About Charles River Associates:

For over 50 years, Charles River Associates has been a premier consulting firm that offers employees a place to learn from a diverse group of consultants, industry experts, and academics.  At CRA, you will be exposed to leading minds who use economic, financial, and business analysis to solve complex world problems for an impressive roster of clients, including major law firms, Fortune 100 companies, and government agencies.  Through a collegial environment, formal and informal training opportunities, and a broad array of professional development resources, your experience at CRA will open doors for you as you launch your career.

Experts in CRA’s Forensic Services practice provide independent technical accounting and forensic expertise in complex litigation, internal investigation, and white-collar defense matters. Companies and their legal counsel routinely call upon us to investigate a broad range of allegations, including accounting and financial reporting, employee misconduct, fraud, and non-compliance. Our teams integrate expertise in accounting, technology, and business intelligence, and they possess the skills required to ensure our work will withstand aggressive, adversarial and/or regulatory scrutiny. 

We are currently looking to hire Principals to join our Chicago, Dallas, Washington D.C., Boston, or New York offices. CRA offers a top-notch experience for consultants: a rigorous analytical education, opportunities for significant responsibility, and resources to support professional growth. Principals work in project teams with Vice Presidents and junior staff on a variety of client engagements across industries. Consultants should have a solid working knowledge of financial and economic concepts and proven project and people management skills. 

Job Overview:

As an experienced Principal, your responsibilities may include (but are not limited to):

  • Investigating accounting irregularities and responding to allegations of fraud, misconduct, waste, abuse, and non-compliance
  • Leveraging accounting and financial concepts to conduct analyses of financial data
  • Utilizing database skills to effectively analyze large data sets
  • Independently conceptualizing and identifying issues, designing complex financial models to analyze economic and financial data, and overseeing the creation of analyses by junior staff
  • Summarizing key issues identified from the review by team members of client documents, analyst reports, and third party financial, market and industry data
  • Effectively planning and managing assigned projects, including management of the work of junior staff team members
  • Acting as a primary point of contact for clients and assisting in the presentation of our findings and recommendations to clients
  • Creating and developing client deliverables, including expert reports summarizing our opinions or fact-based reports summarizing our findings
  • Ensuring the integrity and accuracy of analyses and opinions
  • Assisting with practice-wide recruiting and training efforts

Qualifications:

  • 12+ years of finance or accounting work experience, with proven project management skills
  • Must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or a related field
  • CFA or CPA professional certification is beneficial but not required
  • Advanced knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, corporate governance, and regulatory environments
  • Prior consulting or financial services experience is preferred
  • Demonstrated problem solving and effective oral and written communication skills
  • Rigorous organizational skills and attention to detail in all facets of work
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, manage multiple projects, and meet timely deadlines
  • Ability to travel

Our environment is collegial and entrepreneurial, requiring teamwork and flexibility. Ideal candidates should possess exceptional written and oral communication skills, a high level of initiative and responsibility, dedication to quality, a strong work ethic, creativity, and a positive attitude. We expect Principals to learn quickly, solve problems, prioritize tasks, and communicate well with peers, senior and junior staff, and clients.

Work Location, Flexibility, and COVID Safety

At CRA, we believe in creating a work environment that enables our colleagues to benefit from being together in the office to best deliver on our promise of career growth and mentorship, while also taking advantage of the flexibility and inclusivity that working from home provides. We continue to monitor local government and regulatory guidance and adapt our safety guidelines accordingly. For those who begin the interview process with CRA, your recruiting point of contact will be available to answer any questions about work location and COVID safety.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Charles River Associates is an equal opportunity employer. As part of our focus on equity and inclusion, we work to ensure a fair and consistent hiring process. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to an inclusive work environment.

CRA is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer (EEO/AAE): Minority/Female/Veteran/Disabled.

 

The city of New York requires CRA to include a good-faith estimate of the wage range for this role. This range is specific to individuals applying to work in our New York office and considers a number of factors including but not limited to experience, education level, and expertise.  A good-faith estimate of the base wage range for this role is $185,000 - $235,000; actual total compensation may also include benefits and bonus. 

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