Director of Finance

TitleDirector of Finance

Location: ARiA has offices in central Virginia / Charlottesville, VA metro area (Culpeper, VA and Madison, VA), Washington, DC metro area (Alexandria, VA), Seattle, WA (Westlake / South Lake Union), and Lexington, KY metro area (Richmond, KY) – this opening is for the central Virginia office

ARiA applies broad interdisciplinary expertise in acoustics, machine learning, modeling & simulation, and signal processing toward innovative science and engineering research and development for a diverse set of government and corporate clients. Partnering with government, industry, and academia, ARiA solves critical challenges. 

To enable effective and efficient transition of applied research to advanced development of products and systems, ARiA is structured to bring together top-quality research scientists with development and software engineers in an environment in which research and development mutually benefit from joint leveraging of in-house expertise.

ARiA is a small business where you can make a big difference. Our employees, including those at entry-level, are working together with the CIO of the Air Force to use cognitive computing to change the way the government acquires technology and working with top Navy leaders to use video games and simulation to change the way sailors are trained to use sonar.

ARiA: Real Research. Real World.TM

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ARiA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position Description:

ARiA is looking for a highly motivated individual to work in our central Virginia office as the Director of Finance. Reporting to the Chief Executive (Managing Member), the Director of Finance will be responsible for both the controller function as well as providing operational and strategic input.

The Director of Finance will:

Develop, implement and maintain controls and procedures to ensure that company assets are properly recorded and protected

Deliver accurate and timely financial functions by conducting billing and accounting functions including government billing, management of the job-cost accounting and timekeeping systems, signing timecards and checks, managing federal and state tax deposits and employee benefit plans and deposits

Manage and oversee the processing of all accounting transactions (billings, accounts payable, payroll, collections, and cash receipts) by the in-house bookkeeper and external accounting services

Ensure a culture of compliance with cost-accounting standards for government contractors, by ensuring production of timely and accurate financial data and financial reporting, serving as the primary interface to outside accountants and government audit agencies

Establish a strong financial picture for ARiA by developing and overseeing the production of management reporting including budgets and forecasts and providing financial input to operational and strategic management decisions 

Support ARiA business development by developing budget and rate projections for proposals and managing the negotiation and government review of rates for cost contracts

Ensure ARiA compliance with all applicable fiscal rules and regulations including Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), as well as federal, state, and local regulations

Conduct financial management of projects in coordination with ARiA principal investigators (PIs) and project leads

Enhance business development efforts by supporting PIs in development of management plans and cost volumes for proposals 

Manage and seek to optimize return on company assets, including intellectual property

Support excellent subcontract and teaming relationships by contributing to the drafting of FAR/DFARS compliant contracts, MOUs, allocation-of-rights agreements, and payment terms


Bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field (e.g., business) with a strong accounting/finance focus

Strong proficiency with accounting software and MS Office applications

Ability to work independently but collaboratively

Ability to negotiate and operate effectively in complex and sometimes ambiguous environments

Applicants selected for employment will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements, including U.S. citizenship, for access to sensitive information

Desirable Skills, Qualifications, and Experience:

Professional certification as a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst, or Certified Management Accountant

Prior experience with accounting and financial requirements and standards for Federal and U.S. Department of Defense contracting

To apply submit resume/CV and cover letter to