McMaster University is a leading research-intensive institution with thousands of research awards receives hundreds of millions of dollars in research funding each year. With each of these awards is an obligation to submit financial reports to the sponsors. Research Finance is seeking a high energy Senior Research Accountant with a positive attitude to ensure research submissions, funding agreements, budgets, financial transactions and financial reports comply with research contracts and current University and granting agency policies.
Responsible for managing the financial activities of a portfolio of research projects involving University commitments, inter-institutional and private sector partnerships, as well as federal and provincial granting agencies.
Purpose and Key Functions
Develop customized spreadsheets for ad-hoc reports, queries, and financial analysis.
Create forecasting and budgeting templates.
Facilitate and participate in working groups to streamline and improve research finance internal controls and respond to audit recommendations.
Attend and participate in research group and departmental meetings.
Interpret and communicate applicable financial policies, procedures and guidelines to researchers and administrative personnel.
Develop strategies for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of maximizing fund usage.
Ensure research submissions, funding agreements, budgets, financial transactions, and financial reports comply with research contracts and current University and granting agency policies.
Monitor the financial status of projects.
Identify and resolve financial issues with projects.
Generate invoices for granting agencies and ensure the collection of funds.
Notify researchers and administrative personnel of account overdrafts and work with them to clear overdrafts.
Develop and deliver training and information sessions.
Scrutinize research contracts, policies, and guidelines for minor changes.
Maintain the confidentiality of research funding and contract information.
Provide direction to others on how to carry out work tasks.
Provide orientation and show procedures to others.
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or related field.
Completion of advanced level courses of a recognized Canadian accounting designation.
Requires a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience.
Required skill set and proven experience:
Proficient in Excel – VLOOKUP’s with multiple data sources, pivot tables, macros, etc.
Ability to analyze large data sets and extract meaningful information
Proven high level of accuracy and analytical skills
Demonstrated team player
Ability to identify opportunities for improvement
High level of customer service
How To Apply
To apply for this job, please submit your application online.
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