Financial Officer (MR0722)

McGill University - Human Resources
Position Title: 
Financial Officer (FIN2B)
Position Summary: 

Under the direction of the Manager, the Financial Officer (FO) will support the Manager and the Faculty in providing key financial analysis and recommendations aligned to support the strategic focus and mission of the unit. The FO is responsible for financial management of all research funds within the unit’s jurisdiction.

Primary Responsibilities: 
  • Establish financial priorities with the unit Manager, participate in budgetary planning and recommend budget allocations.
  • Develop and implement financial policies and procedures, controls and record keeping for the unit.
  • Exercise budgetary controls.
  • Manage operating and research funds, authorize expenditures, audit all accounts and ensures compliance with University and departmental budget policies and procedures. 
  • Troubleshoot, assess and resolve problems requiring specialized accounting skills for managing clinical trials.
  • Responsible for development of financial team job descriptions. Involved in hiring process of financial team.
  • Provide input regarding financial impact of human resource issues to the unit director and manager, and ensure compliance with University human resource policies and procedures.
  • Provide annual financial reports of the operations of the unit. Provide forecasts of future anticipated revenues based upon information available. Consult with McGill Financial Services on financial and accounting issues as necessary.
  • Provide the director of the unit with monthly updates on the financial status and operations of the unit.
  • Responsible for the budget development and proposal with the funding agency of investigator initiated trials in collaboration with the principal investigator and group leader. Verify proposed budget and ensure full cost recovery.
Minimum Education & Experience: 

Undergraduate degree

Three (3) years' related experience



Five (5) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills And/Or Abilities: 
Finance designation is an asset (CMA or CGA). Extensive knowledge of accounting and financial management. Ability to administer funds and prepare detailed budgets. Knowledge of McGill fund types (or other University) including experience working with research grants. Ability to effectively communicate and interact with various levels of staff and academics. Service-oriented with excellent customer service skills and the ability to establish productive working relationships quickly. Demonstrated ability creating comprehensive financial statements; preparing reports for financial auditors; working with complex formulas and creating detailed professional reports. Proficiency with computerized applications including spreadsheets, databases, word-processing software, Banner FIS, Crystal reports. Excellent analytical and problem solving skills. Proven organizational skills, ability to multitask, prioritize and meet deadlines. Proven ability to work autonomously and as part of a team. Ability to train and motivate staff. Proven success in facilitating and maintaining strong, consistent, and positive communications to a diverse audience. Demonstrated spoken and written communication skills in both English and French.
Reference Number: 
Reporting To: 
Salary Range: 
(Grade 04) $50,300 - $62,900 (midpoint) - $81,800
Faculty of Medicine
Position Type: 
Hours Per Week: 
How To Apply: 

*Internal candidates: Please provide your McGill ID number when applying.*

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