The Center for Research in Soft matter & Polymers (CRiSP), in consort with the new UD Center for Hybrid, Active, and Responsive Materials (UD CHARM) and Center for Plastics Innovation (CPI), has a complex financial portfolio including an annual operating budget in excess of $7M, excluding discretionary spending. Operating in a decentralized budget model with both Department of Energy (DOE) and National Science Foundation (NSF) funds requires the Center to establish long-range financial projections, to innovate and renew revenue streams, and to manage strategic decisions through the use of accurate modeling.
Under the limited direction of the Center Director and Co-Director, the incumbent serves as the Director of Finance in CRiSP and will be responsible for the managerial oversight of the daily operations and long-term financial planning and analysis for the Center. The incumbent will provide counsel to the center Director and Co-Director and will work closely with the Center’s Executive Director – by interpreting financial data and developing financial models used to drive the Center management in their decision-making and strategic planning initiatives. The incumbent will be responsible for the development of and regularly updating the Center’s plan, including the monitoring of allowable expenses based on University, Federal, and Center policies. The incumbent will be responsible for preparing, implementing, and evaluating Center budget allocations and expenditures, will work with the Center management to develop and implement new Center financial policies and procedures, and will assist in preparing the various Federal financial reports associated with Center activities.
The incumbent will serve as a liaison with the Administrative Units, University Budget Office, and other University Administrative units, and the incumbent will set their own work priorities and exercise independent judgment in making decisions concerning financial analysis and recommendations.
Budget & Planning
Develops single-year and multi-year budget plans and projections that ensure the Center can effectively implement its strategic plans.
Manages the daily resource and financial operations of the Center. Implements the allocation decisions to units, monitoring and evaluating expenditures on Center budgets and monitoring, preparing, and interpreting complex financial reports.
Approves and processes revenue, expenditure and center budgets, budget turnaround updates, and the maintenance of accounts and ledgers, ensures compliance with appropriate University and Federal regulations and policies, and ensures maintenance of appropriate internal controls.
Significantly influences and contributes towards the achievements of the Center's strategic and operational objectives by providing analytical support to solve a wide range of complex issues/problems surrounding the Center’s cost efficiencies and financial and business systems.
Prepares and reviews financial projections of outcome for selected areas, including analysis of budgetary and financial compliance. Provides recommendations and means of resolution for potential financial problems and for improving financial process and procedures.
Works closely with center management to set center operating budgets.
Performs customized financial analyses and cost feasibility studies to facilitate decision-making and planning as requested by the center director and co-director.
Serves as Center budget and planning authority by providing guidance to Center Director and Co-Director for the interpretation of financial reports and data, Federal, and University policies, and in managing costs and leveraging resources to fulfill strategic goals.
Develops planning models to analyze financial impact of fluctuations in research expenditures, capital projects, and other financial scenarios.
Monitors operations to identify and mitigate financial risks and works to resolve them by developing data driven, actionable plans.
Strives to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of existing operations by ensuring that the appropriate policies and procedures are developed, maintained, and disseminated to center faculty and staff.
Manages the internal and external billing of Center self-supporting operations and federally approved service centers requiring analyzing market competitive pricing, federal compliance, and developing billing process and procedures.
Works with the Center Director and Co-Director to develop the Center's yearly financial benchmark and level performance metrics.
Monitors, tracks, and plans for financial commitments such as cost share agreements.
Researches, plans for, and executes financial commitments associated with personnel appointments and salary increases.
Ensures consistent reporting and conformity with University fiscal policies and procedures.
Manages a purpose code hierarchy for the Center that facilitates effective financial reporting and management. This responsibility includes purpose code creation and the approval and management of row level security privileges.
Interacts with Provost's Office, HR, Budget Office, and Research Office as the Center's budget and planning lead to resolve financial problems and administrative issues.
Processes and approves journal vouchers and budget revisions, ensuring proper revenue and expense recognition, and supervises account reconciliation.
Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
Provides leadership and direction for the Center including gathering, reporting and analyzing the data associated with the Center's finances, research and students.
Oversees and assists in preparing data-based presentations to support strategic and operational planning and decision-making initiatives.
Creates and manages business intelligence, data policies, procedures and standards within the Center.
Develops reports that will further the missions of the Center and the University. Designs and implements improved methods for compiling existing information to improve reporting capability and information.
Utilizes Center data sources and university data warehouses to optimize reporting and to enable effective planning decisions.
Examines source data systems to determine data elements necessary to meet required objectives and develops routines for extracting data from data sources.
Serves as subject matter expert on data elements and data flows; understands the flow of data within & between data sources and how it affects business processes.
Bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, finance or other job related discipline and five years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, gather and analyze statistical data and generate reports, statements and/or projections.
Knowledge of computerized information systems used in financial and/or accounting applications, and computerized student information systems.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Experience in a higher education institution and with budget modeling. Strong analytical, critical thinking and decision-making skills.
Experience with PeopleSoft Query/Financials, Cognos Report Studio and Microsoft Office software. Ability to effectively communicate technical concepts, both verbally and written.
Experience with National Science Foundation and/or Department of Energy
Ability to adjust to a rapidly changing environment.
Ability to implement policies and procedures to ensure compliance. Intermediate knowledge of local, state and federal accounting regulations.
Ability to work independently.
Internal Number: 496133
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