Project Accountant

Perkins Eastman Perkins Eastman Employer:
Costa Mesa, CA, USLocation:
Wed, Jan 23 '19Posted on:

Perkins Eastman is a global architecture and design firm guided by the belief that design can have a positive and lasting impact on people’s lives. With more than 1,000 employees in 17 locations around the world, we collaborate seamlessly across borders, barriers, and disciplines to connect people and ideas. Whether conceiving of new healthcare models, reviving a local landmark as a boutique hotel, or helping communities become more resilient, we are united in a dedication to progressive and inventive design that enhances the human experience. If everything is design, everything we do is HUMAN BY DESIGN.


The Project Accountant is a key business role for maintaining a successful, growing, and profitable office. The Project Accountant will be the financial liaison between the architectural studio and corporate accounting.  It requires a savvy business acumen, comfort with financial information including budgets, costs, and revenue, and able to translate financial terms to nonfinancial personnel.  The candidate is expected to develop a strong relationship with project managers, principals, and studio leaders to help reach financial goals on projects.

The qualified candidate should be professional, polished, and have an interest in the business side of a large and growing architecture/design firm. The candidate should be able to pick up financial and industry lingo quickly, and become an office wide resource/trainer for the ERP system (Deltek Vision), project planning and financial topics. Our ideal candidate would oversee collections for key clients, and maintain relationships with business liaisons at those client offices. The ideal candidate should be able to deal with a variety of personalities, and comfortable in speaking with groups of people at all levels.

Job Responsibilities:  

  • Review contract documents for financial details to assist Projects Managers in project setup
  • Setup projects in ERP system and ensure complete documentation
  • Assist project managers in staffing the projects
  • Oversee project planning and determine corrective action
  • Optimize project profitability by informing project manager of planned outcomes
  • Report on project performance monthly to corporate
  • Prepare project invoices (billing to clients) and work on deadlines for Revenue cycle
  • Liaise with architectural studio staff to improve studio understanding of financial terminology and outcomes
  • Attend and lead aspects of office financial meetings
  • Prepare pay requisition forms
  • Oversee collections for the office


  • Associate’s degree in Business or related field
  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years of professional experience in an accounting/finance department working in an Architectural, Engineering, or Professional service firm preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel (V-lookups, pivot tables); Deltek Vision software and InDesign are a plus.


How to Apply:

If you would like to join a dynamic, energized, innovative and collaborative environment, where your ideas will be heard and your skills challenged, please visit our career page and apply with your cover letter, resume and/or portfolio (Adobe PDF preferred). No phone calls please.

 Link: Human By Design

Perkins Eastman is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and a participant in the U.S. Federal E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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