Posting Date:  09/24/2021
Job Title:  Planning and Public Works Business and Finance Operations Manager
Salary:  $88,789.33 – $119,740.99 Annually
Entity:  Pierce County
Closing Date:  First Review Date: October 3, 2021


Why It’s a Great Opportunity:

Pierce County is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation and Planning and Public Works is leading the way to ensure we have reliable infrastructure and processes in place to support the influx of jobs and people over the next 20 years while continuing to protect natural resources and provide equal opportunity for prosperity. This position is a key member of the Department’s Senior Management Team and will oversee the integration and coordination of a $400M annual budget and all the accounting and daily financial transactions for 17 divisions. Working with County’s central Finance Department and all PPW divisions, the Business and Financial Operations (BFO) Manager has the opportunity to transform the way we manage our business and streamline inefficient processes across a very large organization.

Why It’s a Great Department:

Planning and Public Works (PPW) is a diverse and fast-moving department filled with motivated professionals working to ensure Pierce County is positioned to handle growth while building, operating, and maintaining reliable infrastructure to support livable communities. PPW is responsible for a broad and complex portfolio of services that provides unique opportunities to collaborate, innovate, and inspire. We are responsible for the County road and levee systems, sewer systems, airports, ferries, building permits, environmental review, sustainability, community planning, and code enforcement – just to name a few!

How to be Successful in the Role:

Bring in your knowledge and experience in accounting/auditing principles and your knowledge of capital projects coupled with a true desire to improve the community that you live in and you are sure to thrive in an environment that will truly enable your goals.

The successful candidate will need to:

-Develop strong working relationships with central Finance counterparts and all PPW division managers.
-Lead a team of 15 dedicated professionals to implement standardized process for managing and providing quality
assurance for thousands of financial transactions per week.
-Provide technical expertise and mentorship to accountants, accounting assistants, management analysts and other
division managers to ensure PPW’s business and financial operations are successful.
-Be a self-starter, and a inspirational leader who can manage, and motivate staff.

Your Future in this Role:

Your leadership and knowledge will help build and solidify a truly modern and effective financial direction for one the most pivotal departments in the County. All PPW Division Managers are part of the department’s senior management team and are considered trusted advisors to the Director and the Executive staff. The BFO Manager will work directly with the PPW Director, central Finance Department leadership, and 16 other division managers to develop and implement business and financial operations processes, strategic initiatives, and planning for the future of our capital investments.

Primary Duties

Core Daily Responsibilities:

-Review and approve departmental expenditures for labor, supplies, contracts, services, and equipment procurement.
-Coordinate processes for daily transactions and biennial budget preparations with 16 other divisions
-Serve as a liaison to central Finance and work to improve financial management processes across the County
-Participate in management meetings, decision making, and strategic planning
-Develop a financial asset management program to ensure that all capital assets are properly recorded in the
accounting system from cradle to grave.
-Provide tactical and strategic leadership for Planning and Public Works’ finance team (15 team members).
-Support and compile information to make extensive financial decisions.
-Track utilizing solid metrics all money flow (expenditures/revenue) and use data to develop strategy, processes, and
recommend changes.
-Collaborate with senior management in developing, presenting, and implementing the Department’s budget for
operations, capital, maintenance, and administration.
-Analyze complex rate and cost-of-service fee models, recommending appropriate adjustments and implement
-Establish and maintain effective working relationships with County officials, employees, and the public.
-Other duties as necessary.


Minimum Requirements:

-Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a very closely related
field of study.
-Six years of progressively responsible work experience in monitoring and developing large complex budgets with
multiple funds, accounting, financial planning, or other experience clearly demonstrating the ability to perform the
work of this position.
-Experience working with capital budgets.
-Three years of supervisory experience with provable effective people management skills.
-Additional specifically relevant education and experience may substitute on a year for year basis.
-Successful completion of background investigation.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Strong proven ability to build and maintain effective and amiable inter-departmental business relationships.
Experience with governmental accounting or auditing.
-Master’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Public Administration, or Business Administration strongly preferred.
-CPA license strongly preferred.
-CAFR desirable.

Contact Information

Cassius Johnson
(253) 798-7245


Other Information

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