As part of a team of accounting and financial professionals operating in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, the Financial Reporting and Accounting Analyst is a key member of the central accounting team. The Financial Reporting and Accounting Analyst is required to maintain strong relationships across all units within the Division of Financial Affairs (DFA), and Cornell University units subject to separate external audits or external reporting requirements (including Weill Cornell Medicine and Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, Student Health Plan, Johnson Trust, CU Foundation, NCAA and SUNY reporting requirements).
The Financial Reporting and Accounting Analyst will be responsible for providing day to day project management for the interim and yearend financial statement close processes, which will include serving as a key liaison with external auditors.
Additional primary responsibilities include compilation of financial statements (including the consolidated statement of cash flows), investigation and explanation of variances, preparation of external financial reports for a variety of audiences and participation in special projects. These projects will encompass ad hoc analyses and complex reconciliations, along with research on generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
The Financial Reporting and Accounting Analyst must be able to compile, analyze, and report on complex financial data verbally and in writing. The individual should have excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate and work with a broad range of constituents. The Financial Reporting and Accounting Analyst must demonstrate attention to detail, organization and prioritization skills; as well as, be able to work quickly and effectively under pressure, using judgment in accomplishing tasks that are urgent or of a sensitive or confidential nature. He/she will have to balance conflicting priorities, and make decisions from a wide range of choices.
The position requires strong knowledge of GAAP, excellent technical skills in finance and financial systems and demonstrated ability to apply advanced Microsoft Project, Excel, and query writing skills to precisely analyze and present data.
The person in this position will be expected to work additional hours outside standard university operating hours including nights and weekends as business needs require.
All DFA employees are accountable for supporting the organization's values of collegiality, integrity, initiative, excellence, civility, and stewardship; and supporting inclusive and sustainable practices in carrying out everyday responsibilities. Employees are required to attend staff development training. Employees will participate in performance evaluations including dialogues, 360 degree surveys, assessments, etc.
Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance or related field, with at least three to five years of accounting or finance experience.
Strong experience with all accounting cycles and experience researching GAAP.
Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Project.
Strong analytical, diagnostic, and quantitative reasoning skills.
Must possess excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
Experience with data query tools is essential.
Ability to use sound judgment, problem-solving, and decision-making in accomplishing tasks. Demonstrated experience effectively working independently as well as collaboratively as part of a team.
Experience developing and delivering presentations and training.
Ability to be adaptable and flexible while responding to deadlines on assignments and workflow fluctuations.
Ability to take initiative and set priorities to manage multiple, competing demands.
Familiar with Kuali Financial System, data query tools used by Cornell (Brio, OBIEE), familiarity with Microsoft Access and experience in higher education or other not-for-profit accounting.
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