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Cherry Bekaert Accounting Advisory Manager, Government & Public Sector (GPS) - State & Local in Des Moines, Iowa


Accounting Advisory Manager, GPS - State & Local

Cherry Bekaert is a a full-service public accounting and consulting firm. We are currently seeking an Accounting Advisory Manager within our Government & Public Sector (GPS)- State & Local practice. With growing industry expertise, a strong support system, and our team’s shared values, we encourage you to choose the path that best suits you because at Cherry Bekaert , your career is about you. Join the Firm that recognizes the power of the individual.

We believe in and promote an environment where our people are excited and engaged to contribute their best. Cherry Bekaert strives to exhibit a culture of inclusiveness and diversity in our offices by involving all of our people and their unique, individual perspectives in our business. We want all of our employees to feel a sense of belonging by welcoming and appreciating the uniqueness that each individual brings to the firm.

The Government & Public Sector (GPS) Advisory Team at Cherry Bekaert is growing, and we are looking for talented individuals to be a part of it. Apply to join our team as an Accounting Advisory Manager within our GPS practice. As a member of the GPS team, you will help clients protect and enhance the value of their organizations by leveraging their system of internal controls to enable growth, manage risk, and define sustainable operations.

What your days look like:

You support the performance of government accounting advisory engagements by managing and delivering timely and accurate governmental accounting including implementation of new accounting standards, account reconciliations and financial statement closing procedures, financial statement preparation, and on-demand government accounting support. A significant portion of the work performed centers in and around solving a government’s accounting and financial reporting challenges from staffing or event-driving needs at the state and/or local government.

As an Accounting Advisory Manager , you will be responsible for performing specific engagement activities, participating in discussions with clients, and assisting with drafting deliverables. Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Plan, manage, and perform a variety of engagements including but not limited to: Account and Financial Close and Reconciliation Assistance, ACFR Preparation, Implementation of New Accounting Standards, Accounting Analysis Related to Compliance with Laws and Regulations, Ongoing Best Practice and High Performance Government Accounting Support.

  • Engagement Management including assessing and evaluating client accounting challenges, developing tailored advisory solutions and establishing the timeline and scope of engagements.

  • Assist with supervision of team members as assigned, including staff professional development, training, and performance evaluation.

  • Responsible for providing status updates to client leadership on the current status of tasks and any findings or recommendations identified

  • Evaluating complex governmental accounting situations and determining the appropriate treatment under GAAP.

  • Identify best practice or other recommendations in clients account reconciliation or other financial processes and develop and executive level report of the findings

  • Review Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) for accuracy and completeness against benchmarks such as GFOA’s ACFR review checklist

  • Develop content such as articles, podcasts, or webinars on governmental accounting matters to build brand recognition of GPS accounting advisory group

  • Ensure team is up to date on related governmental accounting pronouncements and industry developments.

  • Oversee firm objectives (engagement economics) and manage resources to ensure that established goals are met on each project assigned.

  • Mentor and develop associates by providing continuous feedback, utilizing firm developed tools and processes. Assist with the evaluation and constructive steps to enhance associates’ performance and development.

  • Develop one or more areas of technical specialization and begin to serve as a technical consultant, both internally and externally

  • Be a trusted advisor to a client and begins to identify opportunities for expanded services.

  • Develop outside relationships with a goal to foster long-term business development opportunities.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Types of projects you can expect:

  • Implementation of new accounting standards, including GASB 96.

  • Bank account and other subsidiary ledger reconciliation

  • Complex financial statement close processes.

  • Drafting and reviewing Annual Comprehensive Financial Reports (ACFRs).

  • Cash to modified accrual or full accrual conversions

  • Large data set manipulation and problem solving

  • Internal control and best practice evaluation

  • Validation of information between multiple sources of financial information.

  • Outsourced or co-sourced accounting support

  • Other projects as assigned/needed.

What you need for this role:

An ideal fit for our firm displays a passion for superior client service, uncompromising integrity, excellent project management abilities, governmental accounting technical knowledge and leadership skills. We’re a fast-paced and dynamic environment so a strong sense of urgency will fit right in!

5+ years’ experience in public accounting, or 7+ years’ experience public sector environment (state or local).

  • Strong governmental accounting skills (GASB).

