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Senior Government Contract Accountant

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Job Description

TITLE: Senior Government Contract Accountant


TerraPower is a nuclear technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. At its core, the company is working to raise living standards globally through a more affordable, secure and environmentally friendly form of nuclear energy along with innovations in medical isotopes to improve human health. In 2006, TerraPower originated with Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries who evaluated the fundamental challenges to raising living standards around the world. They recognized energy access was crucial to the health and economic well-being of communities and decided that the private sector needed to take action and create energy sources that would advance global energy deployment. TerraPower’s mission is to be a world leader in new nuclear technologies, while developing innovators and future leaders in the nuclear field. As a result, the company’s activities in the fields of nuclear energy and related sciences are yielding significant innovations in the safety and economics of nuclear power, hybrid energy and medical applications – all for significant human health benefits.

TerraPower is seeking to hire highly motivated and forward-thinking professionals who are interested in focusing on advanced nuclear reactor research and development and influencing change within the nuclear power landscape and bringing forward the critical production of medical isotopes. TerraPower is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, as a federal contractor, TerraPower has instituted an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) in an effort to proactively recruit, hire, and promote women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans.

Senior Government Contract Accountant

The Senior Government Contract Accountant will be responsible for the reviewing billable charges (including AP invoices and travel expenses) in compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) for all contract types. The successful candidate will demonstrate extensive knowledge in GAAP, Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and user experience in NetSuite/Oracle and Concur.


• Review internal travel expense reports in Concur for FAR & travel policy compliance

• Review AP invoices for accuracy and compliance with the contract

• Review government travel from subrecipients for FAR & travel policy compliance

• Ensure proper coding (GL/department/project billable codes) for billable expenses

• Assist in preparing and issuing invoices in accordance with contract terms and compliance with FAR

• Able to identify unallowable costs according to government rules and/or contractual terms

• Work closely with stakeholders to resolve issues related to billing and payment of invoices/bills

• Support month end close, general ledger accounting including account reconciliations and journal entry posting

• Support monthly/quarterly internal/external reporting

• Ability to implement policies and procedures to help improve efficiencies

• Ability to perform moderately complex accounting tasks/analysis, categorize data for reporting and audit purpose

• Applies general knowledge of accounting/government policies and procedures when responding to written and verbal inquiries from stakeholders

• Support Audits for allowable and unallowable costs

Key Qualifications and Skills

• B.S. degree in Accounting or related field or the equivalent business-experience

• Minimum of 3 years work experience in an accounting environment

• Must be proficient with Microsoft Excel and able to quickly adapt to other Finance and Accounting systems (NetSuite, Concur, Oracle)

• Knowledge of Oracle is preferred

• Knowledge of direct and indirect cost, allowable and unallowable expenses (especially with regards to travel allowability)

• Working knowledge of government grants and/or government contracts is preferred

• Highly organized and detail-oriented; high degree of accuracy

• Capable of quickly comprehending new information and technologies

• Capable of working in a fast-paced environment

• Strong communication skills, comfortable working with operations team/non-accounting professionals, deal with complex accounting/project codes/org codes.

• Analytical/problem solving – ability to identify, analyze and resolve problems in a timely manner

• Ability to prioritize and plan work activities

• Must be team oriented, willing to operate within a collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment

• The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trust and integrity, communicate openly and display respect and a desire to foster teamwork

Job Functions

Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position. These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation. Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations. An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

• Motor Abilities: Sitting and/or standing for extended periods, bending/stooping, grasping/gripping, fine motor control (hands)

• Physical exertion and/or requirements: Minimal, with ability to safely lift up to 20 pounds

• Repetitive work: Prolonged

• Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work

• Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standard and/or sitting working environment of >8 hrs./day

• Travel required: 0-5%

TerraPower’s technology is controlled for export by various agencies of the U.S. Government. TerraPower must evaluate applicants who are foreign nationals (other than asylees, refugees, or lawful permanent residents) in accordance with U.S. Government export control requirements. To facilitate TerraPower’s export control reviews, you will be asked as part of the application process to identify whether you are a U.S. Citizen or national, asylee, refugee, or lawful permanent resident of the United States. Government export authorization approval times vary. Based on the business needs for a particular position, TerraPower may not consider a foreign national from a country if it is impracticable to obtain timely Government export approval.

Job details

Salary Range Level 7: $68,359 - $102,538

Salary Range Level 8: $78,253 - $117,379

*Typically, our employee salaries are within .90 – 1.0 of the mid-point of the posted salary bands. Any salary offered within the posted salary band is based on market data and commensurate with the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience. This range is specific to Washington State.


• Competitive Compensation

• Salary, eligible to participate in discretionary short-term incentive payments

• Comprehensive Medical and Wellness Benefits Medical

o Vision

o Dental

o Life

o Life and Disability

o Gender Affirmation Benefits

o Parental Leave

• 401k Plan

• Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)

o 21 days of annually accrued PTO

• Generous Holiday Schedule

o 10 paid holidays

• Relocation Assistance

• Professional and Educational Support Opportunities

• Flexible Work Schedule

Please visit www.terrapower.com to apply

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