The Financial Analyst supports business operations by performing and/or managing a variety of accounting functions, such as accounts payable, capital asset and/or capital project maintenance, grant monitoring, general ledger maintenance, financial reporting, payroll, account reconciliations, and purchasing card reconciliations. Provides counsel and advice to county departments on a variety of financial questions and performs research / analyses as required to do so. Ensures transparency / accountability by assisting in the preparation of financial reports. Assists with the budget development process, including securing and analyzing justification for departmental expenditures, preparing revenue projections, and working with departments on financial issues such as budget transfers and justifications. Supervises staff in assigned area, including selection recommendations, training, assigning work and reviewing/analyzing performance.
Graduation from an accredited college / university with a bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or closely related field and a minimum of two to five years’ experience, preferably in government, or an equivalent combination of education, experience, and/or training sufficient to demonstrate the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Thorough knowledge of the theory, principles, and practices of accounting; general knowledge of accounting principles specifically related to governmental accounting; ability to analyze and interpret financial data in order to solve complex accounting problems; ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; ability to take direction and offer technical advice in the field of accounting.
Highly organized with ability to multi-task and complete high volume work assignments within tight time constraints with accuracy and attention to detail. Ability to read and comprehend instructions and correspondence. Proficiency in business English and spelling. Proficiency in the use of MS Office applications, including advanced word processing, spreadsheet, and graphics applications with accuracy and reasonable rate of speed. Ability to comprehend county, state, and federal policies, procedures and programs.
Strong interpersonal / communication skills. Ability to work cooperatively in a diverse team and / or independently. Ability to establish / maintain effective working relationships with employees, county officials, vendors, external auditors and the public. Strong quality and service minded.
Demonstrated experience in supervisory responsibilities with ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of subordinate employees.
Advanced degree in Accounting Preferred
Certified Public Accountant Preferred
Additional Salary Information: The position is salaried with access to the full range of employment benefits currently afforded full-time employees. Starting salary for the position is subject to negotiation depending on qualifications.
About County of Bedford, Virginia
Bedford County, Virginia, located in Central Virginia, is the home to nearly 80,000 residents throughout approximately 800 square miles. Between the National D-Day Memorial, the Peaks of Otter, Smith Mountain Lake, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, our Artisan Trail, vineyards, breweries, and the dozens of other attractions, Bedford boasts a tremendous portfolio of attractions that have for many years brought people to our community.
The County presently employs approximately 600 full-time employees, as well as additional part-time employees. The employees of the County provide high quality service related to public safety, quality of life, facilities, community and economic development, and administrative management. Our organization has a history of providing services to our residents in a conscientious and reliable manner while maintaining the fiscal balance necessary to ensure the long-term viability and economic competitiveness of the community.
The County’s total annual budget is approximately $200 million, half of which is related to the public school system. Over the last several years we have been working diligently to implement best management practices that ensure that we are making investments in our community in a logical and responsible manner.