Finance Manager-Southeast

21 Apr 2019
29 Apr 2019
Job role
Finance manager
Contract type
Full time
Job Description
GHD is one of the world's leading professional services companies operating in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation.

Privately owned by our people, GHD provides engineering, environmental and construction services to private and public sector clients across five continents and the Pacific region. Focused on creating lasting community benefit, our connected global network of 10,000 people delivers projects with high standards of safety, quality and ethics.

Committed to sustainable development, GHD improves the physical, natural and social environments of the many communities in which we operate.

As a global firm, GHD continues to expand our market presence across North America.

As part of this effort, we are looking for a Finance Manager in our Southeast region ideally based in our Bowie MD, Chantilly, VA or Tampa, FL office with experience providing financial and commercial leadership that helps drive positive results of the business. We are looking for someone who is commercially astute, and comfortable dealing at all levels within a client organization.


The Finance Manager provides financial and commercial leadership to the Region leadership, Principals and Project Managers to improve the overall performance of the business. They provide proactive financial management by working collaboratively with the Regional Managing Principal and their leadership team to optimize performance and drive business outcomes in accordance with GHD's strategic and financial performance objectives. They work in conjunction with the business to support profitable growth and help ensure the conduct of the business is in accordance with GHD's policy and procedures.

The Finance Manager is responsible for managing the project administration–(billing) department for their Region which works with managers to ensure invoicing is complete, correct, and timely.

Responsibilities Of Duties include but are not limited to:

•Explain key commercial and financial factors in order to assist the operation in making informed business decisions.

•Review and analysis of Regional financial reports and KPIs, including review and consultation with Principals and Project Managers on project financial performance.

•Recommend required actions with an aim to improve project and Region financial performance; take corrective actions, as required.

•Monitor long and short–term business trends; identify specific business improvement requirements and present innovative recommendations for improvements.

•Member of Regional leadership team actively contributing to leadership and delivery of business plan objects and aligning operation with corporate strategy.

•Provide analytical review and strategic input into a variety of business matters to ensure informed decision making, including commercial guidance for major bids, panels and projects including (as required) negotiation, processes and reporting.

•Responsibility to drive target levels of working capital through driving timely invoicing and effective oversight of debt collection.

•Identify opportunities and implement actions for cost savings and operational efficiencies.

•Compile annual Region financial budgets, KPI targets and requested reforecasts in partnership with the business.

•Presentation, in a variety of forms and forums, of results and performance against KPIs including insight into impacts on results and improvement opportunities for various stakeholders.

•Other financial assistance to the Region Managing Principal, the NA CFO and/or other stakeholders that may arise from time to time.

•Responsible for supervising the client billing procedures of the Region. Responsible for the performance management and hiring of the employees within that department. Assist Principals and Project managers to identify cost overruns in order that variations may be requested and invoiced in a timely manner.

•Continually review the progress of projects to ensure they are within budget and achieve acceptable project margins.

•Provide support to the Region Managing Principal and the NA Facilities Leader for property and other leasing arrangements, including review and communication of financial impacts to decision makers.

•As required, provide analysis for due diligences on potential mergers and acquisitions and assist in integration planning and systems transfer.

•Knowledge sharing and collaboration with Finance Managers of other Regions.

•Ensure compliance with the financial procedures of the organization.

•Provide leadership and direction for the Finance team – identify and manage performance measures. Lead, train, develop and motivate the Finance team to partner with stakeholders and provide financial support, guidance and advice in a manner easily understood by non–financial professionals.

•Assist the implementation of and improvement in GHD finance processes and initiatives.

Minimum Qualification:

•Bachelor's degree in accounting or equivalent number of years of experience, plus seven years of accounting experience.

•Demonstrated experience and success in a finance leadership role; proven leadership with financial system and analytics.

•Commercial strategic thinker with strong financial acumen and the ability to challenge.

•Strong communication and analytical skills to be able to articulate financial data in a non–technical manner and vice–versa. Experience as a liaison between the functional and strategic communities. Strong presentation skills and comfort level with presenting to groups at all levels.

•Able to influence others, good negotiating skills.

•Strong customer service focus.

•Results oriented.

•Able to manage business outcomes with planning and prioritizing workload.

•Excellent project management, analytics, and consulting skills; the ability to interpret data and tell a story.

•An energetic, forward–thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards, a lead–by–example style that promotes a positive, team–based environment.

•CPA designation or MBA is preferred.

•Experience in the professional services sector is preferred.

•Experience with BST (project accounting system) is preferred.

This is a lifetime opportunity for individuals who are driven, passionate, looking to be challenged in their leadership and career development. To learn more about why GHD is the perfect place to bring your career, apply today and check out our website at

As a multicultural organization, we encourage individual achievement and recognize the strength of a diverse workforce. GHD is an equal opportunity employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status or veteran status.

To apply please attach your resume and covering letter via the link below.