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Senior Finance Manager

University of Pennsylvania
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Senior Finance Manager

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The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Senior Finance Manager

Job Profile Title
Manager E

Job Description Summary
The Senior Finance Manager (SFM) is responsible for the financial strategy and oversight of six oncology disease programs/divisions in the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC). The SFM oversees the financial reporting activities, as well as the internal control environment in the ACC. The SFM is accountable for administrative and financial management operations, including the development of financial metrics tied and the ongoing development and monitoring of systems designed to report accurate financial results. The SFM reports directly to the Executive Director of Administration in ACC. The position requires strong leadership over all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for the ACC, in collaboration with faculty, administrators, and ACC leadership


Job Description

The SFM will be responsible for managing and maintaining a growing clinical research portfolio which includes industry, federal, and foundation sponsors for $12M per annum with over 100 awards and will be responsible for developing and managing a team that consists of three financial and administrative staff who will assist in pre-and post-award financial processes. The SFM will have oversight of proposal submission, budget development, and contract negotiations (finance) through study initiation as well as post-award financial management and reporting and will ensure that the following are done effectively and efficiently:

Establishing internal family accounts for study related patient expenses Coordinating with clinical project managers and CRU Director and Associate Directors to ensure financial compliance and provide financial information for resource planning allocation. Reviewing complex contract information and invoicing sponsors for study payments based on milestones and activity. Developing, analyzing, and submitting routine financial reports to Principal Investigators. Preparing internal reports and responding to inquiries from University administration concerning specific grant and contract information. Processing study payments through the University s financial systems and budget funds based on initial study proposal. Oversee the payroll process for the six disease based clinical trials programs in the Cancer Center. Provide financial analysis over clinical trial portfolio and submit findings to the Executive Director of Administration.

Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Finance and 7-10 years experience in fiscal operations or clinical research contract and subcontract administration or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Demonstrated knowledge of project budgeting and fiscal management. Comprehensive knowledge of and understanding of clinical research contracts and subcontracts preferred. Working knowledge of CMS policy as it relates to coverage for subjects enrolled in clinical trials. Strong financial, analytical, and modeling skills. Experience with the University of Pennsylvania financial systems preferred. Advanced user skills with Excel and other Microsoft programs and computer systems. Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills. Demonstrated ability to be detail-oriented and accurate. Able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Demonstrated organizational and prioritization skills, along with the ability to work within tight and often conflicting deadlines. Must be flexible. Must also be discreet and have the ability to handle confidential financial matters.

This position is contingent on funding.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Perelman School of Medicine

Pay Range
$72,837.00 - $138,391.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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