Hampton Roads This Weekend


****Check Out Some Fun Events This Weekend ****


9th Annual LEGO Brick by Brick Shipbuilding Event

Hampton Roads Naval Museum, Norfolk, Sat 2/1 from 10:00 – 4:00.  Join the 9th Annual Brick by Brick: Lego® Shipbuilding event This FREE program invites LEGO® shipbuilders of all ages to build and share their creations and compete for fabulous prizes on one exciting day! Participants can build a variety of kits ranging from easy to expert.  This FREE family event features a STEM-based design plans (easy to expert) to build ships from the keel up in our shipyard of 200+ dry docks; Hands-on robotic demonstrations and professional LEGO display models; Free play areas for all ages (LEGOs and Duplos), and crafts for all ages; and A sensory (quieter space) room for alternative-need children.  https://www.visitnorfolk.com/event/9th-annual-lego-brick-by-brick-shipbuilding-event/7954/


2020 W&M Global Film Festival

Kimball Theatre, Fri 1/31, 12:30 pm – 11:00 pm; Sat 2/1, 10:00 am – 11:30 pm; Sun 2/2, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, price $0.00 to $25.00, All-access passes and individual tickets available. The 13th annual W&M Global Film Festival will take place in Williamsburg, Virginia. The festival features four days of films, receptions, special guests, and workshops; and showcases the work of international filmmakers, William & Mary faculty, and emerging student talent from around the globe.  Many programs are free to attend, with most Kimball Theatre movie events costing $5 or $10.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-william-mary-global-film-festival-tickets-86711439249


Make Your Own Chocolate Bar – The Royal Chocolate

 Saturday, 2/1 at The Royal Chocolate in Virginia Beach.  All kids ages 6 and up (and yes that includes adults) love this event!  Choose your favorite from marshmallows, sprinkles, chocolate chips, and more to mix into your melted milk chocolate.  Using a mold, form it into a large and luscious chocolate bar.  While you’re waiting for your creation to reach the perfect form, you’ll be decorating the box to take it home with you.  Drop in between 11am and 2pm….no reservations required!  https://theroyalchocolate.com/event/create-your-own-milk-chocolate-bar-event-64/


The Princess and the Pea – The Mariners’ Museum and Park

Newport News, Saturday 2/2, 10:30-11:30.  What happens when a prince travels the world in search of a “real princess” to marry? Come along on the journey in The Princess and the Pea by Rachel Isadora, who gives this Hans Christian Andersen classic a fresh spin set in Africa. FREE with $1 Museum admission. https://www.virginia.org/listings/Events/BlackHistoryMonthMaritimeStorytimeThePrincessandthePea/


Hampton Roads Indie Author “I Am The Dream” Book Festival 2020

 Military circle, Norfolk, Sat 2/1, 9:00 – 2:00.  This year will mark the festival’s second event and aims to bring together a diverse audience from the Hampton Roads community to experience a premier book festival event – all while raising awareness and funds for REACH, Inc. (Reading Enriches All Children). The event spotlights and features over 50 local and surrounding cities’ Indie Authors from all genres of literature and other vendors promoting items with positive messages. The goal is to raise funds so they may purchase 20,000 books.  https://www.virginia.org/listings/Events/HamptonRoadsIndieAuthorIAMTheDreamBookFestival2020/




****Some Of My Favorite Direct-Hire Candidates****


Senior Director Corporate Accounting

  • CPA with bachelor’s in accounting and started career in Big 4 Audit
  • Almost 8 years in Fortune 500 company with the past 4 years leading the corporate accounting function, with strong expertise in consolidations, SOX, and SEC reporting
  • Has led teams up to 25 in all areas of accounting operations, inventory, general ledger, financial statements, and FP&A; with proven ability to streamline accounting operations including the design of a consolidation system with multiple currencies that reduced close by 3 days
  • GAAP expert with strong technical accounting research ability, has led the valuation effort when preparing for company purchase and integrated many acquisitions into financials, and redesigned several processes including intercompany transactions for acquired entities


Director Accounting / Finance

  • CPA with master’s degree in accounting and extensive experience leading accounting and finance in several industries including government contracting, manufacturing, and logistics
  • Extremely systems savvy with advanced Excel and experience with several ERPs, very strong cost accounting and contract revenue recognition, general ledger through month-end close, financial statements, budgeting and forecasting, and financial reporting
  • Proven ability to streamline accounting operations, lead and develop a high-performing team, implement and enhance accounting and finance systems and tools, and ensure compliance
  • Super smart and prides herself on her thoroughness, ability to manage a high-volume of work in a complex environment, and her ability to communicate effectively and build rapport and trust at all levels within and outside of her organization


