Finance Analyst

University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
USD 23.23 - 36.30 per hour
16 Sep 2020
17 Sep 2020
Finance Analyst (req6012)

Department: Anatomy,Physiology,Pharmacolgy
Location: Saskatoon
Status: Term, until May 31, 2021 with the possibility of extension
Employment Group: ASPAFull Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
Salary: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $48,334.00 - 75,523.00 per annum. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Salary Family (if applicable): Specialist Professional
Salary Phase: Phase 1
Posted Date: 8/31/2020
Closing Date: Until Filled.
Number of Openings: 1

Due to the University's position on COVID-19, the current work paradigm has shifted to online operations; a personal work space with adequate internet access is required for this position.

Primary Purpose: To provide essential assistance in all financial, HR and operational functions of the Biomedical Sciences with a focus of supporting operating and research finance. This role will provide accounting expertise, internal controls and day to day supervision of financial and HR activities within the departments. The role provides a financial advice to faculty and staff in support of research programs. The role will be responsible to identify and implement internal controls and processes and to establish job manuals to ensure integrity of financial activities are met.

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Finance and Administration Manager, this position works closely with a broad range of individuals and groups at all levels of the organization. Activities may include assisting with the preparation of financial statements and other internal or external reports; completion of accounting processes such as variance analysis and reconciliations; participating in the review, documentation and enhancement of current business processes and practices; and other projects or duties which may be identified.

The position works closely with faculty members to support research accounting activities including but not limited to financial budgeting, reporting, monitoring of the research funds. Assist in hiring process of research employees, in collaboration with the Connection Point and Biomedical Departments' clerical staff.

The projects and initiatives are complex in nature, and may involve multiple projects, institutions or participants. Sound judgment and strict attention to detail, policies and procedures is important as the impact of error is high and could have a negative impact to the college and university. The analyst is required to manage multiple tasks, details, deadlines and priorities in an environment where interruptions are the norm. The ability to interact effectively with a wide range of individuals, make decisions with the appropriate supporting facts and data, and problem solving are key factors for success in this position. The analyst requires a high standard of professional integrity in handling confidential information.

Typical Duties or Accountabilities:
  • Review all research and operating funds and activities to ensure transactions complies with established budgets, as well with legislation, general accounting principles, agreements with external parties, and University policies and procedures
  • Ensure financial statements, projections, and activity reports are prepared accurately and on time for internal and external parties
  • Establish strong working relationship with 30 plus faculty members in order to provide value added support of research financial forecasts and activities
  • Establish knowledge and keep up to date with changes of University hiring policies and Collective Bargaining agreements
  • Support hiring process of research employment groups
  • Process journal entries, invoice payment, and other day to day financial transactions
  • Work closely with all department staff and with collaboration with Connection Point
  • Support departments and programs in their day-to-day financial and operational needs by providing knowledge and direction on university and college policies and processes, staffing oversight and financial approvals and oversight
  • Participate in development and communication of best practices and process improvements, particularly in regards to financial and operational policies and procedures
  • Keep up to date with relevant university policy changes and disseminate knowledge to departments and programs
  • Reliable assistance in collection, compilation and interpretation of financial or statistical data
  • Maintain paper and electronic documentation for audit compliance
  • Model a high standard of performance and outcomes, ensure positive, diverse and inclusive work environments

QualificationsEducation: A degree from a recognized post-secondary institution is required. A Business degree is preferred. A combination of education and experience may be considered.

Experience: At least three to five years of related experience is required; preferably in a complex and diverse fund source organization, research focused environment. Knowledge of accounting procedures and protocols, budget administration and financial forecasting, analysis and reporting. Experience in complex data analysis and/or interpretation, evaluation methodologies, and developing formal reports and policy. Strong to excellent analytic ability including self-directed spreadsheet and data based analysis, modeling, reporting and superior desktop software skills, in particular, Microsoft Excel. Direct knowledge and experience with University of Saskatchewan systems and functions including human resources, payroll, budgeting, accounting and payment services would be an asset. Experience working and collaborating in diverse and inclusive settings is required.

Skills: Demonstrated professional maturity, judgment and decisiveness. Proficient skills in accounting and budgeting, computer applications and programs including spreadsheets, databases and word processing. Ability to take initiative, be self-directed and exercise diplomacy and creativity in solving issues. Ability to make data-driven decisions and demonstrated commitment to quality with a high level of attention to detail. Demonstrated experience in being highly organized with proven ability to manage multiple projects at a time and meet deadlines. Strong interpersonal skills, evidence of relationship building, ability to work collaboratively, with polished presentation, written and interpersonal communication skills.

The University believes equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request.
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