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Program Controls Specialist

  • Role type
  • Permanent

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Job Description

Ricardo Defense is experiencing high growth and is seeking an exceptional Program Controls Specialist to add to our team. This Program Controls Specialist is an exciting career opportunity for a confident, experienced individual with the ability to form conclusions and craft solutions that are critical to the success of our projects.


This Program Controls Specialist may be required to travel to our Troy, MI office quarterly at most if required.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

This Program Controls Specialist position will require you to work in both a team environment as well as being responsible for the timely completion of individual assignments.

  • This position will support the Finance Manager to inform project managers/leads by providing actual project costs and forecasts
  • Supports project managers/leads by performing specific tasks related to reviews of management practices and policies; recommends changes to enhance operating efficiencies
  • Provides technical assistance in the design of cost accounting or reporting systems and related forms and documents
  • Assists in reviews of financial and internal controls to determine whether such controls are adequate to meet management objectives
  • Assists in reviewing travel expense reports and purchase requisitions
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in accounting, finance or other related fields of study
  • A minimum of seven years of experience with five years in project finance & control
  • Experience with Government contracts, particularly Dept. of Defense is required
  • Must be able to obtain a government security clearance
  • Knowledge of cost and financing accounting principles, practices, and procedures
  • Knowledge of internal control systems and procedures
  • Skill in preparing management reports on a timely basis
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related financial software products
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint required
  • Analytical and detail-oriented self-starter with the ability to work well under time constraints, maintain confidentiality
  • Team oriented; contributes to a global finance environment by driving overall results and support
  • Superior communication skills, solid organizational skills and the ability to work solutions independently or with a group

Ricardo Defense offers an impressive compensation and benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision Benefits
  • Company Paid Life and AD&D
  • Company Paid Short Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Flexible Spending & HSA Accounts
  • 401k with Company Match
  • Legal Shield and ID Shield
  • Paid holidays, vacation and sick days

About Us:
Ricardo Defense is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ricardo Inc. established as a separate limited liability company in 2015 and structured under a Defense Security Service ‘Special Security Agreement’. Ricardo Defense provides engineering, technology, product innovation, sustainment, and field support services for our customers in the defense industry. We are committed to providing outstanding value through quality engineering solutions focused on class-leading product innovation and robust strategic implementation. Ricardo, Inc. is the US subsidiary of Ricardo plc. For more information, visit www.ricardo.com.


Ricardo Defense is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity or gender expression), age, mental or physical disability, creed, ancestry, citizenship, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, medical condition, genetic trait or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.


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