


  • A Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting or Business is required; MBA, CFA or CPA preferred

  • A minimum 15 years of experience in a financial capacity, preferably in the U.S. Federal Government contractor space. Minimum of 5 years management experience

  • Is a collaborative, open, cooperative, and supportive team player, within D&I and across BUs

  • Is a strong communicator and builds trust with BU and Sector executive leadership team, directorates and program managers as well as corporate leadership

  • Verifiable track record of leading, mentoring and developing a seasoned Finance team

  • Demonstrates flexibility in providing data in varying formats to suit user needs; has experience developing online dashboard information systems

  • Has experience working in a public company dealing with external third-party audit as well as executive leadership

  • Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a fast-paced environment and recognize the importance of relationship building and professionalism in interacting with both senior management and staff employees

  • Experience and ability to positively impact and resolve change management issues, including REAs, ECPs, etc.

  • M&A experience supporting due diligence and integration

  • Has a solid understanding of JV finance and risk management (both populated and un-populated)

  • High energy, dynamic professional with strong leadership presence

  • Demonstrate strong federal finance and accounting experience – FAR, CAS, FPR, certified pricing, etc.

  • Highly proficient with Costpoint, SAP, Excel and MS Office suite of business tools

Minimum Clearance Required to Start:

Not Applicable/None

This position is part of our Corporate team.

We’re driving the future of the national security and critical infrastructure markets. Our employees work in a close-knit team environment to find new, innovative ways to deliver smart solutions that are used and valued by customers around the world. By combining unique technologies with deep domain expertise across cybersecurity, missile defense, space, connected infrastructure, transportation, smart cities, and more, we're providing tomorrow's solutions today.

Salary Range:

$121,900.00 - $219,400.00

This position is eligible for incentive compensation.

We value our employees and want our employees to take care of their overall wellbeing, which is why we offer best-in-class benefits such as medical, dental, vision, paid time off, Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), 401(k), life insurance, flexible work schedules, and holidays to fit your busy lifestyle!

This position will be posted for a minimum of 3 days and will continue to be posted for an average of 30 days until a qualified applicant is selected or the position has been cancelled.

Parsons is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace. Diversity is ingrained in who we are, how we do business, and is one of our company’s core values. Parsons equally employs representation at all job levels for minority, female, disabled, protected veteran and LGBTQ+.

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Parsons is a digitally enabled solutions provider focused on the defense, security, and infrastructure markets. With nearly 75 years of experience, Parsons is uniquely qualified to deliver cyber/converged security, technology-based intellectual property, and other innovative services to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide.

Parsons is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran/LGBTQ+.

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