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General Electric North American Rates Leader - Government Accounting in Evendale, Ohio

Job Description Summary

The North American Rates Leader is a key member of GE Aviation Government Business Controllership team responsible for creating the vision, setting the strategy and leading execution to deliver maximum compliant recovery of cost through forward pricing and incurred cost rates supporting a $5B US Government business portfolio. The incumbent is responsible for leading all aspects of the Forward Pricing Rate Proposal (FPRP) and Incurred Cost Submission (ICS) processes, from development through audit and negotiation of rate agreements with the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) Divisional Administrative Contracting Officer (DACO). The Rates Leader will have daily contact with GE Aviation Finance, Engineering, Supply Chain, and business P&L stakeholders. Additionally, the incumbent will have ongoing interactions with representatives from US Government Buying Commands, the DCMA, and the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA). Finally, will ensure synchronization with the wider Government Business team to achieve team and business objectives.

Job Description

Essential Responsibilities

The North American Rates Leader will lead a team of government accounting professionals to:

•Develop, review, and publish indirect overhead and direct labor forward pricing, billing, and final (ICS) rates that are synchronized to the GE Aviation financial planning calendar, Supply Chain forecasts, and other critical inputs.

•Negotiate proposed rates with the DCMA.

•Support FPRP and ICS audits with the DCAA.

•Implement monthly cost monitoring to ensure accuracy of pricing and billing rates. Identify significant variances, work with pool managers to determine root causes and present analysis and recommendations to business leadership and cognizant DCMA DACO and ACOs.

•Build open and positive relationships with internal business partners and USG customers.

•Implement business processes that are compliant with the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) and support the requirements in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Department of Defense supplement (DFARS), and other applicable acquisition regulations and guidance.

•Ensure FPRP and ICS processes support continued approval of the six DFARS Contractor Business Systems.

•Personally lead process improvement and lean transformation efforts to eliminate waste, improve transparency, establish standard work, and enhance the value the team brings to the business.

•Create a culture of continuous learning enabling team members to deepen their domain expertise, enhance their overall business acumen, and prepare them for increased responsibility.


•Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field

•Significant related experience at a major defense contractor, DCMA, or DCAA

Desired Characteristics

  • Deep domain expertise in Government Accounting with significant practical experience leading FPRP and ICS processes.

  • Significant experience interacting with senior DCMA (ACO, DACO, CACO) and DCAA (supervisory auditor, Branch Manager, Regional Audit Manager) leaders.

  • Strong cost accounting background related to US Government contracting.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills. Able to tailor communications to the needs of the audience.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in data analytics methods and tools.

  • Ability to apply lean principles in a transactional setting with an emphasis on root cause analysis, countermeasure development, and sustained change control.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead programs / projects. Ability to document, plan, market, and execute programs. Established project management skills.

  • Proven ability to lead change by identifying stakeholders, creating consensus, communicating openly & effectively, and implementing sustainable new processes.

  • Lives the tenets of Servant Leadership, focused on empowering team members, investing in their development, and creating an environment that respects and values all points of view.

  • Able to balance strategic planning and initiatives required to enable continuous process improvement with the need to execute on tactical priorities in a resource constrained environment.

  • Comfortable working in an environment of ambiguity and changing priorities driven by customer requirements and external forces.


To comply with US immigration and other legal requirements, it is necessary to specify the minimum number of years’ experience required for any role based within the USA. For roles outside of the USA, to ensure compliance with applicable legislation, the JDs should focus on the substantive level of experience required for the role and a minimum number of years should NOT be used.

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer ( . Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes