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The senior finance specialist is responsible for collaborating on the budgeting, planning, and financial management processes and activities for the Wiess School of Natural Sciences. S/he provides advanced and complex financial analysis, forecasting and reporting, and, specialist serves as a subject matter expert to school leaders and administrators for financial matters. This position works closely with the dean and assistant dean for academic administration. This position may serve in a supervisory role.
The ideal candidate for this position will have experience in the development and management of complex multi-year budgets and the development and implementation of financial processes and procedures. We are looking for a collaborative, independent thinker with experience working with Enterprise Resource Planning systems, such as Workday or Oracle Cloud.
Salary: $75,000 to $85,000 annually
Performs highly analytical, complex financial and control functions; multi-dimensional and complex reconciliations and related analyses; prepares, reviews, and approves complex transactions and higher level dollar value transactions
Develops complex budget and forecasting scenarios, long-range planning and analyses for financial reporting and presentations; designs and runs ad hoc reports
Recommends and develops solutions that may require the development of new processes; maintains broader organizational and university perspective in decision making
Manages compliance programs for area of responsibility
Leads and executes cross-functional projects and teams, makes decisions regarding projects and programs affecting operational effectiveness or processes
Engages in continuous critical analysis of existing systems and processes; makes recommendations to achieve greater efficiencies and improve internal controls
Defines requirements, develops and implements complex test cases, performs testing and analyzes results
Leads and supports unit and organizational strategy and change management initiatives
Represents organization to client groups and external partners; serves as a subject matter expert on matters that involve complex technical, financial, or subject matter expertise
Assesses client and business needs, and formulates recommendations to determine approach to managing and completing processes
May serve as supervisor and/or mentor to some team members
Performs other duties as assigned
Experience and Education Requirements
Seven (7) years of related experience in finance / budget management, research administration or other closely related field, which includes experience overseeing and ensuring sound financial management practices and responsibilities
In lieu of the education requirement, additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis may be substituted
In lieu of the experience requirement, additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis may be substituted
Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office suite
Advanced knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning and financial systems
Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
Demonstrated ability to develop financial models and reports
Advanced professional communication skills, including ability to prepare materials for and clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups, and management
Strong project management skills and ability to contribute to or lead part of a multi-functional team
Experience with different types of academic, research, medical and/or healthcare institutions
Experience working in a complex organization where accomplishing job duties require strong relationships among many diverse units of the organization
Experience working closely with faculty, students, and staff in a research environment
Familiarity with Oracle Cloud ERP
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