Accountant-Operations Analytics-SCE

University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
February 01, 2023
Offerd Salary:$81,510 - $96,000
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Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full-Time
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Posting Information

Posting Information

Department SCE - Finance-215200

Career Area Accounting/Finance/Auditing Posting Open Date 01/19/2023 Application Deadline 02/01/2023 Open Until Filled No Position Type Permanent Staff (EHRA NF) Working Title Accountant-Operations Analytics-SCE Appointment Type EHRA Non-Faculty Position Number 20053023 Vacancy ID NF0006611 Full Time/Part Time Full-Time Permanent FTE 1 Hours per week 40 Position Location North Carolina, US Hiring Range $81,510 - $96,000 Proposed Start Date 02/28/2023

Position Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

The Finance Service Center of Excellence (SCE) serves approximately 2,000 staff within the Division of Finance and Operations (F&O) and the Division of Institutional Integrity and Risk Management (IIRM), a combined organization whose annual budget is more than $500 million. The Finance SCE was formed in 2015 and pulled together many disparate financial groups into one team to provide financial services to the Division. These financial and accounting services have a campus-wide impact through departmental billing, student fees, and education and general support services. The Finance SCE provides departmental purchasing and inventory accounting support, cost accounting, billing and disbursement services, business and financial systems support, and financial reporting, budgeting, and analysis for the F&O Division and Institutional Integrity & Risk Management.

Position Summary

This position may be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement that may include a partially remote work location, consistent with System Office policy. UNC Chapel Hill employees are generally required to reside within a reasonable commuting distance of their assigned duty station.

The Accountant III will work within the Operations Analytics Team-SCE and will be funding contingent.

This position is needed to review, make recommendations, and modify complex accounting transactions, reconciliations, business processes, and operations in addition to budgeting and reporting on a variety of fund types including state appropriations. This position is responsible for providing excellent customer service to the F&O Division staff, focusing on internal controls, accounting principles, variance analysis, and reporting.

The project areas of focus for the upcoming year, for example, for this position include review of inventory and other financial reconciliations and making recommendations on improved business processes and working with Central ITS to implement software changes as needed.

Another area will be a deep-dive understanding and documentation of the complex and specialized nature of lease transactions and other activity within the UNC Property Office. The workload in supporting auxiliary customers has increased due to accounting complexity; need to document business practices and related accounting/budget transactions and operational knowledge; and need to develop additional reporting (report format, planned multi-year forecasting, dashboards, and expansion of reporting to all levels within the customer base.)

As a result, this position will support at least one auxiliary customer in addition to reviewing, modifying, and spearheading technical accounting and business process changes that need attention within the Service Center. This will require coordinating work with existing positions within the team, SCE, and may include staff in other campus customer units, depending on project nature and workloads. As the team is more cross-trained and cohesively developed, it is envisioned that the Advanced Accountant can also assume customer-liaison responsibilities with dedicated analytical support.

In addition to serving as primary resource within the SCE operations analytics group for complex accounting reviews, this position classification also provides a career path in our organization thus ensuring critical knowledge and skills are transferred and maintained within our organization.

Results of special studies or analyses are regularly communicated to the senior management positions within the University.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Mid- to late-career with Masters and 2- 4 yrs experience; Bachelors and 3-5 yrs experience

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Progressive experience and knowledge of complex accounting functions. Intermediate level Excel skills. Experience with ERP financial skills.

Possess a thorough knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and their application to cost, governmental accounting, and non- governmental accounting. Strong analytical and critical thinking skills are needed to compile, examine, and reconcile complex financial data across disparate subsystems (general ledger, subsidiary ledger, and other reporting/billing systems like CBM and lease subsystem, for example). Possess the ability to identify substantive issues, accurately research and draw conclusions that result in written findings, reconciliations, and journals following Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and/or other applicable accounting guidelines is required.

Accuracy Required in Work: A high degree of accuracy is required for all the functions of this position. Of particular importance is a need to focus on ensuring internal controls across the numerous and complex accounting-related subsystems and business processes between SCE and the customer base in addition to special funds reporting and budgeting which has a critical impact on the Division and University financial reporting.

Dynamic of work: Changes in University and State accounting, budgeting, and purchasing rules and regulations, and Financial Systems- affect the duties assigned to this position. The employee is responsible for being knowledgeable of these changes and recommending process changes to ensure adherence to governing policies. Depending on the nature of the change, end-user training may be required.

Demonstrated analytical and critical thinking skills including ability to analyze large volumes of data, solve problems, find efficient way to complete tasks, and make decisions. Ability to understand relationships between numbers, understand trends, and work with graphical and/or Excel dashboards or other tools to create financial projections, metrics, costing standards and other relevant information for campus customers. Ability to prepare and interpret financial and operational information to evaluate business performance and to support strategic business decisions. Operational business understanding, including the potential impact of business decisions on various situations. Attention to detail and ability to successfully manage multiple tasks independently, while keeping big picture in sight. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong computer skills and knowledge of Excel, Word, and database applications. Financial costing rate analyses, and reporting experience including experience creating financial projections, metrics, graphics, etc.

Consequence of Error: Substantial errors could result in loss of funds, adverse audit findings, and damage to the University reputation.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

Prefer strong Excel skills and ERP systems knowledge. Preferred relevant post- Baccalaureate degree (MPA/MBA) and/or CPA license with demonstrated accounting and budget analysis and reporting experience.

Special Physical/Mental Requirements Campus Security Authority Responsibilities

Not Applicable.

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Posting Contact Information

Department Contact Name and Title Doni Posey

Department Contact Telephone or Email [email protected] Office of Human Resources Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to [email protected] Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  • Cover Letter
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    Supplemental Questions

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  • Please select the response below that describes your level of education that best or mostly closely satisfies the education requirements for this position.
  • Bachelor's degree in required discipline(s) listed or related field
  • Bachelor's degree in any field/discipline
  • Master's degree or Doctorate degree in required discipline(s) listed or related field
  • Master's degree or Doctorate degree in any field/discipline
  • None of the above
  • Describe your experience reviewing and recommending changes in financial business process.
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Discuss your experience in preparing and interpreting financial and operational information to evaluate business performance and to support strategic business decisions.
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Describe your proficiency with Microsoft Applications, including Excel and with ad hoc reporting tools, noting any experience with ERP systems in a higher education setting.
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  • Please provide a short paragraph about your customer service philosophy.
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