Accountant, Capital Accounting

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The Stanford University Controller's Office has a challenging opportunity for an Accountant position, performing a variety of activities in support of the Capital Accounting department. In recent years, the campus has been transformed with state-of-the-art facilities supporting science, engineering, medicine, business, athletics, law and the arts. As of the end of fiscal year 2015, the university had gross Property, Plant & Equipment in excess of $8.7 billion and a net book value that was over $4.8 billion and total debt portfolio of $3.1 billion.
Reporting to the Capital Accounting Operations Manager, this position will work closely with other members of the Capital Accounting team as well as partners across the Stanford community to capture, monitor, and analyze financial data for capital accounting activities, ensuring that the University maintains its high standard of financial accountability and controls. Areas of responsibility and focus for the Accountant include analysis of complex data used in Capital Accounting's quarterly financial reporting package; reviewing, performing, and communicating to management the nature of intricate reconciliations; and establishing and/or maintaining strong internal controls plans previously established. Additionally, the Accountant will help drive process improvements and system developments, representing the interests and accounting requirements of the Capital Accounting department.
Perform finance and accounting functions involving complex analysis, reconciliations, reviews of multiple accounts and transactions.
Analyze accounting transactions and information to summarize current financial position at the unit or organization-wide level. Construct and assemble data for decision making; develop conclusions, and present high level summary of recommendations.
Capture, track, and report revenue and expenses; determine appropriate procedures for accounting record preparation, research of transactions and reporting. Oversee, reconcile, and resolve problems relative to complicated accounts.
Collect data and perform research on details of transactions. Generate, review, analyze and communicate financial data that reflects actual financial performance against approved budgets. Prepare and present quantitative and qualitative analyses focusing on variances from budget and prior data.
Maintain and review accounting process controls; recommend and implement any approved modifications; perform preliminary analysis and recommend solutions. Develop and maintain desktop procedures and process documentation for area of responsibility.
Perform and design ad hoc analyses of large complex data sets: reconcile complex accounts. Identify and resolve complex issues which may span multiple areas.
Run and analyze moderately complex financial reports, often from multiple systems; prepare management information reports.
Assist in the month end close process including but not limited to preparation of journal entries and reconciliations. Identify and resolve incorrect entries, data anomalies and exceptions
Work with Capital Accounting Operation Manager on ad hoc analyses and special projects, including Capital Accounting Debt Management System (CADMS) system testing and development.
- Other duties may also be assigned
Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree and four years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Advanced proficiency in business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel.
Demonstrated knowledge of financial systems; internet and computer literacy.
Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
Strong communication skills, including ability to prepare materials for and clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences and client groups.
Demonstrated project management skills and ability to contribute to or lead part of a multi-functional team.
Certifications and Licenses:
Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
Frequently sit, sort, file paperwork or parts, grasp lightly, and use fine manipulation, lift, carry, push and pull objects that weigh 10 pounds or less.
Occasionally write by hand, twist, bend, stoop and squat.
Rarely stand, walk, reach or work above shoulders and use a telephone.
- 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.
Routine extended working hours during peak cycles; travel to school/unit sites across university.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
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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