(40%) Management and Supervision of Accounting Team: Manage finance team to include hiring, training, performance management, coaching/mentoring, discipline and professional development. Provide leadership and foster a professional and positive work environment. Conduct ongoing performance management including annual performance review and evaluation. Manage financial work flow and delegate work assignments to provide accurate, timely information and meet all deadlines. Work with finance team to resolve intricate issues as they arise, Serve as financial liaison providing information and policies to finance team established by BIOGEN Center, Dean’s Offices and University.
(25%) Sponsored Accounting: Provide financial support to faculty/PI’s over the life of the grant or contract. Monitor spending including labor distribution, approve expenditures, forecast future spending and analyze/determine if potential issues/deficits exist. Recommend a course of action to resolve any issue. Analyze spending activity for compliance with University and agency requirements. Ensure effort certification is completed by PI’s within the defined deadlines. Facilitate regularly scheduled meetings with PI’s regarding the monitoring of grant expenditures and balances, advise on other related non-sponsored financial matters by keeping the PI informed of current and projected balances. Ensure grants are closed out properly by resolving issues with SPA/SFR. Serve as Certified Approver for BIOGEN Center. Work with accounting team on complicated sponsored accounting issues and help them resolve in compliance
(20%) Non-Sponsored and Financial Management: Provide comprehensive, global financial reports and budgets for projects, faculty and department using Microsoft Excel. These are reported monthly and identify risks and opportunities within the area being analyzed. Monitor spending activity on a monthly basis: resolve accounting issues identified. Provide data and recommendations to managers/faculty regarding account balances, budgeting practices, and accounting functions. Provide guidance and recommendations in development of annual budget for each department, ensure units are meeting required year-end deadlines and closing of the fiscal year operations. Serve as a resource for team members regarding financial practices, procedures and policy interpretation. Serve as department document approver in EFS. Prepare for audit ?
(10%) BIOGEN Center Representative: Center representative on various University and collegiate committees.
Performs the lead role in communicating changes related to financial processes and policies. Provides consultation and training to faculty/PI’s, accounting team and lab staff on financial issues and procedures.
(5%) Other: Backup staff due to absences or openings including document approval, monitoring and reporting of faculty accounts and other duties needed to manage the accounting functions in the BIOGEN Center. Adhoc duties and reporting as needed.
• Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or related field and six (6) years of professional accounting/finance experience. • Experience with sponsored project and non-sponsored program accounting. • Experience with financial reporting and analysis. • Strong Microsoft Excel skills.
• Experience supervising staff. • Experience managing workflows within payroll distribution, accounts payable and receivable, expense reimbursements and general ledger. • Experience with University effort certification processes and knowledge of the ECRTsystem.
• Experience with University of MN Enterprise Financial Systems (EFS) and HRMS.
• Current UMN Certified Approver. • Knowledge of and ability to apply U of MN policies and procedures.
• Experience with sponsored project and non-sponsored program accounting at the University of MN.
• Demonstrated ability to interpret, present and analyze information and ideas clearly and accurately in writing, verbally, and by preparation of financial reports. • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and adapt communication style to a variety of audiences. Strong written and oral communication skills. • Knowledge of grant compliance and agency policies, particularly NIH. • Demonstrated ability to prioritize work assignments from multiple sources.
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