Senior Technical Accounting Analyst

Stanford University

Senior Technical Accounting Analyst

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JOB PURPOSE: Perform complex accounting functions including designing and performing periodic reporting and ad hoc analyses, performing technical accounting research on complex accounting issues, developing and maintaining complex data models and analyzing large data sets.

If you enjoy challenge, variety, and working with people - this position will interest you. The Senior Technical Accounting Analyst is an integral part of the Financial Analysis and Information Reporting (FAIR) team within the Controller's Office. This position reports to the Associate Director of Financial Reporting and requires a solid knowledge of U.S GAAP accounting, an ability to work independently to perform complex financial analysis and researching complex technical accounting issues.

The Senior Technical Accounting Analyst will also lead or participate in projects, as well as provide clear and concise financial analysis and reports for University senior management.

In addition to the requisite technical accounting and analytical experience, the successful candidate possesses process improvement and operational skills necessary to deliver outstanding service and collaborate effectively with various constituents.

  • Design and perform ad hoc analyses
  • Identify and resolve complex issues, which may span multiple areas; apply ingenuity and creativity to problem analysis and resolution, and recognize exceptions. Participate in developing solutions that may require policy changes or the development of new processes; maintain broader organizational perspective in decision-making.
  • Develop reports and presentations of complex financial data and metrics for management and third parties.
  • Execute internal control programs established by management, research new accounting guidance, and recommend and implement approved changes. Manage compliance program for area of responsibility, and create complex compliance reports.
  • Provide consulting advice to client group(s); serve as a resource on matters that require specific technical accounting expertise
  • Participate as a member of a project team; support new initiatives; cooperate and adapt to changes and processes; make decisions determining approach to managing and completing processes.
  • Develop and maintain desktop procedures and process documentation for area of responsibility. Participate in critical analysis of existing systems and processes, and identify opportunities for process improvement. *Other duties may also be assigned.

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree and 5-8 years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    • Deep knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and the ability to interpret and apply advanced and complex accounting rules; Preference given to CPAs with Big 4 experience; Industry experience would be a plus.
    • Demonstrated superior skills in leading and managing process improvement and multi-functional projects
    • 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.
    • Solid understanding of SOX, compliance and internal controls
    • 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.
    • Proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office; strong Excel skills and Oracle accounting system
    • 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
  • Constantly sitting.
  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, use telephone, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, lift/carry objects weighing 11-20 pounds.
  • Rarely reach/work above shoulder. * - 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.

  • Routine extended working hours during peak cycles; travel to school/unit sites across university. 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, 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:

    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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