Consider all the lives saved over the many years as a result of Stanford's innovation in the medical field. Imagine a world without the internet and social platforms. Did you know Stanford pioneered the procedure for organ transplants and also created the first website in the United States? All of these advances and more, are a direct result of Stanford University's prominent faculty, researchers and alumni, who have revolutionized the way we live and enriched the world. Supporting this mission is Stanford's dedicated 16,000 staff, who come from diverse educational and career backgrounds. We are a collaborative environment that thrives on innovation and continuous improvement. At Stanford, we seek talent committed to excellence, driven to impact the future of our legacy, and improve lives on a global sphere.
In a highly complex and constantly changing backdrop, Financial Management Services is responsible for creating an environment which promotes innovative and sound business policies and practices that balance controls, compliance and customer service. The organization consists of approximately 200 professionals, responsible for a broad range of financial activities, including Financial Accounting and Reporting, Payroll, Procurement Services, and Tax Compliance.
The Accountant will have responsibility for a range of general accounting activities under the leadership of the General Accounting Manager and in partnership with the Miscellaneous Receivables, Cash Accounting and Mortgage Receivables teams within our General Accounting function. This role provides an introduction to several key financial processes that support the university, serving as a springboard to begin learning about our diverse and unique financial structure. Specific tasks will include monitoring accounts receivable, preparing documentation, account reconciliations and reviews, general ledger transactions, and journal entries. These responsibilities include determining appropriate procedures for accounting records, contributing to the analysis of financial data and maintaining accounting process controls. This role requires an understanding of the complex underlying principles of university accounting, including the applicable systems, and the ability to apply those principles in carrying out projects and completing work. The position also uses query and analytical tools (e.g. SQL, OBIEE, Excel and Access) to perform financial analysis.
As part of the Financial Management Services team, you will be integral to our mission of leading and managing the financial activities of the University. Within our culture of collaboration, you will be encouraged to refine and streamline processes, shaping the direction of this position and enhancing your opportunities for skill development.
YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE*:
Review, process, gather, and compile accounting transactions and documents for completeness, accuracy, and compliance. Contribute to development of analyses to be used for key activities or decision making.
Run, maintain, reconcile, review, combine, analyze and validate financial data sets, utilizing financial reports, financial databases, and key financial information often from multiple systems. Assist in the preparation of basic management information reports.
Identify and resolve incorrect journal entries, data anomalies, deviations from established procedures, and unusual issues.
Collect data and perform research on details of transactions. Ensure work complies with complex internal policies and external regulations which may require interpretation.
Participate as a member of a project team and contribute to change management strategy through communication and collaboration with others.
Recommend, assist, test, or implement process streamlining, system improvements or work flow changes.
Contribute to development and maintenance of desktop procedures and process documentation for area of responsibility.
Serve as a liaison to other departments to resolve accounting-related issues.
May train, coach, and review the work of other staff, as needed. Contribute primarily through applying individual expertise.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THIS POSITION, YOU WILL BRING:
Education & Experience:
Associate degree plus two years of applicable experience, or combination of education and relevant work experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Proficiency in basic business applications, such as Microsoft Office; user knowledge of Excel.
Basic knowledge of accounting systems and the internet; computer literacy.
Understanding of and ability to apply accounting skills and concepts.
Ability to draft professional e-mails, memos, business letters, and reports, and to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal audiences and client groups.
Ability to learn project management skills and to participate as part of a project team.
Certifications and Licenses:
IN ADDITION, PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE:
Experience working in a University environment, preferably with financial information systems.
Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience with, ERP systems, preferably PeopleSoft or Oracle, with proven ability to apply knowledge to understand new systems and processes.
Working knowledge of SQL or similar scripting language to be able to write scripts to extract data for analysis.
Attention to detail, accuracy, and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks to meet deadlines and customer service response standards.
Strong customer-oriented approach to managing work.
Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
HOW TO APPLY:
We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the Apply Online link. Please submit an online application, resume, and cover letter.
WHY STANFORD IS FOR YOU:
We provide market competitive salaries, excellent health care and retirement plans, and a generous vacation policy, including additional time off during our winter closure. Our unique perks align with what matters to you:
Freedom to grow. As one of the greatest intellectual hubs in the world, take advantage of development programs, tuition reimbursement plus $800 you receive annually towards skill-building classes, or audit a Stanford course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or leader discuss global issues.
A caring culture. We understand the importance of your personal and family time and provide you access to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and consultation, elder care and caregiving support.
A healthier you. We make wellness a priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities. Climb our rock wall, or participate in one of hundreds of health or fitness classes.
Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums. Create an avatar and participate in virtual reality adventures or join one with fellow staff on Stanford vacations!
Enviable resources. We offer free commuter programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computing, cell phones, outdoor recreation, travel, entertainment, and more!
We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you.
Stanford University's commitment to safely and effectively meet the public health challenge presented by COVID-19 extends to ensuring University employees may temporarily work from home, where determined appropriate, or another remote location. The department will give reasonable notice when employees are expected to return to work at the Redwood City campus.
The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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