Job Details

Requisition Number 19-0003
Post Date 2/14/2019
Title Associate Director, Financial Operations
Division Finance
PT/FT Full Time
City Washington
State DC

Our Mission

The PCAOB oversees the audits of public companies and SEC-registered brokers and dealers in order to protect investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, accurate, and independent audit reports.

Job Description Summary

The PCAOB has a full-time, regular position for an Associate Director of Financial Operations at its Washington, DC headquarters office.  As a leader in the Office of Finance, the Associate Director of Financial Operations will work closely with senior management on all key needs of the business.  The Associate Director of Financial Operations will be responsible for managing and overseeing ICFR and technical accounting and policy functions, and will also lead top priority projects and coordinate cross functional efforts that require significant involvement across a variety of business groups throughout the organization.


  • Partner with senior management to ensure programmatic success through effective internal control over financial reporting, rigorous analysis, and compliance with relevant rules, laws and standards
  • Provide senior management with information and reports that provide an objective assessment of the design and effectiveness of key controls over significant financial processes, important audit finding themes, root causes and recommendations for process improvements
  • Ensure adherence to COSO and provide support to those processes
  • Review policies and procedures and provide guidance on best practices
  • Ensure new accounting standards are reviewed and implemented in a timely manner
  • Oversee the review of technical accounting issues and related policies
  • Support and facilitate the integration of all OCFO business process improvements
  • Identify process disconnects and translate them into process improvement opportunities, such as cost savings, cost avoidance, or quality improvements
  • Work closely with senior management and other process stakeholders to build a coordinated effort to successfully implement process changes
  • Maintain communication with senior management, business leads, and team members to ensure successful planning and execution of projects and achievement of established objectives
  • Manage the annual business insurance renewal process working closely with the Office of General Counsel
  • Provide coaching and facilitate problem solving methodologies to teams as improvements are made
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships within the PCAOB and with external parties
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required


  • Education/Technical Expertise
    • At least 10 years of business experience, including demonstrated experience successfully managing internal control over financial reporting, finance, accounting, budgeting, and reporting
    • Experience in internal audit and/or public accounting is preferred as is a good working knowledge of finance and accounting technologies and effective organizational governance practices
    • Minimum undergraduate degree in accounting, finance or business administration; CPA required
    • Ability to provide confident leadership and to communicate and work effectively across all levels of an organization
    • Ability to present findings, ideas, and recommendations in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead long and short-term planning efforts
    • Effective communicator with strong oral and written communication skills
    • Ability to balance between data needs and requirements for action
    • Ability to balance competing priorities in a dynamic environment
    • Commitment to excellence, a strong internal control environment, and continuous improvement
    • Uncompromising professional integrity coupled with tenacity and fortitude
    • Must be a results-driven professional
  • Transformational/Continuous Improvement Capabilities
    • Proven transformation skills that include the ability to consistently execute at a high level, drive positive change and desire to build established programs and teams.
    • Demonstrated agility and ability to navigate complex environments.
    • Ability to foster an environment of creativity and innovation, focusing on the empowerment and support of staff through tools and continuous process improvement.
    • Leads large scale enterprise projects and initiatives designed to address critical business challenges and achieve organizational goals and objectives.
    • Supports individuals and teams in process excellence, project management, problem solving, and value creation to drive toward required outcomes. Surfaces capacity, pacing, resourcing and any other issues requiring leadership attention. Ensures organizational alignment, effective stakeholder engagement and communication.
    • Demonstrated ability to think broadly and strategically, including the ability to translate long-term goals and objectives into short-term tactical plans and operational activities.
    • Effectively assesses progress by identifying and articulating clear, consistent key performance indicators.

Our Values

As we seek to accomplish our mission and implement our vision, we expect integrity, pursue excellence, operate with effectiveness, embrace collaboration, and demand accountability.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All PCAOB employees are entitled to equal opportunity and a professional work environment, free of discrimination and harassment. A workplace free of discrimination is fundamental to professional success and to the PCAOB's mission. The PCAOB will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.