Manager of Retail Accounting Services

Cornell University - Ithaca, NY (30+ days ago)4.4

Student & Campus Life (SCL) inspires transformation in all Cornell students on their journey of individual, academic and personal evolution. Our division is comprised of leading student affairs experts who support our campus on pressing student life matters including public service, health, wellness, social justice, residential living, food services, sports, recreation, career services, and student activities and organizations including sorority and fraternity life. Our nearly 4,000 staff and student employees who make up SCL embrace the opportunity to represent the division and strive for excellence as we shape the Cornell student experience, one interaction at a time.

As a part of SCL and within the Office of the Vice President unit, the SCL Business Service Center (BSC) provides centralized financial, accounting, reporting, payroll, and analytical services to all of the units and business partners within the SCL Division. This team of financial and reporting specialists ensure that all of the business units within the SCL portfolio are operating in alignment with university best practices related to financial stewardship and business transactions. Serving a broad range of customers and clientele across multiple diverse business platforms, the SCL-BSC is laser-focused on ensuring the accuracy and efficiency of financial data input and working closely with the units they serve to provide expert financial advice and guidance.

Leaders within the Division of Student and Campus Life look to the BSC Accounting Manager to ensure the accurate entry and reporting of their financial data and to assist with monitoring appropriate stewardship of Cornell financial resources and business transactions. To meet this need, this position oversees a transaction processing team to ensure accounting and business transactions are recorded correctly - at times dually recorded in both the enterprise unit's general ledger and Cornell's official university systems of record. In addition to performing some complex account management tasks, this position regularly reviews and approves the accounting work generated by Account Reps in multiple financial software tools and implements effective work-flow tactics for transaction approval. This role also ensures adherence to established procedures defined for securing cash vaults and cash drawers and implements targeted audits of process and access as needed.

A successful Accounting Manager will:
Identify and respond to accounting challenges and implement proactive account management and process-based solutions to drive success.
Ensure proper review and segregation of duties exists on cash handling, inventory and procurement at all store and print shop locations.
Interpret, apply and enforce university policies with customers and staff.
Follow established procedures to ensure proper internal controls and segregation of duties exist in work group.
Ensure the account rep processing team is trained in all systems used and are consistently adhering to university policies and best practices.
Coordinate (in conjunction with the Assistant Director, Director, and key stakeholders) internal and external audits of customer units and responding to industry reporting requirements.
Collaborate with the entire Business Service Center team to develop and implement best practices.
Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business Management, Economics, Finance or related field
More than 3 years of experience in an accounting role (or equivalent combination of education and experience).
Strong general ledger and account reconciliation background in a high-volume business environment
Proven success with accounting management skills including people management, development, training, accounts payable, accounts receivable, capital assets and general ledger in a high volume setting

Preferred Qualifications:
Master's degree or additional education in a related field is helpful
Prior work experience supporting the accounting activities of a retail or enterprise business is highly desirable
Excellent customer service skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve work goals
Prior experience of general knowledge of college/university financial management and accounting practices

University Job Title:
Mgr Finance I


Pay Rate Type:


Contact Name:
Dan Sweeney

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