Finance Officer
Carnegie Mellon University Africa
Kaduna
4d ago

CMU-Africa’s vision is to educate and empower the next generation of African leaders and innovators by delivering a world-class educational experience.

Our mission is to produce creative and technically strong engineers, who have been trained in the African context, and prepared to make transformative impact in their communities and the world.

CMU-Africa was established in 2011 and is the only U.S. research university offering its master’s degrees with a full-time faculty, staff and operations in Africa.

Born out of a partnership between CMU and the Government of Rwanda, CMU-Africa is addressing the critical shortage of high quality engineering talent required to accelerate development in Africa home to the fastest growing workforce in the world.

Job Summary

Carnegie Mellon University is seeking a Finance Officer to be responsible for finance functions involving project budget development, fiscal interpretation and analysis, reconciliations, reviews of multiple accounts and transactions, management of pre- and post-award financial reporting, and monitoring compliance with required deliverables for its location in Rwanda, Carnegie Mellon University Africa (CMU-Africa).

What you’ll do

Works with CMU-Africa’s project and program managers to develop resource requirements and justifications, and prepare budgets for research and sponsored project proposalsCollaborates with College of Engineering Sponsored Research Administration and Sponsored Projects Accounting to ensure project awards are set up correctly and expenditure coded to the right Oracle strings Reviews project expenditures and prepares periodic financial reports in compliance with funder requirementsServes as an overall technical resource to project and program managers, principal investigators, and other university staff involved in projects.

  • Understands, applies, and advises on CMU policies and procedures for research and sponsored projectsPartners with principal investigators, project and program managers, research groups, and other departments to respond to funder inquiries as appropriate Collaborates with College of Engineering Sponsored Research Administration and Sponsored Projects Accounting to ensure timely and accurate project award closeout;
  • submit final reports and compile information and documents needed for audit inquiries. Assists in the development of internal procedures for the processing and management of research and sponsored project proposals, ensuring compliance with university-wide policies and procedures, and promoting customer service to improve efficiencies of departmental processPartners with the human resources and other business operations functions to ensure timely acquisition and / or hiring of research and sponsored project resources Prepares ad-hoc reporting and financial analytics for internal and external distribution as needed.

    Assists with special projects and surveys to summarize and analyze financial actions and prepare recommendations.Performs related duties as assigned

    What we're looking for

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Financial Management, or Business Administration- Recently qualified professional accountant (ACCA, CIMA, ICPAR, CPA), with a minimum of two years post-qualification experience preferred- 3-5 years of experience with public or privately funded grant administration, or project accounting a plus- Fluency in both spoken and written English and French a plus SKILLS AND COMPTENTCIES - Strong accounting skills;
  • knowledge of grant and project accounting a plus- Excellent analytical skills, with meticulous attention to detail; keep and maintain accurate and detailed reports and records- Highly developed critical thinking skills, with ability to solve complex problems in innovative ways- Demonstrable ability to handle multiple concurrent projects in a deadline-driven environment;
  • work under pressure and with frequent interruptions- Demonstrable proficiency with accounting software and MS Office (intermediate Excel and Word skills).

    Experience with Oracle E-Business Suite a plus- Excellent verbal and written communication skills (English)- Demonstrable ability to communicate financial information to non-finance audience, with excellent presentation skills- Demonstrable ability to compose and appropriately format correspondence and reports- Agile learner with the ability to adapt and thrive in an evolving, diverse environment- Proven ability to exercise sound judgment, excellent discretion and maintain confidentiality- Demonstrable ability to maintain composure when dealing with difficult situations and / or individuals- Strong interpersonal skills, with ability to work with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds

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