Capital Projects Accountant

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Capital Projects Accountant

Stanford University

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Capital Projects Accountant
Job Family: Finance Job Series: Accounting Job Code: 4442 Classification Level: H Exemption: Exempt Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description
The Stanford University Controller's Office has a challenging opportunity for an Accountant position, performing a variety of activities in support of the Capital Accounting department. In recent years, the campus has been transformed with state-of-the-art facilities supporting science, engineering, medicine, business, athletics, law and the arts. As of the end of fiscal year 2017, the university had gross Property, Plant & Equipment in excess of $10.1 billion and a net book value that was over $5.6 billion and total debt portfolio of $4.0 billion. Reporting to the Capital Projects Accounting Manager, this Capital Projects Accountant position will work closely with other members of the Capital Accounting team, as well as partners across the Stanford community, to capture, monitor, account for, and analyze financial data for capital projects activities, ensuring that the University maintains its high standard of financial accountability and controls. Areas of core responsibilities and focus for this Project Accounting team member will include determining capital vs. non-capital expenditures; setting up appropriate project accounts to capture information, recording and analyzing funding sources for each capital project, and guiding business partners with subject matter expertise relating to capital projects. Additionally, this position will perform complex reconciliations and communicate the nature of these intricate reconciliations to management. This position requires strong critical thinking and analytical skills. It also requires the ability to establish and/or maintaining strong internal controls plans previously established and helping to drive process improvements and system developments, representing the interests and accounting requirements of the Capital Accounting department. JOB PURPOSE: Perform finance and accounting functions involving complex analysis, reconciliations, reviews of multiple accounts and transactions.

  • 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.
  • * - Other duties may also be assigned

    Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree and four years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Advanced proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of financial systems; internet and computer literacy.
  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Strong communication skills, including ability to prepare materials for and clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences and client groups.
  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to contribute to or lead part of a multi-functional team.

    • 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.

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

  • 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.

    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 the job.


    Location: Business Affairs: Financial Management Services (FMS), California, United States
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    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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    Posted: 5/22/2018
    Application Due: 7/23/2018
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