Controller / FP&A Manager

  • Master’s in accounting with 7 years of progressive accounting and finance experience, with the past 2 years leading all accounting and finance, and strong expertise in month-end close through financial statements, budgeting and forecasting, strategic planning and analysis, ad-hoc financial modeling, and heading business transformation initiatives
  • Expert GAAP and IFRS knowledge with strong experience with treasury including the implementation of a robust hedging strategy, and has led many improvement initiatives including the design of a complex pricing calculator for the bidding process which increased success rate by 15%, and the successful adoption for ASC 606 and ASC 842
  • Strong experience in international organizations, has won several awards including the Rounder-Up Global Financial Employee of the Year award, and has amazing systems ability with experience with several ERPs and reporting tools, and expert ability to provide meaningful deep-dive analysis
  • Strengths include a powerful combo of technical accounting knowledge and analytical ability, that he is known for his resourcefulness and will research to find answers, and his strong ability to relate to and empower people



  • Doctorate, Master’s, and Bachelor’s degrees in business admin with graduate certificate in Government Contracting
  • 10+ years of experience in all areas of accounting and finance with strong leadership experience of accounting, finance, customer service, human resources, marketing, and administrative functions
  • Expert experience in the government contracting industry with hands-on and leadership experience in all areas of corporate accounting, project finance, and financial planning and analysis; including contract negotiations, building and enhancing financial infrastructure, and employee training and development
  • Strengths include creating collaborative teams, amazing organizational skills, the ability to improve bottom-line results through robust analysis and forecasting models, and expert experience and ability to build and execute company strategy


Finance and Compliance Manager

  • MBA, bachelor’s in business admin, CEIC, CTE, graduate of VBA School of Bank Management at UVA, and beginning studies for CPA and ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking
  • Got start in financial services industry as an analyst and has spent the last several years as a bank examiner and state regulator in charge of evaluating regulatory compliance of financial institutions, where he leads teams up to 15
  • Seeking transition to broad-based corporate leadership role to marry his regulatory knowledge and analytical ability, and play a key role in company success
  • Super smart and driven, strategic focus, excellent communication skills with ability to build rapport and facilitate understanding throughout the ranks, and long-term player that is a perfect addition to your executive succession plan


Manager of Financial Analysis

  • MBA concentrated in project management and bachelor’s degree in accounting
  • Strong mix of experience including all areas of FP&A, accounting, and leading process improvement initiatives
  • Strong experience leading financial analysis in a manufacturing environment including budgeting and forecasting, deep-dive analysis of financial and operational performance, and acting as the finance business partner for operational leaders
  • Proven ability to develop and enhance financial reporting through automation, internal controls, and process improvements; amazingly computer savvy with strong ability to build complex models and tools in Excel, and experience with several EPRs and financial reporting systems
  • Driven and ready for the next step, seeking a challenging role where she can add significant value


Senior Financial Analyst

  • Master’s in Management and Bachelor’s in Finance
  • 5+ years of experience concentrated in financial analysis including extensive budgeting and forecasting; providing operational, financial statement, and trend analysis for business leaders; and ad-hoc analysis and implementation of recommendations to create stronger reporting tools, control costs, and increase efficiencies
  • Experience in two Fortune 500 companies with exceptional systems ability and strong experience with MS Power BI, Tableau, Sharepoint, SQL, Oracle, and Access
  • Strengths include strong communication and collaboration ability skills gained from experience working with several business functions and outside business partners such as the IRS and payroll service provider;  passion for analysis and ability to dig deep to find answers, and strong systems experience and ability to pick up new systems and use them to the fullest


Senior Financial Analyst

  • Bachelor’s in finance with 10+ years of analysis experience and a strong history of long-term progression in large, complex organizations
  • Proven experience building budgets, forecasting tools, and dashboard; providing financial statement and budget variance analysis and forecasts, strategic plans, and due diligence for potential acquisitions; and acting as the finance business partner for executive leadership, operations managers, and sales & marketing leaders
  • Computer wiz with advanced Excel and experience in several systems and tools including Hyperion FPS, Essbase, SAP, and Financial Data Warehouse
  • Seeking a role with impact and feels biggest strengths are modeling in Excel; storyline construction based on deep-dive analysis; and that he is personable, easy to work with, and builds rapport easily with all


Senior Financial Systems Analyst

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, PMP, and has received Six Sigma Black Belt training
  • Exceptional experience managing financial systems implementations and upgrades; creating financial and operational analysis, models, and reporting tools; merging financial infrastructures; and acting as the business partner for operational leaders and executive management
  • Strong mix of IT and finance throughout his career, deep knowledge of financial statements and underlying general ledger entries, and driven to add value
  • Expertise in many accounting and finance systems and reporting tools including Oracle, Hyperion, Peoplesoft, SAP, Cognos, and SQL to name a few
  • Top strengths include the ability to build something meaningful from concept to implementation, that he easily marries finance and IT and can bridge the gap between the two, and his creative ability identify weaknesses and to drive change to meet company objectives


