Schedule Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week
Education Level Degree in Business Administration or related field; CPA or CA designation
Career Level Experienced
About the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI):
In 1967, McMaster University established Canada’s first Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CE&B). We are now known as the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI), and achieved our international reputation by conducting quality clinical research through rigorous, scientifically valid research methods and application that led to breakthroughs in understanding and to fundamental changes in clinical practice, and helped transform the clinical-research paradigm, in addition to its strong educational programs.
The department of HEI is home to 200 faculty, 240 staff, and 400 students. HEI is part of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) and we are located in the McMaster Children’s Center and situated on McMaster University’s main campus in Hamilton, Ontario. As one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, McMaster University is committed to inclusive excellence and employment equity in the workplace. We encourage qualified candidates to apply from equity seeking groups such as women, racialized/visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with a disability, persons who identify in the LGBTQ+ community and others who reflect the diversity of Canadian society.
We are seeking an experienced Manager, Finance to join our team. This role reports to HEI’s Director of Administration.
A key leader within the Central Administrative Team, the Manager, Finance is a trusted advisor to the Department Chair and the Director of Administration in all matters financial. They act as a business advisor to research groups and institutes in a multi-site environment. They provide strategic and tactical business planning for the department, educational programs, and researchers as well as conducts financial modelling and analysis for new projects that arise from strategic plans of the department. The Manager, Finance supports department initiatives by developing new ideas for increased revenue growth.
This role is responsible for providing effective supervision and leadership to the finance team which includes Financial Coordinators and an Administrator. They provide the highest quality of service to the faculty members, researchers and staff, and reliable advisor to the Chair and Director of Administration in all matters of finance.
The Manager, Finance works in collaboration with the Central Leadership team, comprised of the Department Chair, Director of Administration, HR Manager, Associate Chair, Education, and Associate Chair Faculty Affairs & Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, to ensure the efficient operation of the Department.
In collaboration with HEI’s leadership team, this position leads the development of business plans and the implementation of corresponding operational work plans.
The Manager, Finance is responsible for overseeing the creation and review of the ‘financial health’ and risk management reports that are created for each of the six academic programs offered by HEI, as well as the nineteen research groups and major studies, by offering financial guidance and modeling for each of these groups and programs. Moreover, the Manager, Finance provides a wholistic view of the revenues and cost of operation that impact the department.
Further, the Manager, Finance is tasked with the organization, management, and execution of the operating budget and participates in the development and negotiation of the AFP agreement with the Department of Medicine, as well as supervising the process of grant budget creation and conduct a thorough review of the financial implications in grant submissions for the department.
In conjunction with the Chair and the Director of Administration, the Manager, Finance determines financial priorities and plans for the department. They lead the development and implementation of the budgets including the multi-year University budget, all funded research groups, all external funded budgets including AFP, and all Education budgets, as well as ensuring all budgets and funds are properly monitored and controlled. Ensures that adequate financial controls and risk management processes are in place in accordance with University and other relevant policies and procedures.
This role is directly responsible for the supervision, leadership, and overall performance of the finance team.
Degree in Business Administration and/or related field
CPA or CA designation
Minimum 5 years of related experience in financial management, budgeting, leadership, and administration, preferably in an academic or government environment
An ability to effectively communicate financial information to audiences of varying sizes and acumen is essential
Demonstrated experience in liaising with senior administrators, responding to and handling matters of a complex and sensitive nature
Proven success in financial analysis, strategic planning, project management and the management of significant financial responsibilities is required
Proven leadership and team supervisory skills are essential, with a focus on accomplishing department objectives on a sustained basis
Proven management and leadership skills in a preferably in a unionized environment; experience in team building and managing change
Experience using financial and enterprise systems such as PeopleSoft (Mosaic)
Demonstrated ability to plan and execute complex projects and manage conflicting priorities while working toward tight deadlines
Strong time management and organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize effectively
Experience in the development and implementation of research project and program budgets; departmental operating budgets; alternative funding plan (AFP) and experience reconciling accounts is required
An understanding of faculty Annual Personnel Agreements, operating and research account reporting, Alternative Funding Process, McMaster University and Research Granting Agency policies and procedures is essential
Understanding of the flow of revenues for educational programs, both government and non-government support programs
Creation of proforma statements and modeling for newly proposed educational programs
Must be able to translate statistical and analytical results into easily understood terms using conceptual thinking skills
Demonstrated ability to handle confidential and sensitive information
Ability to lead and assemble working groups and committees to discuss and assess projects that require input from many stakeholders and provide leadership to guide and oversee their efforts
Client-services oriented with demonstrated listening and critical thinking skills
Strong decision-making skills; superior planning skills with a focus on executing and competing tasks under pressure and within deadlines
Ability to foster and maintain effective relationships with all levels of faculty, staff, students, senior administration, and the broader university community members
Proven ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
Effective and creative problem solver, with good judgement
Highly detail oriented and accurate with exceptional analytical skills
Commitment to providing a high level of service to a large group of stakeholders
Ability to take the initiative and respond to change
How To Apply
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McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement.
The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.
The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) peoples, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.
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