Culmen International LLC

Journeyman Budget Specialist

Job Locations US-VA-Fort Belvoir
Position Type
Regular Full-Time




Established in 2004, Culmen International is committed to enhancing international security, strengthening homeland defense, optimizing government operations and providing humanitarian assistance around the world.  We provide technical and management expertise, develop innovative technology solutions, and deliver youth care services, logistics, training and language services worldwide.  With experience in over 126 countries, Culmen supports our clients to accomplish critical missions in challenging environments.


Culmen International, LLC is hiring a Journeyman Budget Specialist to work in support of an existing contract with the Department of Defense. Located onsite at a Government program office at Fort Belvoir, VA. Occasional travel may be required to Tampa, FL, less than 5% travel expected.


The Journeyman Budget Specialist is responsible for working closely with the program office Business Financial Manager (BFM).

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Perform as a coordinating focal point for all accounting actions and issues between SOF AT&L Program offices, SOF AT&L-K, HQ USSOCOM, Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), and the 6th Comptroller Squadron. This support includes all accounting actions associated with conducting a formal DAR-Q using all applicable systems and tools required to perform document reconciliation for all active and expired year accounts IAW DOD FMR and DFAS guidance. This includes funds that are sent out to other government agencies for execution via any applicable financial/accounting system. 
  • Follow-up on all contracts with active and expiring/expired funds; these efforts are to include coordination with SOFM, SOF AT&L-K, Defense Contract Management Agency and DFAS to facilitate contract closeout.
  • Provide metrics on the DAR-Q and Contract Closeout processes.
  • Assist in training on the DAR-Q process to customers with respect to General Accounting and Finance System and Integrated Accounts Payable System, reconciliation systems, Mechanization of Contract Administration Services (MOCAS), and other training as required. 
  • Perform support to the classified funding portfolio and provide accounting support for these programs. 
  • Assist in researching and clearing Negative Unliquidated Obligations and Unliquidated Obligations (NULO/ULO) for the purpose of close-out of expiring/expired funds.
  • Provide every month, the status regarding reconciliation actions by appropriation and fiscal year. 
  • Provide metrics on the number of documents completed, outstanding reconciliation actions, and current status, including courses of action.
  • Financial Execution and Analysis - Examine, review, study, and evaluate financial operations and transactions to recommend financial actions or methods, determine financial feasibility or financial soundness, determine regulatory compliance, or perform other financial activities related to business operations. 
  • Perform operational program budget execution duties using all applicable financial information and resource management systems and databases.
  • Assure that obligations incurred and resulting expenditures of funds are in accordance with pertinent laws and regulations. 
  • Update SOF AT&L internal obligation tracking systems daily to ensure program financial status is current.
  • Perform all actions associated with setting up new codes in applicable accounting systems ABSS/DEAMS, creating new flows, and establishing new accounts for Wide Area Workflow.
  • Continually monitor expenditures in relation to planned levels. Populate the monthly investment status of funds report, assist with applicable “Get Well” plans provided by the PEO/DIRs.
  • Compile and coordinate budgetary presentation materials. Format the recommended budget for the desired level of program operations into a format consistent with regulatory guidance, which will be acceptable to reviewing and approving authorities.
  • Readily provide financial information, including detailed backup documentation, to program managers; and as requested, for higher level reviews and decision points.
  • Gather and provide data to respond to monthly and quarterly reporting requirements as defined in the SOCOM Comptroller Annual Specific Guidance.
  • Support the development and validation of execution year Unfunded Requirements (UFR).  Include support to the classified funding portfolio and provide financial execution and analysis support for these programs.
  • Develop spreadsheets, all forms of electronic graphic media to include interactive presentations, quad charts, and other documentation as required. 
  • Accounting and Finance Support - Support Reimbursable Budget Authority requirements. 
  • Update and analyze SOF AT&L Financial Execution Module (FEM) (or equivalent system/database) for all appropriations and all types of funding.
  • Maintain funds distribution and execution document control logs reflecting current status daily.
  • Prepare daily fiscal year end closeout reports and determine the necessary adjustments required to close out the subsidiary and general ledger accounts.
  • Provide staff assistance to the SOF AT&L Acquisition Comptroller Execution and Accounting Division Chief in the accomplishment of recurring and special assignments.
  • Review current processes by gathering specific relevant background information (such as financial results, policies and procedures) from the appropriate information sources.
  • Document current operating practices based on results gathered through interviews, investigation, and testing.
  • Assist to identify appropriate solutions and formulate sound, reasonable recommendations for management’s corrective action, using appropriate criteria and cost-benefit considerations.
  • Prepare and execute Funding Authorization Documents (FADs), Military Interdepartmental Purchase Requests (MIPRs), AF Form 9s, Fund Cite Authorizations, and other documentation.
  • Maintain Program Office contract execution files, including contracts, cost reports, vouchers, change orders, correspondence with vendors, and any other applicable documentation.
  • Support the classified funding portfolio and provide accounting and finance support for these programs. Prepare fiscal year end close-out reports on a daily, monthly, and annual basis.
  • Support efforts gathering and posting in ARC tool documents associated with all provide by client (PBC) and Sample request associated with audit/IG/RFI requests. 
  • Support efforts for resolving notifications of findings and recommendations (NFRs) resulting from audit/IG findings.

Basic Qualifications

  • Active TS/SCI Clearance, or TS with SCI eligibility 
  • Between three (3) to Five (5) years of experience working in Department of Defense (DoD), US Air Force or US Army budget and finance operations
  • Masters in Business Management or Accounting, and 10 years of general experience with six (6) years of relevant experience. 


  • Bachelors or Professional Certificate in Business Management or Accounting and 12 years of general experience with eight (8)
    years of relevant experience.
  • Ability to produce superior and timely work within a small team office environment
  • Ability to work under time pressure or constraints
  • Ability to flex office hours if necessary to meet reporting deadlines
  • Exceptional attention to detail, accuracy and recollection with numbers and account codes

Preferred Qualifications

  • Between six (6) to eight (8) years of experience working in Department of Defense (DoD), US Air Force or US Army budget and finance operations
  • Experience working with USSOCOM or subordinate element business financial management offices
  • Ability to start immediately

Top Tier Benefits Package

Top Tier Benefits Package Available:
  • Exceptional Medical/Dental/Vision coverage with 100% of the premiums paid by the company for all employees and their eligible dependents
  • 401k – Vested immediately and 4% match
  • Life insurance and disability paid by the company
  • AFLAC Available
  • Tuition Assistance  
  • 12 Paid Holidays
At Culmen International we are committed to creating, promoting, and sustaining a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our commitment to these values is unwavering across all our work around the world.  We include and celebrate employees of diverse races, genders, religions, sexual orientations, ethnicities, nationalities, socioeconomic statuses, languages, (dis)abilities, ages, and religious commitments. These differences drive innovative solutions to meet the needs of our employees and clients. Culmen is an equal opportunity employer.



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