Senior Accountant

Location
Stanford
Posted
May 25, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Stanford University

Senior Accountant

Job Number:
75043

JOB DESCRIPTION
Senior Accountant
Job Family: Finance Job Series: Accounting Job Code: 4443 Grade: J Exemption: Exempt Effective/Revision Date: 01/20/2016 Job Series Matrix URL: View PDF Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description

Stanford University is one of a select group of American universities that have achieved eminence in both undergraduate and graduate education and in a broad range of academic disciplines. The University is internationally recognized for the quality of its teaching and research, its distinguished faculty and its outstanding student body. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. This passion makes Stanford an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging place to work.


Over the past 10-15 years, the business, technology and political environments have become more complex, faster paced, and litigious. Stringent accounting requirements have arisen to address the transparency of investments and keep pace with other areas of concern. New accounting standards have been issued for leases and not-for-profit accounting and reporting. In addition, other regulations and rules we need to comply with are more complex, e.g., international compliance considerations and banking regulations, and a new internal control framework - COSO - has been adopted. Heightened scrutiny from our external auditors has resulted in more extensive requests for information in an effort to understand non-profits' business activities and related controls. Additionally, technology continues to change rapidly and the underlying tools further add to the complexity and riskiness of the environment.


Within the Financial Management Services (FMS) organization, the Financial Analysis and Information Reporting team (“FAIR”) is part of the Controller's Office (CO) and is responsible for financial reporting, the coordination of our external audit, financial analysis, and a variety of general accounting activities. FMS's goal is to lead, drive and model best practices in financial management for the campus community, while maintaining proper controls and compliance with internal and external policies. FMS brings together the Controller's Office, Procurement, Office of the Treasurer, Global Business Services and Financial Management Consulting and Support. The Senior Accountant reports to the General Accounting Manager.

In this role, the Senior Accountant will perform several functions: cash account reconciliations for multiple key University bank accounts, balance sheet account reconciliations for multiple payroll liability accounts and working with the General Accounting Manager and Account Reconciliation Coordinator to redesign and implement an improved Account Reconciliation and Attestation program across the University.

JOB PURPOSE: Perform complex accounting functions including designing and performing ad hoc analyses, developing and maintaining complex data models, analyzing large data sets, and reconciling complex accounts.

CORE DUTIES*:

  • Perform complex and detailed reconciliations, closure processes, research and critical analyses. Identify, prioritize, and resolve complex financial issues which may span multiple areas; identify underlying issues; recognize exceptions; recommend solutions.
  • Research possible solutions and make recommendations to department leadership based on audit / report reviews and identified accounting issues; advise leadership regarding business activities; provide cost analyses; plan studies; and determine business activity costs.
  • Research, and synthesize data; interpolate results from large amounts of data, identify trends in data, draw conclusions, develop solutions, present and implement recommendations, and create follow up analysis.
  • Develop complex financial data and metrics, reports for a variety of internal and external audiences.
  • Develop, design, or modify solutions for major segments of a program or accounting system; develop, recommend, implement and document new or revised policies and procedures.
  • Lead and support unit and organization strategy and change management initiatives. Analyze existing systems and processes; identify greater efficiencies and improved internal controls opportunities; incorporate new regulations; recommend solutions that may require policy changes or new processes.
  • Develop, recommend and implement new or revised policies and procedures for better controls and efficiencies. Participate in critical analysis of existing systems and processes, identifying and implementing process improvement opportunities.
  • May act as a lead, train, coach, and review the work of other staff, as needed. Contribute primarily through applying individual expertise.

* - Other duties may also be assigned MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree plus eight years of applicable experience, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Advanced proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office; advanced Excel skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of accounting systems and the internet; computer literacy.
  • Ability to interpret and apply advanced accounting knowledge and understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences and client groups.
  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to contribute/lead as part of a multi-functional team.
  • CPA preferred. Preference given to CPAs with a combination of Big 4 and industry experience.
  • Strong understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and the ability to interpret and apply advanced and complex accounting rules.
  • Solid understanding of COSO, compliance and internal controls.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to communicate and impart technical accounting knowledge and information in an easy to understand manner. Ability to communicate decisions while educating at the same time. Establish good working relationships with a diverse population.
  • Strong sense of service orientation, with a proven ability to balance controls and compliance. Ability to develop solutions in situations where many variables are constrained and initiative to constantly improve the department.
  • High level of professionalism and integrity with a demonstrated ability to work productively with, and gain confidence of, many levels of an organization. Ability to maintain focus, successfully execute plans, bring closure to activities, tasks and projects. Proven track record of getting things done.
  • Advanced proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office; advanced Excel skills and accounting systems (e.g., Oracle Financials). Preference given to candidates with experience using the Blackline account reconciliation tool.
  • Other skills necessary for this job is excellent organizational, analytical, and problem solving skills, an attention to detail, an ability to work independently, and the ability to work in a fast paced environment as an agent of change.
  • Flexibility to perform other functions as directed
Certifications and Licenses: None
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*:
  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently sit, sort, file paperwork or parts, grasp lightly, and use fine manipulation, lift, carry, push and pull objects that weigh 10 pounds or less.
  • Occasionally write by hand, twist, bend, stoop and squat.
  • Rarely stand, walk, reach or work above shoulders and use a telephone.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • May work extended hours during peak business cycles.
WORK STANDARDS:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu/.


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



Job: Finance

Location: Business Affairs: Financial Management Services (FMS)
Schedule: Full-time
Classification Level:

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: stanfordcareers.stanford.edu

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.




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