Senior Sales & Use Tax Accountant

  • Master’s in accounting and financial management and bachelor’s in accounting, eligible for her CPA and would like to start working towards her certification
  • Has spent the last 9 years as a sales and use tax consultant working with many companies including Fortune 500 companies and provides reviews of sales and use tax payments to find exemptions and recover money for her clients, manages tax audits, and does a lot of tax research
  • Very strong communicator and collaborator, driven toward results, and feels biggest strengths are that she is a team player who easily relates to and get along with anyone, that she is very adaptable and keeps up with and enjoys change, and that she is very organized and on top of deadlines to ensure her work is accurate and timely


Senior Accountant

  • Recent MBA grad with 4.0 GPA, with bachelor’s degree in accounting and exceptional experience in all areas of accounting in a “multi-hat” small company environment
  • Strong experience with accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, general ledger reconciliations, collections, cost accounting, indirect taxes, fixed assets, financial statements, and office administration
  • Experience with companies on cash and accrual basis, self-motivated, QuickBooks expert, with strong experience working directly with outside CPAs, and proven ability to negotiate with vendors to reduce costs including credit card companies and insurance providers
  • Strengths include extreme attention to detail, strong organization skill and being known for having everything at her fingertips, and her ability to build meaningful relationships with people from many backgrounds and focus areas


Senior Accountant

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from ODU with 8+ years of progressive accounting experience in a multi-entity environment
  • Strong experience in general ledger including month-end close through financial statements; budgeting and variance analysis; high-volume bank reconciliations, AP, and invoicing; and inventory tracking
  • Experience concentrated in several areas of the hospitality industry; computer savvy with strong experience with Peoplesoft, MS Dynamics NAV, and advanced Excel; and motivated and detailed, with excellent history of commitment and longevity
  • Proven ability to lead process improvement/automation projects including developing a budgeting process for employee benefits and creating inventory tracking spreadsheets, and revamping the AP process to decrease payment delays


Staff Accountant

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, eligible for CPA and has begun studying for the first part
  • 6+ years of accounting experience with the past 2+ years concentrated in general ledger through month-end close, fixed assets, property taxes, bank reconciliations, ACH and wire approvals for AP, financial analysis and reporting, and acting as the liaison for audit in a large, fast-paced, and multi-entity environment
  • Exceptional analysis and reconciliation skills and very computer savvy with advanced Excel and experience with several accounting systems including large EPRs such as SAP
  • Advanced communication skills, driven toward results, and has strong ability to juggle many deadlines effectively and feels biggest strengths are attention to details, drive towards meeting and exceeding goals, and the ability to build trust and rapport at all levels and with various roles in his organization


Staff Accountant – AP

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance with experience in accounts payable, bank recs and wire transfers, GL recs, AR, inventory valuations, and has participated in month-end close
  • Expert AP experience including 3-way matching, coding, and processing; vendor management; tracking cash receipts; inter-company payments, and reconciling the GL in a high-volume and multiple-deadline environment
  • Self-motivated, smart, loves a challenge, and eager to learn; great problem solver and a natural at finding the “why” to resolve issues; and computer savvy with experience in Deltek Costpoint and other custom systems
  • Seeking with a broad range of accounting and analytical duties, with the chance to continue to take on more for the long term




 ****Some Of The Best Direct-Hire Jobs I’m Filling Today****



*Finance Controls Director – Logistics – to $140K*

*Division Controller – Manufacturing – to $120K*

*Accounting Manager – Logistics – to $90K*

*Senior Internal Auditor – Manufacturing – to $85K*

*Senior Financial Analyst – Large Co – to $80K*

*Senior Tax Accountant – Manufacturing – to $80K*

*Tax Accountant – International – to $70K*

*Staff Accountant – GL Focus – to $65K*

*Staff Accountant – Fixed Assets – to $50K*

*Staff Accountant – AP – T2H – to $17/hr*

*Payroll Specialist – 14 Week PT Temp Contract – to $14.50/hr


*Senior Financial Analyst – Decision Support – to $85K*

*Financial Systems Analyst – Oracle – MS Power BI – to $75K*

*Corp Income Tax Analyst – Wholesale – to $85K

*Tax Technology Analyst – IT Focus – to $85K

*Financial Analyst – International – to $70K


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If you would like to hear more details about these candidates and/or jobs, or you know someone that may be interested, please feel free to contact me or forward this newsletter.

Of course, if you would like me to target a candidate or job search based on your needs, I welcome the chance to partner with you.


Barbara A Field, SPHR, CPC


(757) 477-4957



BRAVA Talent Solutions

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