The Associate Comptroller for Strategic Initiatives manages and leads a portfolio of special projects both within Financial Affairs and in partnership with University academic, administrative, and research departments. These projects are designed to improve business processes and financial reporting and to advance the University's goals of simplicity, transparency, effectiveness and excellent financial control. The Associate Comptroller works with University departments, in collaboration with other Financial Affairs units, to identify pain points and opportunities for improvement, and to develop and implement solutions. Improvement projects are collaborative, and framed in the context of lean six sigma concepts and tools. The Associate Comptroller also develops recommendations regarding the structure and treatment of complex financial transactions taking into account tax and financial reporting considerations.
Recent projects have included the development of a framework for financial account review and reconciliation in University departments; coordination of an ad-hoc group of administrators focusing policy development and collaborative problem solving on global staffing and tax matters; management of and accounting for the financial aspects of the recent merger between Wheelock and Boston University and an analysis of the impact of recent federal tax reform on the University.
Ongoing responsibilities includes management of the University's federal, state, local and international tax planning and compliance (excluding payroll), supported by a senior tax professional and a full time intern. As part of the support provided for distributed financial reporting, the Associate Comptroller coordinates a team of staff from the six Comptroller's office operating units, working with IS&T to prioritize requests for changes to the University's financial systems (primarily SAP) and coordinates financial business owner user testing for annual and other major system upgrades.
The Associate Comptroller will be an authorized signer for University disbursements, and serve as back-up to the Comptroller when the Comptroller is unavailable
10+ years of experience in financial management, including tax. Deep knowledge of financial accounting and principles of internal control. Demonstrated expertise in the use of information technology to solve business and reporting problems; experience creating models. Extensive experience working with and leading teams. Strong relationship-building and communication skills. Strong analytic and problem solving skills. CPA or MBA with accounting focus. Higher education experience preferred.
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