Job Openings

General Ledger Manager

Job ID: BH506357

Category: General Ledger

Specialty: Accounting & Finance

General Ledger

Direct Hire

Job Location: Cambridge (Hybrid schedule)
Must be vaccinated

Hours: 40

Company Information, Industry, Size: Defense 

Team Size: Large Finance Team

Interview Process: Virtual


Must Haves:

  • US Citizen 
  • BA



  • Public Accounting background
  • CPA


Job Summary/Description:

The General Ledger Manager will report to the Director, Government Accounting and Compliance and will be responsible for several areas within the General Ledger (“GL”) function, the month-end process, and management reporting packages.  The position will interface with a variety of departments including Government Compliance, Internal Audit, Contracts, Procurement, Property, Billing, Financial Planning and Analysis (“FP&A”), Programs, Engineering, Legal, Human Resources, Disbursements, etc.  We seek a creative and experienced individual to apply their accounting and finance expertise toward high-quality accounting and finance outcomes.  The right candidate is a highly motivated, energetic, detail oriented, and experienced individual that has significant management experience with an emphasis on team development and process improvement.


  • Review and ensure completion of all general ledger related activities including the month-end close process, balance sheet reconciliations, ad-hoc analyses, trial balance reviews, fixed assets, and variance analysis, while adhering to tight deadlines
  • Responsible for Draper-wide accrual process and coordination
  • Prepare and analyze financial statements (monthly, quarterly, annually) to ensure accuracy and completeness
  • Improve account reconciliation process, adhere to deadlines, enhance deliverables as they pertain to the month-end close and financial statement preparation process
  • Establish and maintain current accounting policies and procedures, as well as identify and draft new policies and procedures
  • Comply with internal controls related to financial close; ensure internal control narratives, flowcharts and control matrices remain current with the company’s current practices and operations
  • Prepare fluctuation analyses for actuals vs prior periods, and assist FP&A with budget-to-actual variance analyses
  • Manage the preparation of external U.S. Census and other statutorily required reporting
  • Manage posting of financial transactions, internal customer query resolution, and ensure equitable distribution of workload across all GL team members
  • Develop staff by managing performance, setting goals, providing ongoing training, and maintaining strong employee relationships
  • Responsible for system modules and supporting upgrades, changes, modifications to systems (PeopleSoft)
  • Responsible for timely and accurate payroll validation
  • Identify, analyze, and implement process improvements to accounting metrics to ensure overall operational efficiency
  • Monitor and analyze accounting data to produce all accounting and financial reports and statements, typically prepared for senior management and Board presentations
  • Liaise with outside firms for audit and tax matters
  • Serve as key contact with internal Draper departments including financial planning and analysis, disbursements, treasury, legal, human resources, programs, contracts, business analysis, facilities, etc. for accounting related matters
  • Other duties as assigned


Accounting degree from an accredited college or university
MS or MBA preferred
Minimum of seven years of accounting experience (a concentration in project accounting and overhead allocation practices is preferred).
At least seven years direct supervisory experience
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above
Public accounting experience preferred
Certification/Licensure: CPA preferred
Strong track record of building and managing successful teams, and an ability to develop, coach, manage and motivate team members in an evolving environment
Responsible for ensuring the proper recording of all bank activity in the general ledger; including the clearing of checks. In addition, you will be the contact for daily activity with our bank.  Activities may include running monthly reports and overseeing the processing wires, check stops and cancelations.
Thorough knowledge of U.S. GAAP
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work with various levels of management and to influence others without formal authority
Maintain a high level of integrity, confidentiality and professional skepticism
Experience and skilled at working in a collaborative and fast-moving environment
Experience with enterprise resource planning (“ERP”) implementation
Knowledge of employee relationship building and performance management techniques
Ability to learn quickly and manage multiple, competing priorities while maintaining a high degree of accuracy

The Planet Group of Companies is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Type: Direct

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts