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Management Accounting and Analysis (MAA) has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Program Financial Analyst. The MAA Finance team provides specialized costing compliance subject matter expertise for the University. Within this team, the Facility and Administrative (F&A) unit is looking for someone with accounting and data analysis expertise to support the multi-year F&A Rate and annual Fringe Rate proposal processes. This person should possess or be prepared to proactively attain knowledge of the F&A rate development process and software, Federal and University rules and regulations, and the ability to data mine from various sources as necessary to support the proposals.
The core responsibilities for this position include the coordination of data mining, compilation, analysis, and problem solving to complete the UW (University of Washington) Facilities and Administrative (F&A) and Fringe rate proposals in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Guidance. These negotiated rates serve as a basis for the UW to recover overhead and Fringe costs associated with externally funded research grant and contract sponsored awards. The development and negotiation of the F&A and Fringe rates represent institution-wide projects. In addition, this position has responsibility for coordinating with various campus partners as part of the development of the rate components.
Duties and Responsibilities
Cost Analysis •Perform key cost analysis functions required to develop the F&A and Fringe rate proposals, (both for submission and ad hoc modeling purposes). This includes, but is not limited to: •Identifying and importing financial and other key data, ensuring proper compatibility and data integrity into F&A cost modeling software. •Development of projects and cost estimates as needed in support of the rate proposals. •Reconciling financial, space, and other data to audited financial statements and systems. •Setting up applicable mapping, allocation, and rules within cost modeling software. •Developing, analyzing, and refining appropriate cost pools and allocation methodologies •Coordinating and reviewing related work of others for the F&A rate proposal and related analyses. •Regularly reviewing and updating documentation for F&A and Fringe rate proposals major components. •Tracking and communication of appropriate milestones/tasks with proper escalation. •Continuously improve processes by incorporating Lean improvement concepts into daily work, including developing and incorporating goals in line with the division’s strategic framework. •Support other duties as assigned.
Communication •Regularly collaborate and coordinate with key internal and external partners to obtain information critical to the development of the F&A and Fringe rate proposals. This includes, but is not limited to: •Obtaining process and other feedback from key campus units. •Conducting departmental quality assurance reviews when data reconciliation and/or correlation problems occur to explain what information is needed and obtaining updated data. •Actively participate in and, when appropriate, lead cross-campus advisory teams and process improvement efforts for core University administrative systems and procedures critical to development of the F&A proposal. •Develop, maintain, and present guidance on F&A/Fringe rate related topics.
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Required Qualifications •Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting, Finance, or related field. •Minimum of 6 years of accounting or costing experience, in a complex organization, preferably in higher education. •Advanced knowledge of Cost Allocation practices and principles. •Proven ability to work independently on complex compliance-related issues. •Experience working with large data projects, data sets, and data extraction. •Working knowledge of Microsoft products (Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Outlook). •Demonstrated administrative, financial, organizational, and problem-solving skills with the ability to lead in a complex organization. •Experience operating and maintaining a proprietary accounting software package. •Excellent oral and written communication skills with experience making public presentations to various sized audiences. •Compassion for others and the ability to work within a diverse workforce and community.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Desired Qualifications •Experience with rate proposals from development to negotiation with cognizant agency. •Experience with Fringe Benefit Rates and/or overhead rate compilation, development, or review. •Knowledge and understanding of concepts and regulations relating to F&A cost recovery. •Knowledge of/or experience working with Lean process improvement techniques. •Understanding of State/Federal regulatory financial compliance policies. •Master of Business Administration, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Government Financial Manager and/or Certified Management Accountant designation. •Knowledge of the OMB Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200). •Experience creating complex queries and reports (preferably using SQL). •Knowledge of rate proposal review and rate setting/costing methodologies.
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