Financial Engineer-Kiwi Partners

About Kiwi Partners / Arabella Advisors 


Our firm helps foundations, philanthropists and investors who are serious about impact, achieve the greatest good with their resources. We work on issues ranging from the social and economic advancement of women and girls, and conservation of our climate and planet, to reducing poverty and inequity in the United States and around the world. Our staff members are mission-driven and action-oriented, and have a unique combination of experience in philanthropy, business, nonprofits, government, finance, law, and other fields. We combine creative, strategic thinking with knowledge and networks developed through decades of hands-on experience. The fastest-growing philanthropic advisory firm in the nation, we are also a certified B Corporation.  


Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) 


Advancing DEI within our firm and in our work with partners is critical to our mission. To be effective partners to philanthropists, nonprofits, and communities impacted by philanthropic dollars, we need to have a highly diverse staff, a workplace where individuals are encouraged to retain their uniqueness and can feel a sense of belonging, and a nuanced understanding of the racial, ethnic, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, and other disparities that undergird the issues we engage in and the interactions we have with one another. For us, equity means that our staff members, our clients, and the people they serve can experience the same level of success, no matter their starting place. We expect all our employees to share this commitment, and always seek ways to improve how well we live these values. Click here to learn more about DEI at Kiwi / Arabella and read our official DEI statement. 



Financial Engineer-Kiwi Partners


The Financial Engineer partners with clients to understand their financial processes, identify opportunities for improvements, and implement solutions.  


Essential Responsibilities


Research and analyze data for detailed reports and interpret results to help the team make strategic decisions. 

Train client employees and Kiwi staff on use, functionality, system, workflow, reporting & dashboarding and interface. 

Assist Lead Financial Engineers in system implementations, including but not limited to: Sage Intacct, QuickBooks Online,, Expensify, etc. 

Support in process walkthroughs, documenting accounting procedures and processes to provide a tool for analysis and inclusion in manuals. 

Manage process of mapping a chart of accounts and financial dimensions from old legacy system to new, configuring accounting applications to client requirements.  

Develop a metrics dashboard to monitor strategic measures, metrics & Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). 

Assist in the review of timesheet and procurement processes. 

Support in annual cash flow forecasting models.  

Evaluate accounting tasks and assist on recommendations for month-end closing processes. 

Research, test, and perform proof of concepts on recommended applications. 

Assist in the development of a workforce needs-assessment.  

Collaborate directly to Project Managers with various tasks analysis, track budget vs. actuals, project timeline, weekly status memos, etc.  


Client Management   

Understanding client expectations as discussed and quantified in the client engagement meeting. 

Providing high quality deliverables on a timely basis and in compliance with Kiwi’s Quality Management System. 

Following Kiwi Partners Communications Policy, communicate proactively with Manager and/or client to establish strong trust and prevent potential conflicts/problems. 


To be successful in this role you’ll need

2 - 4 years of progressive accounting and/or consulting experience. 

Proficiency in Microsoft programs, particularly:





Power Pivot




Proficiency in Smartsheet.

Knowledgeable of principles and practices of accounting systems, internal controls, and implementing control improvements.

Experience with one or more of the following:

Working in multiple work environments.  

Balancing the needs of several clients.  

Working independently as well as collaboratively.    


Other Highly Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Experience and Key Characteristics 

Prior experience in a small non-for-profits, startup, or unstructured environment.  

QBO, Sage Intacct, or Expensify Accounting or Implementation certification.  

 1 – 2 years of Sage Intacct Implementation Specialist experience

Our Core Competencies


The ability to provide excellent service, including being able to address complex service matters, implement and communicate service changes to everyone involved, and to coach teammates on how to apply the firm’s service standards 


The ability to manage large-scale and cross-firm projects, including delegating and managing all resources, identifying and implementing improved processes, monitoring consistency across project teams, and providing direction and support to teammates 


The ability to facilitate and negotiate among stakeholders with conflicting needs and to generate consensus among decision makers 


The ability to help effectively communicate difficult messages; to adapt style, tone, and content to meet various needs; and to coach teammates on crafting content. 


The ability to work cooperatively and inclusively with others to achieve shared goals, including encouraging and facilitating effective compromise, drawing on the capabilities of all team members, and leading team-level knowledge sharing 


The ability to use available resources and feedback to continually develop mastery in your role and facilitate team and project-level learning, including coaching others  


The ability to solve complex challenges by identifying innovative solutions and facilitating coordination with others 


The ability to elevate the voices of marginalized colleagues and mitigate power dynamics with staff with less formal authority 


Working with Us 


This position is open to candidates who wish to be based out of our office locations in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Durham, and San Francisco. We are also open to permanently remote workers based in the following states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. Please note that all our five offices have reopened, and we work in a hybrid environment.  


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  • Kevin Perez
    published this page in Job Board 2023-04-24 22:22:37 -0400