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Principal Accountant

Requisition ID: R10065806

  • Category IconCategory: Business Management
  • Location IconLocation: Irving, Texas, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: No
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Northrop Grumman’s Enterprise Services (ES) Operations Accounting team is seeking a Principal Accountant, reporting to ES’ Manager of Labor & Operations Accounting.  Specifically, we are seeking an individual to serve as the team’s Blackline Administrator and perform accounting work related to accounts payable, payroll and cash management.  The Blackline Administrator acts as the primary owner for the Blackline reconciliation tool, providing day to day support, governance, and oversight of the application and ensures adherence to tool design and data management.  Additionally, the BlackLine Administrator assists business managers and users with identifying and implementing process improvements that produce quantifiable benefits, offering continuous improvement recommendations, developing & delivering system enhancements, and providing training to the accounting teams.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Accounting Responsibilities

  • Apply principles of accounting to analyze financial information from multiple organizations including, but not limited to, accounts payable, payroll and cash management
  • Adherence to accounting, regulatory and auditing policies & procedures (including SOX)
  • Proactively stay current on GAAP and best practices
  • Interact with senior internal/external personnel on accounting matters often requiring coordination between organizations
  • Communicate regularly with the Labor & Operations Manager, Operations Team Lead, and key stakeholders

Blackline Responsibilities

  • Serve as the administrator for the BlackLine application
  • Train global users on Blackline functionality
  • Provide ongoing end-user support
  • Ensure the application is operating efficiently and effectively
  • Produce dashboard reports to help maintain on-time accounting cycle functions and monitor the ongoing reconciliation process, presenting results to management
  • Liaison with IT on user issues, application upgrades, system maintenance and projects as it relates to BlackLine and other integrations to/from the tool
  • Perform ongoing application maintenance.  Coordinate upgrade, development, testing, and implementation of application enhancements with users and IT.
  • Lead and/or participate in projects focused on driving best practices and consistency
  • Partner with key business stakeholders in building a continuous improvement environment to support an ongoing program of transformation
  • Assist and provide guidance to manage Blackline service provider
  • Communicate regularly with the Labor & Operations Manager, Operations Team Lead, IT, and key stakeholders

A successful candidate will possess the following leadership traits/abilities:

  • Excellent relationship building skills, able to build trust with stakeholders
  • Strong analytical, communication, and creative problem-solving skills
  • Must show commitment to results, leadership, teamwork, and strong interpersonal skills
  • Desire to receive constructive feedback
  • Able to communicate effectively and clearly present technical approaches and findings
  • Excellent time management skills, ability to meet deadlines, and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability of working with multiple levels of management/stakeholders and effectively communicating information to all levels of the organization
  • Self-motivated, team-player who works well with all employees and third parties
  • Independently demonstrate the skill and ability to perform fairly complex professional tasks
  • Strong project management experience
  • Demonstrated track record of process improvement and desire to implement best practices
  • Develop solutions to a variety of complex problems; ability to learn new and unfamiliar technologies independently using documentation and online resources
  • Ability to conceptualize, formulate, and succinctly convey complex solutions to a wide audience
  • Participate in determining objectives of projects and assignments
  • Positive, proactive, and self-motivated; Plan schedules and arrange own activities in accomplishing objectives
  • Must have high degree of accuracy, results-oriented, highly accountable
  • Adaptable, flexible in a changing environment, comfortable with ambiguity

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or a related discipline with six years of professional experience Or four years of professional experience with a master’s degree in Accounting, Finance or a related discipline.
  • Complete understanding and application of accounting principles, concepts, practices, and standards
  • Knowledge and experience with ERPs (SAP)
  • Knowledge and experience with Blackline
  • Project management experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

Salary Range: $72,700 USD - $109,100 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.

Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.