  • Experience performing external audit, consulting, or accounting and finance function with minimum 3 years supervisory experience.

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting required.

  • CPA (with an active license) and/or a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) required.

  • Excellent project management, analytical, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

  • Proven ability to lead and develop team members.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities.

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and meet deadlines within project budgets.

  • Knowledge of professional standards and regulations.

  • Prior experience with internal controls including documentation and testing of controls.

  • Interest in serving state and local government clients.

  • Able to work in a demanding, team oriented, and deadline driven environment with a focus on details and accuracy.

  • Ability to navigate Annual Comprehensive Financial Reports (ACFR)’s.

  • Solid organizational skills especially ability to meet project deadlines with a focus on details.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to adapt to rapidly changing environments.

  • Experience with Microsoft Office products required (ability to effectively utilize PowerPoint; Intermediate Excel skills with ability to analyze and summarize data through the use of formulas, pivot tables, and related add-ins); Other audit technology resources experience a plus.

  • Ability to travel 15% of the time.

  • Ideal candidate will be a highly motivated, energetic with the propensity to learn/share knowledge for the betterment of the team and firm.

  • You’ll have the vision to see this as an opportunity to transform client experiences/enhance standardization within the segment as we grow.

Preferred skills and experience:

  • Experience with GFOA’s ACFR Special Review Process or ACFR Preparation.

  • Experience with implementation of GASB standards.

  • Experience with financial statement close process or proposing adjusting or reclassifying journal entries.

  • Ability to troubleshoot and solve account reconciliation issues.

  • Prior experience coaching and developing less experienced associates.

What you expect from us:

  • Shared values that foster inclusion and belonging including uncompromising integrity, collaboration, trust, and mutual respect.

  • The opportunity to innovate and do work that motivates and engages you.

  • Collaborative environment focused on providing you career growth and continuous professional development.

  • Competitive compensation and a total rewards package that focuses on all aspects of your wellbeing.

  • Flexibility to do impactful work and the time to enjoy your life outside of work.

  • Opportunities to connect and learn from professionals from different backgrounds and with different cultures.

  • Collaborative environment focused on career and leadership development.

  • Flexible work arrangements with generous PTO.

  • Competitive salary, annual bonus opportunities and 401(k).

  • Comprehensive employee benefits, including: medical • dental • vision • life • short & long-term disability • supplemental insurances • Paid Care Leave • virtual doctor visits • employee assistance program (EAP) • wellness programs & incentives • study materials & exam reimbursement • professional certification bonuses • tuition reimbursement • back-Up child & adult care • mid-year “break” (paid extra time off the week of July 4th)…. and more!

About Cherry Bekaert

Cherry Bekaert, ranked among the largest assurance, tax and advisory firms in the U.S., serves clients across industries in all 50 U.S. states and internationally. “Cherry Bekaert” is the brand name under which Cherry Bekaert LLP and Cherry Bekaert Advisory LLC, independently owned entities, provide professional services in an alternative practice structure in accordance with applicable professional standards. Cherry Bekaert LLP is a licensed CPA firm that provides attest services, and Cherry Bekaert Advisory LLC and its subsidiary entities provide business advisory and non-attest services spanning the areas of transaction advisory, risk and accounting advisory, digital solutions, cybersecurity, tax, benefits consulting, and wealth management. For more details, visit .

Cherry Bekaert cares about our people. We offer competitive compensation packages based on performance that recognize the value our people bring to our clients and our Firm. The salary range for this position is $75,000 - $150,000. In addition, we offer a comprehensive, high-quality benefits program which includes annual bonus, medical, dental, and vision care; disability and life insurance; generous Paid Time Off; retirement plans; Paid Care Leave; and other programs that are dedicated to enhancing your personal and work life and providing you and your family with a measure of financial protection.

Cherry Bekaert provides equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable law.

Candidates must demonstrate eligibility to work in the United States. Cherry Bekaert will not provide work sponsorship for this position.

Cherry Bekaert LLP and Cherry Bekaert Advisory LLC are members of Allinial Global, an accountancy and business advisory global association. Visit us at and follow us on LinkedIn ( , Glassdoor (,25.htm) , Instagram ( , Twitter ( and Facebook ( .

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