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Cherry Bekaert Director - Government Contractor Advisory in Des Moines, Iowa


Do you have a passion for building? Have you been described as having a “growth mindset?” Do you enjoy providing technical expertise to impart critical guidance and solve complex problems for clients who work with the government? Are you interested in being a Thought Leader? Do you enjoy developing others and building a team? If so, please consider a career at Cherry Bekaert !

Ranked among the largest accounting and advisory firms in the country, Cherry Bekaert delivers innovative and sophisticated advisory, assurance and tax services to our clients. Our Advisory business is booming and to continue this success, we are seeking a strategic builder, with strong business acumen, to direct and lead growth, resource utilization, and the client service delivery process in the Government and Public Sector.

As a Director within our Government Contractor Advisory domain, you will be responsible for growing and serving clients while providing leadership and guidance to our broader team, leveraging your expertise to drive quality service delivery to our 250+ large and small government contractors across the US. This highly visible position offers excellent training, development, and professional growth. Once you join the team, your feeling of belonging and community will be strengthened by the firm’s core values: Integrity, Mutual Respect, Passion for Excellence, Accountability, Collaboration, and Trust.

At Cherry Bekaert, we create shared success through teamwork, energy, and expertise. We offer a rewarding career path for motivated, curious, and entrepreneurial individuals. If you’re ready to find your space and create your future, keep reading!


Our Government Contractor (GovCon) Advisory group seeks a strong technical leader to help us continue building on our large government contractor client base. In this role, you will help us win and serve as a key advisor to clients, helping them navigate all phases of the contract lifecycle and leveraging your subject matter expertise to solve complex challenges along the way. Our ideal candidate has demonstrated expertise in DCAA & DCMA related audit interactions and will have previous experience working within or directly in conjunction with these organizations. Creative problem solving and critical thinking are a must!

What your days looks like:

Work closely with practice leaders to execute growth strategies while winning and owning execution of the following types of projects:

  • Compliance and Gap Assessments (FAR, DFARS, CAS, etc.)

  • DFAR business system evaluations, process documentation and improvements (accounting, estimating, purchasing, etc.)

  • Interface with DCAA, DCMA and other agency auditors on behalf of our clients

  • Advise on CAS, indirect cost structures, contract proposal pricing and estimating

  • Advise on Disclosure Statements, Cost Accounting Practice Changes, Incurred cost submissions

  • Provide regulation and contract management guidance

  • Contribute as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the practice

  • Research and respond to complex engagement inquiries elevated by associates

  • Provide thought leadership through the creation of knowledge articles, white papers, podcasts, webcasts, etc.

  • Develop and train GovCon team staff and managers on technical GovCon issues, developing effective solutions and exceptional client service delivery and communications

  • Business development efforts through active participation in industry trade orgs, proposal presentations and thought leadership contributions

  • Ensure that services to clients are of the highest quality and consistently applied across clients

  • Contribute to growing the practice through expansion of services to existing clients and obtaining new client

What you need for this role:

An ideal fit for our firm displays a passion for superior client service, excellent project management abilities, business development and leadership skills. We’re a fast-paced and dynamic environment so a strong sense of urgency will fit right in!

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Accounting or Finance

  • Must possess knowledge of accounting principles, CPA preferred but not required

  • Knowledge of government contract specific accounting systems (Deltek, Unanet, etc.)

  • 10+ years of demonstrated experience in compliance, auditing, or advising companies with the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) or other applicable Federal regulations

  • DCAA or DCMA experience is strongly preferred

  • This role may require the ability to travel up to 15-25% of the time to client sites, industry meetings and Cherry Bekaert offices

What you can expect from us:

  • Shared values, including uncompromising integrity, a passion for excellence, and mutual respect

  • The opportunity to innovate and do work that motivates and engages you

  • Collaborative environment focused on your career growth and continuous professional development

  • Competitive compensation and a total rewards package that focuses on all aspects of your wellbeing

  • Flexibility to do impactful work and the time to enjoy your life outside of work

About Cherry Bekaert

Cherry Bekaert, ranked among the largest assurance, tax and advisory firms in the U.S., serves clients across industries in all 50 U.S. states and internationally. “Cherry Bekaert” is the brand name under which Cherry Bekaert LLP and Cherry Bekaert Advisory LLC, independently owned entities, provide professional services in an alternative practice structure in accordance with applicable professional standards. Cherry Bekaert LLP is a licensed CPA firm that provides attest services, and Cherry Bekaert Advisory LLC and its subsidiary entities provide business advisory and non-attest services spanning the areas of transaction advisory, risk and accounting advisory, digital solutions, cybersecurity, tax, benefits consulting, and wealth management. For more details, visit .

Cherry Bekaert cares about our people. We offer competitive compensation packages based on performance that recognize the value our people bring to our clients and our Firm. The salary range for this position is $148,500 to $391,875. In addition, we offer a comprehensive, high-quality benefits program which includes annual bonus, medical, dental, and vision care; disability and life insurance; generous Paid Time Off; retirement plans; Paid Care Leave; and other programs that are dedicated to enhancing your personal and work life and providing you and your family with a measure of financial protection.

Cherry Bekaert provides equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable law.

Candidates must demonstrate eligibility to work in the United States. Cherry Bekaert will not provide work sponsorship for this position.

Cherry Bekaert LLP and Cherry Bekaert Advisory LLC are members of Allinial Global, an accountancy and business advisory global association. Visit us at and follow us on LinkedIn ( , Facebook, ( Twitter ( or Instagram ( .

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