Project Accountant

Shaw Construction
July 29, 2022
Denver, CO
Job Type


Why Work at Shaw?

From the day you are hired, we support you in your career - providing new opportunities and allowing you to focus on the unique skills and value you bring to the company. As a member of the Shaw Team, you will stand out as a world-class construction professional. While we take our work seriously, we promote a fun, safe, supportive, and encouraging work environment. We also encourage work/life balance and community involvement for all of our employees.

At Shaw, we believe diversity is what makes us unique as a company. Each individual we hire brings something different to the buildings and the relationships we build. We strive daily to create an environment where our employees feel supported and welcomed in both our company and the construction industry. We welcome new ideas, skills, passions, cultures, and backgrounds to create an even stronger Shaw culture. That’s why in 2021, The Denver Post named Shaw to the “Top Work Place” list for the third time. #WeAreShaw means more than just working at Shaw, it represents the diversity, safety culture and community of Shaw.

Job Summary: The Project Accountant provides first point of contact direct support to project teams by lending accounting expertise to ensure projects are properly accounted for in accordance with company policy and contractual requirements. The Project Accountant is an integral part of the Accounting Department by providing quick response and proactive support to project teams, thereby leveraging the Controller to manage a broader array of departmental responsibilities.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Project Setup Support

  • Facilitate project setup meetings with Project Managers to ensure projects are setup properly in Viewpoint on a timely basis to meet the demands of the project from an accounting perspective, including sub job structure, rates, stated fee, budgets and billing methodology.

Pay Application Support

  • Review postings of owner pay applications to ensure they are complete, timely, and reconcile to the general ledger. Research reasons for over or under billings and assist in resolution as needed.
  • Monitor pay application corrections and work with project teams to ensure they are properly recorded in Viewpoint and properly presented on corrected or ensuing period pay applications.
  • Review reconciliations of Time and Material (T&M) billings to underlying cost reports to ensure all eligible costs are billed timely and accurately.
  • Assist project teams with resolving other pay application issues, including stored materials, retainage, etc.
  • Review accounts receivable aging reports for anomalous data, and work with project teams to resolve issues.

Job Cost Support

  • Setup projects in Textura and ensure proper invoice posting integration with Viewpoint. Work with Textura and project teams to research and resolve issues.
  • Ensure proper posting of self-performed intra project subcontractor pay applications.
  • Review subcontractor commitment ledgers and other job cost records to observe occurrences or potential for duplicate payments. Work with project teams to mitigate or resolve issues.
  • Review job cost records to ensure proper coding of costs, as well as accuracy of rates for internal charges. Work with project teams to resolve issues.
  • Compile, calculate, document and post internal charges for labor, burden, Personnel Assigned Equipment (PAE), field equipment, other equipment, housing, etc. to projects based on contractual rates and underlying documentation of usage.
  • Review accounts payable aging reports for anomalous data, and work with project teams to resolve issues.
  • Prepare and post job cost adjustments.
  • Review and file certified payroll reports.

Project Closeout Support

  • Facilitate project closeout meetings with Project Managers to ensure projects are closed out properly in Viewpoint on a timely basis, including review of subcontractor final statements of account and subcontract ledgers.
  • Review owner final statement of account prior to issuance of final pay application to ensure final accounting is in accordance with contract provisions on T&M and GMP projects.

Claims Support

  • Work with claims team to ensure proper accounting of costs for recovery. Resolve issues as needed.
  • Prepare claims billings and assemble supporting documentation.

Monthly Reporting

  • Prepare backlog reports in accordance with monthly close schedule.
  • Prepare billing forecast updates in accordance with monthly close schedule.


  • Ensure project-level sales & use tax compliance by reviewing sales & use tax closeout affidavits and by filing periodic sales & use tax reports.
  • Serve as team lead in preparation for project cost audits and sales & use tax audits.

Training and Support

  • Provide general Viewpoint and Textura software training and support. Help project teams troubleshoot accounting related issues.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting
  • Solid grasp of fundamental accounting principles
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent problem solving, organizational, analytical and communication skills; Ability to lead within a team
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook; 10-key by touch


  • Construction, Homebuilding or similar industry experience
  • Five to ten years of experience
  • Familiarity with ViewPoint, Textura, Microsoft Office and Windows


  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Holidays
  • 401(k) Plan with Company Match
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Health Savings Account (HSA) with Company contribution
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Options
  • Life and AD&D Insurance (company paid) and Voluntary Life & AD&D Insurance (employee paid)
  • Long-term Disability Insurance (company paid)
  • Short-term Disability, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity, and Accident Insurance (employee paid)
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