Finance Officer (MP0247, FIN2B, GR04)

Job Category: 
Developmental assignments for Management and Professionals


Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Senior Finance Officer (Financial Reporting & Endowment and Non-Research Restricted Accounting), the Financial Officer provides accounting services to support the recording relating to internal and/or external reporting of the University's financial position and ensures an accurate reflection of the University's financial position through the formulation, administration and implementation of generally accepted accounting principles, regulations and controls. Develop and implement financial, accounting, and audit strategies. Provide financial information and analysis, implement and monitor financial and accounting policies and procedures, develop and implement financial controls, process and monitor financial transactions. Audit various operations of the University. Provides support to auditors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in quarterly and year-end reporting, including reconciliation of schedules and analyses of variances. This involves communicating with various faculties/departments.
  • Participate in the preparation of the year-end audit reports and assist auditors with various audit requests
  • Prepare external financial reports and survey’s required by various Governing bodies
  • Oversee various unrestricted, restricted and endowment fund questions and processes
  • Prepare and automate various accounting schedules and reconciliations
  • Review of faculty financial statements
  • Investigate discrepancies or anomalies in accounting processes and communicate with relevant faculty/department/unit.
  • Administer various funds to ensure adherence to internal and external accounting policies and contract obligations.
  • Acts as advisor to unit members/clients regarding University accounting policies and procedures
  • Work on various process improvements
  • Use a variety of software applications such as the University's Financial Information System, spreadsheets, relational databases, financial reporting, statistical or other applications in order to compile, manipulate, process, and/or format data and reports. Experience with various excel formulas, such as V-Lookup and Pivot tables.

Education and Experience:

Undergraduate degree

Three (3) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills and Abilities:

CPA designation preferred. Strong communication skills both written and spoken. Demonstrated financial analysis skills. Interest in process improvements and desire to implement efficiencies. Strong analytical ability to solve problems. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with internal clients and senior management team. Ability to work well under pressure in an environment with shifting priorities and deadlines. Demonstrated ability of working in a PC environment using excel spreadsheets and formulas (for ex: Pivot table, V-lookup), databases, Crystal Reports, including the application of BANNER (FIS and HR). Ability to prioritize and meet specific deadlines, to work autonomously as well as part of a team. Highly organized and resourceful, with the capacity to make decisions independently and provide recommendations. Excellent communication, leadership and interpersonal skills with all levels of staff. English and French spoken and written.

How to Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to Financial Services at hr.finserve [at]

The deadline to apply for this position is December 12, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

*Current employees: please indicate your McGill ID number in your application.*

We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, Financial Services will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

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Financial Services
Salary Range: 
(Grade 04) $51,600 - $64,500 (midpoint) - $83,900
Up to eight (8) months, possibility of extension
Reporting to: 
Senior Finance Officer
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