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Analyst, Research Accounting, Finance

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Job ID: 16086

Updated: August 7, 2018

Location: Main Campus

Position Overview

The Department of Research Accounting within Finance is currently seeking 10 Full-time Limited Term Analysts, Research Accounting for approximately 1 year.

The Analyst, Research Accounting reports to the Director, Research Accounting. This key position coordinates the delivery of Research Accounting finance support to various stakeholders, while adhering to and promoting strong internal control and best practices. The Analyst will provide support with all aspects of accounting, financial analysis and reporting on research and non-research projects.

Position Description

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Act as finance support for research and non-research restricted funds and accounting related issues and follow up with key stakeholders as required
  • Coordinate the operational aspects of the financial processes within Research Accounting projects to ensure these processes are effectively planned, coordinated and communicated to stakeholders
  • Respond to and resolve complex process issues, engaging the respective manager as required
  • Support Research Accounting's decision making process by compiling and performing meaningful financial analysis and ad hoc reporting on restricted and projects
  • Ensure accurate classification and reporting of restricted funds and coordinate and initiate corrections 
  • Work in partnership with stakeholders to continuously seek to improve financial processes and procedures within the Research Accounting by working with finance process owners
  • Assist with educating team members in Research Accounting on finance processes and financial planning and analysis
  • Stay current on trends and approaches to financial management and processes through continued professional development
  • Remain current on factors that would initiate change, such as University policies and procedures and granting agency regulations
  • Provide advice of non-adherence to University policies and escalate when appropriate to ensure resolution
  • Recommend changes to procedures, process and reporting activities, which may include advising and/or leading project teams established to evaluate and implement improvements
  • Provide accurate and timely completion of special assignments and projects, including reports on findings, and including recommendations and outcomes
  • Implement and support change successfully
  • Develop documentation and financial reports for the various audits, reconciliations and special projects (working papers, activity summaries, project testing, variance and comparative analysis)
  • Foster and build collaborative, supportive relationships with stakeholders
  • Actively develop close partnerships with key client stakeholders, service providers as well as other University of Calgary departments including Information Technology, Human Resources, and operational management
  • Contribute to the creation of operational plans to deliver the requirements for Finance within client environment
  • Recommend the operational use of Finance resources in providing the most effective and efficient delivery of financial services
  • Initiate, implement and support new or modified approaches, practices and processes
  • Continually analyze the change process and makes necessary adjustments to maximize effectiveness
  • Provide input into the department's business plans to determine resource requirements
  • Contribute to an environment that fosters quality improvement and a culture of safety, dignity and respect for staff
  • Commit to continually improving health and safety performance through promotion of culture supporting hazard assessment, risk management, incident identification, reporting and correction, and compliance with applicable regulations, policies

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • A recent graduate or near completion of a professional accounting designation (CA, CMA or CGA) with a related University degree, in business, finance, accounting or a related field
  • Five or more years of extensive work experience in progressively more responsible role accounting functions including budgeting, and financial analysis. An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired will be considered
  • Excellent communicator with strong written and verbal skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and are capable of building and maintaining productive and supportive working relationships
  • Proficient user of computer software applications, including large integrated enterprise resource planning systems, data warehousing and business intelligence tools, and spreadsheets

Application Deadline: August 6, 2018

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.


Additional Information

This position is classified in the Professional Career Band, Level II of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework.

To find out more about management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Management and Staff Careers website.


About the University of Calgary

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The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their professional success while they are here. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.


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