Strategic Business Advisor, Finance (req5444)
Department: People and Resources
Employment Group: Exempt
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
Salary: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $66,500.00 - 110,000.00 per annum. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Salary Family (if applicable):
Salary Phase: Phase 3
Posted Date: 2/5/2020
Closing Date: Until Filled.
Number of Openings: 1
As a Finance Strategic Business Advisor (SBA), we partner with colleges and units across campus to support strategic finance initiatives focused on the University Plan to 2025 in being the university the world needs (nīkānītān manācihitowinihk; ni manachīhitoonaan).
Nature of Work
Reporting to the Director, Shared Services and under the direction of the Dean of the Edwards School of Business (and other senior leadership on campus as required), the Finance SBA provides effective integrated financial strategies and initiatives that support the unique objectives and operational requirements of the assigned portfolios.
Primary responsibilities include financial analysis, financial management, reporting, budgeting and controls, and cost management. The SBA assists leadership teams with various financial activities while maintaining a strong connection to Central Financial Services and other SBAs on campus. The SBA demonstrates a combination of strong university acumen and financial functional knowledge to participate in the development of financial plans and strategies. The SBA supports the delivery of unit activities and processes while contributing to the strategic and operational planning and development of financial services across the University.
The SBA addresses complex financial matters, applying comprehensive financial management skills and offering exceptional client service, often during periods of change, high work volumes, and stringent deadlines. The SBA facilitates and assists with auditing, reporting, and accounting requirements for the portfolio, and ensures compliance with ethical accounting standards and university policies and procedures. In providing various financial services, the SBA exercises discretion and judgment in maintaining confidential information, and applies sound practices with a consistent, proactive and collaborative approach.
Ensures that exposure to risk and liability is mitigated by ensuring compliance with relevant legislation, accounting standards, collective agreements, and university and unit policies and procedures.
Provides strategic advice and support for all budgeting, financial planning and analysis processes to support the unique financial circumstances of the assigned portfolios.
Supports financial decisions in the portfolio, analyzing and understanding the impacts of goals.
Provides valuable financial insight and timely and accurate reporting for all areas of responsibility.
Provides solutions that will improve financial procedures and processes within the portfolio.
Contributes to the financial strategy development, implementation, and monitoring within the portfolio.
Participates in strategic thinking and planning about how to best use resources at the unit level
Provides regular financial reporting for the units against budgets and plans.
Makes recommendations for the alignment between revenue sources and unit priorities and ensures initiatives are monitored and addressed.
Monitors funding and revenue sources, determines how financial resources are utilized and identifies opportunities that achieve greater effectiveness of operations.
Monitors financial progress on approved projects and initiatives, ensuring funds are expended and reported in an appropriate and timely manner to relevant stakeholders.
Produces reports for the unit and prepares financial statements to review with appropriate stakeholders.
Presents and conveys accurate information and data to ensure financially viable and sustainable decision-making and problem-solving.
Support when necessary, procurement of significant goods or services needs identified within the unit, and works with central office colleagues and service centre partners to coordinate acquisition.
Establishes and maintains strong working relationships with all key stakeholders, including leaders and key staff, central office colleagues, and service centre partners.
Ensures effective internal controls are in place for financial transactions.
Helps ensure that services provided by service centre partners (i.e. ConnectionPoint) are timely, accurate and effective.
A relevant university degree, preferably in Commerce, Business, Accounting or related field, along with a minimum of five (5) years experience in general accounting, financial management and budgeting, and financial planning and analysis. A professional accounting designation is considered a strong asset. Must have experience working in a diverse and inclusive environment. Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office applications and a high level of attention to detail are required. Demonstrated knowledge of accepted accounting rules, practices, tax laws, and reporting requirements is required.
Must possess knowledge and understanding of issues (including cultural, socio-economic and other factors) affecting Indigenous peoples and an awareness that Indigenous engagement is a strategic priority at the University of Saskatchewan. The successful candidate must remain current within the finance field, including changes to rules, practices, and laws. The ability to influence outcomes and provide guidance to business decisions, and excellent analytical skills, problem solving skills, and communication skills including writing, verbal and presentation are required. Must possess the ability to work collaboratively, build relationships with internal and external partners, and manage multiple demands to meet deadlines. An equivalent combination of education and related experience may be considered.
Competencies are attributes, behaviors, manner and style of how skills and knowledge are applied to the position. The competencies below are the desired attributes which support the University of Saskatchewan’s strategic directions and people values.
Leadership / Vision
The demonstrated ability to build a shared, compelling and credible vision of the future, influencing people to ensure outcomes that support achieving the vision; a culture of leadership.
Support for Progress
The demonstrated ability to initiate, implement, and support innovation and institutional change and enhance programs and services.
Focuses on results and completing objectives within the framework defined by the University’s plans and policies.
Demonstrates an ability to reflect, clarify and commit to what is important, take responsibility for growth and development, and contribute to positive and productive work and learning environments.
The demonstrated ability to convey information and ideas to individuals in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand, retain, and respond to the message.
The demonstrated ability to develop the rapport necessary to build, maintain and/or strengthen partnerships and relationships inside and outside of the University.
The University believes equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request.
The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.