Accountant II

Stanford University

Accountant II

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From benchtop research to international programs, the Department of Surgery provides exceptional patient care, delivers outstanding undergraduate and graduate education, and furthers the field of surgery through innovative basic science and clinical research.

We are currently seeking an experienced Accountant II to perform a variety of regular and recurring professional accounting functions involving fiscal interpretation and analysis, reconciliations, and reviews of multiple accounts and transactions. The Accountant will also manage the proposal preparation and/or post award activities on grants, contracts, program projects, and federal grants, both routine and complex.

The incumbent must have strong business acumen, ability to multi-task, be extremely organized & detailed, self-motivated; team oriented, and must hold masterful communication skills that allow high level interactions with a diverse academic and medical community.

For information on the about the Department, please visit:

Duties include:

  • Analyze accounting transactions and information to summarize current financial position at the unit or organization-wide level. Construct and assemble data for decision making; develop conclusions, and present high level summary of recommendations.

  • Capture, track, and report revenue and expenses; determine appropriate procedures for accounting record preparation, research of transactions and reporting. Oversee, reconcile, and resolve problems relative to complicated accounts.

  • Collect data and perform research on details of transactions. Generate, review, analyze and communicate financial data that reflects actual financial performance against approved budgets. Prepare and present quantitative and qualitative analyses focusing on variances from budget and prior data.

  • Maintain and review accounting process controls; recommend and implement any approved modifications; perform preliminary analysis and recommend solutions. Develop and maintain desktop procedures and process documentation for area of responsibility.

  • Run and analyze financial reports, often from multiple systems; prepare management information reports.

  • Execute internal control programs established by management, research new regulations, and recommend and implement approved changes. May manage compliance program for area of responsibility, and create complex compliance reports.

  • Contribute to unit and organization strategy; assist in the development of change management plans and materials as needed. Participate as a member of a project team; support new initiatives. Make decisions determining approach to managing and completing processes.

  • Participate in critical analysis of existing systems and processes, and identify opportunities for process improvement. Define requirements, develop and implement complex test cases, perform system testing and analyze results.

  • Serve as a resource to local units and other departments to resolve accounting-related issues.

  • May act as a lead, train, coach, and review the work of other staff, as needed. Contribute primarily through applying individual expertise.

  • Manage the sponsored research accounts for the division of Abdominal Transplant, including a large multi-department NIH grant.

    * - Other duties may also be assigned


    Bachelor's degree plus four years of applicable experience, or combination of education and relevant work experience.


    • Intermediate proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office; intermediate Excel skills.

    • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with accounting systems and the internet; computer literacy.

    • Understanding of and ability to apply accounting skills and concepts.

    • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

    • Demonstrated communication skills, including the ability to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal audiences and client groups.

    • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to contribute as part of a project team.


  • Experience working in an academic or healthcare setting desired.

  • Experience with grant and contract administration and the financial aspects of sponsored projects

  • Knowledge and experience with Stanford's accounting and financial systems, policies, and procedures desirable


    • 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.


    May work extended hours during peak business cycles.

    Job: Finance

    Location: School of Medicine
    Schedule: Full-time
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    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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