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We are seeking an accounting supervisor to oversee a team of four payroll and business systems analysts in the Financial Services area of the university’s Payroll Office. The University of Michigan is a decentralized organization with an operating budget of approximately $8 billion.
The Payroll Office within Financial Operations seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning
Supervise a team of payroll and business systems analysts to ensure reports and reconciliations are prepared, transactions are processed and department questions are answered in a timely and accurate manner. Specific duties include:
Reconcile the Payroll Fund, which currently includes 135 separate accounts, and resolve reconciling items timely which may include the preparation and review of journal entries
Record non-cash awards into the Payroll system and train high-volume units on the related upload process
Enter and reconcile payments received for benefits (via bank lockbox, cash/checks, and payroll deductions for COBRA dependents)
Investigate and resolve any reconciling items associated with the university’s payroll bank account
Create and monitor accounts receivable associated with payroll funds
Administer the university’s effort certification process for faculty, staff and graduate students, which includes providing training and communication to the university community
Monitor employee salaries to ensure that grants from the National Institutes of Health are not charged in excess of the federally mandated salary cap
Provide data required to support the escheatment process and subpoenas for information
Identify and monitor errors via queries and reports while working with ITS to process the biweekly, monthly and off-cycle payrolls, and verify transmission files to banks
Prepare, analyze, review and present a variety of financial reports, including complex account reconciliations
Analyze and summarize variances of operational and management reports
Proactively communicate with departmental customers in regard to regulations and university and departmental policies. Also, work closely with central office university business partners to ensure a clear understanding of U-M policies and address emerging issues
Monitor business processes for efficiency and effectiveness
Develop staff by providing clear expectations, constructive feedback, training and career development opportunities and guidance
Special projects, including ad-hoc reports and analysis
Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a major or specialization in accounting or finance with equivalent accounting work experience
Experience working with complex financial and administrative information systems (Oracle PeopleSoft helpful), database query and spreadsheet tools
Strong ability to assemble and analyze financial data, create informative reports and present financial information
Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks with varied deadlines
Prior experience assisting colleagues or customers with accounting policies and procedures
Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to effectively communicate and work with a variety of individuals and units across multiple functions and levels of a complex organization
Previous supervisory experience
Advanced business degree or CPA
Knowledge of university and departmental policies, rules and regulations governing payroll and accounting activities
Experience with payroll processes (preferably within PeopleSoft software)
Familiarity with the university’s effort reporting policies and HR appointment structure
Strong ability to reconcile, summarize and interpret financial data
Strong analytical, organizational and leadership skills
Outstanding communicator, with strong writing, speaking and interpersonal skills to present complex facts, information and options to varied audiences
Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders across all levels of a large, complex organization
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For..." survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.