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Under the direction of the Finance Manager, the Staff/Assurance Accountant is responsible for conducting internal controls transactional reviews for areas of potential concern with respect to risk, establish controls and asses the control environment of each significant business process with a focus on Payroll activities.
The incumbent will work under close supervision and well established guidelines to conduct various audits of routine or moderate difficulty, or to assist with larger financial, compliance and operational audits. Essential duties include conducting financial, operational, and compliance audits within an agency group; performing fiscal monitoring reviews of production work streams; determining scope of fiscal monitoring review and audit in consultation with management and within the constraints of time and staff available.
The incumbent receives general instructions on complex new assignments/initiatives and demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. As a part of a new shared service center, the incumbent may assist in building out a broader scope of needed financial services, as well as general accounting duties.
Perform account analysis, prepare account reconciliations, statements and reports, and coordination and management of account reporting and filings. Plan, coordinate and resolve accounting matters with other Accounting members, departments, locations and divisions. Interpret, streamline and format large amounts of financial data in an organized manner. Provide detailed analysis of assets, liabilities and other financial transactions. Prepare journal entries, maintain and reconcile general ledger accounts including, but not limited to payroll liability accounts.
Perform detail testing, utilizing statistical and judgmental sampling techniques when appropriate to verify accuracy and controls. Responsibilities for internal and external audits as follows: 1. Conducting interviews within departments 2. Running meetings to gain an understanding of a process 3. Completing verification and testing work 4. Analyzing results and making appropriate conclusions 5. Evaluating internal controls and making recommendations 6. Producing reports addressing findings and recommendations 7. Communicating results with Leadership Team and departmental leads 8. Assisting with external audit requests.
Establish, research, design and document accounting and financial procedures to ensure that all financial transactions are executed and documented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles accurately and timely. Prepare queries and financial reports for various departments and answer auditors' questions related to the general ledger. Present findings and make recommendations to senior management.
Ensure compliance, perform risk assessment and conduct internal assurance reviews, as well as, support system wide internal auditors and external auditors. Responsible for the random review of daily transactions relating to payroll transactions, accounts payable transactions, and benefits transactions for the completion of accurate and timely accounting records and for the production of financial and regulatory reports, based on those records. Creation, review and documentation of internal control policy and procedures, as needed.
Understand and document business systems/processes using narrative and/or flow charting techniques. Other duties as assigned and or necessary.
Proficient with MS Office applications (with intermediate skill level in Excel) and related industry software.
Thorough knowledge of financial accounting and accounting functions to ensure UCPath Center's compliance with internal policies and GAAP.
Experience with both internal and external audits, includes reviewing and analyzing financial data; advanced analytical skills to ensure quality and accuracy of information.
Strong understanding and proven experience in the design and implementation of accounting controls in an automated environment.
Detail oriented, effective at managing multiple priorities under tight deadlines, ability to prioritize conflicting demands, organize time and resources to deliver solid and consistent results for the business and bring assignments to successful completion.
Consultative and collaborative work style; excellent people skills, with ability to effectively interact and influence across all levels of an organization.
Ability to handle ambiguity in a fast-paced environment and have the flexibility to handle multiple concurrent tasks and changing priorities.
Ability to accomplish assigned projects without compromising the integrity of the UCPath Center and/or University of California policies and procedures.
Ability to focus on the accomplishment of the UCPath Center mission and priorities.
Ability to appropriately handle confidential matters and material.
Has ability to independently gather, organize, and perform accounting related analysis with minimal supervision and guidance.
Ability to provide high quality work utilizing highly developed and effective communication (written and verbal), project management, and time management skills.
Demonstrated operational accounting background with ability to operate in a shared services environment.
Thorough knowledge of financial transactions and financial systems, as well as related policy, accounting and regulatory compliance requirements.
Highly self-motivated and directed.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent; a minimum of three (3) years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and work experience
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